Faculty & Staff Spotlight
SCC is proud to spotlight Jeff Brickley, Fitness Staff Instructor/SGA Advisor as our SCC Staff Spotlight and Jennifer Owens, Associate Professor - Cosmetology as our Faculty Spotlight! Read their interviews below to learn more about SCC's January Spotlights.
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What is your favorite thing about working at SCC?
Working with the Faculty, Staff and students. I have worked with and instructed so many interesting co-workers and students over the years I have been employed at SCC.
How do you like to spend your time outside of SCC?
Mainly I spend time with family and friends. Also, a little hiking and fishing.
When did you know you wanted to teach (for faculty)?
I really did not want to teach in a K-12 School when I graduated college. So, I worked retail for 2 years and realized I didn’t want to do that as a career. Then I started working in a large Fitness center as an Instructor. That is when I realized how much enjoyed teaching people of all ages about Fitness.
Growing up, what did you want to be?
Farmer. As a little kid growing up in Iowa I loved following my grandfather and uncle around their farms “helping” so to speak.
If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
I would love to learn how to fly planes.
|What is your favorite hobby?
|Fly Fishing/Fishing now. Backpacking in the Sierra Nevada’s when I lived in California.
|What is your favorite thing about working at SCC?
|As a Somerset Community College Alum, SCC has played a significant role in my life. I have loved having a chance to work with mentors that have inspired me over the years, and for the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of my students. My favorite part about my job is meeting my students, watching them develop into professionals, and seeing them fulfill their dreams.
|How do you like to spend your time outside of SCC?
|I have been unbelievable blessed with four amazing girls. My favorite thing in the world is being with them. They keep me super busy for sure. I love camping, photography, and to travel.
|When did you know you wanted to teach?
|Working in the salon, I enjoyed working with apprentices. I felt a great since of
accomplishment when I was able to help them learn a new skill or figure out a difficult
formulation. I love everything about the cosmetology industry, and have always wanted
to teach for a company or in the classroom. Working at SCC I am blessed with an opportunity
to combine two of my passions.
|Growing up, what did you want to be?
|I have always loved the beauty industry. Hair, makeup, and fashion-all things beauty. When I was a kid, I got in trouble for turning my closet into my makeup studio. To me it was awesome…for my mom, I am sure it was a mess.
|What advice do you have for students struggling in school?
|Never give up. Regardless of how difficult things may seem. You can do anything for a short time, and become a stronger person for it.
|How do you define success?
|I think the definition of success is being happy with who you are as a person, and where you are in life. Setting goals for yourself and accomplishing those goals. Making your dreams your realities.
|Who has influenced you the most in life?
|My parents! They taught me if you work hard for what you want in life you will always appreciate it more. To be fair, and never give up on my dreams.
|Do you have any advice for current or prospective students?
|It is never too late to do what you have always dreamed to do. Take the step!