Workforce and Business Training

Workforce & Business Training

Ensure a competitive advantage

JWCC is here for the business community!

Local businesses are a vital part of our community and JWCC is proud to provide the training and education your company needs:

  • Short-term training for entry-level workers
  • Career training for high-demand vocations
  • Skilled technical training in a variety of areas
  • Workshops and classes to enhance your existing labor force’s skills
  • Courses customized for your company’s needs

A strong community is the goal of John Wood Community College

Workers meeting

What does your company need to succeed?

Customized training for your company’s challenges

JWCC’s Workforce & Business Training programs aim to help the manufacturing and service community identify the skills that companies need now and will need in the future for workforce and manufacturing improvements. Working together, we can prepare the area workforce to meet these needs effectively and efficiently.

Access a comprehensive range of training programs

  • Microsoft Office training, including Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Word
  • Computer-Assisted Design (CAD)
  • Electrical
  • Welding
  • Manufacturing (CNC Programming, Machining)
  • Industrial Maintenance
  • Professional Development
    • Leadership and supervisory training
    • “Soft Skills” training
  • Truck Driver Training
    • CDL Class A Training
    • Refresher Training
    • Defensive Driving
    • New Employee Road Test
  • Forklift Training
    • Refresher Training
    • New Hire Orientation
    • Incident Retraining
  • Safety Training
    • NFPA 70E
    • OSHA 10-Hour General Industry
    • OSHA 10-Hour Construction Industry  

Rely on expert instruction customized for your field

  • Experienced industry instructors
  • Hands-on training with industry equipment
  • State-of-the-art classrooms and facilities
  • Training on-site or at JWCC campus
  • Affordable for-profit and nonprofit rates
  • Certificate of completion or college credit available

Contact Us

JWCC Workforce Development Center
4220 Kochs Lane
Quincy, IL 62305
217.641.4971
Email Us

Join these area workforce development partners who count on JWCC

Logos of businesses that use JWCC's workforce training programs, including Knapheide, Gates Air, Prince, Kohl Wholesale, Titan, Phibro and Adams Networks.

Learn more about these training specialties:

Microsoft 365 Overview

October 14
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Instructor: Andrew Skattebo
Cost: $25 (includes lunch)
Location: JWCC Workforce Development Center, 4220 Kochs Lane, Room W112

Use hidden features and bonus apps to save money and get the most from your Microsoft 365 subscription.

  • Extend Teams to your external meetings and demos
  • Use Word for the web to automatically transcribe meetings and phone conferences for free
  • Use Sway to create newsletters, social media content, marketing materials and training docs
  • Streamline meeting & appointment scheduling with Microsoft Bookings
  • Create a simple company knowledge base with OneNote
  • Automate common tasks with Power Automate


For more information, contact 217.641.4971 or email the 
Workforce Development Center. To register, click here.

Lifting and Rigging

November 6
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Instructor: Mark Bigelow
Cost: $85
Location: JWCC Workforce Development Center, 4220 Kochs Lane, Room W138

This course will cover things like what is the right way to lift an object with your hands or a mechanical device, how to strap a load down, as well as how to use various lifting devices.

This training provides participants with the following information:

  1. Why is ergonomics part of lifting?
  2. Who needs training?
  3. What is Engineering Controls?
  4. What are Work Practices?
  5. What is too much weight?

Rigging Safety
This section will cover:

  1. Who is a Qualified Rigger?
  2. Who is the Qualified Person?
  3. What is OSHA’s new crane rule?
  4. What are audible signals?
  5. Who is a competent person?
  6. What does “directly under the load” mean?
  7. Who is a Qualified Evaluator (not a third party)?
  8. Who is a Qualified Evaluator (third party)?
  9. Who is a Qualified Person?
  10. What is the Standard Method?
  11. What are the OSHA crane and rigger standards?

Forklift Training

Date TBA
8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Instructor: Tom Bentley
Cost: $75
Location: JWCC Workforce Development Center, 4220 Kochs Lane, Room W117

This course consists of classroom and hands-on training. The classroom portion covers general forklift safety, forklift statistics and incident review, and the most common forklift mistakes, while the hands-on training prepares the participant to safely and competently operate a forklift.

For more information, contact 217.641.4971 or email the Workforce Development Center. To register, click here.

Electrical Training Courses

NFPA 70E

November 20
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Instructor: Rick Gertz
Cost: $175 plus $85 book (one book required per company; lunch included)
Location: JWCC Workforce Development Center, 4220 Kochs Lane, Room W112

This eight-hour, instructor-led course teaches an understanding of the mandatory NFPA 70E, 2018 Edition safety standards for electrical safety in the workplace.

