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    John Wood Community College’s popular Children’s College summer program is now “JDUB Academy” and is coming to Mt. Sterling this June.   JDUB Academy will be offered for youth in third through eighth grade from June 8 to 12 and June 15 to 19 at Brown County Middle School.

    The name change symbolizes a new approach to summer learning that mixes fun with a focused, interactive style to help youth begin to explore how their hobbies, interests and strengths might connect with a future career.

    Its new moniker, “JDUB Academy” relates to the 3-8 grade age group and the new level of instruction parents and students can expect from the experience.

    “JDUB” is the slang term for JWCC used by youngsters and high school students that refers to the college’s “J” and “W” initials.   “J” stands for John in John Wood Community College. “DUB” is short for the slang word “Dubbya”, representing the initial “W”. 

    Area youth may choose from seven classes in the areas of art, graphic design and music during two different weeks of JDUB Academy offered Monday through Friday, June 8-12 or June 15-19. Each week will have courses offered at different times throughout the day. 

    Courses include Keys for Success, Make Your Own Yearbook, Sculpt It, Guitar, Make Your Own Magazine, Music Around the World and The Beat Goes On: Percussion Basics.  Jim Jennings of Madd Hoss Jackson and Kris McCaskill, Lori Berquist and Erin Eveland from Brown County Schools with instruct JDUB Academy courses in Mt. Sterling.

    Details on JDUB Academy offerings are available online at www.jwcc.edu/jdubacademy.  JDUB Academy flyers will be sent home with every child in third through eighth grades in early May. For more information or to register please call Jeanne Yingling at the JWCC Mt. Sterling Education Center at 217.773.2002.

     


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    John Wood Community College and the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC) will offer a two-day Value Stream Mapping (VSM) Training for small and mid-size manufacturers April 21 and 28 from 8 a.m. to noon at JWCC’s Workforce Development Center at 4220 Kochs Lane in Quincy.  Reservations are required.  A minimum level of registrations is required for training to be offered.

    Value Stream Mapping (VSM) enables a company to identify waste in manufacturing and administrative processes using objective data.   Cross functional teams develop a plan to reduce or eliminate waste by streamlining processes and cutting lead times. VSM often results in reduced costs, improved communication and increased quality. During the training, IMEC experts will use case studies and process examples that participants identify during the session.

    Day one of training will cover the characteristics and benefits of Value Stream Mapping and Project Charters, how to make roadblocks in a process visible and measurable, link the “7 Wastes” to clear cost savings and how to visualize the VSM process to identify improvement projects.

    During the second day of training, participants will create a Current Site Map, define and review Lean principles, learn to create a Future State Map and develop a plan using the Project Charter.

    Cost is $375 per person, or $325 for companies registering two or more participants.  Fee includes lunch and all training materials.  Registration can be made at www.imec.org/events.cfm or by calling IMEC at 888.806.4632.  More information is available from Rob Newbold, IMEC Regional Manager, at 217.572.1551 or rnewbold@imec.org.


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    John Wood Community College’s student chapter of The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) is sponsoring a piano recital featuring Dr. Dylan Marney on Saturday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mary Ellen Orr Auditorium on the campus of JWCC in Quincy. There is no charge, but there will be a free will donation to benefit the local chapter of the Illinois State Music Teachers Association.

    Dr. Marney is the chair of the music department and assistant professor of music at Culver-Stockton College. He received a Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Arizona, with a major in piano performance and minor in musictheory. The first half of Marney’s program will present music of the common-practice period embodied in the works of virtuoso pianist/composer Franz Liszt. The second half will proceed onward to the 20th century, highlighting more accessible styles from Late Impressionism, Mysticism, andStylized Jazz, including works of Debussy, Hovhaness, and Kapustin. 

    For more information, contact Rhonda Basinger, assistant professor of music, at (217) 641-4998, or email basinger@jwcc.edu.


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    John Wood Community College's Workforce Development Center has partnered with the Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce to bring Chet Holmes International "Build the Ultimate Sales Machine" training to Quincy May 7.

     The founder of Chet Holmes International (CHI) was co-author of the New York Times Best-Seller, The Ultimate Sales Machine and partner with international motivational speaker, Tony Robbins. Holmes also ran nine divisions of a company for Charlie Munger, partner of Warren Buffet.  Using CHI Core Competencies, the company doubled sales volume in each division and continued sustained growth. Munger, listed on Forbes “Billionaires List”, called Holmes “America’s greatest sales and marketing executive.”

     After Holmes’ untimely death from leukemia, his daughter, Amanda Holmes, became chief executive officer of CHI. 

    She leads a group of professional trainers focused on helping businesses of all sizes grow sales and surpass competition. Companies that have used CHI methods have experienced dramatic sales increases, often doubling or tripling sales and breaking long-standing company sales records.

    Holmes will offer two training programs at JWCC's at 48th and Harrison on Thursday, May 7.

     A lunch and learn program on the "Four Reasons Companies are Failing" for company managers and sales trainers will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Heath Center auditorium.  Cost is $75 per person, and includes lunch.

     Holmes will provide the seminar, "Foundation to Every Successful Close: 6 Strategies to Close More Deals Without Competing on Price" from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  for sales, marketing or service professionals  Cost is $12 in advance or $15 at the door.

