What is JWCC's Smart Start 2X2 Program?

This program is designed for high school students who would like to complete two years of a college degree online. Students will be selected by JWCC and their high school during their sophomore year to start the program their junior year.

The program allows students to take two college online classes every eight weeks. If this scheduled pace is kept, students can complete the first two years of a bachelor's degree. Students may also slow the pace of the program if desired, but that approach will extend the time to complete the 2x2 program.


  1. Apply 2nd semester of sophomore year starting January 1.
  2. Application due by March 1. - Deadline Extended to April 1st. 
  3. Interview with JWCC and high school counselor in March.
  4. Candidates will be selected by April 16.
  5. Register fro summer/fall classes by May 31.


  • Take structured classes at the JWCC Quincy campus or regional centers within the college's district.
  • Save time and money!
  • Complete a JWCC associate degree or transfer to hundreds of universities courses.
  • Works well with AP credits to count toward a college degree.

Smart Start 2X2 Sample Schedule


Q: Who is eligible to enroll?

A: Any student of junior status can enroll. Acceptance into the program will be based on a recommendation from the high school guidance counselor or principal, parent/guardian approval, and GPA and entrance scores on Accuplacer or ACT/SAT exams.

Q: How do I apply?

A: High school students will work with their high school guidance counselor and John Wood liaison to complete the application and make sure all requirements have been met.

Q: What is the cost?

A: Cost per credit hour for a course at the high school or on John Wood's campus is $160. Cost per credit hour for an online course is $190.

Q: What will the student be required to pay?

A: The student will be responsible for tuition, fees (depending on course), and books not already provided by high school.

Q: Are there scholarships available?

A: Yes, scholarships are available based upon the high school the student is attending.

Q: I have taken AP courses while in high school, can I receive college credit for those courses?

A: AP credit will be awarded after the student has completed six credit hours within the 2X2 Program. The student must score a 3 or higher on the final AP exam.

Q: When I graduate high school, will I have an Associate Degree?

A: If the student was of junior status taking two 8-week courses every 8 weeks for two years, the student would complete the 64 credit hour requirement for an Associate Degree.

Q: I would like more information about the program, who should I talk to?

A: Brittany McKeown, Coordinator of High School Relations: 217.641.4339 or bmckeown@jwcc.edu.