Success Stories Archive

Student Spotlight: Jacob Prisby

Jacob Prisby is a 26-year old full-time student, an active member of the Army National Guard, and a single parent to 2-year old twin daughters, Allison Hope and Madison Faith. “We’re the Three Amigos. Unless I’m at

Alumni Profile: Fred Mims

Fred Mims had other options upon graduating high school – including playing professional baseball after being drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the fifth round – but he wanted an education, and even the agent told him

Career RX: Trained Pharmacy Technicians in Demand

Pharmacy technician Opportunities are on the increase for trained pharmacy technicians to work in retail or hospital pharmacies. Working under the supervision of a pharmacist, technicians assist customers, fill prescriptions, maintain records and prepare medications. This career

Alumni Profile: Emily Valencia

When Emily Valencia of Lewistown graduated from Spoon River College in 2010, she was honored with the Student Achievement Recognition Award, given for “individual initiative, personal development, and progression toward achievement of one’s goals, along with participation

Michael Bigger

Michael Bigger graduated from Canton High School in 1973 and then enrolled at Spoon River College. He began the fall semester at the downtown buildings but was at the new campus by the second semester, and according

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,

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

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