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Bill Vocasek

  • Program: Auto Collision Repair Technology, Deere Construction & Forestry Equipment Tech, John Deere Tech

    Education/Industry Certifications: Associate of Applied Science degree in Auto Body, SCC Milford, and Associate of Applied Science degree in Auto Mechanics, SCC Milford. I-CAR Platinum Class Individual Educator, No-Structural Technician, Structural Technician, Refinish Technician, Electrical/Mechanical Technician, Auto Physical Damage Appraiser, Estimator, Production Management, Steel MIG Welder Certified, Steel Sectioning Certified, Aluminum GMA Welder Certified

    Has Taught at SCC Since: July 1990

    Years of Work Experience Outside SCC: 13

    Describe your teaching philosophy.

    Sharing knowledge that I learned from my instructors and industry professionals, many of whom I became friends with, as well as training classes and seminars that I enjoy attending. It is easy to teach those that want to learn, but also pushing those that may need that to become a future technician.

    Why did you decide to teach at a community college?

    It started when I was a student, and my sixth-quarter instructor told me that it was hard to grade me because I was always trying to help my classmates. A former campus director told me that I should consider being an instructor when I was an Auto Body program advisor. I also had great respect for my instructors (too many to name), but especially my father-in-law, Bob Bowen, who was program chair when I was a student in Collision Repair.

    What can prospective students expect when they enroll in your program?

    Our students have the opportunity to work with some of the best instructors and with equipment that most schools do not have. The skills that they have the opportunity to learn are second to none.

    What experiences outside of SCC do you bring to the classroom/laboratory that enhance student learning?

    Being an I-CAR Instructor, work experience and attending training and reading about changes happening in the industry are key.

    What advice do you have for students pursuing a degree in your program?

    Push the instructors for information and take advantage of everything that you can. You get out what you put in, so if you want to be an industry professional, practice being a professional as a student.

    What do you enjoy most about working with students?

    Seeing the light come on when they understand what we are trying to teach them. And once they graduate, watching them grow in their careers and seeing them when they have their own families.

    What is the best part about being an SCC faculty member?

    Having the opportunity to work with some of industry professionals in many different industries, and SCC is a family, and I am proud of that family.

    What has been your proudest moment as an instructor?

    Being honored as Inter Industry Conference on Collision Repair Lon Baudoux Instructor of the Year (I-CAR is the training organization for the collision repair industry). Then being asked to serve as an I-CAR National Education Advisory Council Member.

    What do you like to do when you’re not teaching?

    I spend my spare time with my family, attending Husker football games and Nebraska or someone else’s bowl game, traveling with family and friends, Ford Model T activities, being president of the West A Neighborhood Association (putting up and maintaining U.S. and military flags along Coddington Avenue in Lincoln from Memorial Day through the Fourth of July), serving on Lincoln Mayor’s Roundtable, being involved with the collision repair industry (Nebraska Auto Body Association, National Auto Body Council, Society of Collision Repair Specialists), and as I-CAR Lincoln Committee Chairperson.

    What would students be surprised to know about you?

    I was a shy and quiet person and was scared to talk in front of a group of people when I was growing up.

    Is there anything you’d like to add?

    SCC is truly a family to me because I went through two programs and my wife and all three of our children, my father-in-law, two sisters-in-law, three brothers-in-law, two nephews and three nieces are graduates of SCC.

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