More Students Using Summer Courses to Save Money, Shorten Time to Complete Degrees

Three and Eight Week Sessions, Affordability Help Double JWCC’s Summer Enrollment from Four-Year University Students

With college costs rising, more students from four-year universities want to decrease the amount of time and money it takes to earn a degree.  That is why more students from four-year universities are taking summer classes offered in three and eight week sessions at John Wood Community College.

In the last four years, the number of students from other schools taking summer classes at JWCC has more than doubled.  In 2015, 63 students from other colleges enrolled in summer courses compared to 155 in 2018.

“Many students are starting to view the summer just like the fall or spring semester,” Andy Happekotte, John Wood Community College director of advising and retention shared.  “They see it as an opportunity to save money and complete courses in a shorter amount of time and in ways that make the most sense for their schedules.”

Tuition for a summer classroom-based course at JWCC costs approximately $489 for an in-district resident, compared to $1,125 at an Illinois four-year public university or $2,594 at a private university.  

Students can earn three credits in just three weeks in the subject areas of speech and psychology by attending classes five days a week from 9 a.m. to noon.  Three-week courses begin May 20.  JWCC also offers dozens of other classes in eight week classroom, open learning and online formats that begin June 10. 

The most popular summer classes taken at JWCC are in math, speech, biology, English, music and psychology. 

Registration for JWCC summer classes is currently underway.  More information is available at or by contacting the advising office at 217.641.4355.

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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