JWCC Trustees Hear Report on Slight Spring Enrollment Increase

The John Wood Community College Board of Trustees, meeting in regular session in Mt. Sterling Wednesday, March 20, received an update on JWCC’s Spring enrollment, which increased 1.3 percent over the last year.

According to an Illinois Community College Board report, JWCC was one of only 12 of 48 community colleges in the state to have an annual increase in spring enrollment.  John Wood has 1,849 students enrolled in the current 2019 spring semester and had 1,825 in spring 2018.  During that same time period, Illinois community colleges experienced an overall 2.3 percent decrease.

Over the last five spring terms, JWCC enrollment held somewhat steady with a minimal decease of one tenth of one percent compared to the statewide decrease of 14.2 percent.

“When you consider the challenging environment that combines smaller high school graduating classes and more adults gainfully employed across the state, showing growth is a credit to our faculty and staff,” JWCC President Michael Elbe said. “We have strong retention, increased online enrollment, and the right people doing creative work. We have also invested more time in strategic planning sessions that produce yearly initiatives focused on maintaining a healthy, vibrant college.”

During the meeting Trustees also heard special reports on concurrent enrollment and financial aid. 

 Brittany McKeown, coordinator of high school and prospective student relations, Melanie Lechtenberg, dean of enrollment services and director of financial aid and Dr. Laurel Klinkenberg, vice president of instruction, provided an update on JWCC’s Smart Start Concurrent Enrollment program. The program allows students to earn college credit while in high school.  JWCC offers general education courses as part of the first two years of a bachelor’s degree and career and technical classes in health sciences, agriculture and manufacturing/welding. In the last year, JWCC increased the total amount of concurrent credit hours taken by high school students by 5 percent.

 Lechtenberg also provided an overview of federal and state financial aid disbursed to JWCC students.  More than $6.5 million in grants, loans and work study funds were distributed to 1,100 JWCC students last year.  In addition to assisting JWCC students, College financial aid representatives visited 13 of the 14 JWCC district high schools to help residents file the Free Application for Federal Financial Aid. 

 In other business, the board:

 Authorized a $33,583 grant submission to the Illinois Green Economy Network to replace heat pumps and a refrigeration unit for JWCC facilities.

 Accepted $145,190 in grant funding from the Corporation for National Community Service for Adams, Brown and Pike counties’ Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. The grant funds will span a six-year period.  Previous funding has supported 783 volunteers from three counties who logged 123,028 service hours to support 110 non-profit organizations and governmental agencies.


Adopted the 2019-20 catalog and student handbook.

Approved summer hours for 2019 and closing the College on July 5.

Approved changing the date of the April 17, 2109 Board meeting to April 24, 2019 to comply with election laws and declare results of the April 2, 2019 election.

Approved a lab free range between $0 and $100 for a Maintenance & Repair Welding course.

The next meeting will be held Wednesday, April 24, at 7 p.m. at JWCC’s 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.

Learn more at: www.jwcc.edu.