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Becky and Mike Will and their daughter Jennifer Grindstaff are a close, colorful family who clearly enjoy spending time together. Laughter comes easily and they don’t hesitate to tease one another or make jokes at their own expense. While this dynamic is not unusual, the family’s comradery is a notable advantage because the three all work at the same organization: John Wood Community College.

Mike started part time on the maintenance team in 2018, looking for a way to spend...


  • Coach Hoyt & Blazers Prepped for Another Year

    “As we prepare for another year, I know there’s some excitement in the area.” Coach...

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  • Stephanie Fleer

    Taking Determination to A Whole New Level

    When Stephanie Fleer made the decision to enroll at John Wood Community College, she was...

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  • Arturo Melendez

    Discovering His Abilities

    Arturo Melendez went from a somewhat uncommitted high school student to being asked to be...

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  • Olivia Hanson

    Gaining Momentum

    When Olivia Hanson started at JWCC, she was nervous about the college experience and unsure...

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  • Mark Schneider

    Growing Into His Potential

    When Mark Schneider first enrolled in college at age 18, he wasn’t in a place...

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  • Adding Fuel to the Fire

    How alumnus Ryan Neisen used his time at JWCC to kick off a path that...

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  • Liz Bentley

    A Mind on Music

    When Liz Bentley enrolled at John Wood Community College, she knew she was taking a...

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  • Devron Sternke with a student in the graphic design lab on the Quincy campus.

    Designing the Future

    Devron Sternke became involved with John Wood Community College in 2009, when he was hired...

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  • Q & A with Teresa Bertelli

    Teresa Bertelli is the Coordinator of Counseling Services at JWCC.   What made you choose...

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  • Moving to the Future

    Most of us can only imagine what it would be like to work in a...

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  • John Wood Community College Student Grace Meyer

    Focused on Success

    Grace Meyer is a woman who is used to defying expectations. Born with spina bifida...

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  • Evan Conover sitting on the stage

    For the Love of Music

    Evan Conover is a sophomore at John Wood Community College who is still deciding exactly...

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  • Bruce Oglat at John Wood Community College

    In his own words: A message from Alumnus Bruce Oglat

    The game of basketball led me to John wood Community College. As a teenager, I...

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  • The Smith triplets at their JWCC graduation

    Triple the Value

    Triplets Jacob, Rachel, and Sadie Smith all have different interests and life goals, but they...

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  • TDT Alumnus Luke Lish in his truck.

    Driven to Success

    Before earning his CDL through John Wood Community College’s Truck Driver Training (TDT) program, Luke...

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I graduated from JWCC with no student debt and transferred to U of I to finish my bachelor's degree.

—Brent Mansfield, Crop Production Researcher

I would recommend starting with one or two years of community college to anyone.

—Katie Richárd, FBI

I took classes in different subjects to find what I wanted to do for a living & learned what I was truly passionate about.

—Breckon Bice, Project Engineer- Nenan Co.

Greg Havermale, physician and JWCC alumnus

When I was accepted to medical school, my credits transferred easily like they were from Mizzou.

—Greg Havermale, Physician

Sebastian Francis, NASA employee and JWCC Alumnus

My professors were tough, but I knew they were doing their jobs when Purdue made an exception for me to join the program in the middle of the third year.

—Sebastian Francis, NASA