Faculty Spotlight


Somerset Community College is proud to spotlight Eric Wooldridge, Professor of Digital Printing Technology, as our SCC Faculty Spotlight! Read his interview below to learn more about Mr. Wooldridge and what he loves about being a faculty member at SCC.

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Name: Eric Wooldridge

Division and subject: Professor of Digital Printing Technology (3D Printing) 


Q: What is your favorite part about your job?

A: Three elements: the amazing technology, researching and developing new applications, and empowering students with skills to apply in their careers and interests.


Q: How do you like to spend your time outside of SCC?

A: Designing, farming, and taking friends and family to the lake.


Q: When did you know you wanted to teach?

A: During my first semester as an adjunct, I knew this is where I was meant to be.


Q: Growing up, what did you want to be?

A: An engineer, I love to design, fix, and build things. Growing up on our family farm significantly played into that mindset. There was always something to repair, a better solution to a problem, or a new project to undertake.  


Q: Who has influenced you the most in life?

A: So many wonderful people.  At the top would be Jesus, as He has never let me down, then there would be my parents, my beautiful wife and daughter, the life long friends that have always been there for me, my professional mentors, and of course my extended family here at SCC. 


Q: What is your favorite hobby?

A: A good question. Probably making and building things, though the lake is a very close second.


Q: What is the best part about being an SCC faculty member?

A: Collaboration. Working with the folks and students here across departments to try out new ideas and create new opportunities in the classroom is very exciting.  Likewise, to see students embrace  and utilize new skills for themselves is so rewarding.  


Q: Do you have any advice for current or prospective students?

A: Absolutely, do the best thing possible for your education, career, and future finances, go to SCC.  This is where I started my undergraduate courses.  It was my GPA and crucial-concepts springboard to eventually becoming a professional engineer in three disciplines, an architect, and a professor.  


Q: Anything else you would like to share?

A: A lot of folks are surprised when they learn about what we can do here at SCC.  Many don't realize how advanced our programs and labs are until they experience them firsthand. So, I recommend for everyone to stop by and see what we have in the works.  Also, check out our lab's Facebook page, www.facebook.com/cadd.lab, you might be surprised at what is happening.

Previous Faculty Spotlights

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Spotlighted on March 9, 2018 

Name: Dr. John Starnes

Division and subjectAssociate Professor of Biology - Mathematics and Natural Sciences Divison 


Q: What is your favorite part about your job?

A: My favorite part about my job is its dynamic nature.  Each semester brings new experiences and new students to interact with.  


Q: How do you like to spend your time outside of SCC?

A: As the weather is becoming warmer, I spend most of my time outside with my wife and three children.  We play in the woods behind our house or drive over to Mammoth Cave National Park and hike the trails. Each summer, we spend a week camping and exploring different areas within the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.


Q: When did you know you wanted to teach?

A: I have always enjoyed teaching and working to solve problems with other people.  As I pursued my Ph.D., I worked as a research assistant and did not teach any courses.  I realized that I missed working with students, and wanted to teach.


Q: Growing up, what did you want to be?

A: A Scientist.


Q: Who has influenced you the most in life?

A: The biggest influences in my life were the friends and teachers that I collaborated with as part of the FFA organization in high school and college. The energy and enthusiasm these people had pertaining to agriculture and the connections I made have stayed with me throughout my studies.


Q: What is your favorite hobby?

A: I have two favorite hobbies (hiking and MMORPG gaming), though I do not have the time to do them as much as I would like anymore. 


Q: What is the best part about being an SCC faculty member?

A: Working towards the vision of improving our students' lives that the faculty share at SCC is the best part of working here.  There is a real dedication towards student success at SCC that I have not experience at other places I have worked.


Q: Do you have any advice for current or prospective students?

A: Decide what you like to do, and work towards making it your career.  In classes, start early on assignments and ask questions.  Your professor isn't a scary person, so talk to them. Your professors really want to help you learn and succeed in your future goals.


Q: Anything else you would like to share?

