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Career College Central - December 2017

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Subscribe at 46 WHY I STRIVE FOR EXCELLENCE DON MILLER CERTIFIED HIGHER EDUCATION PROFESSIONAL (CHEP) IN TEACHING, LEAD TECHNICAL TEAM LEADER & INSTRUCTOR – UNIVERSAL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE – HOUSTON How many years of experience do you have in higher education? Fourteen years. How did you begin your career in higher education? Aer spending approximately 20 years in the automotive repair industry, I received an invitation to a job fair at Universal Technical Institute in Houston, Texas, in 2003. I was hired on as an automotive electrical instructor and it changed my life. I always thought that I would enjoy teaching, but never knew how much. It has been fourteen years now and I haven't looked back. I truly love my job and it has been a full-circle experience for me, as I am also a graduate of Universal Technical Institute. What part of your job brings you the most personal satisfaction? Being able to give back and share my experiences with the students has been very satisfying. Seeing the smile on a student's face when they finally feel confident that they have truly learned the task at hand is a wonderful experience. I sincerely feel that I am in the business of changing lives for the better—one life at a time. What advice do you have for fellow educators in the career college sector of higher education? Patience and understanding is key when instructing students. I have the pleasure of teaching students aged 18 to 60. Teaching today's youth can be challenging, as many tend to lack logical thinking skills as compared to older generations, which I

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