with everything else, I teach about the Internet because it’s
become a necessity. I tell my students, ‘You’ve got
to learn this stuff if you want to keep up with your children…
when you have them!’”
spent five years on a mission to become a full-time instructor
at SMC. And I succeeded! So they’re stuck with me now,”
says Diane Gross with a laugh. With certainty, the needs of the
computerized world are going to demand Diane’s set of skills
for many years to come. “I get involved in the end-user aspects
of teaching: word processing, spreadsheets, general computer concepts.
What we focus on in these classes is for people who will be users
of programs, rather than programmers or engineers.” But Diane
stresses that any field of endeavor in the next millennium will
demand up-to-snuff computer skills.
term papers, researching in any field, or becoming a nurse—all
of these areas will require expertise in computers,” she
says. “And whatever profession you then choose to enter,
you’ll find your potential enormously enlarged by your skills
in operating computer programs.” Diane adds that “patience
is the ‘number one’ factor in making progress with computers.
It’s really all about being able to have things explained
more than one time—and in more than one way,” she says.
“Until there’s true understanding of the subject matter,”
she adds, “my students can expect me to be standing in the
front of the classroom—with a big smile on my face—and
willing to do my absolute best to make sure they all understand.”
thinks SMC “is really doing a two-fold job. First, it gives
a leg up to students who—academically—aren’t quite
prepared for going straight into four-year colleges. And second,
it gives any college student the chance to save a lot of money.
And that’s a very smart deal.”
Applications Professor Diane Gross began full-time at SMC in Fall