Program: Welding Technology
Education/Industry Certifications: Southeast Community College Welding Technology, American Welding Society Certified Welding Inspector for 22 years.
Has taught at SCC since: 1981-88 adjunct 88-current FT permanent
Years of Work Experience Outside SCC: 9
Describe your teaching philosophy.
I really believe that each student has the potential to do amazing things with their chosen profession, and my job is to try and create a positive environment that helps each student discover that potential.
Why did you decide to teach at a community college?
Southeast Community College did so much for me as a student 35 years ago. I truly enjoy working with students who come from such varied backgrounds and experiences. I believe that fulfilling the role and mission of the community college system is vital for the betterment of communities across the state. Community colleges are unique and special in how they deliver educational services to a varied population.
What can prospective students expect when they enroll in your program?
A dedicated knowledgeable faculty that care about student’s success. A faculty that will challenge them to work safely and gain the technical skills necessary to enter the workforce.
What experiences outside of SCC do you bring to the classroom/laboratory that enhance student learning?
I think that I have the perspective and varied experiences in real-world welding, fabrication and inspection that allow me to relate my experience and knowledge to students in a manner they find helpful and understand.
What advice do you have for students pursuing a degree in your program?
Challenge yourself to be the best you can be. Take maximum advantage of the opportunity of education while at SCC. Keep setting goals that challenge yourself.
What do you enjoy most about working with students?
To be able to see students grow and become confident in their abilities.
What is the best part about being an SCC faculty member?
Getting to enjoy coming to work each day. Not everyone can honestly say that they enjoy going to work each day. That’s because of the great people I get to work with in the Welding Technology program and the outstanding staff, faculty and administration at SCC that care about students and their success.
What has been your proudest moment as an instructor?
I have had many moments of great pride and enjoyment during my career at SCC, but my favorite is seeing a graduate a couple of years later succeeding and excelling in their career.
What do you like to do when you’re not teaching?
Spending time with family and friends, competing in BBQ competitions, walleye fishing, bow and pheasant hunting, as well as spending time on my crummy golf game.
What would students be surprised to know about you?
That upon graduation from high school, I had shoulder-length hair and followed the “Dead” around to concerts for a couple of months.
Is there anything you’d like to add?
I feel very lucky to have been able to have a teaching career at Southeast Community College. I learn and grow each day from the students, faculty and staff at SCC. I am amazed at the dedication to students that I see each day from our faculty and staff. My thanks go to all of my colleagues, the students and staff that I have been privileged to work with.