JWCC Trustees Freeze Tuition for Fourth Straight Year

April 15, 2020

JWCC Trustees Freeze Tuition for Fourth Straight Year

The John Wood Community College Board of Trustees voted to freeze tuition rates for the 2020-2021 academic year during their meeting on April 15, making this the fourth consecutive year JWCC has not increased the base tuition rate for students.  The meeting was conducted through remote video and audio as permitted by the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The current tuition rates per credit hour for in-district, out-of-district and online instruction will remain the same for the 2020-21 academic year.

“Our College’s mission is to provide accessible education at an exceptional value,” JWCC President Michael Elbe said.  “COVID-19 will continue to have an economic impact on our community and this is one way we can help students pursue and achieve their educational goals.”

“JWCC provides an affordable and excellent education that is safe and close to home.  In our current situation, all these factors are important as people consider their current and future education and career choices,” President Elbe shared.  “JWCC is positioned well and I am confident we will all come through this better and stronger together.”

The Board also held its reorganizational meeting and election of officers. Trustees voted to elect Diane Ary of Quincy as chair of the Board, Bob Rhea of Camp Point as vice chair and Andy Sprague of Kinderhook as secretary. 

As chair, Ary appointed trustees to the following committees:  Executive Committee: Diane Ary, chair, Bob Rhea, vice chair, Larry Fischer, past chair, Andy Sprague, secretary; Finance and Audit:  Andy Sprague and Dr. Randy Greenwell; Curriculum Committee: Jim Gay and Don Hess.

Dr. Randy Greenwell was appointed as the Board’s representative to the Illinois Community College Trustees Association (ICCTA).  Sprague will serve as the alternative ICCTA representative.

Clayton Dyer of Quincy was selected by JWCC’s student body and took the Oath of Office as the College’s Student Trustee for 2020-21.  Trustees recognized outgoing Student Trustee Macyn Seaver of Macomb who served from 2019-20.

In other business, the Board:

Authorized submission and acceptance of a $165,848 grant application from the Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN) for Solar Array at the Ag Center. 

Authorized submission of a $10,000 grant application from The ARC of IL in Cooperation with IL Council on Developmental Disabilities for the College for Life (CFL) program to provide Chromebooks.

Approved the appointment of Bill LaTour, dean of operations/chief of police to represent JWCC on the Illinois Community College Risk Management Consortium (ICCRMC) Board of Directors. 

Authorized acceptance of a $80,793.35 bid from LiveSpace for the gymnasium sound system.

Authorized implementation of Staff Compensation Plan for 2020-2025.

Authorized approval of a Memorandum of Understanding containing modifications and clarifications to the FY2019-FY2022 Collective Bargaining Agreement regarding the College’s COVID-19 response.

The next meeting will be held Wednesday, May 20, at 7 p.m. at JWCC’s Quincy campus.

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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.

Learn more at: www.jwcc.edu.