• Loran Stara  
    Loran Stara
     

Loran Stara

  • Program: Building Construction Technology

    Education/Industry Certifications: A.A.S., Building Construction Technology, 1983 (with Distinction).

    Has taught at SCC since: 1989

    Years of Work Experience Outside SCC: Residential framer and interiors carpenter for six years in and around the Lincoln area prior to teaching at SCC.

    Describe your teaching philosophy.
    I am a firm believer in “hands-on” teaching. There is no better way to learn how to do something than to go out and give it a try. With proper instruction and guidance, we show students how to do something, and then basically “coach” them as they practice.
     
    Why did you decide to teach at a community college?
    As a former student and graduate of the Building Construction Technology program on the Milford Campus, I quickly learned that our industry needs skilled and well-trained people to keep the industry alive. By teaching at this level, I can give back to our industry by training our students to be the best they can be and do the best job possible.
     
    What can prospective students expect when they enroll in your program?
    There is nothing wrong with challenging students to reach their potential. I try to bring real-world experience to the classroom through hands-on activities and projects. These are very important aspects of developing the confidence in students that they will need to be successful in their workplace.
     
    What experiences outside of SCC do you bring to the classroom/laboratory that enhance student learning?
    The student can only learn from an instructor who has lived the experiences that he/she is teaching. I try to stay current with the latest building trends and procedures that affect our industry.
     
    What advice do you have for students pursuing a degree in your program?  
    The Building Construction industry is a very diverse occupation. The job opportunities in the workforce are numerous. The best thing a student in any program can do is to explore all the options that are out there and try to find what “fits” the best for that person. Find what you like to do and you will not work a day in your life.
     
    What do you enjoy most about working with students?
    One of the most rewarding things that I have experienced in my career in the construction industry is knowing that at the end of the day, you can say that you built that. I want my students to be able to experience that feeling. There really is nothing like it in the world.
     
    What is the best part about being an SCC faculty member?
    The faculty here are a great group of people. I enjoy working with other instructors who share the same passion that I do.

    What has been your proudest moment as an instructor?
    I think that when the “light goes on” and you know that the student has grasped the procedure that you are trying to achieve.
     
    What do you like to do when you’re not teaching?
    I enjoy spending time with my family. I have a small acreage and enjoy all the challenges that come with it.

    What would students be surprised to know about you?
    I am a member of the Nebraska Air National Guard and have been deployed numerous times and to numerous places in the world. The military has been good to me, and it has given me the opportunity to see the world.