Putting Students on the Fast Track
"Teaching was not something on my list of adventures to accomplish," said Todd, "but I fell in love with it."
"We were losing too many of the second-year students to the industry," noted Todd.
"There is no less class time, application hours, or content than a two-year program, it is just arranged differently."
"I am a very strong advocate of education and of hands-on field training," said Todd. "One without the other is not complete."
The program requires that all students pass the Industry Competency Exam (ICE). Each year, Todd and his staff take the ICE results and "tweak each one of the courses, trying to make them better every year."
Todd also spends much of his out-of-class time preparing and recruiting. He visits the five local high schools and two career tech centers in the district.
Understanding that students are individuals is what helps him approach instruction. "It helps to see that all students don't understand the same way," said Todd.
"I have seen a lot of equipment, and I wouldn't be what I am today without the field experience. I have found my niche."
Publication date: 11/13/2006