Monthly Archive:: October 2013

Greg Mathis: An Idea Starts to Grow

The idea of being a sustainable food production farmer came late to Greg Mathis, although in retrospect, he realizes the seeds were being planted slowly over a period of time. “A friend suggested I read Animal, Vegetable,

Growing a new program

A certificate program in Sustainable Food Production is one of the newest things being grown at Spoon River College. Inspired by Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and his own childhood memories of working with his grandfather on

How to avoid student loan debt and get a great education?

Everyone has heard the new figures on student loan debt, and they are mind-boggling. According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, student loan debt in the United States has now surpassed $1 trillion—that’s more than the total

New Programs in Career and Technical Education

“Spoon River College is aggressive in the pursuit and development of programs with the greatest potential for our graduates to obtain employment. Our new programs in Small Business Management and CIS are good examples of the product

The prescription for success?

Become a Pharmacy Technician The Spoon River College Office of Community Outreach is offering a pharmacy technician education program that will be taught by Natalie Dilts of Pharm Tech Ed, which is a certified PTCB (Pharmacy Technician

Test your knowledge…

How much do you know about your Spoon River College Foundation? Budgets are tight and expenses continue to rise. How does the SRC Foundation make a difference? Test your personal knowledge now! 1. What is the Mission

Isaac Vohland

A Traditional Path Isaac Vohland, a 2005 graduate of Spoon River College, took the more traditional route in his agricultural education. He earned his Associate in Science degree in Agriculture at SRC and then transferred to Iowa

Curtis Oldfield

Curtis Oldfield, who grew up working on his family’s farm in Farmington, earned an Associate in Science degree in Agriculture from Spoon River College in 1995. On July 1, 2012, Oldfield returned to Spoon River College as

Staff Spotlight

Sally Shields has been selected as the Spoon River College Employee of the Quarter for the fourth quarter of the academic year. She has been employed by College for six years as the public information coordinator Sally

Nurses in high demand: Earn an Associate Degree in Nursing

Do you have a strong work ethic? Do you have family support to help you achieve your dreams? Are you truly passionate about nursing? If you answered yes to these questions, the Associate Degree in Nursing program

Dalton Matthews

The Right Attitude “I have always said that you can do anything if you set your mind to it,” said Dalton Matthews, who is a certified nursing aid, a phlebotomist, has his EMT-B license, and is now

Kristina Swardenski

Taking Control Unhappy with the lack of career advancement opportunities after 10 years of being a teacher, Kristina Swardenski of Glasford decided to “take control” of her future and do something she had always felt compelled to


Whether you’re just out of high school, recently laid off, or thinking about a new career, Spoon River College has a wide variety of education and training programs to choose from. With flexible class schedules, you can

Community Outreach

Computer Classes Community Outreach offers computer classes for individuals on every level. Whether you are a new user or just need to brush up your skills in a specific application or program, there is a class for