Southeast Education Center Goal Surpassed

JWCC Surpasses $200,000 Goal for Serving the Southeast Campaign

A Dedication and Community Open House is set for August 10.  Classes start August 21.

During a donor recognition reception on July 25, the John Wood Community College Foundation announced that the Serving the Southeast campaign raised $215,796  to fund equipment, technology and furnishings for its new and expanded Southeast Education Center set to open August 21. The facility, located two miles north of Pittsfield on U.S. Route 54, serves the southeastern portion of JWCC’s district that includes Pike County and portions of Cass, Calhoun, Morgan and Scott counties.

JWCC’s Southeast Advisory Committee Chair Gina Sheurman said the College’s commitment and collaboration with communities led to the campaign’s success.

“Right from the start, John Wood involved community leaders and asked what our needs were and collaborated with us to make this expanded facility a reality,” Sheurman said. “Those efforts were recognized and it shows in the results of the campaign.  This new center will be an incredible source of community pride and opportunity.”

The center includes approximately 10,000 square feet on the main level and includes amenities community leaders recommended to help 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 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.


“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. The next step is to continue to build upon this momentum and deliver relevant programs specific to the southeast portion of our district.”


JWCC has a 10-year, renewable lease with the facility’s owners, who recently completed interior and exterior updates.  Campaign funds will be used for computers, furniture, classroom supplies and other equipment to support the center in first year and in the future.  All donations are in a restricted fund to support Southeast Education Center needs.

 A dedication and community open house is set for August 10 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the center at 39637 260th Avenue in Pittsfield.  The event is open to the public and will include a short program at 5:30 p.m., tours, and barbecue. Fall classes will begin at the center August 21.

 Donors interested in supporting the campaign may contact Barbara Holthaus, executive director of the JWCC Foundation, at 217.641.4104 or  Information about classes or community use of the center is available from Diane Vose, JWCC Manager of Regional Centers and Community Based Outreach at 217.285.5319 or 

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.

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