Frequently Asked Instructor Questions

What is Community Based Outreach?
JWCC Community Based Outreach offers useful, enriching, and fun noncredit courses designed for personal and professional learners of all ages. Our classes are short in length, affordable and offered at convenient times, including evenings.
What does noncredit mean?
Noncredit means the classes do not carry college credit — the classes are shorter and are usually offered on evenings and weekends, and there are typically no exams required.
Who can use Community Based Outreach?
Anyone interested in professional or self-development, whether personal for hobbies and recreation or professional (including people who need continuing education credits to prepare for exams or to renew certain professional licensing).
What type of courses do you offer?
We are continuously expanding our offering of courses each semester in areas such as, but not limited to, Creative Arts, Computers & Technology, Personal Enrichment, Health & Wellness and Professional Development. Our course offerings are limited only by imagination and the availability of qualified instructors.
Do you have a desire to teach?
The Community Based Outreach Office at John Wood Community College has a mission to serve the educational needs of the entire community. We devote ourselves to self-development, accountability, excellence, and integrity. We believe that we have the finest group of instructors and noncredit course offerings to be found in the Tri -State area. If you are interested in being a part of this dynamic team, please contact us at (217) 641-4905.
What are our requirements?
All you need is a passion for a subject, expertise or skill in that area, and a desire to share that knowledge with others. A sense of humor and good communication and people skills are also important. You must be flexible and have a desire to educate student regardless of age, sex, and all cultural backgrounds. If this sounds like you, please contact us!
Who are our students?
Community Based Outreach is for everyone! Our Community Based Outreach Office currently serves approximately1,200 students annually at many different locations throughout Adams, Pike, Brown, Hancock, and other counties.  Most of our students are adults ranging in age from 16-85.  We have specialized programs for older adults, and JDUB Academy (formerly known as Children’s College) programs with classes available for those students who have completed grades K-12.
Confirmation of class assignments?
Once assignments are made, instructors will be contacted to verify their schedule. Any changes in the schedule should be made immediately, before the Community Based Outreach booklet is printed and distributed to the public.
Course Format?
Community Based Outreach courses are formatted to be user-friendly to the general public, most of whom have full time jobs. They tend to be different from traditional education in:
Cost: Most people are more willing to spend smaller fees for several segments of a course rather than paying a larger, one-time fee up front.  
Time Commitment: Many courses tend to be shorter, meet less frequently and have more flexibility to accommodate busy schedules. The limit in time commitment and lesser costs enables many adults to explore new interests.
Course Marketing?
Booklets by Mail: Schedules are mailed three times per year to approximately 33,000 homes in the John Wood Community College district. Schedules should arrive in homes at least two weeks prior to the beginning of classes.  
Facebook: Frequent course announcements are made on the JWCC Facebook page.  
Web: A copy of the noncredit booklet and a list of courses and descriptions are added to the JWCC Community Based Outreach web page. This allows members of the community with Internet access to open, view, and print a copy of the information.  
Instructors: Instructors are encouraged to promote their own courses through their own webpage, Facebook, and any other media they choose.
When will I receive my pay?
You will receive your check after your class is completed in its entirety. Processing your check may take two weeks to one month after your class ends. In order to receive pay, you must submit your class roster after the first night of class – please return to the mailbox in Room D131 marked “drop off”. This is the appropriate document we must have in order to submit paperwork to HR. Any delay in submitting the class roster will delay your pay.
How to get started?

We invite you to complete a Community Based Outreach Course Proposal Form and return it to Lauren Jansen, Adult Enrichment Specialist ( by mail to: Community Based Outreach, John Wood Community College, 1301 S 48th St, Quincy, IL 62305; or by fax at (217) 641-4900.

Once we have received your information and approved the class(es) you wish to teach, your information will be sent to the JWCC Office of Human Resources. That staff will send you a letter with forms for you to complete prior to meeting with the Employment and Training Specialist. The letter will have directions to make an appointment with HR to complete your enrollment as an associate faculty member. Please complete your paperwork in a timely fashion so that your contract may be prepared and there will not be a delay in processing your paycheck.  

If you have questions, please contact Lauren Jansen by e-mail or call (217) 641-4942 directly using the enclosed phone list.