Education

JWCC flexible summer courses attract students from other colleges

By Herald-Whig
Posted: May. 16, 2018 10:05 pm

QUINCY -- John Wood Community College summer courses continue to attract students from other schools.

Over the past three years, the number of students from other universities and colleges taking summer classes at JWCC has nearly doubled and will likely increase again this summer.

The JWCC Board was told at Wednesday night's monthly meeting that 119 students from other colleges enrolled in JWCC summer courses in 2017. That's just under double the 65 students from other schools who enrolled in 2015.

JWCC President Mike Elbe said part of the reason for the increase involves the options students from other schools have to complete courses to accommodate their summer schedules.

JWCC offers three- and eight-week summer terms using classroom, online, hybrid and open learning settings.

"There has been an influx (in recent years) of students from other colleges and universities who are provided different options," Elbe said.

One of the JWCC summer offerings is are three-week accelerated classes that begin Monday and continues through June 8 that has students attending class from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. English, speech, psychology and Western civilization will be offered in the accelerated format.

Hybrid courses in developmental and social psychology also will be introduced this summer, allowing students to attend fewer class days and complete the remaining work online.

Hybrid, online, open learning and classroom options in a range of subjects are being offered in an eight-week session starting June 11.

"I think our faculty has been creative in providing courses with different formats," Elbe said.

Tuition is another attraction for the JWCC summer courses. Information provided by John Wood officials said the cost for a summer classroom-based course at JWCC is about $480 for an in-district resident, compared with $1,125 at a four-year Illinois public university and $2,594 at a private university.

JWCC's fiscal 2019 budget will be presented at the JWCC Board's June 13 meeting.

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