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Program: Automotive Technology instructor, Milford Campus.
Education/Industry Certifications: Associate of Applied Science degree, Automotive Technology, Milford Campus; ASE certified Master Automotive Technician since 1999. L1 advanced-level performance; Linder Technical services certified drivability guru.
Has Taught at SCC Since: 2013
Years of Work Experience Outside SCC: 19-plus years in the automotive field.
Describe your teaching philosophy.My work experience benefits in the way I teach students. The automotive field constantly changes, and our students all have different levels of experience and abilities. I instruct the fundamentals in the classroom through engaged learning exercises, and the students are able to perform hands-on activities in the lab. It's important to adapt to students' levels of learning, and by doing that I have earned respect from the student. I like to set the bar high and encourage students to reach for it.
Why did you decide to teach at a community college?I have a strong passion for the automotive field. I grew up around it, and it has treated me well. When the opportunity became available to share my knowledge with others and help them pursue a rewarding career in the Industry, I wanted to take a shot at being an Instructor.
What can prospective students expect when they enroll in your program?Perspective students can expect the best automotive training in the area. Instructors at SCC take pride in maintaining a level of success in preparing students for the future.
What experiences outside of SCC do you bring to the classroom/laboratory that enhance student learning?I'm fortunate to have the ability to stay up to date hands-on outside of school working on automotive projects. I can share real-world experiences with students that allows me to stay up to date with the ever-changing automotive field.
What advice do you have for students pursuing a degree in your program?My best advice to give to a prospective student interested in the program is to strap in and enjoy the ride! The automotive career is very rewarding, and personal gratification to me ranks high. The field is becoming more and more advanced, from electrical to engine mechanical. Be prepared to learn each day, and training doesn't stop after graduation.
What do you enjoy most about working with students?I enjoy seeing the students succeed, from the response in the classroom when lecturing to the student grabbing the equipment and utilizing it like it was taught. It's satisfying to keep in touch with graduates and to listen to their stories out in the field.
What is the best part about being an SCC faculty member?SCC is a family. It's enjoyable to walk down a hallway being acknowledged and recognized by peers.
What has been your proudest moment as an instructor?I have taught at SCC for less than five years, and I would have to say my proudest moment is receiving the Outstanding Faculty Award in 2015. It was a very proud moment to share with my family and to know hard work and determination is appreciated.
What do you like to do when you're not teaching?When I'm not teaching I fall into the gearhead mode. I love drag racing my cars, and in the last couple of years our son has taken up dirt track go kart racing. If I get bored racing I enjoy assembling engines and working on performance car projects. I don't sit idle very well!
What would students be surprised to know about you?I'm not much for self-promoting, but students would probably be surprised to know I have a NHRA Wally for winning a Nebraska State Championship in 2010 Drag Racing.
Is there anything you'd like to add?I would like to thank the instructors that I had when I went through the Automotive Technology program. They provided me the education to fuel my passion. I have had a very supportive family and can't thank them enough for supporting my career choice. I would also like to thank the past students who have given me the opportunity to share my experiences and assist them in their career choice.