Agricultural Education Center
We feed the minds that feed and fuel world.
Hand-on programs, research and internship connections with the University of Illinois, and caring, veteran instructors serving students in a close-knit environment make JWCC’s Agricultural Education Center one-of-a-kind in Illinois.
100% Ag Internship Placement
Programs & Courses
“I was given phenomenal opportunities to grow and personal instruction that prepared me for my future. John Wood is an amazing place to study agriculture.”
Dusti Irwin ‘15
National Collegiate FFA Ambassador
JWCC’s Ag Alumni Livestock Judging Event and the Ag Alumni Golf Outing are just among the many events sponsored. JWCC ag students also earn state and national recognition in intercollegiate agriculture competitions.
The Orr Corporation is leading this privately funded project; $2.1 million of the $2.5 million target goal has been raised to date. Construction of the 24,000-square-foot facility began last September 2021 at the JWCC Agricultural Education Center and the U of I Agricultural Research and Demonstration Center in Baylis, IL. The newly completed facility houses offices and classrooms, an exposition/arena space and an animal care unit designed for short-term or temporary housing for the welfare of animals. The building will address multiple agricultural education and development issues in West Central Illinois and further enhance research, teaching and activities throughout the region.
The official dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony was held on August 9, 2022 with classes starting in the fall semester. The ceremony showcased a 44-year educational partnership with the University of Illinois, John Wood Community College and the Orr Research Center Corporation. Together, these partners continue to work collectively to build a strong rural economy and create new generations of farm operators, owners and other rural careers.