The May 10 (Joliet Junior College) board meeting confirmed what I have been saying all along. There is no needs assessment evidence to support the $43 million City Center Project plan.
After public pressure to do so, trustee Mike O’Connell and President Dr. Proulx conducted a survey of current culinary graduates over the last month. The results were evidently so bad, that they were not released.
Dr. Proulx’s comments confirmed that success tracking has not been done for culinary or hospitality programs until this survey. A positive needs assessment would provide evidence of employment success. It would show evidence of whether employment opportunities exist in the district to support current and expanded graduate numbers.
None of this was done in the formation of this plan, and the results of this survey were not positive according to the meeting comments.
Should taxpayers of the district pay to train students only to have them leave the district to find employment? No.
Therefore, moving forward with the current plan would be a disservice to students and taxpayers.
The college may actually be doing harm to our youth by encouraging them to enter a degree which may actually show little or no significant opportunity for long term employment in our district.
The board will likely vote on this plan at the May 31 workshop meeting. This $43 million plan for taxpayer money is bad news for taxpayers and potentially harmful to our students.
Former JJC Board Candidate