     The training is being offered in response to feedback from businesses in JWCC’s district.

     "As we have talked with area business owners, they shared a need to provide formal sales training for companies in this area, “Gordon Forbes, JWCC workforce outreach coordinator said. "Businesses would normally pay several thousand dollars to send managers or sales staff to a national conference to receive this type of sales training. Our partnership with the Chamber has allowed us to bring world class program to all area businesses at an affordable cost."

     Registration can be made by contacting the JWCC Workforce Development Center at 217.641.4971 or wdc@jwcc.edu.  More information about CHI is available at chetholmes.com.

     


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    Three area high school seniors recently earned John Wood Community College Presidential Scholarships. Forty-eight students competed for the two-year, full-tuition scholarships to JWCC. 

    Students were nominated by high school administrators, teachers and guidance counselors and winners were selected based on high school leadership activities, grade point average, ACT scores and performance during an on-campus interview conducted by JWCC faculty and staff.

    Presidential Scholarship recipients will be required to take part in leadership and service activities as they complete requirements for associate degrees during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years at JWCC.

    Winners of the third annual JWCC Presidential Scholarship Competition were Kayla Briscoe, William Cornwell and Lori Woods.

    Kayla Briscoe is from Quincy Senior High School and the daughter of James and Amy Briscoe of Quincy, Illinois.  Briscoe will pursue an associate degree in biology.

    William (LB) Cornwell is from Quincy Notre Dame High School and the son of Bill and Natalie Cornwell of Quincy, Illinois. Cornwell will pursue an associate degree in business.

    Lori Woods is from Western High School in Barry and the daughter of Merle and Jerri Woods of Baylis, Illinois. Woods will pursue an associate degree in agriculture education.


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    Rhonda Basinger and Gary DeClue

    Gary DeClue, JWCC fine arts professor and department chair, and Rhonda Basinger, JWCC associate professor of music and accompanist, will retire from JWCC at the end of the 2014-2015 academic year.  Both will appear for the final time as director and accompanist for JWCC’s music ensembles at the College’s Spring Concert on Tuesday, April 28 at 7 p.m. in the Mary Ellen Orr Auditorium.

     DeClue will retire following 24 years of service to JWCC and 40 years as a music educator. He joined the JWCC staff in 1991 as the College’s first fine arts department chair to establish the College’s fine arts program.  DeClue wrote curricula for music and art coursework, developed JWCC’s Associate in Fine Arts degree and assembled and trained the College’s music performing groups.  

     During his career DeClue was instrumental in the design and development of JWCC’s $8.8 million Paul Heath Community Education and Fine Arts Center, served as president of the JWCC Faculty Senate for four years and was advisor to the College’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society.  JWCC’s PTK chapter earned its first five-star rating and hosted the state PTK convention during DeClue’s time as advisor, which earned him the Illinois PTK Distinguished Advisor award in 1996.

     DeClue directed JWCC’s three performing groups – Concert Choir, Vocal Show Ensemble and Jazz Band. In 2007, his family established the Raymond DeClue Fine Arts Scholarship in honor of DeClue’s father to support students involved in music performance ensembles at JWCC. 

     In addition to his work as an educator and music director for JWCC students, DeClue has played music professionally for 46 years and is currently a member of Quincy’s legendary jazz group Ben Bumbry and the Messengers.

     An experienced actor, DeClue has received national recognition for performing the role of Senator Stephen A. Douglas in the C-Span production of the Lincoln-Douglas Debates.  He was named a master presenter at the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development for the University of Texas and received the Faculty of the Year and Quality Service awards at JWCC.  In 2009, DeClue’s alma mater, Culver-Stockton College, inducted him in to the C-SC Division of Education Hall of Excellence for his leadership in establishing the fine arts department at JWCC. He is also the recipient of various national awards in education. 

     Active professionally, DeClue has been a member of the National Association for Music Educators (NAfME) Conference, American Choral Directors Association, Missouri Music Educators Association and Missouri Choral Directors Association.

     Prior to joining JWCC, DeClue served as an associate professor of music at Tarkio College. 

     Basinger will retire following 23 years of service to JWCC and 41 years as a music educator.  She joined the College in 1992 as an associate faculty member and received the Part-Time Faculty Member of the Year award for the 1997-98 academic year.  Basinger was named a full-time faculty member in 1998 and was recognized as the Full-Time Faculty Member of the Year for the 2004-05 and 2009-10 academic years.  During her tenure at JWCC, she taught a full range of music classes and served as accompanist for JWCC choral groups and served as the National Association for Music Educators (NAfME) student chapter advisor at JWCC.

     Prior to joining JWCC, Basinger served as an associate faculty member at Culver-Stockton for 16 years.  She currently serves as organist for Trinity United Church of Christ in Quincy and has also served as a music instructor for the Quincy Conservatory of Music, organist and choir director for St. John’s Episcopal Church in Quincy, director of music for Union United Methodist Church and as a music teacher at Washington School in Quincy and Quincy Junior High.

     Active professionally, Basinger has been a member and officer of the American Guild of Organists, NAfME and Illinois State Music Teachers Association Quincy area group. She has served on the board of directors for the Quincy Civic Music Association, Quincy Society of Fine Arts and Quincy Conservatory of Music.