A: Your cellphone is a powerful scientific tool, and can be used for lots of interesting science projects.  Become involved in citizen science. https://scistarter.com/index.html

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Spotlighted on January 18, 2018

Name: Kimberly Toby

Division and subjectAssociate Professor of Student Success - Humanities, Fine Arts, and Social Sciences Divison 


Q: What is your favorite part about your job?

A: I love to see students come to class on the first day and get excited about learning. My favorite thing is to see them at the end of the semester, and seeing how far they have come.  I guess you could say, I love the journey of learning with my students. 


Q: How do you like to spend your time outside of SCC?

A: I love my little family. I love spending time at home with them. My daughter is in band, so we love to attend all of her band competitions.  We are very active in our church and my daughter sings and plays keyboard at church. I just enjoy seeing my daughter grow and I am also very much in love with my husband, Steven, of 23 years. 


Q: When did you know you wanted to teach?

A: I was hired as the Public Relations Assistant, here at Somerset Community College. It was then that I saw what the college professors do and how they are actively involved in changing lives. It was my second year here that I decided I wanted to teach at the college level. 


Q: Growing up, what did you want to be?

A: Growing up, I wanted to be a singer, a waitress that owned a Volkswagen bug, a lifeguard, and then I decided I wanted to be an accountant. The only one that panned out was the lifeguard. I was a fish in my youth. I was a lifeguard for two years during high school. The others didn't worked out, but the life I have now...I wouldn't trade it for the world!  Teaching is truly a calling and I am so glad I got the calling. 


Q: Who has influenced you the most in life?

A: I have always liked Dolly Parton. She is a great business woman, always has a positive attitude, always has a joke to tell, and is still married to her true love. There's just something genuine and pure about her and that is something to live up to.  I have had others who have influenced me here at SCC like Dorothy Phillips. She is always positive, smiles, gives a kind word, and is one smart cookie!  


Q: What is your favorite hobby?

A: I enjoy scrap-booking, crocheting, and helping others. I also enjoy games and Rook, but I don't get to play that often. 


Q: What is the best part about being an SCC faculty member?

A: I love meeting new students. I have made some life-long friends out of students. It's funny how you can live in the same town and never run into people. Yet, all walks of life are brought together at a COMMUNITY college. That's what I love about teaching at SCC, getting to know my community better. 


Q: Do you have any advice for current or prospective students?

A: Education is never wasted. I've always believed in leaving things better than you found them and that also includes people.


Q: Anything else you would like to share?

A: Last year, I went into sudden cardiac arrest while eating dinner with my daughter. Several people were there and helped with CPR. I was unresponsive for 20 - 25 minutes. I underwent hydrothermal therapy here at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital. The staff and doctors did a great job saving my life. I was deemed the "Miracle Lady" and I am happy to have that name!

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Spotlighted on November 7, 2017

Name: Chris Hall

Division and subject: KYFAME Instructor


Q: What is your favorite part about your job?

A: Working with the Workforce Solutions team. Just a wonderful group of people.


Q: How do you like to spend your time outside of SCC?

A: As a youth pastor, I enjoy spending time teaching our kids at church and participating in all of our church events.


Q: When did you know you wanted to teach?

A: While I was a Journeyman Pipefitter I had the opportunity of training several apprentices while I worked in the industrial field. It was those experiences that led me to pursue a career in education.


Q: Growing up, what did you want to be?

A: University of Kentucky basketball player, like Kyle Macy or Rex Chapman.


Q: Who has influenced you the most in life?

A: Definitely my parents.


Q: What is your favorite hobby?

A: I like to hunt, fish and play basketball.


Q: What is the best part about being an SCC faculty member?

A: Student success. Meeting them during recruitment, instructing them, watching them graduate and helping them find the jobs  they have worked so hard for.


Q: Do you have any advice for current or prospective students?

A: Once you find out what you want to do, set goals and then work hard to accomplish them. Then set new goals.

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Spotlighted on October 10, 2017

Division and subject: Professor of Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy


Q: What is your favorite part about your job?

A: My favorite part about my job is the interaction with people - students and colleagues.  I enjoy getting to know the students and helping them reach their goals.


Q: How do you like to spend your time outside of SCC?

A: Outside of the college, I spend time with my family.  I enjoy reading, sewing and crafts.


Q: When did you know you wanted to teach?

