Some junior colleges located in Illinois are Joliet Junior College, Danville Area Community College and Parkland College. Junior colleges are two-year institutions typically offering associate degree and certificate programs.
Joliet Junior College, established in 1901, is the country's first community college. With an initial enrollment of six students, Joliet has grown to an enrollment of 35,000 as of 2015. The school offers Associate in Arts, Associate in Science and Associate of Arts in Teaching in Special Education degrees.
First established as an extension center for the University of Illinois in 1946, Danville Area Community College became a junior college in 1949. The school offers a variety of degree and certificate programs in such areas as math, science and health professions, business, technology and information systems, and liberal arts.
Parkland College offers more than 100 associate and certificate programs and partners with four-year schools for students who want to pursue more advanced degrees. Small and online classes as well as hybrid learning provide opportunities for all types of students.