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John Wood Community College News
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    John Wood Community College, in partnership with BDI DataLynk, will offer short-term Fiber Optic Technician courses to help the area workforce access local training.  

     A three-day introductory Certified Fiber Optic Technician (CFOT) course will be offered Monday through Wednesday, January 7 – 9 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The training isdesigned for anyone interested in becoming a Certified Fiber Optic Technician. Training combines theory and mostly hands-on activities to prepare the student to take the CFOT test that is sanctioned by the FOA (Fiber Optics Association) and given and graded the final class day. This course also introduces the student to industry standards governing Fiber To The Desk (FTTD), Fiber To The Home (FTTH), and Distribution Cabling.

     A two-day, 16-hour Certified Fiber Optics Specialist in Testing and Maintenance course will be offered Thursday through Friday, January 10 – 11 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The class is designed to offer advanced training to anyone involved with the testing and maintenance of fiber optics networks. A focal point in the program is to offer a general, easy-to-understand approach to fiber optics testing standards with considerable hands-on activities. The course explains the variety of testing standards, equipment and technological approaches used in fiber network testing and splicing and how to choose among them and prepares the student to take the Specialist in Testing & Maintenance Fiber Optics Certification Exam given at the end of class.

     A two-day, 16-hour Fiber Optics Splicing Specialist Certification course will be offered Saturday and Sunday, January 12 and 13 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. includes a presentation explaining the importance of high-performance splicing and further details the points necessary to achieve these splices. This course includes mostly hands-on classroom activities which will provide training in both fusion and mechanical splicing of either single or multimode fiber optic cables

     All courses are sanctioned by the Fiber Optic Association (FOA), which is the largest professional society of fiber optics in the world. Cost for each class is $730 per person, and includes lunch for each day. Registration can be made at 217.641.4971. Course details are available at https://www.jwcc.edu/business-resources/fiber-optic-training. All courses will be offered at JWCC’s Workforce Development Center at 4220 Kochs Lane in Quincy.


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    Winner earns free tuition, fees and books; Application deadline is January 19

    Every day adults are reinventing their careers by taking courses and earning degrees at John Wood Community College.  However, not all of them can say they are attending for free.

    The JWCC Foundation and WGEM have partnered for a seventh year to provide a free career makeover for one deserving individual.  Kathy Flesner, of Payson, Ill., won last year’s Career Makeover contest and is currently working on her degree in business.

    Adults 24 years of age or older, who are not current or recent JWCC students, can apply for the opportunity at www.jwcc.edu/makeover. One winner will earn a scholarship from the JWCC Foundation to cover up to 68 credit hours, or completion of a selected degree or certificate, including tuition, fees and books.  Interested individuals are encouraged to visit the site to view the contest process, rules and regulations. Two runners-up will receive a $1,500 scholarship to go towards the cost of their program. Applications will be accepted until January 19. 

    Eligible Career, Technical and Health Education programs include the following: accounting, agriculture, ag business management, animal science, beef specialist, business, certified nursing assistant, computer-aided design, computer science, desktop publishing, early childhood education, electrical technology, fire science, health care assistant, graphic design, industrial technology, industrial maintenance technician, industrial maintenance mechanic, law enforcement, logistics and operations management, manufacturing, management, marketing, medical assistant, medical office technology, office technology, precision machining operator, surgical technology, swine specialist, truck driver training and welding.

    Eligible two-year associate degree programs, which transfer to four-year universities as part of bachelor’s degrees, include the following: accounting, agriculture, art, biology, business, chemistry, communication, computer science, economics, education, engineering, English, fine arts, general studies, health/physical education/recreation, history, law enforcement, liberal arts, math, music, physics, political science/pre-law, psychology and sociology. 

     “The JWCC Foundation creates educational opportunities,” Barb Holthaus, JWCC Foundation executive director said.  “Thanks to the continued partnership with WGEM, the Career Makeover contest is a public way of showing the power education has to change someone’s path in life.” 

    WGEM supports the project as an extension of serving the community and partnership with JWCC.

