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Monday, 14 September 2020 19:07

Alfred State Instructor Shifts from Improving Vehicles to Enhancing Students’ Futures

Alfred State instructor CJ Tremper brings years of real-world knowledge and experience to the classroom and labs. Alfred State instructor CJ Tremper brings years of real-world knowledge and experience to the classroom and labs. Alfred State photo

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Tremper was asked what he enjoys most about teaching.

 

“The interactions with the students and seeing their progression as they work their way through the program is very rewarding,” he said. “When you see them face challenges that they don’t think they can get through so you guide them to the best of your ability and then they figure out that they can do it, that’s when it’s the most rewarding.”

 

The student interactions, Tremper admits, keep him on his toes.

 

“I had some preconceived notions of what I thought it was going to be like teaching and the students quickly made me realize that it is much different than I thought it would be,” he said. “When you are an experienced technician, it’s all about repetition and productivity. Getting things done and doing it fast is the name of the game.”

 

In addition to interacting with the students, Tremper also greatly enjoys working with his fellow faculty members.

 

“My coworkers in the automotive trades department are truly the best,” he said. “They have given me a ton of support as I started out teaching and I appreciate every one that has helped me along the way. I couldn’t ask for a better group of people to be surrounded by on a daily basis.”

 

We thank the Olean Times Herald for reprint permission.


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