JWCC Trustees Hear Report on Spring Enrollment Increase and Approve NJCAA Esports Program

February 19, 2020

JWCC Trustees Hear Report on Spring Enrollment Increase and Approve NJCAA Esports Program

The John Wood Community College Board of Trustees, meeting in regular session in Quincy Wednesday evening, February 19, heard a report that JWCC’s spring credit hour enrollment is up 1.2 percent and approved the addition of an Esports program for the 2020-21 academic year to JWCC’s National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) program. 

JWCC’s spring credit hour enrollment is up 220 credit hours or 1.2 percent from this time last year; continuing to defy the downward trend of community colleges across the state and country.  “Our faculty and staff continue to work creatively to engage our current students on a path of completion as well as recruit new students to our College,” Mike Elbe, JWCC president said. “With declining graduation classes and low unemployment rates, we are fortunate to have continued growth.  Much of this success has to do with the people, the planning and the partnerships we focus on each day. “

In the last several years JWCC has successfully implemented new programs to attract prospective students to support workforce needs.  Utilizing strategic initiatives brought forward by JWCC’s Leadership Council, we are pleased to announce the addition of NJCAA Esports program beginning fall 2020,” Elbe shared. “This is an exciting opportunity to offer a program growing in great interest to expand co-curricular offerings for prospective and current students.” 

The Esports program will include Overwatch, FIFA20, Super Smash Bros Ultimate, Rocket League and Madden NFL. 

In other business, the board:

Heard a special report regarding JWCC’s Higher Learning Commission Accreditation and Illinois Community College Board Recognition status. 

Granted tenure for five full-time faculty members effective at the beginning of the 2020–2021 academic year:  Mr. Jimmy Behrens, Ms. Jennifer Grindstaff, Mr. Ronald Kraft, Ms. Laura Matthews and Ms. Kim Straube.  

Approved 2020 summer hours for May 18, 2020 – August 7, 2020.  

Approved a revision to Board Policy 512 for a Drug Free Workplace regarding the legalization of adult recreational marijuana in the state of Illinois.

Approved the addition of NJCAA Esports program beginning fall 2020.

Approved the retention of WIPFLi, LLP as JWCC’s accounting firm to audit the financial statements of the College for 2020 and 2021.

Authorized acceptance of a $49,148.25 bid, including an addendum amount of $7,191.50, from LiveSpace for the auditorium sound system, partially funded by a grant from the Marion Gardner Jackson Trust.

Authorized acceptance of a $119,235 bid for consultation support from THG Advisors for the Water Nexus program.  JWCC, in partnership with Lewis and Clark Community College (L&C), received a grant from the Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN) to explore the potential for employing next generation technologies and best management practices to improve water and water-energy usage along the Lower Illinois River Valley agricultural lands in the JWCC and L&C adjoining districts.  

Authorized acceptance of a $27,567 bid from Advanced Technologies for a solar heat and photovoltaic trainer for the HVAC program.

Authorized entrance into an Intergovernmental Agreement and lease with the University of Illinois for land within the Orr Research Farm.

Accepted $152,690 in grant funds from the Corporation for National and Community Service for Adams, Brown, & Pike County Retired and Senior Volunteer Programs (RSVP).

Authorized submission of application and accepted $306, 675 grant to the Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN) for two solar arrays at the Workforce Development Center to assist with HVAC students’ training.

Authorized submission of $45,000-$50,000 grant application for Adult Volunteer Literacy to Illinois State Library/Jesse White Secretary of State.

Authorized submission of a $5,000 grant application for the Adams, Brown, and Pike Counties RSVP to the United Way of Adams County to support Medical Transportation, Carry-Out Caravan and Neighborly Assistance programs.

Authorized $15,000 in funds from the Illinois Community College Board to offer Transitional Math assistance to high schools. 

The next meeting will be held Wednesday, March 18, at 7 p.m. at JWCC’s Workforce Development Center, located at 4220 Kochs Lane, Quincy, IL.

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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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