     She holds a Master of Arts degree in music from the University of Iowa and a bachelor’s degree in music education from Western Illinois University.


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    Diane AryThe John Wood Community College Board of Trustees has appointed Diane Ary of Quincy to fill the vacant board seat left open by the resignation of Dene Lambkin.   Ary will serve the remaining two years of Lambkin’s six-year 2011-2017 term.  She will be seated as a Trustee during the Board’s reorganizational meeting on April 29 along with Jim Gay and Don Hess.  Gay earned re-election and Hess was elected to his first term on the JWCC Board during the April 7 consolidated election.  Both gentlemen will serve six-year terms from 2015 to 2021.

    Ary is the senior manager of information technology at ADM Alliance Nutrition in Quincy, Illinois.

    JWCC Board Chair Jim Gay said trustees appointed Ary based on her business background, service to College, experience with JWCC’s Foundation Board and involvement in educational and community organizations.

    “Diane has shown her support and interest in the College’s success for several years and brings a business background and commitment to education and community service,” Gay said.  “She can view things from many different perspectives and is invested in the growth of JWCC.”

    Ary has been a member of the JWCC Foundation Board for five years and is currently serving as its president.  

    “I am proud to be appointed as a trustee, because I want to be part of the growth of the College – John Wood is an investment in our community’s future and success,” Ary said.  “We need to continue to develop and strengthen partnerships with business and industries throughout our region, keep up the work of aligning transfer programs with regional four-year institutions and be aggressive and creative in finding ways to fund future needs and growth opportunities.” 

    In addition to her role with JWCC, Ary has served as a member and officer for a variety of community and educational boards and organizations.  She is a member of the Quincy Public Schools Parent Teacher Association and is currently serving in her seventh year as a mentor in the Quincy Public Schools Child and Family Mentor Program.  Ary has been an alumni volunteer for Quincy University’s Annual Fund Drive, served as a Quincy Notre Dame Athletic Department parent representative and was a member of the St. Peter Grade School Board of Directors from 1996 to 1999, serving as its co-president from 1998 to 1999.

    Active in the community, Ary served as president of Quincy Service League, was a member of the Quincy Symphony of Trees Committee and served as chair and member of the MoorMan Employees Credit Union Board of Directors.

    Ary is a graduate of Liberty High School. She holds bachelor’s degrees in business administration and management from Quincy University and earned a master’s degree in business administration from QU in 2008.


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    The Student Government Association (SGA) of John Wood Community College recently elected officers for the 2015-2016 academic year.

    Kaleb Bridgewater of Liberty, a graduate of Liberty High School, was elected president of SGA.  Bridgewater is pursuing an associate degree in biology.  He plans to complete his studies at University of Illinois and major in veterinary sciences. He is a member of JWCC’s TRiO and SGA organizations.

    Chance Vose of Griggsville was elected SGA vice president.  A graduate of Griggsville-Perry High School, Vose is pursuing an associate degree in biology and is a member of JWCC’s SGA organization.  He plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in biology at a four-year university.

    Luke Merritt of Payson was elected to serve as the JWCC Student Trustee for 2015-2016.  He is seeking an Associate in Science degree in agriculture business and plans to transfer to Western Illinois University to complete a bachelor’s degree in agriculture business.  A graduate of Payson High School, Merritt is a member of JWCC’s Ag Club, Livestock Judging Club and SGA organizations at JWCC.

    Cyndi Brotherton of Camp Point, a graduate of Camp Point Central High School, was elected secretary for SGA. She is pursuing an associate degree in business with plans to transfer to Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville to major in business management.  Brotherton is a member of JWCC’s TRiO and SGA organizations.

    Matthew Bilgri of Quincy was selected treasurer for SGA.  A graduate of Quincy Senior High School, Bilgri is pursuing an associate degree in business and plans to transfer to Liberty University in Virginia to complete his bachelor’s degree.  At JWCC, Bilgri is a member TRiO and SGA organizations.

    Brandon Carl of West Point, a graduate of Southeastern High School, was selected to serve as SGA Activities Chairperson.  Carl is pursuing a degree in computer science and plans to transfer to a four-year university to complete his bachelor’s degree. He is a member of JWCC’s Campus Crusade for Christ, Publications Club, SGA and TRiO organizations.  Carl also serves as JWCC’s representative on the Illinois Community College Board Student Activities Council.


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    Two John Wood Community College students have earned National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) credentials.

     Michael Uppinghouse and Joshua Brummet recently received computer numeric control mill and lathe NIMS certification. NIMS operates under rigorous and highly disciplined processes as the only developer of American National Standards for the nation’s metalworking industry accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). NIMS has skills standards in 24 operational areas covering the breadth of metalworking operations including metalforming and machining.

    “There are very few individuals in this region who have achieved NIMS certification,” Jim Fuhrman, JWCC manufacturing coordinator shared.  “This credential is the gold standard when it comes to skills in manufacturing and the testing and technical knowledge that these students have completed is extremely difficult.  With these certificates in hand, they can be invaluable employees for any manufacturer in the country.”

    Formed in 1995 by the metalworking trade associations to develop and maintain a globally competitive American workforce, NIMS sets skills standards for the industry, certifies individual skills against the standards and accredits training programs that meet NIMS quality requirements.