    “The Career Makeover is life changing,” Carlos Fernandez, WGEM vice president and general manager said.  “We have so many outstanding applicants every year who invest in themselves through education.  We are proud to partner with John Wood to help the next winner change his or her life.”

    Now more than ever is the time to develop new skills or start a new career.  Regional employers are searching for individuals with the right skills to begin a career and greatly value employees willing to pursue education to help drive their company forward.

    “Last year’s applicants inspired us and we get to see the recent winners every day on campus work toward their goals,” Mike Elbe, JWCC president said. “We are proud of them, and all of our adult students, who balance full-time jobs, family and school to make their lives better.”

    More information is available at www.jwcc.edu/makeover.  Individuals without internet access may pick up paper application materials at JWCC or WGEM.


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    Three hundred forty-seven students at John Wood Community College have been named to the dean's list for the 2018 fall term. 

    To be named to the dean's list, a full-time student must be enrolled for nine or more credit hours and must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.  A part-time student must have accumulated at least 15 semester hours, be enrolled for fewer than nine credit hours during the current term, and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher. 

    Students named to the dean's list, listed according to mailing address, include the following: 

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    IL

    Augusta

    Madison

    Fox

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    Augusta

    Kraig

    Hiland

    IL

    Augusta

    Benjamin

    Janssen

    IL

    Augusta

    Delaney

    Lantz

    IL

    Barry

    Lonita

    Ash

    IL

    Barry

    Rebecca

    Davis

    IL

    Barry

    Krista

    Forbis

    IL

    Barry

    Ashley

    Gratton

    IL

    Barry

    Shelbie

    Hubbard

    IL

    Barry

    Chloe

    Mellon

    IL

    Barry

    Emma

    Raftery

    IL

    Barry

    Elizabeth

    Reis

    IL

    Barry

    Paige

    Snyder

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    Barry

    Paige

    Wharton

    IL

    Belvidere

    Charlene

    Gipson

    IL

    Bluffs

    Jaelyne

    Likes

    MO

    Bowling Green

    Kristen

    Miller

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    Crose

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    Camp Point

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    Davis

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    Noah

    Dearwester

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    Hildebrand

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    Lynnea

    Janssen

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    Camp Point

    Faith

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    Camp Point

    Jessilyn

    Liesen

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    Camp Point

    Bailey

    Moyers

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    Mary

    Perry

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    Smith

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    Allison

    Fischer

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    Eolia

    Daniel

    Thompson

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    Clark

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    Mast

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    Neisen

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    Shumake

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    Lance

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    Golden

    Gavin

    Ideus

    IL

    Golden

    Sharadyn

    Janssen

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    Post

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    Golden

    Kelsey

    Post

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    Wesley

    Bradshaw

    IL

    Griggsville

    Destiney

    Smith

    IL

    Griggsville

    Heather

    Stille

    IL

    Hamilton

    Cole

    Oliver

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    Hannibal

    Cady

    Bogue-Britton

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    Hannibal

    Alicia

    Burditt

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    Hannibal

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    Campfield

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    Hannibal

    Jeffrey

    Carroll

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    Hannibal

    Michael

    Dyke

    MO

    Hannibal

    Alisha

    Engels

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    Hannibal

    Michael

    Failor

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    Hannibal

    Henley

    Foxall

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    Hannibal

    Steven

    Riley

    MO

    Hannibal

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    Sorrels-Mitchell

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    Hannibal

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    Alex

    Hance

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    Brandy

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    Crawford

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    Liberty

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    Lish

    IL

    Liberty

    Seth

    Rochelle

    IL

    Liberty

    Reed

    Tate

    IL

    Liberty

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    Tenhouse

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    Loraine

    Jinyun

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    Macon

    Brady

    Winter

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    Maywood

    Kelsey

    Clow

    MO

    Maywood

    Kyle

    Foster

    MO

    Maywood

    John

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    MO

