​Spoon River College graduate Alex Schmidt was honored with the 2021 Career and Technical Education Program Student Achievement Award during the college’s 60th commencement, celebrated both virtually and with a socially distanced walk-through at the Canton Campus that was live streamed on the college’s YouTube channel.

Student Achievement awards are given to students who show individual initiative, personal development, and have made progress toward their achievement of goals, along with participation and success in college extracurricular activities.

Schmidt, who graduated with an applied science degree in Diesel and Power Systems Technology as well as a Locomotive Mechanical Certificate, was presented with the award by Brad O’Brien, dean of career and workforce education.

DPST faculty members Todd Thompson and David Andersen praised Schmidt for being an outstanding student who was committed to his education, and for his willingness to research external sources outside of the classroom to enhance his learning and understanding of the material.

Schmidt excelled academically at Spoon River College, and was honored on both the Dean’s list and President’s List. He was also a member of the SRC baseball team, successfully juggling classroom and homework assignments with his practice and play schedule. “Alex was an outstanding student and displayed the utmost dedication and diligence in his studies. He is an excellent representative of Spoon River College’s career and technical programs,” said Andersen.

Schmidt, who is from St. Louis, attended the Canton Campus, and will be employed by CIT Trucks in Fenton, MO.

Both the commencement video and the walk-through ceremony can be viewed on the Spoon River College YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/SpoonRiverCollege.  Additional commencement photos can be viewed on the college’s Facebook page.

Spoon River College is a two-year, public community college in West Central Illinois, with campuses and Community Outreach Centers in Canton and Macomb, and Learning Centers in Havana and Rushville.

Alex Schmidt
Alex Schmidt