New Hands-on Learning Opportunities for Area Children to be Offered this June with JDub Academy

Classes offered at JWCC Quincy Campus and locations in Mt. Sterling and Pittsfield

John Wood Community College will provide hands-on educational enrichment classes for young students this summer with its JDub Academy program. The courses, offered to children in grades kindergarten through 12, will provide unique and enjoyable activities in computers, science, arts, cooking and other learning opportunities.

Experts in a range of professions from art and foreign language to manufacturing and health care will instruct classes. All classes will have interactive elements, projects and academic and career focus.

Area youth may choose from more than a dozen classes during three different sessions of JDub Academy in Quincy offered Monday through Fridays: June 10-14, June 17-21 and June 24-28. Each week will have an 8 a.m. to 9:50 a.m. session and a 10 a.m.-11:50 a.m. session.  Children may choose to attend one or both sessions.

Classes will also be held at JWCC’s Mt. Sterling Education Center and the Southeast Education Center, located 2 miles north of Pittsfield.

Learn How to Garden, German Inspired Snacks and Treats, Healthy Chefs, I Can Bake and Decorate, Everyday Art, and Basic Healthy Puppy Class are just a few of the classes offered this year. JDub Academy will also be offering Gardner Camp Outdoor Adventures for 4-8thgraders, where students will learn outdoor skills such as archery, kayaking, and air gun aiming.

Two programs for older children will be offered within JDub Academy this year. Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajigs, a STEM camp focused on manufacturing processes and skills for ages 12-16, will be offered June 17-21, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. each day. Students will learn the process of manufacturing from prototype to production through hands-on experience, along with various welding techniques. Introduction to Health Careers will introduce high school students to various careers in the healthcare field through hands-on activities.

JDub Academy is also partnering with Black Rocket Productions to offer two new STEAM classes. Make Your First Video Game and ROBLOX Makers will introduce students to computer coding and building 3D models on computers. The classes are open to ages 8-14.

JWCC’s JDub Academy is a unique program that offers children hands-on academic and enrichment workshops on a college campus. All courses are designed to teach new and meaningful skills, excite students about learning and discover ways to explore future careers every summer.  

More information is available at by calling 217.641.4941. Registration begins April 15.

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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