The Smith triplets at their JWCC graduation
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Triple the Value

Triplets Jacob, Rachel, and Sadie Smith all have different interests and life goals, but they also all found what they were looking for at JWCC.  Born and raised in Quincy, the siblings all chose to save some money and utilize John Wood Community College to get their associate degrees first. The trio is currently continuing their education at Quincy University.

Jacob, the oldest of the three, plans to major in Business Management. Reflecting on his JWCC experience, Jacob says, “I am thankful for my time at John Wood, for the teachers, staff, and my TRiO advisor Elle House.  Elle was extremely helpful in keeping me on track each semester. Also, the business and time management classes helped me to work more efficiently in my own lawn care business and to balance my time between work and college.”

Rachel, who was happy to call us for this group photo, will be getting her degree online in Early Education. While attending John Wood, she was pleased to get a full-time position at Creative Kids Learning Center. Her husband is in the Air Force, and the couple currently lives in Las Vegas, Nevada. Through the transition, Rachel remembers, “Moving while in school would have been much harder without the help of TRiO and Alisa Cameron, who has been a huge support. John Wood gave me the ability to be very flexible with my classes.”

Sadie is going for her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education (and might add a few classes to complete Elementary Education as well.) She worked two jobs while attending JWCC and valued taking online classes around her busy schedule. She is happy to say, “I appreciated the support and guidance given to me by my JWCC advisors, teachers, and staff.  My TRiO advisor Elle House really helped me with my transfer to Quincy University. I am very thankful for my JWCC experience.”