Spotlight On: Greg Bock

Program: Corporate and Community Learning
The way he describes it, Greg Bock grew up around Lewis and Clark Community College. The former fire chief, and 24-year veteran of the Alton Fire Department, took his first class at L&C in 1984, and and his last one in 2005.

Bock is now the Associate Director of Safety Programs at L&C, and was invited to be a trainer at the 2014 Community College Consortium for Health and Safety Training Train-the-Trainer Course in the summer of 2014.

During the course, Bock will cover a variety of topics, including hazardous waste operations, 24-hour industrial emergency response, DOT hazmat, confined space, hazard awareness and communications, and disaster site work.

After graduating from L&C with an associate degree in Fire Science, Bock earned his bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Greenville College. He returned to L&C in 2005, teaching as an adjunct instructor until being hired into his current position in 2012.

His time in the fire industry has left Bock with a wealth of knowledge that he is passionate about passing on to students.

“After more than 30 years in the fire business, it is exciting to pass those experiences on to others, which makes teaching other related courses much easier,” Bock said.

Most of Bock’s classes now focus on safety, a subject in which he is well-versed. Bock believes that real world experience enhances the classroom experience - and it was his real world experiences, combined with his drive to share them, that drew him to teaching.

“As a full-time firefighter you learn such a wide variety of skills that pertain to so many areas of life, that it is nearly impossible to not want to pass the information along to others both inside and outside of your job setting,” Bock said.
Bock now resides in Medora, Illinois, with his wife Laura, and is still involved in regular training sessions with the Medora Fire Department.

“My proudest moments are realized every day as I get the opportunity to pass on real world experience and knowledge to others,” he said.

By Matt McFarlane