A: Playing "school" was something that my sister and I would do a lot as children.  So, I would say that I knew I wanted to teach from very early on!  


Q: Growing up, what did you want to be?

A: I can't remember a time when I didn't want to be a teacher!  I decided on teaching math in high school.  Upon taking the required physics courses in college, I added physics to the list!  


Q: Who has influenced you the most in life?

A: I would say that my parents have had the greatest influence in my life.  Their work ethic and dedication to family impress me still today.  


Q: What is your favorite hobby?

A: I LOVE to read!!  Science fiction, mysteries, biographies.  I enjoy it all!


Q: What is the best part about being an SCC faculty member?

A: I enjoy the flexibility of this job.  It has been great to be a part of SCC for so long.  I get to teach in subject areas that I am passionate about, but still be able to enjoy time with my family.  Every day is different,  every student is different, every semester is different.


Q: Do you have any advice for current or prospective students?

A: Community college offers students greater interaction with their professors.  Take advantage of this!  Ask questions in class.  Visit them during office hours. Don't throw away this advantage by coming to class and then going back home.  Get involved in campus and get to know your professors. Letters of recommendation for jobs and transfer scholarships will come from your professors. These are much more meaningful if there is a personal connection! 

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Spotlighted on September 6, 2017

Division and subject: Paramedic Program Coordinator - Health Sciences Division


1. What is your favorite part about your job?

My favorite part about this job is watching EMS practitioners sharpen their skills and increase their critical thinking  abilities. By helping them achieve their goal of Advanced prehospital practitioner, we are helping the community.  After all, isn't that what this life is all about?  Helping each other?


2. How do you like to spend your time outside of SCC?

When I'm not working, I love spending time with my family.  It sounds cliche, but it's the truth. Whether we're sitting outside having coffee, kayaking on Lake Cumberland, or walking on our mini-farm, family time is always fun.


3. When did you know you wanted to teach?

I don't think there was an "A-HA" moment.  Teaching in some way has been part of my whole life.  Looking back on the road I've traveled and the career choices I made, there was no other destination than this one.  


4. Growing up, what did you want to be?

As a child, I just knew that I wanted to help people.  There wasn't really one particular thing that kept my focus. Being a community servant was part of my family culture.    


5. Who has influenced you the most in life?

I've been surrounded by examples of strong, selfless men and women in my life who have all left a positive impression. I believe this was providence.  


6. What is your favorite hobby?

My favorite hobby is kayaking, followed by fishing.  It doesn't get any better!


7. What is the best part about being an SCC faculty member?

The best thing about being an SCC faculty member is the sense of community. SCC is literally a representation of the community it services.


8. Do you have any advice for current or prospective students?

Don't be afraid. Take that first step. Change begins with a decision followed by an action.  

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Spotlighted on August 10, 2017

Name: Marci Randall

Division and subject: Associate Professor of Transitional Reading


1. What is your favorite part about your job?

I love that I get to help students learn to succeed at college in general, and reading in particular. I am quite passionate about sharing what I know with others, and when I can share strategies about how to better comprehend and retain what is read, then the entire learning experience is so much more rewarding. 


2. How do you like to spend your time outside of SCC?

I love spending time with family and friends, especially if we are cooking and eating, hiking or listening to live music. 


3. When did you know you wanted to teach?

I think I was in 5th or 6th grade, when I knew teaching was for me! I have been teaching for the better part of the last 20 years. 


4. Who has influenced you the most in life?

I have had many mentors along the way, starting with good parents, friends, and teachers. I cannot name just one! 


5. What is the best part about being an SCC faculty member?

I believe that SCC cares about students, and I know that I am a valued member of this learning community. It's a great place to work and learn! 


6. Do you have any advice for current or prospective students?

I have so much to say to students! First, success is a process. Practice and more practice/studying/reflecting is the key to learning. NEVER give up but instead have the grit to continue until you walk across the stage at graduation.  Mostly, believe in yourself and don't be afraid to find and ask for help along the way! 


7. Anything else you would like to share?

I chair the campus and community wide Common Read at SCC. Do you want to know more? Look under Student Life on the SCC website and follow SCC Common Read on Facebook!