    NIMS has a stakeholder base of over 6,000 metalworking companies. The major trade associations in the industry- the Association for Manufacturing Technology, the National Tooling & Machining Association, the Precision Machine Products Association, the Precision Metalforming Association, and the Tooling and Manufacturing Association have invested over $7.5 million in private funds for the development of the NIMS standards and its credentials.


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    John Wood Statue at Front Entrance of Quincy Campus

    The John Wood Community College Board of Trustees, meeting in Quincy Wednesday evening, April 29, held its canvass of election results and reorganizational meeting.  During the Board’s regular meeting session, Trustees approved a slight tuition increase effective fall 2015.

    The reorganizational meeting of the JWCC Board included the seating of two new trustees, the re-seating of one trustee, election of officers and appointing of trustees to board committees.

    Jim Gay of Rockport, Illinois and Don Hess of Quincy, Illinois were declared winners in the April 7 consolidated election and were seated as members of the JWCC Board of Trustees. Hess, a challenger, and Gay, an incumbent, were elected to full six-year terms from 2015 to 2021.

    According to canvass of official election results conducted by the Adams County clerk/recorder submitted to the Board, vote tallies for the nine counties in JWCC’s district were as follows: Hess – 9,175 votes; Gay – 6,670 votes; and Orville D. Jones Jr, DD – 5,917 votes. 

    The Board also appointed and seated Diane Ary of Quincy to fill the remaining two years of the six-year term of Dene Lambkin, who resigned from the Board. Lambkin was elected to serve as a Trustee from 2011 to 2017.  

    Luke Merritt of Payson, Illinois was selected by JWCC’s student body and took the Oath of Office as the College’s Student Trustee for 2015-16.  Trustees recognized outgoing Student Trustee Seth Terwelp, also of Payson, who served from 2014-15.

    The Board recognized outgoing trustees Jeanetta Green, who served the College from 2009 to 2015, and Dene Lambkin, who served JWCC from 2011 to 2015.

    Trustees voted to elect Gay as chair; Larry Fischer as vice chair and Jerry Hagmeier as secretary for the Board.  As elected officers, Gay, Fischer and Hagmeier will serve as the Board’s Executive Committee. As chair, Gay appointed trustees to the following Board committees:  Finance and Audit – Hess and Randy Sims: Curriculum: Ary and Reggie Coleman.  Gay appointed Coleman as the Board’s representative to the Illinois Community College Trustees (ICCTA) Association. Hagmeier will serve as alternate representative to the ICCTA.

    Following the reorganization of the Board, Trustees approved increasing tuition by $5 a credit hour for in-district, out-of-district and online students effective fall 2015.  The tuition increase of $5 is below the reported average increase for all other Illinois community colleges for next year and maintains JWCC’s position as the region’s educational value choice.

    In-district tuition per credit hour will change from $129 with a $13 institutional support fee to $134 per credit hour with a $13 fee.  The bump amounts to an extra $160 a year for in-district students taking 32 credit hours. JWCC’s average full-time in-district cost of $4,704 for next year compares favorably with other public and private colleges in the region that have annual tuition and fees ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 annually.

     

    In other business, the Board:

    Recognized the 2015 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II National Runner Up Trail Blazer Basketball Team and Coach Brad Hoyt, who earned Illinois Basketball Coaches Association NJCAA Division II Co-Coach of the Year honors.

    Approved letters of employment intent to be sent to nine-month and 12-month faculty members for the 2015-2016 academic year. Specific terms of appointments and salaries will be determined later as part of the 2016 budget development process.

    Revised Board Policy 211 to comply with the Smoke Free Campus Act. The revision prohibits smoking on all JWCC property, with the exception of privately-owned vehicles traveling through or parked on campus.

    Authorized entry into a two-year sublease agreement with the University of Illinois Extension for space at the JWCC Mt. Sterling Education Center.

    Accepted a $31,700 bid from Black and Company of Quincy, Illinois to purchase two knee milling machines to support the manufacturing program at the Workforce Development Center.  The purchase will be funded by the Mississippi River Transportation, Distribution and Logistics grant from the Department of Labor.

    Approved entering into a contract with Northwest Comprehensive for broker services for the College’s employee health insurance plan.

    Authorized submission of a $245,000 grant application to the Illinois Community College Board for an Adult Education Continuation Grant for the 2015-16 academic year. The grant funds all activities and positions that create pathways for adult learners to obtain a GED and move onto workforce or post-secondary education.

    Authorized submission of a $22,000 to $24,000 grant application to the Illinois Department on Aging to support Retired and Senior Volunteer Program efforts in Adams, Pike and Brown counties.

    Accepted a $145,190 grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service to support the Retired and Senior Program (RSVP) for one year.  Previous funds resulted in 713 RSVP volunteers providing 71,893 hours of service to more than 90 agencies in Adams, Brown and Pike Counties. The value of the volunteer service to those communities is $1,653,447.

    Authorized submission of a $40,000 to $50,000 grant application to the United States Department of Agriculture to upgrade and purchase welding units for JWCC’s Agricultural Center in Baylis, Illinois. Units will be used to train more certified welders for rural businesses in and around Perry, Pittsfield and Mt. Sterling. Funds will also purchase a portable virtual welding unit for use at the Agricultural Center, job fairs and high school demonstrations throughout the JWCC district.

