Trustees Hear Report on Increase in Enrollment of First-Time Freshmen

During a meeting at the John Wood Community College Workforce Development Center in Quincy on August 21, Trustees heard an update on enrollment including an increase in enrollment from first-time freshmen.  

JWCC enrolled 37 more first-time freshmen on the first day of fall classes compared to last year. Last fall 374 high school graduates entered JWCC and this year 411 started classes. 

The total number of credit hours students are enrolled in for fall are similar to last year.  First-day numbers for 2019 show 20,423 credit hours compared to 20,526 in 2018. Figures also show an increase in credit hours taken within career and technical certificate and applied associate degrees. The number of adult students taking classes is down slightly, which can be partly contributed to the area’s low unemployment climate.

“Faculty and staff have worked together to help increase our first-time freshman enrollment through strategic initiatives such as athletic and academic program expansion,” Michael Elbe, JWCC president said.  “We have 16 new students in the new HVAC program, added enrollment in health sciences through medical assistant, nursing and surgical technology programs and have seen a slight increase in students from outside of the district.  We still have work to do, yet these first-day numbers are strong compared to community colleges across the state. Retaining these students is key along with enrolling more students in three additional sessions this fall.”

JWCC will continue enrolling for additional fall semester start dates in September, October and December.

During the meeting Trustees also heard a request from a Morgan County official to consider abating taxes within a designated enterprise zone.  In addition, an official from the City of Quincy asked the JWCC Board to consider approval of a term extension for the current tax increment financing (TIF) district in the Central Business District West Redevelopment Project area in downtown Quincy.  Trustees will take action on both requests in future meetings. 

In other business, Trustees:

Received a report on the development of an updated facilities master plan.  The full plan will be completed in the next month and is scheduled to be considered for approval at the September board meeting. 

Approved the transfer of $1,035,336.72 from operating funds to the operations and maintenance restricted funds for deferred maintenance projects and capital projects planned for fiscal year 2020 and future years.  

Approved the adoption of Board Policy 530 for unpaid employee leaves that do not meet the criteria set in Board Policy 510 which covers paid time off. 

The next regular meeting of the JWCC Board of Trustees is scheduled for September 18 on the Quincy campus.

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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