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Hildy Dickinson

  • Name: Hildy Dickinson

    Program: Computer Programming Technology

    Education/Industry Certifications: A.A.S. Computer Programming Technology at Southeast Community College; Bachelor of Science in Internet Systems and Software Technology at Bellevue University; IBM Certified Specialist AS/400 RPG Programmer; Farmers and Merchants Bank and Agencies Outstanding Instructor Award, 1996

    Has taught at SCC since: 1986

    Years of Work Experience Outside SCC: Three

    Describe your teaching philosophy.
    I try to instill in my students the same passion and enthusiasm that I have for the material that I’m teaching. If a student understands why they are taking my course and why it is important to their future career, they will work harder to do well in the course.

    Why did you decide to teach at a community college?
    I graduated from the Computer Programming Technology program. When I saw an opportunity to teach, I didn’t hesitate to apply. As a student, I enjoyed the process of problem solving and would often help my classmates debug their programs. Teaching that skill to others allows me to combine my interest in computer programming with the ability to interact with others who have a similar interest.

    What can prospective students expect when they enroll in your program?
    All of their coursework will be relevant to their future careers. Our advisory board helps us keep our course content current with the needs of industry. Each instructor in the program has worked as a computer programmer and brings that experience to the classroom.

    What experiences outside of SCC do you bring to the classroom/laboratory that enhance student learning?
    Prior to becoming an instructor, I worked for several years in industry as a computer programmer. As an instructor, I have continued to write computer programs for the College alumni system and the Auto Collision Repair Technology program. I have attended several technical conferences to stay up-to-date on the latest programming trends. I also continue to be a student. I have taken additional college courses and classes for recreational activities such as golf, glass blowing, knitting, and sewing. It’s a reminder of how overwhelming learning new skills can be for my students.

    What advice do you have for students pursuing a degree in your program?
    Do your research. Know the job description of a computer programmer. Most do not develop gaming programs, but instead process the data generated by business and industry.
    What do you enjoy most about working with students?
    Seeing the “light bulb” come on . . . working with the student to troubleshoot logic errors in their programs and helping them to develop the ability to walk through their source code using their mind’s eye to “see” the problem.

    What is the best part about being an SCC faculty member?
    Being a part of a team that helps students to grow as people as well as find successful employment.

    What has been your proudest moment as an instructor?
    Running into students several years after graduation and having them thank me for making them work hard in their classes and hearing them say that it made them better prepared for the workforce.

    What do you like to do when you’re not teaching?
    I enjoy spending time with my family, watching movies while eating popcorn and Milk Duds, going to the opera, and knitting.

    What would students be surprised to know about you?
    See the answer to No. 9. I am what I am, in and out of the classroom. There are no surprises.

    Is there anything you’d like to add?
    I live to work. I spend the majority of my time outside of class thinking about the courses I teach (making the coursework better, looking for better textbooks, waking up in the middle of the night with the solution to a problem I was working on that day).