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Making the most out of her future through a SWIC education

Southwestern Illinois College graduate Stephanie Askew-Tesreau, of Troy, has been pursuing her goals through her education. Now finished with an Associate in Applied Science in Marketing and a Certificate in Graphics Design, she works as project manager for Creative Services at First Baptist Church of Maryville.

Change was what she needed, so Southwestern Illinois College graduate Stephanie Askew-Tesreau made a change in her life through education.

Askew-Tesreau, of Troy, used her Associate in Applied Science degree in Marketing and Certificate in Graphics Design from SWIC to land a position as the project manager for Creative Services at First Baptist Church of Maryville. Previously, her education helped her secure a job webmaster at ROHO, Inc. of Belleville, a wheelchair seat cushion manufacturer.

“This was a great way to match my education to my work experience and then take it to the next level,” she said.

She chose to go back to school after she was laid off from her job as the agency development manager for Smart Choice Agents Program, an insurance agent network.

Today, with her associate degree and job in-hand, she is continuing her education by pursuing two Bachelor of Science degrees from McKendree University, one in Marketing and the other in Management. After finishing those degrees, she says she plans on pursuing a master’s degree. She hopes to continue advancing her career.

SWIC Business Management Professor Tom Bilyeu said he thought highly of Askew-Tesreau.

“I enjoyed having her in my class,” he said. “She did excellent work and I believe she has the skills for success going forward.”

Graphic Communications and Web Development Professor Beth Burns agreed.

“Stephanie was one of my best students,” she said. “She is a very artistic and creative individual.”

Askew-Tesreau said the many educational opportunities offered at SWIC helped her kickstart her career and education.

“I enjoyed the fact that I could switch up a few classes through electives,” she said. “I could learn about areas that were more interesting for me and allow me to gain additional skills and experiences.”

SWIC offers an Associate in Applied Science degree in Marketing as well as certificate of proficiency in marketing and e-marketing.

“I also appreciated that there were a lot of instructors from the area who could give advice about how things are in the field right now,” she said.

Askew-Tesreau and her husband, Mark, are foster parents and hope to adopt someday. She also has an adult son, Christopher MacKenzie, and a grandson, Ian.

For more information on the SWIC Marketing program, call 618-235-2700, ext. 5306, or visit