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 State University, graduating in December of 2007 with a Bachelor Degree in Agronomy.
“Spoon River College was a great launching pad for my education.”
While at SRC, Vohland was a member of the Honors Program, Phi Theta Kappa, Alpha Gamma Tau, and Postsecondary Agriculture Students (PAS) Organization. He was awarded the Student Achievement Recognition Award, All-Illinois Academic Team, and was a two-time National PAS Organization winner, once for Employment Interview/Fertilizers and Agriculture Science, and for Career Progress/Agriculture Technology.
Prepared for Transfer and Continued Success
Vohland continued his academic achievements at Iowa State, where he was awarded the Pioneer Hi-Bred International Professional Intern Scholarship (Top 2 Interns out of 26), Gamma Sigma Delta Agriculture Honor Society, Agronomy Fellowship Scholarship, Top Flight (Top 4 Senior Students in Agronomy), Scholars and Leaders Recognition (Top 2% of students in University).
After graduating, Vohland was hired as a research assistant by Dupont Pioneer Maize Product Development in Princeton. He was promoted to senior research associate in 2011.
“Spoon River College was a great launching pad for my education,” said Vohland, who plans to pursue a Master’s Degree in plant breeding. “I learned quickly that college classes really are much more difficult than high school classes. All of my instructors, and especially Dr. King in chemistry, expected the best from me. I carried the study skills I learned at SRC with me to Iowa State.”