Start my 4-year degree

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Complete half of a four-year degree in two years or less!

John Wood is the place for smart starts and career makeovers. Students can complete the first two years of a bachelor’s degree (associate degree), and transfer the credits anywhere.  Students may utilize summer and winter terms to complete their associate’s degree in less than two years.

Who goes to JWCC

Students of every age (18-55+) from nine states, local communities and 9 countries are on personalized paths to success.

You’ll find future nurses, NASA Trajectory Operations Officers, Teachers, Fire Fighters, Undecided Students and every one in between.

Programs and Classes

John Wood offers 75+ degrees and certificates.

Classes may be taken online, in a classroom or in a self-paced, open learning environment.

Day and evening classes meet one to two days a week for 1 to 3 hours. No class on Fridays!

#1 Online Community College in Illinois

Ways to take classes at John Wood

Traditional Classroom

Traditional Classroom

Traditional lecture/discussion learning environment in the classroom on campus.

Online Learning

Online Learning

Online learning functions much like a classroom setting but without the travel to campus. It requires the use of a computer and Internet connection.

Open Learning

Open Learning

Open Learning provides students a flexible course schedule working on their own and still receive individualized assistance from instructors.



Hybrid combine face-to-face meetings with instructors with online instruction and supplemented with online components.

Cost and Scholarships

Compare JWCC's yearly tuition - $5,440 for in-district tuition at JWCC, $13,720 at average area 4-year public university, and $36,346 at average area 4-year private university

Transfer to a Four-Year College

JWCC students successfully transfer to any university across the country. Classes you take at JWCC land on a four-year university transcript as if you took them there in person.

A few top JWCC transfer schools

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Time to Complete

JWCC offers associate degrees that traditionally take two years to complete.  Students may accelerate the timetable to one or one and half years and move on to a four-year school to graduate early.

What to Expect

A close-knit, welcoming environment with faculty and staff who meet students where they are and put them on their personal path to success. Instructors challenge high achievers and personalize instruction based each student’s potential. Students are expected to manage their assignments and meet deadlines each week, participate in meaningful in-class and online work, and take an active role in pursing their career path.

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Student Life On & Off Campus

Students enjoy more than 135 student activities including trips, intramurals, game nights, 7 NJCAA Division II athletic teams, an international honor society, and four performance groups. Plus, a welcoming community offers shopping, affordable housing/dining, concerts, and outdoor recreation.

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