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 Plus 50 Frequently Asked Questions


returning to schoolCompletion is the key to opening new doors. Going back to school and earning your college degree or certificate paves the way to opportunities for new jobs and career advancement.

Plus 50 at Spoon River College...

Hi, I'm Stephanie Howerter, your Plus 50 Coordinator, and
I am here to help you down the "road to success".



During your life, you have gained knowledge and experience that is unique. The Plus 50 Completion Program at Spoon River College wants to help you build on those experiences and make the most out of your life after 50.

The Plus 50 Program is a “whole college” approach to recruiting and supporting those 50 and over who may be seeking a credential, a certificate or an associate’s degree.

Perhaps you are currently unemployed and are looking to return to work as soon as possible. Perhaps you began an academic certificate or an associate’s degree several years ago and now find that you want or need to return to SRC and complete that program. Or perhaps you are ready to begin something totally new, like opening your own business or in healthcare.

We will assist you throughout your journey! To learn more about the Plus 50 Completion Strategy


 Taking their knowledge to the next degree...


Real Life Stories of SRC's Plus 50 Successes

deniseDenise 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!”