Kathy Flesner Wins Sixth Annual JWCC Foundation and WGEM Career Makeover Competition

Kathy FlesnerAdult students continue to reinvent their careers by taking courses and earning degrees at John Wood Community College. This opportunity is now open to Kathy Flesner of Payson, Ill., who won this year’s JWCC Foundation/WGEM Career Makeover competition.

Flesner emerged from a field of 75 applicants to earn a two-year, full-tuition scholarship to pursue an associate degree in business at JWCC. 

“The timing of the scholarship is most ideal to better myself as my youngest child is graduating high school this spring,” Flesner shared. 

She and her husband, Vaughn, have been self-employed for over 30 years with their own business. To advance further, Flesner needs a college degree.

“The biggest regret in my life I express to my children is not attending college. I would like to make that regret a reality,” she said. “Receiving this scholarship will aid me in the possibility of employment elsewhere as health insurance prices are increasing for those self-employed.” 

Flesner will begin courses as part of her associate degree this fall. She and her husband have six children, all of whom have been enrolled at JWCC, whether it was through online classes or attending classes on campus.

Runners-up to the competition are Lori Eaton and Jason Klinner, both of Quincy. The two will each receive a $500 JWCC scholarship for the 2018-2019 academic year.

The JWCC Foundation began in 1984 to advance the College’s mission and create educational opportunities through giving. In addition to the annual Career Makeover competition, the foundation awards more than $55,000 in private scholarships to JWCC students each year and supports multiple programmatic and capital projects for the College.

“This is one more way the JWCC Foundation creates educational opportunities,” Barb Dietrich Holthaus, executive director of the JWCC Foundation Board said.  “Thanks to the continued partnership with WGEM, the Career Makeover contest is a public way of showing the power education has to change someone’s life.”  

WGEM supports the project as an extension of serving the community and its partnership with JWCC.

“The Career Makeover isn’t just a competition, it is a life changing event,” Carlos Fernandez, WGEM vice president and general manager said.  “We are proud to partner with the JWCC Foundation to help people change their lives for the better.”

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.