Community-Based Outreach

Community-Based Outreach offers noncredit personal enrichment and professional development classes.  Our goal is to provide a wide range of programs to meet community needs and interests.  We aim to promote lifelong learning through courses aimed at personal enrichment, professional development, skill development and recreational enjoyment.

Come explore, create and learn through our courses that include art, cooking, computers, fitness, welding and much more!

The date for Tools in the Computing World (CRN 64536) has changed from Wednesday, April 10 to Wednesday, March 27.

Community-Based Outreach Catalog Spring 2024

Professional / Continuing Education

John Wood Community College offers Non-credit / CEU / Certificate Online programs through ed2go.  Online classes provide the opportunity to learn new personal and professional skills in a flexible format.

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Learn new personal and professional skills online.  We offer a wide range of highly interactive courses that you can take entirely over the Internet. All of our courses are led by expert instructors, many of whom are nationally known authors. Our online courses are affordable, fun, fast, convenient, and geared just for you.

John Wood Community College, in partnership with ed2go, offers online open enrollment programs designed to provide the skills necessary to acquire professional level positions for many in-demand occupations.

Our programs are designed by a team of professionals from each respective field, providing you with effective web-based learning programs. Instructors/mentors are actively involved in your online learning experience, responding to any questions or concerns, as well as encouraging and motivating you to succeed.

Featured Course

QuickBooks Online Series

QuickBooks remains the dominant accounting software used by small and medium-sized businesses. Today more than ever, the cloud-based QuickBooks Online is quickly replacing desktop accounting software versions due to its accessibility and flexibility. This course series will introduce you to QuickBooks Online, teach you the software’s intermediate functions and features, and teach you how to manage your business financials using QuickBooks Online.


Featured Course

The Complete Project Manager with CAPM® and PMP® Prep

This is a comprehensive project management program for those who want to expand their knowledge and application of project management concepts. It is designed to create skills for today’s project practitioners and prepare them for either the CAPM® or PMP® certifications.


Additional Community-Based Outreach Information


Registration forms may be submitted online, via mail, in person or by calling 217.641.4941.  Payment in full must be received before students are officially registered in a class.  Credit or debit card payments are the easiest and most efficient way to secure your registration.

Register online and call 217.641.4941 with credit/debit card payment.

Mail Form and Payment:
Community-Based Outreach
1301 South 48th Street
Quincy, IL 62305

Payment Options

Cash, check, or credit/debit card. Payments must be made through the JWCC Business Office, located in the Student/Administrative Center or by calling 217.641.4211. The JWCC Business Office operates according to standard JWCC business hours.

Registration Confirmation

Registration is confirmed after payment is completed. Students will receive a course schedule by email or mail with class details.


Classes that do not meet minimum enrollment standards are subject to cancellation. Community-Based Outreach reserves the right to cancel or reschedule classes, and will notify students as soon as possible. Students enrolled in a canceled class will be given a full refund.

Class Locations

Unless otherwise noted, all classes are held at the JWCC Quincy Campus. The specific classroom location is detailed on the student course schedule.

Refund Policy

Unless otherwise noted in advance, a student who notifies Community-Based Outreach (CBO) of their desire to drop or inability to attend a class no later than three business days prior to the day of the seminar or class will receive a 100 percent refund. A full refund will be provided if the class is canceled due to low enrollment, instructor cancellation, or inclement weather. No other refunds will be given.

Inclement Weather

When the college is closed or classes are canceled due to inclement weather, Community-Based Outreach classes will also be canceled.  If classes are canceled, local radio and TV stations will be notified and a message will be placed on John Wood’s website. Community-Based Outreach makes every effort to ensure that students are aware of cancellations related to inclement weather.


Participants with physical disabilities requiring special accommodations should indicate needs when registering.  JWCC will do our best to meet your needs.

Notice of Nondiscrimination

John Wood Community College is committed to non-discrimination and equal opportunity for all applicants and members of its student body, faculty and staff. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, age, disability or other factors prohibited by law in the administration of its educational policies, admission and recruitment policies, financial aid programs, employment policies or other school-administered programs. Further, the College administers all educational programs and implements the terms, conditions, and privileges of employment free of sexual harassment. Questions in reference to educational opportunities may be directed to the following individuals at the College (1301 South 48th Street, Quincy, Illinois 62305):
  • Rob Hodgson, ADA/504 Compliance Officer, 217.641.4349
  • Dana Keppner, Affirmative Action Officer and Title IX Deputy Coordinator, 217.641.4241

Interested in Teaching a CBO class?

Thank you for your interest in Community-Based Outreach! Our goal is to serve the needs and interests of the community, and our instructors are a critical part of that mission. Anyone with personal or professional expertise in a particular subject area may be considered to teach a CBO course. The minimum educational requirement for an instructor is a high school diploma or GED.

Please contact Community-Based Outreach at 217.641.4941 or by email to talk about becoming an instructor and request a course proposal form.

What is Community-Based Outreach?

JWCC Community-Based Outreach offers useful, enriching and fun noncredit courses designed for personal and professional development.  Classes are short in length, affordable and generally offered on evenings and weekends.

What does noncredit mean?

Noncredit means the classes do not carry college credit or result in a degree.

What is the format for noncredit classes?

Noncredit classes are formatted based on a variety of factors, including subject matter and instructor availability. Classes take place during the evenings and on weekends to better fit the needs of working adults and active seniors. Classes can be in lecture/discussion format, or hands on with the goal of completing a project.

How are courses marketed?

Courses are marketed in several ways. All classes finalized by the printing deadline are published in our noncredit booklet, which is mailed to all residents in the JWCC district. Courses are also marketed through social media and by email.

Can I market my own course?

CBO wants instructors to be excited about what they are doing for the community and have the most successful class possible. Instructors are encouraged to promote their course within their community, on their personal or business social media pages, and by email. We request that you do not distribute a formal press release or news statement without first contacting the CBO office.

Contact Us!

Phone: 217.641.4941