Randy Riness

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Personal Statement: 

Welcome! I'd like to explain a little bit about how I approach teaching and education.

I look for ways to help students connect what they already know to the concepts and practices that are covered in the classroom. I also work to make the skills I teach more applicable than just useful in the classroom for a particular software application. I hope every student will walk out of my classes at the end of a quarter with new knowledge and skills that will be useful whatever their future brings.

I also understand that students have much more going on than attending SPSCC. I don't expect students to drop everything they're doing to complete work due tomorrow that I just assigned today. Each class I teach has a schedule that clearly identifies when assignments are due and what reading should be done throughout the quarter. I'm open to adjusting schedules and due dates when more time is needed to make sure students understand and can apply the material we cover.


I've taught at South Puget Sound Community College since 1998. My current course load emphasizes database management and computer programming, mostly in a Microsoft environment (SQL Server, C#, Microsoft Access). I've also taught HTML, XML, systems analysis, management and supervision, and other Office applications.

Prior to teaching my career focused on transportation management, planning and development. Some of the services I helped bring to Thurston County include ridematching and vanpooling, bus service to Yelm and Tacoma, and Sunday and evening bus service. I also worked on transit and transportation projects throughout the west coast and mid-west states.

My work in planning and analysis provided an entry to working with PC's, where I developed applications in budgeting and cost forecasting, and service tracking and analysis. Most of my applications began as desktop databases using R:base, Paradox or Smartware, and I moved to Access and then SQL Server (using Visual Basic) as Windows and networking improved. Since I began teaching, I've worked with local and state agencies to do needs assessments/requirements analysis, and custom database application development.