JWCC High School Market Share Stands at 30 percent

John Wood Community College Trustees, meeting in regular session Wednesday, October 17, in Quincy heard a report on the College’s high school graduate market share.

Dean of Enrollment Services and Director of Financial Aid Melanie Lechtenberg shared that JWCC enrolled 30 percent of the 946 high school graduates from the College’s district in the fall of 2018.  The College’s ten-year market share average also stands at 30 percent.

Seven of the 15 high schools in JWCC’s district sent more graduates to JWCC this fall compared to last year. Those high schools included Bluffs, Liberty, Payson-Seymour, Quincy Notre Dame, Quincy, Southeastern and Western.

Lechtenberg also shared that JWCC’s enrolled more students from nearby Missouri high schools as a result of outreach to attract students into programs to support the Tri-state area’s workforce needs. JWCC’s share of 2018 graduates from Missouri High Schools in Clark, Knox, Lewis, Marion, Monroe, Pike, Ralls, Shelby, Scotland counties increased from 2 to 4 percent compared to last year.

In other business, the Board:

Adopted a resolution declaring the intent to approve the annual equity adjustment for the 2018 tax year as permitted by state statute. JWCC is one of 16 community colleges in the state eligible by law for the adjustment because the College operates at a tax rate below the statewide average.  The adjustment is 6.62 cents per $100 equalized assessed valuation (EAV), which would generate an estimated $1,080,615 for JWCC’s operation fund for the 2019 budget year.  The Board announces its intent for the equity adjustment every October prior to its annual levy. The overall tax levy will be discussed at future meetings.

Approved a resolution to abate the 2018 tax levied to pay General Obligation Bonds (Alternate Revenue Source), Series 2012 used to fund energy efficiency projects.  JWCC has sufficient funds from operations for the annual payment of the principal and interest on these bonds.  As a result, the counties of Adams, Pike, Hancock, Calhoun, Schuyler, Brown, Morgan, Scott and Cass will not collect approximately $95,000 for payment in 2018.

Authorized and accepted the 2018 fiscal year audit.

Approved a 5.8 percent increase in premium costs for the College and JWCC employees to cover rising costs of services while maintaining the College’s insurance fund balance.

Adopted Board Policy 412 regarding student engagement in coursework.

Approved submission of a grant application of between $25,000 and $50,000 to the Illinois Community College Board for a Career and Technical Education Leadership Grant to support the Early Childhood Education program.

The next regular meeting of the JWCC Board of Trustees is set for November 14 at 7 p.m. at the campus in Quincy.

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