This course is intended for hands-on electricians and managers in charge of general electrical safety and covers:

  • Hierarchy of electrical safety
  • Lockout/tagout requirements
  • Proper use of PPE
  • OSHA and NFPA safe work practice requirements

Electrical Troubleshooting and Maintenance

December 4 and 11 (2-day class)
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Instructor: Rick Gertz
Cost: $1,095 (materials and lunch included)
Location: JWCC Workforce Development Center, 4220 Kochs Lane, Room W112

Working with real-world components, students in this two-day “hands-on” Electrical Troubleshooting course will learn how to fix electrical problems quickly and safely.  This two-day course was created to bring students up to speed in their electrical troubleshooting skills as efficiently as possible, and it was designed to cover the most commonly performed electrical troubleshooting tasks a maintenance technician faces in their job every day.  For the novice or experienced electrician, this training course provides a no-nonsense, practical and real-world systematic approach to electrical troubleshooting.  This course can also be adopted as part of a company’s regular Qualified Electrical Worker program.

Course Goals & Objectives:

  • Identify parts of a circuit(s)
  • Apply safety when troubleshooting
  • Draw out multiple circuits, building the different circuits as they are drawn
  • Have a working circuit when completed
  • Know how to take voltage measurements from different points of the circuit
  • Troubleshoot and repair, from drawing, to have a working circuit when completed


For more information, contact 217.641.4971 or email the 
Workforce Development Center. To register, click here.

Certified Fiber Optic Training Courses

Well-trained Fiber Optics Technicians are in demand in today’s job market! JWCC Office for Business and Industry Programs is partnering with BDI DataLynk to offer Fiber Optics Network Certification Courses.

This program is divided into three individual courses that teach the necessary skills to:

  • build
  • test
  • troubleshoot
  • install and
  • repair

Fiber Optic Networks

Fiber optics technicians maintain fiber optic cable systems that carry both voice and digital transmissions. Technicians splice and fuse fibers used in sending and receiving communications data and install cables beneath the ground and in various building structures.

The courses prepare fiber optic students for:

  • the CFOT (Certified Fiber Optics Technician) exam,
  • the CFOS/T (Certified Fiber Optics Testing & Maintenance Specialist) exam,
  • and the CFOS/S (Certified Fiber Optics Splicing Specialist) exam.

Interested in a fiber optics career?
These courses are intended for anyone interested in learning basic fiber optic networking and becoming a Certified Fiber Optics Technician. Note, the courses assume a basic working knowledge of computers, the ability to see and identify small items, and the ability to speak and understand the English language.

*The CFOT course is a prerequisite course, required before taking any of the Advanced Specialist Fiber Optic Training Courses.

Pricing per person:

CFOT training – $895

CFOS/T training – $845

CFOS/S training -$845

The courses will be offered in Spring 2021. For a complete schedule of courses, click here. For more information or to register, click here.

10-Hour General Industry

November 11 and 12
8:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Instructor: Bradley Gibbons
Cost: $175
Location: JWCC Workforce Development Center, 4220 Kochs Lane, Room W117

This course is intended to provide entry level general industry workers information about how to identify, abate, avoid and prevent job related hazards on a job site. This course offers the resources and tools to create or enhance an effective safety and health management system, a review of the OSHA Act, and highlights of many key General Industry Safety and Health Standards. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive an OSHA 10-Hour General Industry completion card. The course will be taught by an OSHA Authorized Trainer.

10-Hour Construction Industry

February 3 and 4, 2021
8:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Instructor: Bradley Gibbons
Cost: $175
Location: JWCC Workforce Development Center, 4220 Kochs Lane, Room W117

This course is designed for construction workers, foremen, job supervisors and anyone involved in the construction industry. OSHA recommends the 10-Hour Construction Industry training program as an orientation to occupational safety and health for workers covered by OSHA 29 CFR 1926. Workers must receive additional training, when required by OSHA standards, on the specific hazards of the job. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive an OSHA 10-Hour General Industry completion card. The course will be taught by an OSHA Authorized Trainer.

For more information, call 217.641.4971 or email the Workforce Development Center. To register, click here.

EPA 608 Certification

October 23 and 30 (2-day class)
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Instructor: Rick Gertz
Cost: $375 (lunch included)
Location: JWCC Workforce Development Center, 4220 Kochs Lane, Room W112

This two-day training course will cover the 2018 federally updated test requirements. This class will include the proctored EPA exam covering type 1, type 2, type 3, and universal certifications. This lifetime certification is required for all HVAC technicians to work legally, purchase hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants, or refrigeration components that are controlled by the EPA. Participants will receive the new book of test standards by ESCO to use as a study guide for the new test. With the course fee, participants are allowed to take the test up to four times.

