JWCC’s Smart Start Program Offers High School Students an Opportunity for College Credit

High school students in hallway of Jwcc
July 30, 2020

High school students looking to get a jump start on their college education have an opportunity to earn both high school and college credit concurrently, with some assistance from John Wood Community College.

JWCC’s Smart Start Concurrent Enrollment program allows eligible students to take one John Wood course or more that will go towards their associate degree or a certificate. JWCC credits transfer to universities nationwide.

“Smart Start is the perfect fit for those students looking to get an early start towards building college credit,” said Brittany McKeown, coordinator of concurrent enrollment. “While the program is not for everyone, those students who enjoy the rigor of academics can take advantage of graduating college early.”

JWCC is currently offering a 25% discount on tuition for high school students interested in starting Smart Start courses this upcoming fall semester. Eligibility is based on high school grades and GPA, ACT/SAT or placement testing scores.

“With the upcoming semester, students may take select courses offered through their high schools. Classes will be offered in the classroom, online, or hybrid, which is part in the classroom and online,” said McKeown.

Enrollment is taking place now, and courses are filling up quickly. JWCC’s fall classes start on August 17th. Students interested in the program can talk with their high school counselor, or contact McKeown at 217.641.4339 or bmckeown@jwcc.edu. They may also visit jwcc.edu/smartstart for more information and to register.


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.