Long-time adjunct instructor brings decades of experience to classroom
KOKOMO, Ind. — George Gaskill, a veteran of more than 30 years in the automotive electronics industry with nine years’ experience as an instructor, has been named to the full-time faculty of Ivy Tech Community College’s Industrial Technology program.
“As a new full-time instructor for the Industrial Technology program, I look forward to sharing my experience and knowledge with Ivy Tech students,” Gaskill said. “My approach to teaching includes a balanced mix of theory/lecture and real-world hands-on activities. I’ve taught electrical and electronics-related classes as an adjunct for the last nine years. I can now better serve our community, our College, and especially our students on a full-time basis.”
Rodni Lytle, dean of technology for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region, noted that Gaskill brings a wealth of practical experience to the classroom. “With his strong background in electronics, electrical and mathematics, and his work as an adjunct instructor in a variety of technology fields, George will be a great asset to the Ivy Tech program,” Lytle said. “Our students will really benefit from the knowledge George brings to this role.”
Gaskill retired from Delphi Automotive Systems in Kokomo in 2002 after a 34-year career that began as a production worker while he worked his way through college, through 20 years as a senior project engineer designing and improving automotive electronic components, to six years as a project manager developing automotive electronic components for production. Since 2007, he has taught classes at Ivy Tech in construction technology, industrial technology, electrical engineering technology, and mathematics.
He earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in electrical engineering technology from Purdue University in Kokomo in 1978, a Bachelor of Arts degree in biological and physical sciences from Indiana University Kokomo in 1982, and a Master of Science degree in manufacturing management from the GMI Engineering and Management Institute in Flint, Mich., in 1996.
On a personal level, Gaskill has been active as a volunteer with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources since 2002, having been named the department’s 2006 Volunteer of the Year. He created and maintains a website for the DNR’s Upper Wabash Interpretive Services, which cover Mississinewa Lake, Salamonie Lake, Salamonie River State Forest, J. Edward Roush Fish and Wildlife Area, and Ouabache State Park including Wabash, Huntington, Wells, Miami, and Grant counties. He also is an active member of Parkview United Methodist Church in Peru.
Ivy Tech’s Industrial Technology program is designed for people who like to work with their hands and interact with machines and the program can lead to rewarding careers as welders, machinists, quality managers, maintenance managers and many others at a wide range of business and industry employers. Students can work toward certificates, technical certificates and Associate of Applied Science degrees in a number of technology areas.
From welding classes to learning about fluid power systems, the hands-on objectives in this program prepare students for an ever-changing work environment. No more than 20 percent of class time is spent in lectures, giving students time to train on a variety of machines. Students also take math and communications courses tailored exclusively to what they will need to know when they enter the workforce.
For more information, contact Gaskill at 765-252-5548 or firstname.lastname@example.org .