GC instructor Rob Livingston earns national honor


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Gillette College instructor Rob Livingston earns national honor

Gillette College geology and mining technology instructor Rob Livingston was recently honored as the 2014 Mining Awareness Educator by the Interstate Mining Compact Commission (IMCC).

“My focus is on the students and their success. If somebody else sees that, that’s just kind of neat,” said Livingston, who holds geological engineering degrees from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. “It was a nice surprise. I was not expecting that.”

Livingston has helmed the mining technology degree for the past few years. He has partnered with regional coal mines to develop a curriculum and schedule to best fit industry professionals and prospective coal-mining employees.

“Mr. Livingston has played an integral part in developing a mature and high caliber mining technology pro-gram that is coordinated with hands-on technology and demonstrations at Gillette College,” according to a news release from the IMCC, which is headed by more than 25 state governors, including associate member Gov. Matt Mead.

The Gillette College mining technology degree, an associate of applied science, launched five years ago. The area of study operated via a Department of Labor grant through the first three years, limiting enrollees to industry professionals. Now, the degree is open to anyone.

“Through his teaching and use of innovative state-of-the-art tools, Mr. Livingston is advancing the caliber of the mining technology program’s graduates and future mining professionals,” the IMCC release states. “The program also helps students develop leadership skills in business and communication. He has provided focused packages of classes in blocks and timing tailored to accommodate the schedules of working students striving to advance in the field.”

For more information about the mining technology degree, call 686-0254, extension 1621.



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