John Wood Community College , located in Quincy, Illinois, is one of 48, two-year, open-admission colleges of the Illinois Community College System , organized under the Illinois Public Community College Act.HistoryJohn Wood Community College was founded in 1974 to provide post-secondary education for residents of Community College District 539. JWCC began classes in 1975 with 668 enrolled students. Authorized by the Illinois General Assembly and signed by Illinois Governor Otto Kerner, Jr. in 1961, the legislation enacted created the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE). The IBHE was tasked by statute with formulating a Master Plan for Higher Education in the state of Illinois. In July 1964 the higher education master plan was published by the IBHE, which led to the passage of the Junior College Act of 1965 by the 72nd Illinois General Assembly. However, it was not until 1974 that official steps were taken to form a community college within the district boundaries.Lacking formal facilities of its own, JWCC utilized a "Common Market" approach. The Board of Trustees contracted with area colleges such as Culver-Stockton College, Hannibal-LaGrange College, Quincy College, who would enroll students in their courses on behalf of JWCC. This allowed JWCC to begin operations quickly, by utilizing the staff and facilities of other colleges at a time when the college had few facilities of its own and no instructional staff. The first class graduated from JWCC on May 22, 1976, without ever having attended class at a college owned facility.