Up to $3,000 in Scholarships Available for One-year Diesel Technology Program at JWCC

As the demand for diesel technicians rises in the Tri-state area, John Wood Community College, local industries and the City of Quincy have joined forces to attract Quincy students of any age to pursue the one-year certificate program. 

New students entering JWCC’s diesel technology program who live in Quincy’s 62301 or 62305 zip codes may apply for up to $3,000 in scholarships this fall through the Quincy Promise program.  The program is privately funded by Quincy area industries in search of JWCC graduates with specific career and technical skills. 

“We can use multiple technicians right now to service trucks we are one of 13 transportation firms in the Quincy area, not to mention farm equipment dealerships,” Casey Ragar of Sharkey Transportation shared.   

The average starting salary of diesel technicians is around $40,000 or $20 an hour plus benefits.

JWCC launched the program in 2017 to respond to the need in the workforce. The eight-class certificate program includes courses in diesel technology, hydraulics, pneumatics, technical math, manufacturing, industrial safety, maintenance and repair welding, and speech. Diesel technology I and II are taught in partnership with the Quincy Area Vocational Training Center (QAVTC).  All other courses will take place at JWCC.

Students completing the certificate program can enter the workforce to repair farm and heavy equipment in a wide range of industries.  JWCC students have job offers prior to graduation.

“The Quincy Promise Scholarship may pay up to half of tuition, and if students qualify for any state or federal grants, the entire cost may be covered,” Dave Hetzler, interim dean of career and technical education shared.  “One year of potentially free training and a $40,000 job waiting at the end is an incredible opportunity.  We want to get this word out to students of any age in Quincy, especially those considering a career change.” 

The scholarship application can be found at www.jwcc.edu/quincypromise and more information  is available from JWCC admissions at 217.641.4337 or admissions@jwcc.edu.  Additional career and technical programs at JWCC may also qualify for Quincy Promise funding. 

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.