College for Life Continues to Expand Opportunities for Students with Disabilities

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August 4, 2020

John Wood Community College’s College for Life program is preparing for the fall semester, with a slate of classes for students with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

“We are looking forward to having students back on campus,” said Michele Westmaas, CFL coordinator. “Social distancing guidelines and face coverings will help create a safe environment for our students and instructors.”

Three online courses will be a new feature of the CFL program this fall. Active Citizenship, Dance and Movement for Musical Theatre and Career Exploration will be offered, eliminating the barriers of transportation and geography to allow students near and far to participate.

As it enters its fourth year, CFL continues to grow and expand opportunities to its students, providing an accessible path to learning and growth. Six students recently completed the program and will received their CFL certificates on August 14.

CFL classes include communication, healthy relationships, self-advocacy, personal finance, writing, nutrition, fitness and more. The program’s value has spread throughout JWCC’s service area which reaches parts of Illinois, Missouri and Iowa. Scholarship opportunities have also made college a reality for students who didn’t save for education beyond high school and cannot access Federal or state grants because of the non-credit nature of course offerings.

Enrollment is taking place now, and students and families interested in the program are encouraged to contact CFL for registration or information. Classes begin August 17. Contact CFL at 217.641.4941 or email You may also visit for more details.

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, certificates, and personal enrichment courses.