Trustees Hear Report on Increased Support from JWCC Foundation

During a meeting at the new John Wood Community College Southeast Education Center Wednesday, August 16, Trustees heard a report on the JWCC Foundation’s increased support to the College from Barbara Holthaus, who serves as its executive director and JWCC director of advancement.

The JWCC Foundation, established in 1984, is part of the College’s advancement efforts, which garner private financial support for JWCC programs, services and projects. A separate, non-elected board oversees foundation operations including restricted and unrestricted gifts.

During the 2017 fiscal year, the foundation provided more than $300,000 in direct support to JWCC to support scholarships, special projects and operations, which is the highest amount in its history. Assets are also the highest level since the foundation’s creation and stand at $2.17 million.  Total giving and the number of donors, scholarships and endowed funds are also at record levels.

 “The foundation is a key component of our college and helps the college remain a vibrant, progressive institution despite state funding challenges,” Michael Elbe, JWCC president said. “In the last year alone, the foundation’s efforts enabled the college to open an expanded facility in the southeast portion of our district, provided more scholarships to students and helped advance technology throughout our campus and regional centers.  We are grateful for their constant work behind the scenes and the many donors who invest in our mission to enrich lives by offering accessible education for all students.”

In other business, Trustees:

Adopted a policy protecting the safety of minors on campus.  The best practice policy provides direction for situations involving minors who participate in College programs and activities and outlines appropriate measures for the supervision of minors on campus.

Approved the transfer of $1,198,673 from the Education fund to the Operations and Maintenance Restricted Fund for the 2017 fiscal year. The majority of the transfer ($919,780) represents 2017 fiscal year state payments that have been allocated to the College but not received. This amount of the transfer will not be spent until payments are received from the state. Funds will help replenish deferred maintenance and capital project funds spent in the 2016 and 2017 fiscal years and help fund deferred maintenance and capital projects in the 2018 fiscal year.

Approved a $1,660 write-off to resolve an institutional error made when listing an Emergency Management course.

Accepted $160,140 in grant funding from the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) for an Adult Education Continuation grant; $50,961 in grant funding from the Workforce Investment Office Area #14 for youth GED and career programs; $10,000 in grant funding from the ICCB for a Leadership-Dual Credit grant; and $8,736 in grant funding for Perkins/Special Populations students.

The next regular meeting of the JWCC Board of Trustees is scheduled for September 20 on the Quincy campus.



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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