As of January 1, 2018, the new requirements include:

  1. Appliances with >5 pounds of refrigerant has been extended to include HFC appliances.
  2. Appliances between 5 and 50 pounds of refrigerant now have new record keeping requirements.
  3. Reclaimers must provide an annual report to the EPA as to amounts received and reclaimed including HFCs.

Join us for this informative class and pass the new EPA test so you can legally work on HVAC systems. This two-day class will be packed with the knowledge you need to pass the EPA test which will be proctored at the end of day two.

For more information, call 217.641.4971 or email the Workforce Development Center. To register, click here.

Google for Local Businesses

October 27
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Instructor: Andrew Skattebo
Cost: $50
Location: JWCC Workforce Development Center, 4220 Kochs Lane, Room W132

Many small businesses struggle to stay in front of potential customers and rise above the noise of competing products and services. This workshop will show you how to get Google to showcase your local business, send you customers ready to buy, and improve your referrals. Learn about the free or low-cost tools and services Google offers for local businesses. See real-world examples of what’s working today. Leave with a one-page checklist to jumpstart your Google marketing efforts.

Attendees will leave knowing:

  • The keys to local SEO, how to spot a scam and what to do instead
  • Why your “Google My Business” profile is so important and the key things that will make it really stand out
  • The three types of Google searches your local business needs to pay attention to. (The most important one is not what you think.)
  • The most profitable Google AdWords campaigns for local business
  • Why online reputation is so important and a simple plan to protect and improve yours
  • How to measure your online marketing success to avoid throwing away money
  • The four Google tools you’ll want to set up right away that won’t cost you a cent

LinkedIn for Business

November 3
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Instructor: Andrew Skattebo
Cost: $50
Location: JWCC Workforce Development Center, 4220 Kochs Lane, Room W132

You may think of LinkedIn as an online jobs site but it is so much more. In this 3-hour workshop, we’ll help you transform your profile from a boring resume into a dynamic and effective sales page that drives leads for your business. We’ll show you how to:

  • Create a profile layout that works as a sales and marketing page
  • Get LinkedIn to notify your contacts of your latest products and services for free
  • Where to put your most popular services so they show up in LinkedIn searches
  • When and how to use a Business Page
  • Posts vs Articles and how to use each
  • Using groups to increase your reach and results
  • How to tell if one of LinkedIn’s paid options is right for you

We’ll be using real examples of what works and if you want to get “hands-on,” you can follow along with your own profile, live.

Facebook Ad Management

December 8
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Instructor: Andrew Skattebo
Cost: $50
Location: JWCC Workforce Development Center, 4220 Kochs Lane, Room W132

This hands-on workshop will cover:

  • Preparing your website for Facebook Ads
  • The most important Facebook ad types and goals for small business and non-profits
  • Facebook targeting options, the algorithm, and how to create your own custom audiences
  • Optimizing budgets and ad schedule
  • Evergreen ad options that can run for months with little effort

As part of the workshop you will create an ad campaign start to finish. To get the most from this workshop, each student should already have a Facebook Business Page and be signed up for a Facebook Ad Account prior to class.

Questions? Call 217.641.4971 or email the Workforce Development Center. To register, click here.

Computer classes customized for employers’ needs

Area employers may request customized classes for Microsoft Office programs, Facebook/Social Media, and Google/Digital Marketing. For more information, employers should contact 217.641.4971 or 217.641.4929.

Workforce Business Education Workshops

Worker at computer

These one-day workshops provide an overview of essential business skills and tools:

  • Google Marketing
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn for Business
  • Complying with new workplace laws

Contact Gordon Forbes, Business and Industry Coordinator, at 217.641.4929 to explore solutions and easy-to-access tools to strengthen your business and workforce.

Job Link connects job seekers with employers

Job Link is a resource provided by JWCC to connect job seekers with local employment opportunities. Potential employees can sign up to receive notifications of new jobs posted in their areas of interest.

Looking for employment? Job seekers register here!

Job Link

Employers, looking for a skilled addition to your workforce? Register for an employer Job Link account. to:

  • create new job listings
  • manage current job postings
  • set a start and end date to automatically remove the posting based on your deadline
  • Add internship opportunities in Job Link! Simply select the “internships” category when creating your job listing.

To update your listings, please access your EMPLOYER LOGIN