Trustees Hear Phi Theta Kappa Students Research Report, Recognize Diversity and Inclusion Efforts

The John Wood Community College Board of Trustees, meeting in regular session in Quincy Wednesday evening, February 20, heard a special report about community research conducted by students in the College’s Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society.

JWCC’s PTK Alpha Tau Gamma chapter Vice President Jennifer Watkins shared results from an Honors in Action project that researched how JWCC seeks to understand and better serve the communities within its district. 

PTK students’ research found that JWCC’s collaboration with community leaders and business and industry advisory councils to offer degrees, certificates and training tailored to the region has helped sustain manufacturing, healthcare and agriculture industries and influenced the identity of its nine-county district.  

“We’ve found that JWCC is providing what students feel they need,” Watkins shared.

Trustees also recognized members of JWCC’s Inclusion Committee who were instrumental in the College receiving the Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Award. During an awards presentation in January, JWCC was honored in front of 500 business leaders in West Central Illinois for its commitment to diversity and inclusion as shown through new inclusive programs and intentional, continuous efforts to make all students and community members feel welcome and valued.

 The Board also discussed the impact of the minimum wage increase in Illinois.  In the next fiscal year JWCC anticipates a minimal impact given current entry level wages set for employees.  Early estimates indicate increasing the minimum wage from $8.50 to $15 in the next five years could potentially increase the college’s payroll from $8 million to $11 million.


In other business, the board:


Authorized submission of a grant application of $5,000 to the United Way of Adams County to operate a medical transportation program coordinated by the Retired and Senior Volunteer program hosted by JWCC. Previous grant funding in 2018 allowed RSVP volunteers to transport 97 clients to 406 medical appointments.

Accepted $48,712 in funding from the Illinois Community College Board Career Technical Education Leadership grant to promote and enhance JWCC’s Early Childhood Education program.

Authorized submission of a grant application for an amount between $28,000 to $30,000 from Illinois State Library to support JWCC’s Adult Volunteer Literacy program.

Revised Board Policy 213 to coincide with Information Technology policy, procedure and practice.

Approved a contract extension for the vice president for instructional services, tenure for two full-time faculty members and approved and authorized a resolution to not renew the contract of a non-tenured faculty member.

The next meeting will be held Wednesday, March 20, at 7 p.m. at JWCC’s Mt. Sterling Education Center.       

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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