    Accepted $26,305 in grant funding from the Illinois Board of Higher Education to support work study and internship activities with district businesses that align with courses of study offered at JWCC.  Previous funding allowed 22 students to earn 6,279 hours of paid internship experience in agriculture, early childhood, construction, business and hospitality fields.

    Approved granting professor emeritus distinction to Gary DeClue, department chair and professor of fine arts, and Nancy Schneblin, professor of office technology. DeClue and Schneblin will receive the honor during the 2015 commencement ceremony.

    The next regular meeting of the Board will be held Wednesday, May 20, at 7 p.m. at the JWCC campus in Quincy.


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    Format for 3-6 Grade Students Mixes Fun with Interactive Academics

     John Wood Community College’s popular Children’s College summer program is now “JDUB Academy” and is coming to Pittsfield this June.   JDUB Academy will be offered for students entering third through sixth grade from June 8 to 12 and June 15 to 19 at the Crossroads Center at 125 West Jefferson Street in Pittsfield.

    The name change symbolizes a new approach to summer learning that mixes fun with a focused, interactive style to help youth begin to explore how their hobbies, interests and strengths might connect with a future career.

    Its new moniker, “JDUB Academy” relates to the third through sixth grade age group and the new level of instruction parents and students can expect from the experience.

    “JDUB” is the slang term for JWCC used by youngsters and high school students that refers to the college’s “J” and “W” initials.   “J” stands for John in John Wood Community College. “DUB” is short for the slang word “Dubbya”, representing the initial “W”. 

    “When the college held community forums in the southeastern portion of our district last summer, residents told us they wanted educational programs for youth, and we’ve responded by bringing JDUB Academy to the area, “ Samantha Wilson, JWCC youth specialist said.  “We have a wide range of classes with great educational value that will be fun and interactive for students at the same time.”

    Area youth may choose from seven classes in the areas of art, science and culture during two different weeks of JDUB Academy offered Monday through Fridays: June 8-12 or June 15-19. Each week will have an 8 a.m. to 9:50 a.m. session and a 10 a.m.-11:50 a.m. session.  Children may choose to attend one or both morning sessions. 

    Classes include Click, Click Snap!, Health Occupations, Amazing Animal Art, Life in the Soil, Let’s Fiesta, Crazy Chemistry and Whale of a Time!

    Details on JDUB Academy offerings are available online at www.jwcc.edu/jdubacademy JDUB Academy booklets will be delivered to youth in area elementary and middle schools in early May. For more information or to register, please call Cheryl Weinant at 217.285.5319.


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    John Wood Community College will offer the Heartsaver CPR class Saturday, May 30, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Quincy campus at 48th and Harrison in room A138 of the Science and Technology Center. Cost for the course and companion textbook is $55.

    The class will cover the recognition and treatment of life-threatening emergencies, such as cardiac arrest and adult, child and infant choking.  Instruction on the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) will also be provided. Participants will receive CPR certification valid for two years following completion of the course.

    JWCC is an approved Training Center for the American Heart Association-Illinois Affiliate. Contact 217.641.4551 for more information. Space is limited.

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    Two John Wood Community College students, Sal Martorano of Orange Park, Florida, and Kyle Van Cleave of Mt. Sterling, Illinois, were among a select group of Illinois Community College student leaders named to this year’s Illinois Community College Board All-State Academic Team and nominated for the 2015 USA TODAY ALL-USA Community College Academic Team.  The award honors outstanding students from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines to hold up as representatives of all outstanding community college students.  The awards are based on students’ community college accomplishments.  Nominees may be pursuing an associate degree or intend to transfer and earn a baccalaureate degree.

    Martorano is a 2013 graduate of Ridgeview High School. He is a member of the JWCC Trail Blazer baseball team and Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.  He founded the “Bulls and Bears” student finance club, has been named to JWCC’s dean’s list and is a student assistant for the College’s athletic department. Martorano will graduate from JWCC in May with an associate degree in business and finance and will transfer to St. John’s University in Queens New York to pursue a bachelor’s degree in finance and master’s degree in business administration.

    Van Cleave  is a 2003 graduate of LaSalle-Peru Township High School and will graduate in May from JWCC with an associate in science degree business. He is married and has three children; one son and two daughters. Van Cleave plans to continue his education at Liberty University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in business administration.  Van Cleave has been a member of JWCC’s chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society and named to the College’s dean’s list. He is a warehouse training supervisor at Dot Foods, Inc. in Mt. Sterling.

    Martorano and Van Cleave were recently recognized at the Phi Theta Kappa All Illinois Team banquet held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield. 


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    Sixty-eight students were inducted into John Wood Community College’s Alpha Tau Gamma chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society during a formal ceremony Thursday, April 30.

    Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) recognizes and encourages scholarship among students at two-year colleges.  Inductees must have completed 12 semester hours of associate degree work, have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale and be currently enrolled at JWCC.

