Besides preparing students for transfer to
four-year universities, one of the main missions of community colleges is to
prepare students for immediate employment through career and technical
education classes, most of which can be completed in two years or less.
At Spoon River College, enrollment in the career
and technical programs leads to an Associate in Applied Science degree, a
variety of certificates, and the ultimate goal – employment.
“We work with advisory boards – comprised of
individuals from our district and beyond who are employed in the career and
technical fields that we train for – to continually review the economic and
employment conditions of the region, and to make sure the training we provide
to our students matches the skills needed by employers,” said Mike Denum, dean
of career and technical education.
Brian Goforth fielded multiple job offers after
successfully completing the commercial driver training program. Dalton Matthews
had a RN position waiting for him before he had even graduated from the nursing
program, and the completion of the health information management program
resulted in Michelle Robbins landing a full-time job as the business office
coordinator of a local health care facility.
Enrollment in the agribusiness program led to Luke Jones’ employment as
a crop specialist for a farm service company, and graduates of the diesel and power
systems technology program are employed in farm implement and truck service shops
throughout the region.
“We meet the needs of our students by meeting the
needs of the employers who will be hiring our students,” said Denum.
“What I learned in the HIM program provided me
with the skills to better myself financially,” said Robbins. “It gave me
options I didn’t have before.”
Openings in several of the career and technical
education courses are still available for the fall semester. For more
information, visit www.src.edu or call
The welding program at Spoon River College,
taught by Mark Coulter, is one of the career and technical education programs
that currently still has openings available for the fall semester.