Spring 2008 |
Electrical Technology Instructor
Who: John "Fred" Berger
Academic Program: Electrical Technology
Teaching at MCC Since: Full-time for 2 years, as an
adjunct for 5 years
Classes taught: Basic Electricity, Residential Wiring,
Commercial Wiring, Electrical Print Reading and Electrical Grounding and
Hobbies: Travel, spending time with family, motorcycles
John Berger started his career in the electrical industry in 1966. He
started off in the electrical wholesale business, which sparked an interest in
electricity that has continued to grow through the years and led him to teach
electricians of tomorrow. Berger became an electrician 28 years ago and an
electrical contractor in 1989. On his path to teaching, he also was a partner
in his own business.
With a heavy arsenal of experience and technical skill, Berger began
teaching at MCC as an adjunct faculty member five years ago. In 2006, he
became a full-time instructor in the Electrical Technology Program located at
MCC´s South Omaha Campus. The program offers immediate hands-on training
with 60 percent of time spent in the classroom and the remaining 40 percent
spent in the lab. Completing the program gives students 2,000 hours of work
experience that can be applied to the Nebraska Journeyman Electrical License
and allows students to begin an apprenticeship at the second year level.
"I enjoy passing on to the students my experience in the electrical
field," Berger said of his role as an educator.
Dean of Applied Technology Bill Owen said Berger is a good instructor
because of his warm personality and caring attitude.
"He cares. He has great technical ability, and he responds to requests
from students and staff," Owen said. But there´s more to Berger
than just electricity; he also has a penchant for another kind of power:
"My wife and I both have motorcycles and enjoy riding together and
with our friends," he said. "Last summer we traveled 3,800 miles
discovering and enjoying Nebraska and Colorado. Next summer, we are planning a
trip to Yellowstone with a return through Colorado."
Whether in class, working with other electrical professionals or on the
road, John Berger is one of the instructors that give a positive
´charge´ to the MCC experience.
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