Retention Counselor: SMART START Program
Bio: Eric Skipper is an award-winning Advisor/Counselor and has worked with several TRiO programs in the region. Joining the exciting Smart Start team in 2014 has been a home coming for Eric. His mother and father had both worked at WSU. He fondly remembers coming to the WSU Mechanical Engineering machine shop as a child where his father, a Tool and Die Maker worked for over 25 years. According to Mr. Leifer his high school geometry teacher he may have missed a couple of classes while playing pick-up basketball in Bohler Gym on WSU campus. Leaving the Northwest Eric served in the US Air Force and travelled the world continuing the education his parents had seeded with a vastly multicultural atmosphere on the Palouse. The unique experience of being raised around small-town USA, while immersed in global culture built his hunger for knowledge as well as experience. Attaining his Master’s degree in 2006 from the University of Idaho and continuing on to his Education Specialist Degree has brought him ever closer to his Ph.D. Eric has focused on access and inclusion strategic planning, communication, individualized advising programming and life skills foundations with students ranging from Jr. High to Graduate School. His formal and informal educations provide a rich perspective on scholastic success and retention that is rooted in individual motivation, self-awareness and systematic literacy. Being a first-Generation college student himself, he has worked with underrepresented student populations for nearly ten years helping students explore the boundless possibilities. As the Father of two great children he expects them to seek education in all its forms as they go through elementary and high school with an eye on success in all aspects of life while never letting themselves’ become one-dimensional. Eric loves to travel, enjoys being around people that are not afraid to laugh at themselves and with others, likes cooking, the creative process of building things and spectacular YouTube videos like this one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWfph3iNC-k.