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 Lincoln Trail College graduate Jason Pethtel (‘04) has worked on one of cable TV’s most popular series, Game of Thrones. While working on the show with Rhythm & Hues, Pethtel won an Emmy and a VES Award for Outstanding Visual Effects.

 Pethtel is currently a Matte Painting Compositor at DreamWorks Animation and he has an extensive resume, working as a freelance Matte Painter and CG Generalist. He’s worked at studios like Blizzard Entertainment, Blur Studio, Method Studios, Rhythm & Hues and Framestone.

 Pethtel has worked on a number of different projects, including World of Warcraft, Marvel Universe Live, Lords of War, 300: Rise of an Empire, Winter’s Tale, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters along with numerous commercials, including campaigns with Target, Lexus, Honda and Guinness.

 Looking back at Lincoln Trail College, Pethtel says it was a good start for him. “It allowed me to stay around my hometown and still begin my education, while saving money and working. After I graduated, I was able to start at SIU as a junior, and begin my meandering pursuit in a career in art.”

 He says one of the ways LTC really helped him was by giving him a lesson in prioritizing. “I was working nearly full-time while attending LTC. I learned that in order to maintain my GPA and do well and still pay my rent, I needed to prioritize my studies.” He jokes that was a lesson that did take a couple of years to sink in fully.

 Pethtel says he made some great friends while attending Lincoln Trail College and even met his wife Beth (Ricker) in one of his classes. He also fondly remembers having morning chats with Roger Chapman in the History Department.

 He says he’d definitely recommend Lincoln Trail College. “Just do it. Sign up and attend classes at LTC. College isn’t as affordable as it used to be, and attending a community college and then transferring to a university is a great way to save money and still get your education.” 


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