Colleagues know Aaron as a dedicated and enthusiastic individual with a passion for teaching and the ability to think outside the box. When Aaron became the head of the electronics program at St. Cloud Technical & Community College in 2009, the program's existence was being threatened by very low enrollment. Since then, he has been the driving force for the success of the program and has played a major role in the development of other new programs at SCTCC.
Aaron was instrumental in helping SCTCC partner with Xcel Energy in 2010 to develop the Nuclear Technician Program. The program is designed to prepare graduates for work as Nuclear Plant Maintenance Technicians. The nuclear track is the newest addition to SCTCC's current catalog of energy tracks: wind power, ethanol, bio-diesel, solar power, and fossil fuel energy production.
In addition to his roles as a college instructor, Aaron is also actively involved in volunteering his time to students outside of SCTCC. One example of his commitment to serving students and the community has been his role as the event organizer for the region's VEX Robotics competition. The program uses robotics as a way to introduce middle and high school students to science, technology, engineering, and math in a fun and collaborative environment. St. Cloud Technical & Community College hosted Minnesota's first VEX Robotics World Qualifying competition in 2012 and the event has grown ever since.
Fall 2019 Courses:
Electrical Motors and Control Systems, FANUC Robotics Certification, Introduction to Process Control, Mechanical Systems, Programmable Logic Control, Safety Awareness
Spring 2020 Courses:
Automated Manufacturing Systems, Biomedical Equipment Technician Internship, Industrial Motor Applications, Instrumentation Control and Data Acquisition, Networking Systems, Power Plant Technology, Programmable Logic Control, Vision Systems for Robots