Program: Electronics Systems Technology
Education/Industry Certifications: 2000 A.A.S. Electronic Technology, IPC-610 CIT.
Has taught at SCC since: 2004
Years of Work Experience Outside SCC: Four years with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Engineering.
Describe your teaching philosophy.
I believe that students should drive their education. I want to show them what they can do. I want to inspire them to explore beyond their textbooks. While learning theory is important, it is the hands-on projects and application-based focus that brings the material to life.
Why did you decide to teach at a community college?
I am a Southeast Community College graduate, so I know what great education students will receive here. I am passionate about vocational education and want to see it thrive.
What can prospective students expect when they enroll in your program?
From the beginning we focus on knowledge and skills that employers expect them to have at graduation. They can expect to work hard and learn a lot, while having some fun, too. Students learn a broad range of technology that will make them very employable over a wide range of career options.
What experiences outside of SCC do you bring to the classroom/laboratory that enhance student learning?
I worked for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for many years and have contacts throughout the region with employers of our graduates. I know the skills and attitudes they are looking for and bring that knowledge to the classroom every day. Electronics has always been a part of my life. I spent my time away from campus creating projects and staying engaged in what is happening with technology. I am a big fan of the maker’s movement and participate in judging robotics competitions.
What advice do you have for students pursuing a degree in your program?
Don’t give up if it gets hard. We will get you where you need to be. You will be grateful you put in the hard work. And don’t be afraid to have fun. We do some awesome stuff with electronics!
What do you enjoy most about working with students?
I love seeing them succeed. I enjoy teaching and seeing my students find fulfilling careers.
What is the best part about being an SCC faculty member?
Having the opportunity to do the thing I love every day.
What has been your proudest moment as an instructor?
I’m very proud when I see students who have gone down a wrong path in life turn things around.
What do you like to do when you’re not teaching?
I love hanging out with my wonderful wife. Spending time with my family is always at the top of my list. I enjoy tinkering with electronics projects and training our dog.
What would students be surprised to know about you?
I can recite movie lines all day long.