With education and workforce so closely related, Grundy County is well positioned to produce both skilled and educated candidates for local employers through a combination of strong and successful elementary and secondary schools, vocational training opportunities and a nationally recognized junior college.

Vocational Education

Grundy County is home to the Grundy Area Vocational Center (GAVC) which provides career training programs for high school students in a variety of occupational fields. Programs at GAVC are designed to meet the needs of local industry and prepare for the demands of tomorrow’s changing workforce.  For more information visit the link at

Course offerings include:

  • Agriculture
  • Automotive Technology
  • Building Trades
  • Cisco/Intro to IT
  • Computer Graphics & Multimedia Designs
  • Cosmetology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Culinary Arts
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Engineering
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Fire Science
  • Health Occupations
  • Heavy Equipment Technology
  • Welding
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Higher Education

Serving as a partner in higher education and workforce training, Joliet Junior College (JJC) serves Grundy County as a comprehensive community college that provides occupational education, business and industry training, and pre-baccalaureate programs for students transferring to a four-year university.

Grundy County’s proximity to some of the State’s most prestigious colleges and universities is a plus for residents seeking quality and choice in higher education opportunities.  More than thirty colleges are within an hour’s drive including:

  • University of Chicago
  • Northwestern University
  • Loyola University
  • DePaul University
  • University of Illinois Chicago
  • Northern Illinois University
  • University of St. Francis
  • Illinois State University
  • Governor’s State University
  • Lewis University


Served by 15 grade school districts, a private elementary school and 8 high school districts Grundy County enjoys an excellent track record for positioning its students to complete high school and begin college when compared to state and national levels. Visit the links below to learn more about each district.

Your Voice Matters!

Share your vision for Grundy County’s economy. Surveys open through July 19 at 5 PM

The GEDC and the Grundy County Chamber are seeking proposals for an Economic Diversification and Resiliency Plan for Grundy County. To learn more and to view the full RFP, click here. Submissions accepted via email until February 9, 2024 at 4 PM.