NC3 has some impressive Master Instructors in our ranks and this Instructor Spotlight series aims to highlight the incredibly talented individuals who work with us. We’ll be featuring a new interview in our monthly newsletters, here on our website, and on our social media pages each month.
NC3 Master Instructor | Dremel & Snap-on
Jeremy is an instructor at WSU Tech in Wichita, Kansas and an NC3 Master Instructor for Snap-on’s PMI Certifications as well as Dremel’s 3D printing certification. He started his career in the Architectural Design program as a student at WSU Tech and then went on to work in industry for 6-8 months before WSU Tech called and asked him to teach at their school despite him having no prior teaching experience. He accepted their offer and started teaching in December 2007, fell in love with teaching, and started training with NC3 in October 2015 before officially becoming an NC3 Master Instructor in July 2016.
NC3 Program Managers, Zuri Vazquez, Frank van den Berge, and Cody Eckert sat down with Jeremy to talk all about his work as an NC3 Master Instructor.
Thank you for sharing your story with the NC3 Network, Jeremy! How did you originally get involved with NC3?
The President of WSU Tech assigned me to training in North Carolina in 2015. I started with PMI then moved into AMI (I was one of the first to go through training and was part of the certification’s review process). WSU Tech was a partner school and the President was heavily involved in NC3; she pulled me into taking the PMI training.
What is your favorite part of NC3’s Train-the-Trainer events and being an NC3 Master Instructor?
My favorite part of TTT is getting to see everyone, interacting with instructors from around the U.S., talking with industry partners, and making a difference in the next generation of workers. It has made me a better instructor for WSU Tech.
What would you say to schools considering having one/some of their instructions join the NC3 Master Instructor Team?
If you want to invest in your instructors and make them better instructors, having them become an NC3 Master Instructor is the best investment you can make.
How has your professional experience becoming an NC3 Master Instructor influenced the way that you teach your classes?
It gave me a better understanding of the do’s and don’ts and to learn how to get students to understand why they need to do certain things such as proper techniques for designing houses, parts… whether they design something for a 3D printer v. machine shop, and how everything pieces together.
Describe something you’re proud of and passionate about that your school does?
WSU Tech is great because instructors collaborate with each other. I’m currently working with the aviation team modeling airspace which will be 3D-printed in the future and used in aviation classes.
What hobbies or other activities do you do outside of school and NC3?
I’m very busy so I don’t have a lot of time. But… I fly hot air balloons, I work sound and lighting at concerts and other events, and of course spend time with my wife and daughter.
Who was the NC3 contact and the administrator who helped you start your journey to becoming an NC3 Master Instructor? How did/do they support you?
Craig Foucht was the instructor and NC3 contact who helped me start my journey with NC3. Sheree Utash was the President of the college I worked at who pushed me to become a Master Instructor, but I also couldn’t have done it without Ira Friedman (from Starrett) because he recognized my potential and mentored me.
What’s one piece of advice you have for students or that you would give to your younger self or other educators?
Take risks. Don’t be afraid to take risks and step out of your comfort zone.
For information on WSU Tech please visit www.wsutech.edu
For information on NC3’s Dremel Program, please visit https://www.nc3.net/partner-palmerhamilton/
For information on NC3’s Snap-on Program, please visit www.nc3.net/partner-snapon/
For information on NC3’s Train-the-Trainer program, please visit www.nc3.net/training