    Maywood

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    Raleigh

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    Mendon

    Paul

    Freeman

    IL

    Mendon

    Haley

    Miller

    IL

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    Cole

    Thompson

    IL

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    Darin

    Weisinger

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    Mendon

    Aaron

    Wittler

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    Mendon

    Grace

    Zanger

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    Lydia

    Scott

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    Wallick

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    Walter

    Mudd

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    Monroe City

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    Turpin

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    Mt Sterling

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    Arana

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    Mt Sterling

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    Felten

    IL

    Mt Sterling

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    Holguin

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    Mt Sterling

    Alison

    Llewellyn

    IL

    Mt Sterling

    Amanda

    Renzulli

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    Mt Sterling

    Pyper

    Wettstein

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    Nauvoo

    Timothy

    Etter

    IL

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    Gallaher

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    Miller

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    Donald

    Caldwell

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    Damian

    Walls

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    Paloma

    Alexia

    Rutledge

    IL

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    Matthew

    Winkeljohn

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    Dakota

    Bradshaw

    IL

    Payson

    Leroy

    Brinkman

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    Payson

    Kathy

    Flesner

    IL

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    Vanessa

    Gajdosova

    IL

    Payson

    Travis

    Johnson

    IL

    Payson

    Clayton

    Merritt

    IL

    Payson

    Michaela

    Pence

    IL

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    Alexandria

    Quinn

    IL

    Payson

    Grace

    Witte

    IL

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    Jacob

    Ottwell

    IL

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    VanWinkle

    IL

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    Brandi

    Trenhaile

    IL

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    Charlenia

    Bay

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    Pittsfield

    Lindsey

    Bonnett

    IL

    Pittsfield

    Katie

    Clements

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    Pittsfield

    Adelyn

    Cox

    IL

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    Korbyn

    Cox

    IL

    Pittsfield

    Sierra

    DeJaynes

    IL

    Pittsfield

    Brittany

    Greenwood

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    Pittsfield

    Alexis

    Hardee

    IL

    Pittsfield

    Kaylee

    Harrison

    IL

    Pittsfield

    Reagan

    Hoskin

    IL

    Pittsfield

    Jacob

    Jenkins

    IL

    Pittsfield

    Caitlyn

    McIntire

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    Pittsfield

    Amber

    Miller

    IL

    Pittsfield

    Kaitlyn

    Place

    IL

    Pittsfield

    Kelly

    Rhodes

    IL

    Pittsfield

    Alexa

    Shoemaker

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    Pittsfield

    Michelle

    Smith

    IL

    Pittsfield

    Kendra

    Sydney

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    Plainville

    Derek

    Boone

    IL

    Plainville

    Hannah

    Klingele

    IL

    Plainville

    Anna

    Peters

    IL

    Plainville

    Timothy

    Peters

    IL

    Plainville

    Paul

    Stubbs

    IL

    Plainville

    Kassidy

    Westerman

    IL

    Plainville

    Justine

    Williams

    IL

    Pleasant Hill

    Derrick

    Henderson

    IL

    Quincy

    Jamie

    Adam

    IL

    Quincy

    Erica

    Alexander

    IL

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    Sheida

    Azari

    IL

    Quincy

    Halle

    Barnes

    IL

    Quincy

    Ryan

    Bauer

    IL

    Quincy

    Harley

    Baugher

    IL

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    Alexia

    Beasley

    IL

    Quincy

    Jamie

    Beatty

    IL

    Quincy

    Abigail

    Bemis

    IL

    Quincy

    Alexis

    Beswick

    IL

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    Jennifer

    Blickhan

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    Breanna

    Bordewick

    IL

    Quincy

    Fisher

    Bramer

    IL

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    Madison

    Brassfield

    IL

    Quincy

    Alexander

    Bravo

    IL

    Quincy

    Donald

    Briddle

    IL

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    Makayla

    Briggs

    IL

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    Candy

    Brink-Westbrook

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    McKenzie

    Brummell

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    Quincy

    Ashley

    Cadwell

    IL

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    Dana

    Caley

    IL

    Quincy

    Jeffre

    Castillo

    IL

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    Ashton

    Chandler

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    Joseph

    Chapel

    IL

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    Megan

    Charity

    IL

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    Armani

