Academic Resource Center at JCA

Matt Mammosser

Joliet Catholic Academy’s Learning Resource Program (LRP) was established during the 1996-1997 school year under the direction of Amy Douglas. The mission of the program was to foster positive learning attitudes and personal responsibility for self and environment through academic success.

JCA’s Learning Resource Program complimented the school’s curriculum by offering support to those students diagnosed with specific learning disabilities and/or attention deficit disorder. Students entering the program received supplemental instruction with specific emphasis on the academic content of the individual student’s college preparatory classes.

While Joliet Catholic Academy continually strives to offer their students the best academic experience available, changes to the Learning Resource Program were implemented beginning with the 2014-2015 school year.

The most visible change is to the name of the program. LRP has been replaced by Academic Resource Center (ARC).

JCA’s Academic Resource Center will meet the needs of today’s students as well as tomorrow’s. The staff, which includes Amy Douglas (Director), Suzi Arnett and Jackie Cherwin (instructors), have developed a collaboration with students, parents, faculty, staff, and members of the JCA community ensuring every student reaches their full potential.

ARC’s main focus is to move the program forward as a center for assistance and curriculum. The Academic Resource Center will begin to include students who require assistance but may not have had a history of needing assistance or an individualized educational plan in the past. In addition, ARC will offer support to parents, guidance counselors, and teachers.

A donation to the school’s ARC program over the summer allowed the center to upgrade the classroom environment. During the 2011-2012 school year, LRP lost one of their students, Matt Mammosser, to primary nervous system metastatic melanoma. MammosCorner, a foundation founded to honor Matt, provided JCA’s Academic Resource Center with a fresh coat of paint, new doors, and a drop ceiling.

Adorning the Academic Resource Center is a plaque in memory of Matt Mammosser. He will forever be a Hilltopper and part of the ARC and JCA family.

For more information on JCA’s Academic Resource Center, contact Amy Douglas at 815.741.0500, ext. 260 or To find out more about MammosCorner, visit

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