QUINCY -- John Wood Community College continues to see an increase in the number of students from four-year universities taking summer courses at the school.
JWCC officials reported in the last four years, the number of students from other schools taking summer classes at the college has more than doubled. In 2015, 63 students from other colleges enrolled in summer courses compared to 155 in 2018.
Saving money is the primary reason, said Andy Happekotte, director of advising and retention at JWCC. Shorter class sessions also appear to be a draw.
"Many students are starting to view the summer just like the fall or spring semester," Happekotte said. "They see it as an opportunity to save money and complete courses in a shorter amount of time and in ways that make the most sense for their schedules."
Tuition for a summer classroom-based course at JWCC costs about $489 for an in-district resident, compared to $1,125 at an Illinois four-year public university or $2,594 at a private university.
Students can earn three credits in just three weeks in the subject areas of speech and psychology by attending classes five days a week from 9 a.m. to noon.
Three-week courses begin May 20. JWCC also offers dozens of other classes in eight-week classroom, open learning and online formats that begin June 10.
The most popular summer classes taken at JWCC are in math, speech, biology, English, music and psychology.
Registration for JWCC summer classes is underway. More information is available at jwcc.edu/summer or by calling the advising office at 217-641-4355.