    Clark

    IL

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    Alexa

    Cobian

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    Quincy

    Danielle

    Coffman

    IL

    Quincy

    James

    Coons

    IL

    Quincy

    Austin

    Costigan

    IL

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    Madia

    Crebo

    IL

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    Justin

    Crow

    IL

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    Yasmin

    Cruz

    IL

    Quincy

    Shayla

    Darnell

    IL

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    Raevianna

    Davis

    IL

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    Jonathan

    Deck

    IL

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    Carolyn

    Dickerman

    IL

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    Aiden

    Dillion

    IL

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    Hunter

    Donaldson

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    Emily

    Dozier

    IL

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    Emily

    Dreier

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    Ryan

    Drish

    IL

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    Erika

    Eaton

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    Elledge

    IL

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    Estepp

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    Matthew

    Farlow

    IL

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    Farmer

    IL

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    Joseph

    Faron

    IL

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    Karla

    Fesler

    IL

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    Amanda

    Fessler

    IL

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    Jessica

    Fessler

    IL

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    Jade

    Flesner

    IL

    Quincy

    Elizabeth

    Fodor

    IL

    Quincy

    Kelsee

    Foote

    IL

    Quincy

    Haley

    Friday

    IL

    Quincy

    Giovanny

    Garcia

    IL

    Quincy

    Rebecca

    Garner

    IL

    Quincy

    Aspen

    Gengenbacher

    IL

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    Lexi

    Goehl

    IL

    Quincy

    Michelle

    Gough

    IL

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    Jeremy

    Grootens

    IL

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    Rabecah

    Gruenwald

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    Jack

    Gunsten

    IL

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    Daisy

    Hall

    IL

    Quincy

    McKenzie

    Hall

    IL

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    William

    Hamilton

    IL

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    DeJia

    Hankins

    IL

    Quincy

    Dakota

    Hatfield

    IL

    Quincy

    Hannah

    Heilwagen

    IL

    Quincy

    Allison

    Helton

    IL

    Quincy

    Emily

    Hoebing

    IL

    Quincy

    Allison

    Hollenstine

    IL

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    Emanuel

    Hun

    IL

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    Courtney

    Jensen

    IL

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    Nicholas

    Johnson

    IL

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    Sydney

    Johnston

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    Kylie

    Jones

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    Madelynn

    Jones

    IL

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    Rachel

    Jones

    IL

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    Theresa

    Kasparie

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    Jessica

    Kearns

    IL

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    Payton

    Kearns

    IL

    Quincy

    Tanner

    Kennedy

    IL

    Quincy

    Ean

    Keppner

    IL

    Quincy

    Demontae

    Kewney

    IL

    Quincy

    Jennifer

    Kirkpatrick

    IL

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    Brian

    Kleemeyer

    IL

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    Torre

    Koontz

    IL

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    Henry

    Koster

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    Kroeger

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    LaCroix

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    Monroe

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    Moore

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    Moore

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    Moore

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    Morrison

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    Peters

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    Pool

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    Popp

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    Poppenhager

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    Madison

    Rampley

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    Venessa

    Rankin

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    Kristen

    Rasche

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    Alexis

    Rayl

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    Donissa

    Raymond

    IL

    Quincy

    Juan

    Recinos Perales

    IL

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    Samantha

    Reed

    IL

    Quincy

    Cole

    Reeder

    IL

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    Joseph

    Regner

    IL

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    Abigail

    Reis

    IL

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    Tempestt

    Rhoden

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    Blair

    Rodman

    IL

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    Tatum

    Rodriguez

    IL

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    Haley

