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Shawn Balling

Computer Technology I

As a high school reporter, I believe after high school is when we students transform into an adult. Making our own decisions, figuring out what we want out of life, and fighting to get there. Indeed, this was the case for Mr. Balling, KACC's Computer Technology Instructor. 

Mr. Balling has loved working and playing with electronics ever since he can remember. All throughout high school, he took whatever classes he found available to further understand the electronic world. 

After high school, he went straight into the Military.  While in the Navy, Mr. Balling was able to continue working in electronics and received quite a bit of training and experience. Balling was in the Navy for a total of five years and traveled to many places. For 18 months, Mr. Balling was stationed in San Francisco for electronics schooling. After his stay in San Francisco, he was transferred to San Diego for another 2 years of service. Then, he went way up north to Adak, Alaska for 18 months. All in all, Mr. Balling says  "It was an excellent, free learning experience."  When he had completed his service, he continued, "It was time to come back home." 

 Mr. Balling joined Kankakee Area Career Center six years agoand has also been working at Kankakee Community College as a technician for the last three and one-half years.. 

Mr. Balling leads his students into an in-depth look at the computer and its parts for knowledge and troubleshooting purposes. Students are well prepared by Mr. Balling to go on to Computer Technology II their senior year.

The best thing, according to Mr. Balling, about being a teacher, is to witness the success of his students in the classroom. By the time students finish the two-year computer technology program at KACC, they typically go off to college, have a great base of knowledge of computers and their inner works. 

Occasionally, he sees his students come back and say hello. Just knowing and seeing that person grow with the education he or she received is something Mr. Balling is very proud of.  He oftentimes shares his former student success stories with the new comers at KACC. One thing Balling doesn't appreciate in a student is laziness and showing no motivation towards their future. 

Mr. Balling, like many teachers at KACC know the students, when committed to working hard toward their career, can reap huge rewards as they go off into their future.  

Mr. Balling and his abilities as a teacher fits nicely in KACC's motto - Preparing Students For Tomorrow!

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