JWCC Trustees Freeze Tuition Rates for Fifth Straight Year

JWCC main campus building
April 28, 2021

JWCC Trustees Freeze Tuition Rates for Fifth Straight Year

The John Wood Community College Board of Trustees supported freezing tuition rates and fees for the 2021-22 academic year during their meeting on April 28.  The meeting was conducted in-person and virtually 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 2021-22 academic year. This is the fifth straight year JWCC has frozen the base tuition rate for students.

“Providing accessible education at an exceptional value is part of our mission and it contributes to students’ success now and later in life.”  JWCC President Michael Elbe said.  “After a challenging year for our nation, there is still a real economic impact for our area. By freezing tuition rates, this is one way we can help students pursue and achieve their educational goals.”

The Board seated two newly elected trustees.  Paula Hawley of Griggsville and Don Hess (the incumbent) of Quincy took the Oath of Office to serve six-year terms.  Prior to taking the Oaths of Office, The Trustees recognized Trustee Jim Gay of Rockport, IL, who served on the JWCC Board for 14 years.

Noah Gay of Rockport was selected by JWCC’s student body and took the Oath of Office as the College’s Student Trustee for 2021-22.  Trustees recognized outgoing Student Trustee Clayton Dyer of Quincy, who served from 2020-21.

The Board conducted its reorganization of officers as part of the meeting. Trustees voted to re-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. The Board’s Executive Committee is Diane Ary, Bob Rhea and Larry Fischer of Quincy, past chair.

As chair, Ary appointed Trustees to the following Board committees:  Finance and Audit: Don Hess and Paula Hawley; Curriculum: Andy Sprague and Dr. Randy Greenwell; Dr. Randy Greenwell was appointed as the Board’s representative to the Illinois Community College Trustees Association (ICCTA) and Andy Sprague will serve as first alternative ICCTA representative.

In other business, the Board:

Heard a report on a Missouri Scholarship initiative to attract students into JWCC career and technical programs to boost enrollment, fill open positions for area employers and support the regional economy.

Eric Foster, JWCC coordinator of student life introduced the newly selected Student Government Association Officers for the 2021-2022 academic year:  Olivia Werries, president, Hayden Gresham, vice president, Macee Borrowman, secretary, Josh Sheffield, treasurer and Olivia Hanson, PR secretary.

Authorized submission of a $248,000 grant application to the Illinois Community College Board for Adult Education.

Accepted a $152,690 grant from AmeriCorp for the Adams, Brown & Pike County RSVP Program.

Authorized submission of a $17,280 grant application to the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) for the IBHE Cooperative Work-Study program.

Approved adoption of the 2021-2022 JWCC College and Student Handbook.

Approved a revision to Board Policy 508 regarding payroll.

Approved revisions of Board Policies:  518 – Selection & Appointment of Exempt Employees, 519 – Working hours for Exempt Employees, 520 – Employment of Non-Exempt Employees, 522 – Work periods of Non-Exempt Employees, and 523 – Overtime and Compensatory Time Off for Non-Exempt Employees.

Approved the State University Retirement System (SURS) Deferred Compensation Plan.

Accepted a $34,000 bid from Quincy Tractor, LLC to provide a utility tractor for JWCC.

Approved a $33,900 proposal from Aidex Corporation to provide Aidex Fanuc Robotics ER-4ia Educational Package for the College.

The next regular meeting of the JWCC Board of Trustees is June 16, 2021, at 6 p.m. at JWCC’s 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, certificates, and personal enrichment courses.