    Rost

    IL

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    Sanchez

    IL

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    Taylor

    Scarbrough

    IL

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    Avery

    Schlipman

    IL

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    Macyn

    Seaver

    IL

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    Macyn

    Seaver

    IL

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    Shamshyna

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    Sheurman

    IL

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    Ashley

    Sill

    IL

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    Charlena

    Silman

    IL

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    Garrett

    Smith

    IL

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    Smith

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    Hannah

    Snider

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    Sprinkle

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    Taylor

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    Thomas

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    Tipton

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    Tyler

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    Ulrich

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    Unmisig

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    Veile

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    Watkins

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    Quincy

    Ryan

    Willing

    IL

    Quincy

    Andrew

    Winkeljohn

    IL

    Quincy

    Rachel

    Wolter

    IL

    Quincy

    Chelsea

    Wood

    IL

    Quincy

    Bruce

    York

    IL

    Rushville

    Brett

    Bullard

    IL

    Rushville

    Angela

    Peacock

    IL

    Sutter

    Ryan

    Spory

    MO

    Taylor

    Sabrina

    Owen

    IL

    Tennessee

    Lauren

    Markey

    IL

    Timewell

    Braydon

    Wright

    IL

    Ursa

    Amber

    Casley

    IL

    Ursa

    Cory

    Miller

    IL

    Ursa

    Abigail

    Tanner

    IL

    Versailles

    Patricia

    Forster

    IL

    Versailles

    Amanda

    Harvey

    IL

    Warsaw

    Regan

    Little

    IL

    West Point

    Andrew

    Gastler

    IL

    West Point

    Heaven

    Rice

    IL

    Winchester

    Clinton

    Hoots

    IL

    Winchester

    Chaney

    Parker

     


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    John Wood Community College wants to help adults “Take the Plunge” to start or continue their college education in the New Year.  JWCC will host “Take the Plunge Tuesday” January 8 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

     During the day, adults can drop in or make an appointment to fit their schedule to take action on various steps to go back to or continue college. JWCC admissions and academic advisors can answer questions, help students complete admission and financial aid applications, talk about new career options and complete registration processes. If prospective adult students can bring copies of high school or college transcripts and 2016 tax information, they may be able to complete most processes to enroll in upcoming classes in February and March.

     “Adults have crazy schedules and sometimes they just need one day when they decide it’s time to ‘take the plunge’ and get things done.  At this point in the year their children are back in school, so it’s a good time for them to do something for themselves,“ Kristen Ritterbusch, JWCC director of admissions said. 

     Course sessions for spring begin January 14, February 11 and March 18.

     Appointments are encouraged, but not required and can be made by going to www.jwcc.edu/plunge or by calling JWCC admissions at 217.641.4337.  


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    Kathy Flesner, small business owner, and mother of six knew it was time to go back to school when her daughter pushed her to apply for the John Wood Community College Foundation/WGEM Career Makeover last year.

    “I’ve wanted to go baKathy Flesnerck for a while, but there was no way I could have gone on my own, full-time with putting three kids through college,” Flesner said.

    After winning the competition, Flesner did not have to worry about financing her education. Now she is focused on pursuing her business degree and integrating newly acquired computer, accounting and Excel skills in her family’s small business.

    Flesner balances her schedule by making time to do work before and after her classes.

    “I was fortunate enough to have all my classes in the morning. So, at night, I don’t watch TV, I do homework,” Flesner said.

    Flesner encourages other adults and working moms to apply for the Career Makeover this year.

    Nearly 40 percent of John Wood students are adults, like Kathy, who are going to college to gain new skills, a promotion and a better quality of life.

    “If you were like me, you thought about applying, but let your fear push it back,” she shared. “Don’t procrastinate, apply and do something for yourself. It is so worth it.”

    The deadline to apply is January 19.

    More information can be found at www.jwcc.edu/makeover  or 217.641.4109.

      

    2018 John Wood Community College Foundation/WGEM Career Makeover Winner Kathy Flesner is applying new skills learned in business and computer classes to her family business. Flesner encourages other adults to apply to the competition to help them earn promotions, change careers or help their own small business. This year’s competition application is available at www.jwcc.edu/makeover and the deadline is January 19. 


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    Distinction Gives JWCC Graduates Advantage in the Industry

    John Wood Community College has been approved as an entitled institution for the Gateways to Opportunity Early Childhood Education, a statewide professional credentialing system that recognizes excellence in preparation of early childhood care providers.

