JWCC Southeast Education Center Dedication & Open House

Thu. 10th of Aug. 2017 at 4:00 pm


A dedication and community open house is set for August 10 from 4 to 7 p.m. at John Wood Community College’s new Southeast Education Center at 39637 260th Avenue, two miles north of Pittsfield on U.S. Route 54.  The center serves the southeastern portion of JWCC’s district that includes Pike County and portions of Cass, Calhoun, Morgan and Scott counties.

The event is open to the public and coincides with the Pike County Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours, which will feature an official ribbon cutting during a short program at 5:30 p.m.  Community members and prospective students are invited to take tours of the facility and enjoy a complimentary barbecue.

Fall classes will begin at the center August 21. Students can take lecture, hybrid, distance learning and online classes at the center to complete an associate degree.  Technology-enhanced classrooms at the Southeast Education Center will provide students an opportunity to access classes at JWCC’s Quincy campus and other centers to save time and transportation costs.  

The center includes approximately 10,000 square feet on the main level and includes amenities community leaders recommended to help expand educational opportunities and grow enrollment. In addition to classrooms and offices, the Southeast facility includes a community activity center, cyber lounge connected to fiber optic high-speed internet, student center and health science lab for certified nursing assistant training and some pre-requisite nursing courses. Additional space on the second level of the building will be available for future expansion.

JWCC President Michael Elbe said the move to an expanded facility is about increasing opportunities and access to education for students of all ages and from all areas in the southeast portion of our community college district.

“John Wood has served this region with a dedicated facility since 1979 and thanks to the many generous donors who invested to make this new center a reality, we can deepen our commitment,” Elbe said.  “Education and training opens up opportunities for individuals to enrich their lives and communities to grow.

JWCC has a 10-year, renewable lease with the facility’s owners, who recently completed interior and exterior updates.  The Serving the Southeast Campaign recently surpassed its $200,000 fundraising goal to fund computers, furniture, classroom supplies and other equipment to support the center.  Future gifts are welcome to support ongoing operational needs. All donations will be placed in a restricted fund to support the Southeast facility.

More information about the event, classes and community use of the center is available from Diane Vose, JWCC Manager of Regional Centers and Community Based Outreach at 217.285.5319 or dvose@jwcc.edu. Donors interested in supporting the center may contact Barbara Holthaus, executive director of the JWCC Foundation, at 217.641.4104 or bholthaus@jwcc.edu.  

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