JWCC Celebrates Community College Month with Several Free Events for the Community

During Community College Month in April, John Wood Community College will host multiple events on its Quincy campus and throughout its district. Many of the events are free and open to the public and range from concerts and a screening of an Oscar-nominated film to the region’s largest career fair and hands-on educational activities for children.

During the week of April 3 to 7, JWCC’s Mt. Sterling Education Center at 108 N. Capitol will provide tours, information and raffle prizes to guests during the center’s regular operating hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  On April 5, the JWCC Mt. Sterling Center will offer a free class, “Relieving Stress and Anxiety” from noon to 1:00 p.m. through the College’s Take 60 program. Call Jeanne Yingling at 217.641.4144 to register. Teresa Bertelli, coordinator of counseling services at JWCC, will cover what stress and anxiety are and how to identify them. She will provide a stress scale to rate participants’ stress and explore physiological, cognitive/emotional and behavioral coping skills. Students will also take part in activities and receive informational handouts.

The public is welcome to attend a free screening of the Oscar-nominated film, A Man Called Ove, on April 5 at 6:30pm in the Mary Ellen Orr Auditorium on the Quincy campus at 48th and Harrison.

Area high school students and their families are invited to Trail Blazer Day on Saturday, April 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to learn about career paths and academic programs, meet JWCC faculty, staff and students and tour the Quincy campus. Registration is encouraged at jwcc.edu/trailblazerday.

Dr. Steven Soebbing, JWCC instructor of music and theatre, will perform a solo performance entitled, “A Night at the Opera” on Tuesday, April 11, at 7 p.m. in the Mary Ellen Orr Auditorium on the Quincy campus. The concert is free and open to the public. Soebbing’s performance will include selections from various operas and operettas, including arias by Monteverdi, Mozart, Bellini, Gounod, Wagner, Puccini and Britten. He will be accompanied on piano by Helen Rothfuss. 

The JWCC music faculty will present a music concert on Thursday, April 20, at 7 p.m. at the Mary Ellen Orr Auditorium on the JWCC Quincy campus. The concert is free and open to the public. Soebbing will perform alongside JWCC faculty members Keith Wiemelt, Helen Rothfuss, Amy Walker, Allen Means and Kristen Anguiano.

On Thursday, April 20, from 4 to 7 p.m., JWCC will host the region’s largest career fair in conjunction with WGEM and the Quincy-Herald Whig at the College’s Student Activity Center on the Quincy campus. Job seekers can explore possible employment with dozens of area employers and increase their job search and interviewing skills during workshops held by JWCC Career Services staff.   The event is free and open to the public.  

JWCC will host Junior JDub Day on April 21.  The event is a campus visit experience for high school juniors to meet current JWCC students and faculty and explore the academic programs available in four-year transfer and career technical areas.  Juniors can register at jwcc.edu/jdub. 

On Friday, April 21, JWCC will host a luncheon at the Quincy Senior and Family Resource Center at noon to honor several community certified nurse assistants (CNAs) and announce the 2017 Community CNA of the Year. Cost is $9 per person, and advance reservations may be made by calling 217.641.4211.

The JWCC Heath Center Art Gallery will feature artwork created by this year’s visual art students at the annual “Show and Sell” exhibit on display from April 24 to May 31. Community members are welcome to view the exhibit free of charge.  Artwork will be available for purchase and proceeds will benefit JWCC’s arts programs and individual students.  The pieces will include a wide diversity in media and approach ranging from paintings and monotypes to graphic designs and mixed-media. The exhibit will be available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday in the lower level of the Heath Fine Arts and Community Education Center located on the Quincy campus.

JWCC will host the Brown and Pike County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) banquet Tuesday, April 25, at noon at the Mt. Sterling Knights of Columbus.  The event will recognize the dozens of volunteers who support non-profit organizations in Pike and Brown counties by sharing their time, knowledge and skills. 

JWCC's Psychology students will host “Canstock 2017”, Wednesday, April 26 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the cafeteria on the Quincy campus. The event is sponsored by psychology students of Danelle Batterton, JWCC adjunct psychology instructor, as a class project for the spring semester.  Performances will start at 3 p.m. and feature Liz Bentley and Rachel Cooper. An open mic will follow for attendees on a first-come, first-serve basis. Admittance to the event is a non-perishable item for JWCC's student food pantry.

Audiences will be treated to vocal and instrumental selections performed by talented area students at JWCC’s Fine Arts Department Spring Music Concert on Friday, April 28, at 7 p.m. in the Mary Ellen Orr Auditorium on the Quincy campus. JWCC’s Band and Vocal Show Ensemble will perform a showcase of pieces and staged scenes from musicals such as Showboat, Avenue Q, West Side Story, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. Pop hits by ABBA, Queen and Pentatonix will also be performed. Admission is $5.00 for adults at the door. Students are admitted free of charge. Proceeds from the event will support the groups’ tours.

John Wood at the Quincy Mall will take place on Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 1p.m., featuring hands-on learning activities for children and parents connected to the various academic programs offered at the upcoming JDub Academy for kindergarten through eighth graders offered in June. The event at the Quincy Mall is free and open to the public.

John Wood Community College is the educational link between business and community. JWCC collaboratively creates innovative and relevant academic and training programs with business leaders to educate young people and the workforce for today’s needs and tomorrow’s opportunities. JWCC has centers in Quincy, Pittsfield, Baylis and Mt. Sterling, Illinois. Programs include a comprehensive baccalaureate transfer curriculum, customized business training, career/technical degrees and certificates and personal enrichment courses.

Learn more at: www.jwcc.edu.