    JWCC graduates often own and operate private daycare centers and serve as early childhood instructors in area schools and community child care facilities.  Students can also transfer coursework to four-year universities as part of bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education or Education. 

    "Gateways is the gold-standard for early childhood education providers," Julie Bice, lead instructor for JWCC's Early Childhood Education program said.  "Our graduates will standout to potential employers and have the latest skills and knowledge to provide the highest quality instruction in area child care facilities." 

    In addition to their two-year degree in early childhood education, JWCC graduates simultaneously earn Gateways Credentialsat Levels 2, 3 and 4.

    “The Gateways to Opportunity credential is a solid representation of being qualified in the delivery of early childhood care and education,” Joleen Patton, Blessing Hospital Early Learning Center program director shared.  “I consider a job candidate with this credential to have an advantage.  It shows that the person is serious about the delivery of quality to the children and families he or she serves, and at Blessing Health System, we want their application.”  

    JWCC is among a select group of institutions in Illinois to be entitled for the Gateways to Opportunity Credentials.  All Gateways credentials have competencies that reflect multiple professional standards, including National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Illinois Professional Teaching Standards.  The faculty at JWCC has worked diligently to align their courses with Gateways competencies.

    Gateways to Opportunity, Illinois Professional Development System, is designed to provide guidance, support and recognition to practitioners who serve children and families in Illinois.  Gateways is administered by the Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies on behalf of the Illinois Department of Human Services.  

    More information about JWCC’s early childhood education program can be found at www.jwcc.edu//academics/degrees/early-childhood-education-aasor by contacting JWCC admissions at 217.641.4337 or admissions@jwcc.edu. 


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    The Knowledge Center at Chaddock, in partnership with John Wood Community College, will sponsor a community forum on the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) on Thursday, January 31 from 6:00 - 8:00 in the JWCC Auditorium. The forum will include an exclusive showing of Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope. This one-hour documentary highlights the extensive research and science behind ACEs and how communities throughout the country are working to respond to toxic stress and breaking cycles of violence, addiction and disease. You can watch a trailer for the documentary at https://vimeo.com/137282528 

    Following the film, Josh Carlson, MSW, LCSW, will moderate a panel discussion with Quincy community leaders, including representatives from human services, education, health care, the faith community and the court system. For more information, see the attached flier or visit the Resilience event page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/813555068992304/?active_tab=about . There is no cost to attend.

     


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    John Wood Community College will host the Illinois Board of Higher Education Faculty Advisory Council (IBHE FAC) meeting Friday, February 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its Quincy campus at 48th and Harrison.

     The IBHE Faculty Advisory Council is a representative group of 36 faculty members from Illinois community colleges and public and private four-year institutions. The council serves as a liaison between educational institutions and the IBHE and discusses issues related to statewide higher education concerns. Marie Donovan, DePaul associate professor and program director of early childhood teacher education, serves as chair for the IBHE FAC.

    The council has three caucuses – private four-year institutions, public four-year institutions and two-year colleges – which will discuss topics and concerns specific to each during the council’s meeting.

    During the meeting members will also convene in five working groups will discuss the following topics: “This We Believe,” an effort to retain Illinois high school graduates in Illinois Colleges and Universities; the Illinois Articulation Initiative; dual credit, program prioritization and consolidation and the P20 initiative.  The P20 initiative is a continuum from preschool (P) to graduate school and lifelong learning (20) to promote connection, engagement and innovation in schools and communities through hands-on activities for kids, educators and families; professional development for teachers; and regional networking to improve college and career readiness. 

     Two of the twelve representatives from Illinois Community Colleges on the IBHE Faculty Advisory Council are from John Wood Community College, Randall Egdorf, associate professor of social/behavioral sciences, and Danelle Batterton, instructor of social/behavioral sciences.

     “We are honored to host this engaged and innovative group of educators from across the state and look forward to working together to combine our resources to offer the very best for students choosing Illinois institutions of higher education,” Danelle Batterton shared. 


