Steve Iocca is a self-described “computer geek” who loves technology almost as much as he loves sharing his passion for it with the students at Career Quest Learning Centers. He teaches in the Information Technology Professional program at the Kalamazoo campus and says he enjoys the moment when students understand something that they thought was really complex.
“I get to watch people grow right in front of me,” said Steve. “It’s nice to make an impact on somebody’s life like that.”
Noting that furthering your education can be “a life-altering decision,” Steve says he tries hard to engage his students in a way that makes sense to them as individuals.
“I like to teach my students based on how they learn,” said Steve. “I adjust my teaching style according to what works for them.”
Steve says he begins most classes with a short lecture focused on a relevant topic. Then, he gives students the opportunity to try out the points he’s making right away.
“Letting them work hands-on keeps their attention,” said Steve. “It also sticks in their head a little better when they learn by doing.”
Another strategy Steve finds really effective is allowing students to help one another. He uses what he calls “trouble tickets” when students are struggling with a concept. Rather than just giving answers to a student stuck on a problem, he asks other students if they can help out their classmate who is having trouble. He thinks it’s a great way for students to learn. He also says that that since a lot of computer work involves working with people, not just machines, helping their fellow students is good practice.
“It’s important that they get used to going up to actual users,” said Steve. “If they can do it in class, they can do it out of class.”
Steve reminds his students that when they eventually work in IT, their number one job will be helping people. He says that’s one of the reasons he got into the profession. He likes computers and people. It’s that combination that has helped him build his own technology company and allowed his students to go on to find fulfilling careers. He says he keeps in touch with many of his students, and they’re doing great. He likes hearing about their successes and is proud to have been a part of it.
If you’d like to learn how to enter the IT field, check out the IT Professional Program at Career Quest Learning Centers. Steve is just one of our passionate instructors who cares about his students, their success and their lives. Give us a call now to find out more: 877-481-4930 or 877-315-9772.