JWCC to Celebrate Community College Month by Honoring Alumnus, Offering Free Classes and Performing Community Outreach

During Community College Month in April, John Wood Community College will host multiple events on its Quincy campus and regional centers. Many of the events are free and open to the public and range from concerts and complimentary classes to region’s largest career fair and a student art exhibit.

In addition to offering complimentary classes and events, JWCC faculty, staff and students will deliver food for a designated route of Quincy’s Meals on Wheels program during the month of April.  

A Community College Month kickoff event will be held on Monday, April 1, at 8:30 a.m. in the Heath Center Auditorium on the Quincy campus at 48th and Harrison.  The event will feature the presentation of the JWCC Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award to Dr. Trevor Akers, who operates Akers Hometown Chiropractic in Quincy.  

Shortly after enrolling at JWCC, Akers was involved in a motorcycle accident during which he suffered spinal injuries that resulted in permanent loss of the use of both of his legs.  He returned to classes and earned his associate degree from JWCC in 2005.  Akers completed a bachelor’s degree at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 2009 and became the first spinal cord injured student to graduate from Life University in Georgia with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 2011.

Community College Month events open to the public free of charge unless otherwise noted are as follows:

  • Tuesday, April 2, 10 a.m.: Grant and Twain two-act play, Heath Center Auditorium, Quincy campus. Public seating is limited and must be reserved by calling the Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County at 222.1835.
  • Wednesday, April 3,10a.m. to 3p.m.: Blood Drive, Heath Center Rooms D022-23, Quincy campus.
  • Wednesday and Thursday, April 3 and 4: Friends Day, all JWCC centers.  Current JWCC students can bring a friend or family member with them to classes. JWCC students must register friends and family at www.jwcc.edu/friends and check in at the front desks of respective JWCC centers.
  • Thursday, April 4, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.:  Inaugural Quincy Newcomers Reception co-hosted by JWCC, the Herald-Whig and Great River Economic Development Foundation, Heath Center Auditorium, Quincy campus.  Residents new to Quincy are invited to learn about the city’s employers, opportunities and services.
  • Friday, April 5, 9a.m. to 1 p.m.: Junior JDub Day Quincy campus visit experience for high school juniors to meet current JWCC students and faculty and explore the academic programs available in four-year transfer and career technical areas.  Juniors must register at www.jwcc.edu/jdub
  • Monday – Friday, April 8 - 12,  8a.m. to 5 p.m.: JWCC’s Mt. Sterling Education Center at 108 N. Capitol and Southeast Education Center at 39637 260th Ave in Pittsfield will provide tours, information and raffle prizes to guests during the centers’ regular operating hours. 
  • Wednesday April 10, 12 p.m. : Brown and Pike County Retired and Senior Volunteer (RSVP) Recognition luncheon, Mt. Sterling Knights of Columbus.  The event will recognize the 281 RSVP volunteers who in 2018 contributed 38,629 hours of service to non-profits, schools, government agencies and faith based organizations in Pike and Brown counties by sharing their time, knowledge and skills.
  • Thursday, April 11, 4 to 7 p.m.:  Region’s Largest Career Fair in conjunction with WGEM and the Quincy-Herald Whig, JWCC Student Activity Center, Quincy campus. Job seekers can explore possible employment with dozens of area employers and improve job search and interviewing skills during workshops held by JWCC Career Services staff.  
  • Wednesday, April 17, 6 p.m. :  JWCC Student and Faculty Recital, Heath Center Auditorium, Quincy campus.  Cost is $5 per person.
  • Monday, April 22, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.: Demystifying Dementia for Caregivers complimentary class, Heath Center Room D115, Quincy campus. Presenters will be Dr. Laura Routh, DHSc, MSN, RN, chair and associate professor of health sciences and Kim Straube, RN, BSN, CDP, director and instructor of JWCC’s Certified Nursing Assistant program.
  • Monday, April 22, 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.:  Show Me You Love Me – Social Media and Abuse complimentary class, Heath Center Room D024-25, Quincy campus. Presenter will be Tiffany Frericks, JWCC associate professor of social/behavioral sciences. Participants will learn how social media can adversely impact relationships.
  • Tuesday, April 23, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – Introduction to Surgical Technology complimentary class, Heath Center Room D115, Quincy campus. Presenters will be Cathy Wittler, chair of JWCC’s Surgical Technology program, and Don Altgilbers, surgical technology instructor. Participants will learn about the career field and how surgical technologists prepare for surgeries.
  • Tuesday, April 23: Student “Show and Sell” Art Exhibit opening, Heath Center Gallery, Quincy campus. Artwork will be available for purchase and proceeds will benefit JWCC’s arts programs and individual students.  The pieces will include a wide diversity in media and approach ranging from paintings and monotypes to graphic designs and mixed-media. The exhibit will be available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday through May 31.
  • Wednesday, April 24, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Introduction to Chinese complimentary class, Learning Center Room B021, Quincy campus. Presenter will be Cindy Williams, JWCC Chinese instructor. Participants will be introduced to a few basic Chinese phrases and characters.
  • Wednesday, April 24, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Foundations of Investing complimentary class, Heath Center Room D115, Quincy campus. Presenter will be Trenton Murfin.
  • Wednesday, April 24, 6:30 p.m.: Movie screening, Heath Center Auditorium, Quincy campus. For more information go to https://guides/jwcc.edu/hill-house and click on events.
  • Friday, April 26, 12 p.m.: JWCC/Community Certified Nurse Assistant of the Year luncheon, Quincy Senior and Family Resource Center. Cost is $9 per person. Advance reservations may be made by calling 217.641.4211.
  • Friday, April 26, at 7 p.m.:  JWCC and Quincy University music faculty joint concert, Heath Center Auditorium, Quincy campus.  Cost is $5 per person.
  • Tuesday, April 30, 6 p.m. – JWCC Music Department Concert, JWCC Southeast Education Center in Pittsfield.


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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.