    Chapter President Stephanie Dearwester of Paloma facilitated the program, JWCC President Mike Elbe provided the welcome and keynote was provided by Coordinator of Student Life Alyssa Hummel.  Also participating in the program were Kara Wolf (vice president of scholarship), Courtney Zanger (secretary), Matthew Mellon (treasurer), and Seth Wolfmeyer (current member).

    JWCC students inducted during the ceremony were as follows:

    Barry: Caitlin Lee

    Chambersburg: Katelyn Walker

    Ewing:  Jacob Dodds

    Golden: Nicholas Mackrides

    Griggsville:Cassandra Lightle

    Kinderhook: Ellie Weir

    Liberty: William Clark, Leonard Craft III, Shelby Curry, Elizabeth Davis and Evan Schreacke

    Loraine: April Perrin

    Meredosia: Danial Morrell

    Mt. Sterling:  Ethan Bishop, Lea Ann Evans, Cheyenne Grainger, Kaycee Jones and Kyle Van Cleave

    New Salem: Jordan Kelley

    Payson: Dawn Drajin, Brady Loos and Luke Merritt

    Pittsfield:  Benjamin Guthrie and Sandra Howland

    Pleasant Hill: Hailey McElfresh

    Quincy:  Kelsey Abernathy, Janelle Alexander, Kristen Arnold, Matthew Bilgri, Raphael Blanco, Olivia Carter, Andrea Cookson, Tamara Curtwright, Austin DeJaynes, Jeremy Fore, Brittany Frame, Amanda Frankel, Justin Grant, Kristin Harrison, John Hensel Jr., Rachell Hinkamper, GabrielHun, Hannah Johnson, Rachael Kennedy, Reagan Kurfman, Scott Lentz, Ashley Liebig, Hannah Makins, Salvatore Martorano, Bradley Marx, Jon Mason, Benjamin Reinhardt, Hannah Reller, Hannah Runner, Danyel Schaffer-Damon, Vaughan Taylor, Breanne Tenhouse, John Tuthill II, Erin Viar and Shane Wingerter

    Tennessee: Hannah Markey

    Ursa: Alec Heberlein

    Versailles: Elizabeth Piehler

    Warsaw: Sarah Lowman

    West Point: Brandon Carl

    Louisiana, Mo.: Carmen Ford

    Monroe City, Mo.: Joseph Frye Jr.

    Palmyra, Mo.: Allie Hightower

     


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    John Wood Community College will offer three welding courses during their summer session that begins on June 1. All courses will take place at JWCC’s Workforce Development Center at 4220 Kochs Lane in Quincy.

    Classes meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from June through July 24 from 12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Local and regional manufacturers have job openings for individuals with skills learned in JWCC’s programs.

    Students interested in welding can begin with Basic Welding Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. This course includes setting up and use of arc welding and oxyacetylene welding equipment, with an emphasis on safety. Basic techniques such as striking an arc, lighting torch equipment,acetylene cutting, heat measurement and rod movement will be practiced. Thecost for this four credit hour class which includes lab fees is $848 for in-district residents.

    Manufacturing Blueprint Reading meets Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The course covers the important areas of blueprintsrequired for manufacturing employees. It also covers welding and machining symbols and machining required of the welder. The cost for this three credit hour class is $426 for in-district residents.

    In addition to these traditional classroom courses, an online course, Introduction to Manufacturing and Safety, will be offered during the summer session. This course introduces industrial maintenance, mechatronics, precision machining, welding and OSHA policies. The cost of this two credithour online class plus lab fees is $529.00.

    Financial Aid may be available for those who qualify.  To register call 217.641.4523 or217.641.4338.


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    JWCC Honor Society Announces Officers

    John Wood Community College’s Alpha Tau Gamma chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society recently elected officers for the 2015-2016 academic year.

    Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) serves to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and provide opportunities for individual growth and development through honors, leadership and service programming.  PTK is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than two million members and 1,200 chapters located in the United States, Canada and Germany. 

    PTK members must have completed 12 semester hours of associate degree work, demonstrate exceptional leadership qualities, have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale and be currently enrolled at JWCC.

    Caitlin Lee of Barry, a graduate of Western High School, was elected PTK president.  Caitlin is pursuing an associate degree in business.  She has been named to JWCC’s dean’s list and is a member of the College’s Student Government Association.

    Rachell Hinkamper of Quincy, a graduate of Quincy Notre Dame High School, was elected PTK vice president.  She is pursuing an associate degree and is a member of JWCC’s Student Government Association and Campus Crusade for Christ.

    Gabe Hun of Quincy, a graduate of Quincy Notre Dame High School, was elected treasurer.  He is pursuing an associate degree in math and is a member of Campus Crusade for Christ and Student Government Association. Hun is also a project assistant for Poepping, Stone, Bach and Associates engineering and architectural firm in Quincy.

    Elizabeth Piehler of Versailles, Illinois, was elected PTK secretary. A graduate of Brown County High School, Piehler is pursuing an associate degree in music.  She is a member of JWCC’s Student Government Association and National Association for Music Educators organization.

    Raphael Blanco of Quincy, was elected public relations secretary for PTK.  He is a graduate of Quincy Senior High School. Blanco is a member of Campus Crusade for Christ and JWCC’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. He has been named to JWCC’s dean’s list and is pursuing an associate degree in biology and plans to transfer to a four-year university to pursue pre-medical studies.


