JWCC Community College Month 2018

JWCC Community College Month 2018


(relaxed music) – What I look forward to
when I get to work every day is having an impact on students’ lives, both academically and
outside of the classroom. I think I have a pretty unique opportunity to get them
outside the classroom, build some leadership skills, and just seem them grow from coming in as a freshman
and leaving as a sophomore completely different people, and better people. – I always tell people
there were very few days that I didn’t look forward to
coming to work at John Wood. I love my job and I love
working with the people. I got involved early on with
the athletic department, I started out with Mike Elbe when he first came to John Wood, and so it was fun being a part of that and then I had two very good friends that I made at John Wood and we did a lot of social
activities for the college. – I’d say probably the best
thing about being at John Wood is that the small class size,
everybody seems to know you, and they’re so welcoming
and nice in class, you can get that nice
personal relationship with your professors and
not just be another number. I think it helped a lot, when I came out of high
school I didn’t really know much what I wanted to
do, where I wanted to go, so John Woods definitely
helped me figure out where I wanted to go and made it more affordable and easy
for me to figure that out. – One of the best things about John Wood is of course the students. We offer so much in terms of
various classes and degrees that you can’t get at a
typical four year school. You can’t go get schooled
in machine, typically, at a four year school and we
have all of that mixed in. You know, I can also,
typically boast about John Wood because of how well we’ve weathered the financial problems,
especially in the state, where other schools, whether
it’s four year or two year, have had to shut programs down or some of them shut down completely. I think that we’ve really
pulled together well and had great leadership during that time to allow us to, kind of, tighten
up the belt, if you will, and get through it without
significantly raising tuition. So that’s a pretty big deal. – What’s special about John
Wood is the relationship that John Wood has with
the neighboring region, the city of Quincy and other
outlying cities as well because all the faculty, all the staff, really are involved in the community in ways that I’m, frankly, not even used to at other colleges because the teachers and the staff are all integral parts of the community so we can respond to the
needs of the community and the needs of the students. If the students need jobs, if the students need opportunities, it’s like, “Hey, I know this person, “I know this person, call this person,” and there’s opportunities
that are right there because the teachers and the
staff know the area so well. And it really lets the students just dovetail right into the community. – Once of the things I
think I notice the most when I read the newspaper,
our local Quincy Herald-Whig, there’s always something
in there about John Wood, whether it’s our sporting events or our students in an
event that they have done, our program is very strong
and there’s always something that they have done or accomplished. We can’t stop there. Our face is out there, our face
is always in the community, and I think that reflects who we are and what a big part of the
community John Wood is. – I think it’s really
changed my life a lot, just within the past
few years of being here I feel I’ve grown up a lot. I’ve taken on a lot of responsibility. I used to not be able to do
any kind of public speaking, or interviews, and I think
just taking speech class, and being present at the SGA has really advanced my
public speaking skills and everything like that. It really changed my life. Because I have graduated debt-free here, and because of John Wood I’ve gotten even better scholarships for my, I’m going down to Carbondale
for my transfer school, just they’re recognizing
what I’ve done here and given me scholarships. – Well I think John Wood
Community College is special because there’s a real
sense of family here and I feel like instructors are here to support their students
as well as the staff and we do a great job of
really wrapping that student in those services that they need. The impact of regional
centers for John Wood, in my opinion, just cannot be overstated. We need to bring those
educational opportunities that we have at John Wood to people’s neighborhoods and back yards so that they can access them in a way that will change their lives. – Community colleges
are special, in my mind, because of the diversity
of our student body. We have older students
who’ve returned to college, after an amount of time, we have younger students
right out of high school, and that’s mostly the students we have, but it’s a tremendous mix, it gives people second chances
and it’s also a great place, in my opinion, for people
to make up their mind, if they don’t know what they want to do, if they don’t know what
they want to major in, it’s a great place for them to start and then move on to whatever they decide. – When I come to work every day, I look forward to seeing what I consider almost part of a family. I get very close to my
students in adult education and we get to know each other’s
lives and personal stories, and just knowing that I can
help them achieve a goal in getting a high school
equivalency diploma, it means a lot to me. – To me the community
college, like John Wood, what makes it so special is a lot of kids don’t know what they want when they get out of high school, they want to go to college,
they just don’t what it is, and instead of making that huge transition right off the bat, they can come to John Wood, and then they can still live at home, they can get the college experience living at home for two years, and then they can move away. So it’s kind of an easier transition for a student instead of that drop the ball, sink or swim, there you go. – I chose John Wood because
I knew I wanted to cheer and I also got offered a
really good scholarship and I knew that I would be
able to graduate debt-free and I knew that I wanted something just a little bit bigger than high school for that in between step
before a big university. I love John Wood because I can
always walk down the hallway and see a familiar face and
all the professors I’ve had, they know my first name, it’s
just such a small community. I’m from a really small community so it’s awesome to just be
able to always know somebody and know that there’s always
somebody here to help. – I think the thing that is really special about John Wood is the people. They’re super nice, they
make you feel comfortable, they never make you feel like you’re asking really odd questions and make sure you feel like
they want you to be there. I’m looking forward to
spending several years here, maybe even my last
twenty years of working. I want to experience the over all aspects of what John Wood can offer, just like several of my
current workforce right now. They tell me how they’ve
been here for 30 years and I’m like, “Wow, 30
years, that’s awesome.” So that gives you an encouragement that they love what they’re doing and that means they love
the people that are here and the mission that is being presented. – I feel John Wood
Community College is special because of seeing people go the extra mile and go above and beyond the call of duty to serve our students and
the success of our students. I’ve seen it over and over again, I’ve seen faculty in the classroom go above and beyond the call
of duty to help a student. I’ve seen staff outside of the classroom and I’ve seen our employees
outside work help our students and it’s all about serving our students and helping them be successful and bridge some of the
difficult times that they have in order to be successful. The best thing about John Wood,
hands down, is the people. It’s our students, it’s our
faculty, it’s our staff. This college and this institution is only as good as the people that we have to serve our students and I think we do that very well.

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