JWCC Receives Grant from Compeer Financial to Support Technology for Ag Programs

Compeer Grant to JWCC

Pictured left to right in the attached photo are:  From Compeer Financial, Jessica Carolan, financial officer, Mark Wernowsky, financial officer, Brock Willard, insurance officer and Kelvin Triplett, financial officer;  and from John Wood Community College, Gina Sheurman, JWCC Foundation Board President and Michael Elbe, JWCC President. 


The John Wood Community College Foundation recently received a $10,000 grant from Compeer Financial to support technology for the College’s Agriculture programs.  Funds will purchase a drone, laptops and a projection microscope for ag students’ research and study.  

“We are grateful for partnerships with community and rural focused organizations like Compeer Financial that are investing in our students to prepare them for the changing careers and technology in agriculture,” JWCC Foundation President Gina Sheurman said.   

Jessica Carolan, financial officer for Compeer Financial, noted that JWCC’s ag program sets itself apart through its connection to four-year universities. 

“JWCC’s collaborative relationship with the University of Illinois provides students with research and internship opportunities early in their college career, which shows the College’s vision to provide graduates ready for the future,” Carolan said.

Brock Willard, Compeer insurance officer shared that JWCC students benefit from hands-on learning and feels that the grant funds will further those efforts. 

“Hands-on learning and new technologies are crucial to showing students the limitless potential of agriculture,” Willard said. “This grant program is designed to help fund agricultural education and classroom equipment to help John Wood students have even more access to modern resources to broaden their perspective of the rapidly changing agricultural industry.”

JWCC serves a largely rural district encompassing 2,363 square miles including all of Adams, Brown and Pike Counties as well as parts of Calhoun, Cass, Hancock, Morgan, Schuyler, and Scott. Students from Missouri counties that border the Mississippi River also enroll in JWCC’s program, which serves 60 to 80 students in each two-year agricultural program cycle. JWCC offers associate degrees in agriculture, ag business and animal science, as well as ag applications, beef specialist and swine specialist certificate programs. 

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.