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Kathy Reiter

  • Program: Instructor, Business Administration 

    Education/Industry Certifications: Master of Science in Administration (Human Resource Management), Central Michigan University; Master of Business Administration, Central Michigan University 

    Has taught at SCC since: 2010

    Years of work experience outside SCC: 35 years in banking and manufacturing

    Describe your teaching philosophy.
    I believe in involving students in their learning process. I do very little lecturing in my classes. I expect my students to be prepared when they enter the classroom. We spend classroom time working together on projects and assignments that apply the principles students are responsible for learning both in and out of the classroom. I make learning fun, and by doing instead of listening, my students enjoy learning.

    Why did you decide to teach at a community college?
    The light bulb went on for me while I was working as a human resource manager. I found that I really enjoyed the training aspect of my job. I had to tailor training sessions for new programs and software for an audience with varied ages (18-70) and various skill levels. It took me 35 years of working in banking and manufacturing to finally figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up: a teacher. I especially like the community college because of the diverse student population.

    What can prospective students expect when they enroll in your program?
    The Business Administration program at the Milford Campus is very individualized. Our students can select from a variety of specialized degrees related to business, and they will find a teaching staff that is able to work one-on-one with students. They quickly become involved in the campus community and use their talents to promote our program while meeting and attending classes with students from programs other than business.

    What experiences outside of SCC do you bring to the classroom/laboratory that enhance student learning?
    As I noted earlier, I had experience in presenting training classes and workshops in the past. I also have more than 35 years of work experience, both good and bad, that I can share with my students. I have a unique perspective with the various jobs I have had, ranging from banking, finance, accounting, manufacturing, and human resources. I didn't realize how many life experiences, both personal and professional, that I had until at the end of the quarter in one of my classes one of my students asked me if all the stories I had told them during the quarter were true. It never occurred to me that it may have sounded like I made up stories to fit the situation instead of having had experienced the situation firsthand!

    What advice do you have for students pursuing a degree in your program?
    Be prepared to take responsibility for your learning and take advantage of all the opportunities that are available to you. Our campus is always looking for volunteers in many areas, including Student Senate, Phi Beta Lambda, etc. Take a chance and join in because employers are looking for potential candidates for jobs who have been involved in leadership roles, school organizations and the community.

    What do you enjoy most about working with students?
    I love the Midwest work ethic of our students. Many have grown up in rural areas of Nebraska, Kansas and Iowa. They are not afraid of hard work, and I enjoy how much I learn from them each and every quarter.

    What is the best part about being an SCC faculty member?
    The SCC Milford Campus is like a big family. I know that sounds cliché, but it is absolutely true. I have never worked with such a great group of individuals. Everyone on this campus cares about each and every student, and no one is afraid to go out of their way to ensure the success of the students. It is always inspiring to go to the graduation ceremonies and see so many familiar faces walk across the stage and get their diploma and meet their proud families and friends.

    What has been your proudest moment as an instructor?
    I am a member of the Engaged Learning Experience team here at SCC and love involving the students in classroom activities with very little lecturing in the class. When I first started using some of these methods, I had one of my students ask me why I didn't lecture like the rest of the instructors. I asked him if he learned better that way, and he said no, that he got more out of doing, but he couldn't tune out like he could in other classes. It was then I knew I was on the right track and making a difference.

    What do you like to do when you're not teaching?
    I am into all kinds of arts and crafts. I especially like knitting, needlepoint and painting. However, I keep taking continuing education classes through SCC, and I have discovered some new-found hobbies like stained glass, fused glass, crocheting, and cooking of all sorts. I love continuing education classes and any type of classes. I am a habitual student!

    What would students be surprised to know about you?
    I am an avid racing fan. Living in Eagle, my husband and I try to get to the local dirt track as often as we can. I also am glued to the TV every weekend during NASCAR season watching the races. My bucket list includes getting to every track, and I have a long way to go.