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    January 10, 2019

     

    JWCC Receives Illinois Community College Board Approval for New HVAC program to Begin this Fall

    One-year Certificate Developed with Area HVAC businesses to Meet Regional Demand

     

    The Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) recently approved John Wood Community College’s newly developed Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) one-year certificate program.  The new program will begin enrolling students this fall.

     

    Area HVAC industry leaders expressed a need for more technicians within the community in the fall of 2018.  Over the last year, JWCC worked with an advisory council comprised of eight HVAC businesses and experts to develop HVAC-specific courses, identify internship sites and acquire equipment necessary to deliver the program. 

     

    “We have a great need for HVAC technicians in this region, and are grateful that John Wood has worked with us to create a relevant program that will prepare students to step in and earn a head-of-household salary in a growing field,” Ryan Keck, chair of JWCC’s HVAC Council shared.  “Because HVAC businesses were part of developing this new program, we built in extra hands-on internship opportunities so JWCC students will have an advantage and have the inside track as they work in area businesses as part of their training.”

     The certificate includes 11 courses and two internship experiences. Five new courses were developed in collaboration with the advisory council and include Refrigeration Fundamentals, Heating Principles, Heating and Cooling Controls and Commercial Air Conditioning Systems.  First semester and capstone HVAC internship experiences were also created.  Five of JWCC’s existing Industrial Maintenance Courses were identified to provide the necessary foundational knowledge for the HVAC program. Those include technical math, wiring, motors/controls, pumps/piping and mechanical systems.  A one-credit college success course will also be required for the certificate.

     Businesses on the JWCC HVAC advisory council include Keck Heating and Air Conditioning, Blessing Hospital, AireServ of Quincy, T. F. Ehrhart Company, Air Specialists Heating and Air Conditioning and Klingner & Associates.

     The next step in the HVAC program’s development is becoming eligible for Federal financial aid, a process that is currently underway and tentatively set for approval in March.   Students may apply for admission and learn more at www.jwcc.edu/hvac or contact admissions@jwcc.edu or 217.641.4337 for more information.

     


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    Faculty of the Year

    John Wood Community College recently announced faculty and staff members who were honored as Employees of the Year for 2018 as well as employees who reached milestone service anniversaries.

    Jennifer Grindstaff of Sullivan was named Faculty Member of the Year. Grindstaff started at JWCC in 2016 as a full-time English instructor. Currently she is an instructor of composition, business writing, and literature, and co-advisor of Alpha Tau Gamma, John Wood’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter. Grindstaff holds an associate’s degree from John Wood Community College, a bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University, and a master’s degree in English with a literary studies emphasis from Eastern Illinois University. She serves as part of the One Book One College Committee at JWCC and is on the Phi Theta Kappa regional advisory board for Illinois.  She is a member of the Midwest Popular Culture Association and serves as a reviewer for the journal. Grindstaff has presented scholarly work at the Midwest Popular Culture Association annual convention, The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900, and the National Popular Culture convention. In 2018, Grindstaff was recognized as advisor of the year at JWCC for her work with Phi Theta Kappa. 

    Diane Vose of Griggsville was named Staff Member of the Year. Vose began her career at JWCC in June 2014 as a student navigator. After holding other positions, she was named Manager of Regional Centers and Community Based Outreach in July 2017 when the Southeast Education Center opened.  In August of 2018 Vose was presented a JWCC Trail Blazer Award.  She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois-Springfield. Vose currently serves on the Illini Hospital Board, the Chamber of Commerce Board and is a Rotary Club member. She also serves as the founding advisor for the JWCC Rotaract Club which was organized Fall 2018.  

    Greg Godwin of Keokuk, Iowa, was named part-time Faculty Member of the Year. Godwin started at JWCC in 2009 as a natural science instructor. He holds a master’s degree in teaching from Western Illinois University, a master’s degree in food science and technology from the University of Nebraska, and a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Kansas.

    Dick Tabb of Quincy was named Part-Time Staff Member of the Year. Tabb started at JWCC in 2013 as a part-time staff member in Career Services and Career and Technology Education. Tabb holds a bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University and a master’s degree from Truman State University in addition to earning a Secondary School Administration Certificate from Truman State. He works with JWCC students, community members and area high school students in career exploration, résumé assistance and employment preparation. Tabb also promotes the Career and Technical Programs at college and job fairs in addition to area high schools. He also won the Part-Time Staff Member of the Year award in 2014.

