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Barry Smith

  • Program: Instructor, Automotive Technology

    Education/Industry Certifications: Associate of Applied Science degree, SCC; ASE Master and L1 Certification; Automatic Transmission Rebuilder Association Certified.

    Has taught at SCC since: 2003

    Years of work experience outside SCC: 4

    Describe your teaching philosophy.
    Education provides an opportunity to develop the skills necessary when choosing a career path that will allow you to enjoy your work. I would like to offer all of my students these vital skills so that success and joyful work are within their reach.

    Why did you decide to teach at a community college?
    Southeast Community College provided the path I started on when I pursued a job in the automotive repair field. This type of training focuses on skill-based training and provides a quick transition into real working shops. Community colleges can offer a great affordability and value toward obtaining a degree.

    What can prospective students expect when they enroll in your program?
    Students will see lots of hands-on experiences and real-world situations. These are an important part of developing the confidence that they will need in the workplace.

    What experiences outside of SCC do you bring to the classroom/laboratory that enhance student learning?
    I still do a lot of repair work outside of SCC that offers me experiences with current and future technologies. Reading and researching current technologies in the automotive field is an activity I enjoy.

    What advice do you have for students pursuing a degree in your program?
    Automotive Technology includes many different types of systems. It can be challenging to keep up with the amount of information that is delivered every day. Getting involved in an activity outside of school that makes this information useful can really help a person retain the knowledge. Both work and hobby experiences that increase your exposure will make you a better technician someday.

    What do you enjoy most about working with students?
    One of the most rewarding parts of repairing cars is the satisfaction that comes from solving complicated problems. I enjoy sharing this with my students and giving them the opportunity to experience this reward as they build their confidence to repair vehicles independently.

    That is the best part about being an SCC faculty member?
    The best part is being an instructor at the leading community college in the Midwest. Students in our program continue to be successful in the automotive Industry. It is easy to enjoy being part of something that is impacting our community and industry in such a positive way.

    What has been your proudest moment as an instructor?
    Being nominated for the Wekesser Outstanding Teacher award twice. (Note: The Wekesser Outstanding Faculty and Staff award is presented annually on SCC's Lincoln Campus.)

    What do you like to do when you're not teaching?
    I ride motorcycles, both for fun and in local competitions, and I enjoy camping with my wife and two children.

    What would students be surprised to know about you?
    I am a true fan to my childhood sports teams. Growing up in Dallas, Texas, I am a lifelong fan of the Cowboys, Mavericks and Rangers.