QUINCY -- Diane Vose feels her new position -- overseeing the John Wood Community College education centers in Pittsfield and Mount Sterling -- will carry responsibilities above and beyond the expected administrative duties.
"I see myself as being a link to the community," she said. "This is a very exciting time."
Vose said she will be doing whatever is needed to build and strengthen ties with JWCC in those two communities.
"We have listened to the needs of the communities, and feel these (facilities) will meet those needs," she said.
The Southeast Education Center in Pittsfield will open its doors for a 4 to 7 p.m. open house Thursday, Aug. 10. The site sits north of the Pittsfield Industrial Park on the east side of U.S. 54 and is housed within the former JDL building.
Renovation of the former JDL building is nearing completion, a process that began in late 2016. The JWCC Foundation raised $200,000 toward the project.
The Mount Sterling facility has been operational for four years.
Vose's new title in involving the Pittsfield and Mount Sterling sites is manager of regional centers and community-based outreach. That will coincide with her already existing responsibilities as manager of non-credit community-based outreach programs.
Vose will work with Cheryl Weinant, specialist at the Southeast Education Center, and Jeanne Yingling, specialist at the Mount Sterling Education Center.
"It is going to be an honor to serve the people and area where I grew up and call home and ensure our centers are serving rural areas the most effective and efficient way possible," Vose said. "This opportunity is going to be the best way for me to effect change and serve our communities and the college."
Vose joined JWCC in 2014 as a student navigator and became manager of community-based outreach in 2016. Prior to joining JWCC, she was the coordinator for prekindergarten services for Griggsville-Perry schools.
Vose holds a bachelor's degree from University of Illinois-Springfield and is a member of the Pike County Chamber of Commerce board. She also is a member on the Pike County Economic Development Corporation.