JWCC Trustees Hear Reports on Graduation and Career Launch Signing Day
John Wood Community College Board of Trustees heard a report from JWCC President Bryan Renfro on the College’s Forty-Eighth annual graduation ceremony and Career Launch Signing Day during its regular meeting on Wednesday, May 17, 2023.
Renfro stated, “During the 2022-2023 academic year, JWCC proudly granted 349 associate degrees, 174 certificates, and 1 College for Life certificate to students pursuing their hopes and dreams. It’s inspiring to see so many hardworking students balancing their studies with full-time or part-time jobs to support themselves and their families. We are proud of them!
We are thrilled to announce that 235 students will participate in our commencement ceremony on May 19. This marks the largest number of graduates we’ve had at JWCC to walk across the stage.”
Renfro also shared, “We are equally excited about our partnership with the Great River Economic Development Foundation (GREDF) and the Quincy Area Vocational Technical Center (QAVTC) for Career & Technical Launch Signing Day. The event featured over 13 students and 8 business partners. Our ultimate goal is to grow the region’s workforce and be a national leader in helping our students achieve a sustainable family income. We are grateful for our Board of Trustees, faculty, and staff, who are committed to supporting our students every step of the way. Having great partners in this journey, like GREDF and the QAVTC, makes it possible.”
In other business, the Board:
As Board Chair, Bob Rhea appointed Trustees to the following Board committees: Finance and Audit: Don Hess and Dr. Randy Greenwell; Curriculum: Larry Fischer and Angela Greger; Andy Sprague was appointed as the Board’s representative to the Illinois Community College Trustees Association (ICCTA) and Paula Hawley will serve as the first alternative ICCTA representative.
Authorization submission of a $616,693.68 (over a 3-year period) grant application to the Illinois Community College Board/IL Department of Human Services for Early Childhood Access Consortium for Equity (ECACE).
Authorized submission of a $312,095 grant application to the Illinois Community College Board for the Pipeline for the Advancement of the Healthcare Workforce (PATH) Grant.
Authorized submission of a $50,364 grant application to the Illinois Department on Aging for the Illinois Department on Aging Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Grant.
Authorized submission of a $171,087 grant application to the Illinois Community College Board for the FY24 Perkins Grant providing funds for Career and Technical Education programs.
Authorized submission of a $12,000-$15,000 grant application to the Illinois Board of Higher Education for the Illinois Cooperative Work Study Grant.
The next regular meeting of the JWCC Board of Trustees is June 21 at 6 p.m. at JWCC’s Quincy campus.