     

    In addition to Employee of the Year recognition, JWCC announced the following employees who marked milestone anniversaries between July 2018 and December 2018:

    30 Years of Service

    Jackie Dickson of Quincy, support services assistant, started at the College in 1988 as a secretary for the special needs program.  She has been involved in several committees including student issues and the mentoring program.  Dickson earned an associate in applied science from JWCC.

     

    25 Years of Service

    Paula Edgar of Quincy, professor of natural sciences. Edgar started at JWCC in 1992. She holds a bachelor’s degree in medical technology and master’s degree in biology from Western Illinois University. Edgar has served on JWCC’s Assessment, Tenure, Internal Support and Faculty Senate committees. She has been a team leader for the JWCC Foundation Annual Employee Giving Campaign and volunteered her time to support the College’s holiday concerts. Edgar has participated in the Library of Congress: Teaching with Primary Sources and University of Illinois Merit Immersion for Students and Teachers trainings. Additionally, Edgar completed EarthScope Training at Illinois State University.

    Mary Hass of Pittsfield, professor of nursing education, joined JWCC in 1993.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Quincy University and a Master’s Degree in Nursing from University of Missouri-Columbia.  

    Norm Rodriguez of Quincy started at JWCC in 1993 as a full-time history and political science instructor.  Currently he is a professor of history and political science and head women’s basketball coach.  Rodriguez holds a bachelor’s degree from Quincy University and a juris doctorate from Washburn University. He has completed advance studies in education administration from University of Illinois at Springfield and history at Western Illinois University.  Rodriguez leads JWCC’s Faculty Internal Support Committee, and previously served on JWCC’s Benefits, Tenure Review and Reaffirmation Steering Committees.  He is a member of the Organization of American Historians, American Political Science Association, Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association.  In 2006 Rodriguez was named National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Midwest Athletic Conference Region 24 Basketball Coach of the Year.   In 2009 the NJCAA recognized Rodriguez for reaching 200 career victories.   He is the winningest coach in JWCC history and his career record stands at 363-250. 

    Jenny Venvertloh of Quincy started at JWCC in 1993 as the secretary to the director of purchasing.    In 2007, she was appointed to the position of administrative assistant to the vice president for finance and business. Venvertloh is a member of the American Society of Administrative Professionals and has served on several JWCC committees.  She earned an associate’s degree from JWCC.

     

    20 Years of Service

    Dave Bullard of Quincy, custodian

    Mary Durk of Quincy, admissions assistant

    Mary Edwards of Quincy, administrative assistant to the director of support services

    Shari Harris of Quincy, professor of mathematics

     

    15 Years of Service

    Susan Abbott of Quincy, human resources administrative assistant

    Beth Bower of Plainville, assistant professor of computer science

    Jerry Lunt of Quincy, assistant professor of business

     

    10 Years of Service

    Carl Askew of Quincy, mailroom assistant

    Cody Baggett of Quincy, dean of students and registrar

    Lou Barta of Hannibal, Mo., physical plant director

    Bill Fleer of Quincy, assistant professor of developmental education in mathematics

    Monica Foster of Quincy, adult education coordinator

    Brad Hoyt of Quincy, athletics manager and head men’s basketball coach

    Kevin Schaller of Camp Point, maintenance technician

     

    5 Years of Service

    Debbie Amsler of Liberty, fiscal services specialist

    Julie Bice of Quincy, assistant professor of education

    Erin Ealy of Quincy, learning resource center manager

    Eric Foster of Quincy, coordinator of student life

    Dave Hetzler of Quincy, interim dean, career and technical education

    Lindsay Meyer of Hull, campus police administrative assistant

    Darla Snyder of Maywood, Mo., purchasing coordinator

    Carrie Tarpein of Canton, Mo., custodian

    Laura Routh of Hannibal, Mo., chair and instructor of health sciences