Real Life Stories of SRC's Plus 50 Successes
Denise Rebman of Havana, Illinois had been a self-employed hairstylist for 35 years when she decided it was time for a change. That change came in the form of pursuing a degree in Health Information Management at Spoon River College in the Plus 50 program. When asked why she chose Spoon River College Denise replied, “I heard it was a great college. It was close, had a smaller campus, and I could take some of my classes in Havana”.
Denise had always had an interest in medical terminology. That interest, and a desire to train in a growing field, is what led her to seek a degree in Health Information Management. While at Spoon River College, Denise utilized both the advising and financial aid services. “My advisors were very helpful, and so was the financial aid office”, Denise said.
As a Plus 50 student, Denise found her time at Spoon River College very rewarding. She found the traditional students to be very supportive and she felt that by starting school after the age of 50 she took her studies more seriously. In May 2012, Denise graduated with high honors and with an Associates of Applied Science in Health Information Management. She maintained a 4.0 GPA during her time at Spoon River College and earned a place on the President’s List three times.
Denise is now employed as a Certified Medical Coder in the Physician Billing Department at Pekin Prohealth in Pekin, Illinois. The knowledge she gained at Spoon River College has helped her in her current position. Denise has some advice for any future Plus 50 students. “Don’t be afraid to go back to school and learn a new career. I was a hairstylist for 35 years and decided I was ready to try something new. If I can do it, anyone can!”