A Community Outreach Schedule is created each month and includes an up to date listing of community classes for Canton, Havana, Macomb, Rushville and Online! It includes information on special events, community education, professional development, technology, youth and retiree programs, workforce training, economic and community development, institutional advancement, news and more. Courses, programs and projects are ongoing; therefore a new version of our Schedule is created each month. If you are looking for our "schedule", including more detailed information on courses along with descriptions, this is what you need!
October 2017 Newsletter Schedule
Outreach Flyers & Brochures
Are you interested in a specific course topic? Below you will find brochures and flyers for some of our upcoming classes and events. A full listing of currently scheduled classes and events is located in the above schedule
Retirees Learning Institute (Macomb) November 3
Flyers by Location:
Flyers by Topic:
Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS)
Teach For Us
The Office of Community Outreach is always seeking ideas for new classes and workshops. If you have an idea for a class that you think would be of interest to the community, print and complete our Course Proposal Form, and submit it to:
Spoon River College Office of Community Outreach
Attn: Velvet Powell
PO BOX 348
MACOMB IL 61455
We have a variety of program areas. Below you can learn about the areas of programming we focus on at SRC in the Office of Community Outreach.
Looking for something fun to do? We offer a variety of programs throughout the year that might meet your interest. These classes do not include tests, homework or commitment beyond attendance and participation. Some classes include: Point & Shoot Photography, SLR Photography, Photoshop Elements, Gardening, Cooking, Introduction to iPad, and Concealed Carry.
Looking for something for your school age child to do? How about sending them to college? SRC offers summer youth programming each summer. Some of our most popular offerings have been Art Expedition, Chemistry in the Kitchen, Digital Photography, Conversational Spanish, and Techno Kids. For more details you can
Join our Summer Youth Email list or visit us on
Facebook for photos from the past events.
Professional Development & Licensure
Many professions require continuing education and or certification in a specific topic area. We are here to help you advance towards your professional goals! We offer Food Service Certification, Food Service Recertification, CPDUs for Teachers, Real Estate Pre Licensing, Real Estate Continuing Education, Health Care Continuing Education, and more.
Illinois Real Estate Broker Prelicensing course is available online through REcampus https://portal.recampus.com/re/PAARCPE. Mention Spoon River College as your referral when registering!
Technology & Computer Skills
We offer a variety of short term technology classes. Sample topics include Basic Computers, Microsoft Excel, Digital Photography, QuickBooks, and more. Introductory as well as advanced level courses are available. All technology classes are taught using Microsoft Office software. Consultations available for $15/hr!
Programs for age 50 and over
If you are over the age of 50 then we hope you will be interested in the programs we have to offer. Whether it's learning a new skill, finding ways to get connected in your community, or attending something just for fun, we hope you take part in one of our Plus 50 & Retirees Programs.
In 2005, with the help of a grant from the Retirement Research Foundation in Chicago, Spoon River College established the Retirees Leading Initiative. Since its creation, the program has offered many Retirees Leadership Academies in Canton and Havana with Retirees Learning Institutes being held in Canton, Macomb, Havana, and Rushville. The Retirees Leading Initiative objectives include:
- increasing the number of trained and knowledgeable retiree leaders for the community;
- creating a volunteer and/or employment base for economic and community development;
- initiating institutes of learning in retirement presented to and by retirees; and
- providing a network of experienced individuals who will provide guidance to the community’s businesses, service organizations, and educational institutions.
The Retirees Learning Institute takes place at several locations each year. More than 200 retirees are served each year through these institutes created for retirees. This program is for those ages 50 and older! This event is an exciting time for retirees to come together, to share with friends, and to learn something new. The day’s events feature educational sessions, resource fair, luncheon, prizes and more!
Need training at your business? We can help...Contact us to give you a quote.
Andrea Barbknecht (Canton) (309)649-6368
Stephanie Howerter (Havana) (309)543-4413
Erin Orwig (Macomb/Rushville) (309)833-6032
Rob Kirkham (Rushville) (217)322-6060
Business Solutions and Training page to learn more.
Career Exploration & Training
Career Training opportunities are available for you. Whether you are currently unemployed, looking to enhance skills for future employment, or interested in learning a new career we are here to support you. Goodwill and Spoon River College (SRC) are collaborating to bring FREE workshops to the residents of Macomb and Canton. The modules cover a range of topics—helping participants improve needed skills that employers are looking for.
Search for a job opportunity on SRC's local online
Job Posting site, Illinois
workNet Center or
Visit our Online Education page to learn about these offerings.