John Wood Community College and Western Illinois University Sign Agricultural Articulation Agreement

JWCC main campus building
January 20, 2023

January 20, 2023

John Wood Community College and Western Illinois University Sign Agricultural Articulation Agreement

John Wood Community College (JWCC) and Western Illinois University (WIU) signed an agricultural articulation agreement on Friday. Present for the signing were JWCC President Dr. Bryan Renfro, WIU President Dr. Guiyou Huang, faculty and staff from both institutions and JWCC students.

Articulation agreements document a pathway between two or more colleges or universities and their academic programs. Colleges and universities publish articulation agreements after reviewing the curriculum and the level of instruction. The agreements simplify the complexity of determining what courses to take. They focus on a specific area of study and help students who complete two years of college before attending the four-year program. Transfer agreements are guidelines that highlight an acknowledgement and partnership between schools worth following to avoid the often costly and sometimes confusing process of credit transfer.

JWCC President Bryan Renfro shared, “We at John Wood Community College are proud of our partnership with Western Illinois University. Our institutions have a long-standing history of working together to provide opportunities to students across Central Illinois. We are committed to continued collaboration to improve lives through education, discovery, and service. The signing of this articulation agreement for our agricultural programs is representative of the many opportunities we provide for students to pursue their hopes and dreams. JWCC and WIU share the belief that education changes life—a truth we see daily in our students and graduates. Partnering with Dr. Huang, his team, and the institution is an honor.”

This Articulation Agreement, referred to also as a 2+2 Agreement, is for those students who transfer from JWCC with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Agricultural Business and pursue a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Science at WIU.

“Western Illinois University is excited to partner with John Wood Community College to offer a smooth transfer experience and transition for agriculture students wishing to continue their education. We look forward to continuing to work with John Wood to provide agreements that benefit students in the region,” WIU President Guiyou Huang said.

With this agreement in place, students are assured that when transferring credit hours, they can complete their BS degree with the standard two years’ worth of courses.

For more information, please contact JWCC Director of Public Relations Tracy Hagman at or WIU Interim Assistant Vice President, University Communication, Marketing and Media Relations at

Picture attached, Left to Right:  Dr. Andrew Baker, WIU Chair of School of Agriculture, Dr. Craig Conrad, WIU Dean of College of Business and Technology, Dr. Manoochehr Zoghi, WIU Provost and Academic Vice President, Dr. Guiyou Huang, WIU President, Dr. Bryan Renfro, JWCC President, Dr. Laurel Klinkenberg, JWCC Vice President of Instruction, Mr. Dave Hetzler, JWCC Dean of Career and Technical Education, Mr. Mike Tenhouse, JWCC Director of Ag Sciences Complex


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.