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    John Wood Community College Adult Volunteer Literacy Program is seeking volunteers to serve as tutors in the Adult Volunteer Literacy Program in Adams, Brown, and Pike counties. Prior teaching experience is not required.  Tutors must be age 18 or older, have at least a GED and complete a 12-hour state-mandated training program.  The best tutors have a passion for reading or mathematics, are good communicators, enjoy working one-on-one with people and have a desire to help others discover ways to improve their education.

    Tutors are matched with adult learners and are required to meet at least once weekly for a two hour period.  Time, day, and location of tutoring sessions is flexible and determined based upon the tutor’s and adult learner’s schedules. It is highly recommended that tutors commit to serving for a period of at least one year.

    Helping adult learners improve their reading and math skills is a very rewarding experience. More information about how to become a tutor will be shared during the following informational sessions:

    Tuesday, May 26 at 4 p.m. at the JWCC Quincy campus Heath Center, room D147

    Wednesday, May 27, at 4 p.m. at JWCC’s Mt. Sterling Center at 108 North Capitol.

    Thursday, May 28, at 4 p.m. at JWCC’s Pittsfield Center at 1308 West Washington.

    To confirm attendance, or for more information contact Amy Voss, JWCC coordinator of adult literacy, at 217-641-4903 or avoss@jwcc.edu.


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    John Wood Community College will hold its fortieth annual commencement ceremony on Friday, May 15, at 6:30 p.m. in the Student Activity Center on the Quincy Campus at 48th and Harrison. This year’s ceremony is part of the College’s 40th anniversary celebration, and will feature reflections from one of the first students to graduate from JWCC and remarks from a charter board member of the College.  

    JWCC will confer 337 associate degrees and 246 certificates. Michael Elbe, JWCC president, will confer degrees and certificates and Jim Gay, chair of the JWCC Board of Trustees, will accept candidates as graduates.

    Stephanie Dearwester of Paloma, Illinois, will represent the graduating Class of 2015 by delivering the invocation. She will receive an Associate in Arts Degree in chemistry and will transfer to Truman State University to complete her bachelor’s degree. She served as president of JWCC’s Alpha Tau Gamma chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society and has been named to the College’s dean’s list.   Dearwester was captain of the Blazerettes Dance Team, member of JWCC’s Student Government Association and served as a Student Ambassador.

    Wanda Borrowman will provide the 40th year anniversary reflection. A resident of New Canton, Illinois, she was a member of JWCC’s first graduating class and earned an Associate in Science degree. Borrowman transferred to Quincy University to complete her bachelor’s degree in 1978. She served as a part-time teacher for the Pleasant Hill School District from 1978 to 1992.  During her career, Borrowman served as a member of the Pikeland School Board and continues to support education today as a volunteer tutor for JWCC’s Adult Education and GED programs.

    Charter Member of JWCC’s Board of Trustees James Reed will offer the 40th anniversary trustee reflection. Reed served as chair of the College’s first Board of Trustees that held its first meeting in November of 1974. He served as a trustee from 1974 to 1989 and also served on JWCC’s Foundation Board. A Hull, Illinois, native, Reed was a lifelong farmer until his retirement.  He is a dedicated supporter of JWCC agricultural programs and sponsored the Hull Fertilizer and James L. Reed Swine Management Scholarship for JWCC students.

    Bobby Field of Liberty, Illinois, will provide the student reflection. Field will receive an Associate in Science degree in business and will transfer to complete his bachelor’s degree in finance at Quincy University. Field was a member of the Student Government Association, Finance Club and named to the College’s dean’s list. Field is active professionally as a member of the Independent Community Bankers of America and Community Bankers Association of Illinois.  

    Dr. Randall Egdorf, JWCC department chair and associate professor of social/behavioral sciences, will confer the distinction of Professor Emeritus to retiring faculty members Gary DeClue and Nancy Schneblin.

    DeClue served as department chair and professor of fine arts at JWCC.  He will retire this month following 24 years of service to JWCC and 40 years as a music educator. He joined the JWCC staff in 1991 to establish the College’s fine arts program. 

    Schneblin served as professor of office technology at JWCC.  She retired in December of 2014 following 22 years of service to JWCC.  She joined the staff in 1993 and served as a professor and dean for the College’s office technology program.

    The student response to the alumni investiture will be provided by Seth Wolfmeyer of Liberty, Illinois. He will receive an Associate in Science degree in physics and transfer to Southern Illinois University Carbondale to complete his bachelor’s degree. Wolfmeyer served as secretary for the Student Government Association, was a member of the Alpha Tau Gamma Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, served as lead editor for the College’s Publications Club and has been named to JWCC’s dean’s list.

    Caleb Weitnauer of Quincy, Illinois, will provide the benediction. He will receive an Associate in Science in biology and complete his bachelor’s degree at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Weitnauer served as activities chair for JWCC’s Student Government Association, secretary for Campus Crusade for Christ and has been named to the College’s dean’s list.

