QUINCY -- John Wood Community College's tuition rate will remain the same for a third consecutive school year.
The JWCC Board of Trustees unanimously approved keeping tuition at $142 per credit hour for the 2019-20 academic year during Wednesday's regular monthly meeting.
"Holding the line on tuition as much as we can helps students save on their overall cost of education, whether they transfer to a four-year university or engage in skill training to begin or advance their career," JWCC President Mike Elbe said.
Elbe said three years ago that JWCC was among the top three Illinois community colleges in terms of credit hour costs.
"In recent years, we've been passed by numerous colleges," he said.
Josh Welker, dean of business services and institutional effectiveness, estimated JWCC now "probably ranks 10th or 11th" among the state's 48 community colleges.
Elbe said, "Providing accessible education at an exceptional value is part of our mission, and it contributes to students' success now and later in life."
In other news:
º Trustees re-elected Larry Fischer as board chairman, Diane Ary as vice chairman and Bob Rhea as secretary.
º Trustee Andy Sprague was appointed board representative to the Illinois Community College Trustees Association.
º A moment of silence was held for the late Reggie Coleman, who served 18 years on the board. Coleman died in March.
Fischer said, "There was never any question that Reggie always had the heart of the students on his mind. We will always remember Reggie."
º Members of the JWCC Campus Crusade for Christ organization told of their recent trip to New Orleans, which included planting trees, doing various forms of maintenance for local schools and working in homeless shelters.
JWCC student Grace Zanger called the experience "powerful and emotional."
º JWCC men's basketball coach Brad Hoyt introduced members of the team that finished sixth in the recent National Junior College Athletic Association national tournament in Danville.
º JWCC graduation is May 17.
º The next board meeting is May 15.