Virginia Vasen began her college education in 1959 at the brand new Canton Junior College in Canton, Illinois, while also working on the school's staff. She stayed with the school until her retirement in 1994, having seen the school renamed to Spoon River College in 1968. Virginia had various responsibilities while at Spoon River College, including as Registrar, Treasurer, and Trustee Recording Secretary. She also helped prepare material for the College’s 50th Anniversary. She discussed how the College moved to Class I status, overcoming problems related to geographic square miles, enrollment, and tax basis.