    Macebearers for JWCC’s Commencement will represent the men’s Trail Blazer basketball team that was National Junior College Athletic Association National Runner Up for the 2014-15 season.  Brody Gronewold of Carthage, Illinois, and Jordan Johnson of Waukegan, Illinois, will serve as co-macebearers leading the procession of graduates into the ceremony.  Gronewold will receive an Associate in Science in education and will complete his bachelor’s degree and continue his basketball career at Missouri Valley College. Johnson will receive an Associate in Science degree in business and complete his bachelor’s degree and continue his basketball career at University of Milwaukee-Wisconsin.

    Processional marshals for the ceremony will be Julie Bice, department chair and instructor in education, JWCC’s 2014 Faculty Member of the Year; and Alyssa Hummel, coordinator of student life, 2014 Staff Member of the Year. Also recognized during the ceremony will be James Fuhrman, manufacturing instructor, 2014 Associate Faculty Member of the Year; and Dick Tabb, career readiness specialist, 2014 Part-Time Staff Member of the Year.

    JWCC’s Instrumental Ensemble will play processional and recessional selections and the College’s Concert Choir will perform a musical selection arranged by Kenneth Paden.  Both groups are under the direction of Gary DeClue, department chair and professor of fine arts, accompanied by Rhonda Basinger, assistant professor of music.               


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    John Wood Community College recently announced Student Life Awards for the 2014-2015 Academic Year.  Recipients are chosen based on contributions to JWCC clubs and organizations, community involvement, leadership, academics and embodiment of the College’s core values of self-development, excellence, accountability and integrity.

    Brandon Carl of West Point, Illinois received the Outstanding First Year Student Award.  He serves as president of JWCC’s Campus Crusade for Christ, Student Ambassador for the College’s admissions office, writer for The Blaze student newspaper and member of the Student Government Association.  Carl has been named to the JWCC dean’s list and serves as the College’s student representative to the Illinois Community College Board.  He is pursuing an associate degree in computer science.

    Raphael Blanco of Quincy, Illinois, was selected as Outstanding Returning Student.  Blanco is a member of Campus Crusade for Christ and JWCC’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. He has been named to JWCC’s dean’s list and is pursuing an associate degree in biology and plans to transfer to a four-year university to pursue pre-medical studies.

    Staci Forrester of Quincy received the Outstanding Non-Traditional Student Award.  Forrester was chosen based on her contributions as a Student Ambassador for the JWCC admissions office and her dedication to building support for adult students at the College.  She founded JWCC’s first Craft Club and has been a member of the College’s Psychology and Gaming clubs.  Forrester also volunteers her time to support the youth group at Lighthouse Baptist Church.   She is pursuing an associate degree in psychology and plans to transfer to Hannibal LaGrange University.

    Rhonda Basinger of Quincy, assistant professor of music, was honored with the Advisor of the Year Award.  Basinger was selected based on her work to assist JWCC’s chapter of the National Association for Music Educators organization and helping students reach their club and academic goals while preparing them for their chosen careers.  

    JWCC’s Publications Club was selected as Student Organization of the Year for the second consecutive year.  The club received the honor based on its production of a record number of issues of The Blaze student newspaper and for its work as the written voice of students on campus. The club’s advisor is Rob Hodgson, JWCC director of student support services.


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    John Wood Community College has reorganized its Finance and Business Services Area in an effort to trim costs and become more efficient and effective. 

    Current JWCC employees Josh Welker and Bill LaTour have been promoted to dean positions to lead components of the College’s Finance and Business Service area previously directed at the vice president level.

    “We are continually looking for ways to operate more efficiently and effectively,” Mike Elbe, JWCC president said.  “Just as the College reorganized the Student Service area to be directed by two deans instead of a vice president, we recently had the opportunity to do the same in finance and business services.  Promoting existing employees and spreading the work out over a number of positions saves the College money and eliminates a layer of administration.”

    Welker will serve as dean of business services and institutional effectiveness and oversee JWCC’s business operations in addition to his institutional research duties. LaTour has been named dean of operations/chief of police and will oversee the College’s physical plant, information technology, campus police and College operations at the Quincy campus, Pittsfield Education Center and Mt. Sterling Education Center.

    Welker joined JWCC in 2009 as an institutional researcher and was promoted to director of institutional effectiveness in 2011 to conduct all reporting, research and strategic planning initiatives for the College.  During his career at JWCC, Welker has directed efforts for the College’s Strategic Plan and Higher Learning Commission Reaccreditation.

    In 2010, Welker earned the Data and Decisions Academy Presidential Scholarship from the Association of Institutional Research.  He received JWCC’s President’s Award in 2011 for his dedicated service to JWCC. Welker holds a bachelor’s degree from Missouri State University and a master’s degree in economics from the University of Missouri.

    LaTour began his career at JWCC in 2001 as director of campus safety and security, which included managing and directing the College’s comprehensive risk management program. In 2008, the College upgraded safety and security measures and LaTour also became chief of police to oversee a fully armed and professionally trained campus police force.  In 2011, LaTour earned the designation of Certified School Risk Manager from The National Alliance for Insurance and Education Research.  He received JWCC’s Innovation Award in 2009.

    Prior to joining JWCC, LaTour served six years with the Quincy Police Department as a patrol officer, accreditation manager and member of the Emergency Response Team. He also has three years of experience in the insurance business as a life and health insurance producer. LaTour holds a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement from Western Illinois University and a master’s degree in human relations and business from Amberton University.


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