"I would compare Spoon River College to an untapped gold mine,” said former student Christel Thompson, referring to the SRC art department. “The class sizes are small, the fine art facility is fantastic, and they offer all the current versions of software as well as courses that allowed me to learn design concepts and combine art and photography with the digital world.”
Before starting at SRC, Thompson was one of hundreds of area workers impacted by the closure of the Maytag plant in Galesburg. Already an accomplished artist, she was drawn to SRC’s electronic design program. The program combines courses in art, graphic design and web development into an Associate of Applied Science degree.
Thompson went on to receive the degree in Electronic Design while at SRC and then moved to Burbank, California to attend Video Symphony, a post-production school for film and television.
Since 2008, Thompson has been a Motion Graphics Artist with BASE Productions in Burbank, California.
Jason Parkinson, 2003 graduate of Spoon River College, performed in playhouse productions at age 11, worked at a radio station at 15, and started his own DJ business while still in high school. Parkinson is now well-known as the afternoon on-air personality on Power 92.3 in Peoria. He is also the owner of DJ4U Mobile Entertainment, one of the leading DJ companies in central Illinois.
Over the years, Parkinson has been involved in over 40 theatrical productions and his voice has been carried over the airwaves by more than a dozen radio stations. When he’s not on the air, he takes his high energy interactive DJ4U Mobile Entertainment to weddings, school dances, community events, and wherever music and a good time are needed. Parkinson credits part of his success to lessons learned while at SRC.
“Tracy Snowman is amazing! I took several of her art classes, and the things I remember most are the real world concepts she taught us: how to find a job, create a resume, speak to superiors, market one’s self, make business cards, and more,” said Parkinson. “I still use my handouts from her Computer Illustration class that pertain to marketing!"
After graduating from Spoon River College, Parkinson transferred to Illinois State University in Normal, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications with a focus in Broadcast Journalism in 2005.