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PCC hires Robinson to be WOO instructor

12 September 2018

“Hunting has always been my passion,” said Rocky Robinson, new Wildlife Outfitting and Operations instructor at Pratt Community College. “I never thought I could make a career out of it.”

Pratt Community College is pleased to announce Robinson as the new instructor for the Wildlife Outfitting and Operations program. He began teaching students at the beginning of the Fall 2018 semester.  He brings valuable experience to the program after growing up with a love for the land and respect for wildlife, all of which he credits to his dad.

“A lot of these students come from families that have hunted generations, which is really good,” said Robinson. “My dad’s family was from the city so they didn’t hunt. He had family in the Kingman area, so after he moved to this part of the state, he got into hunting. Growing up, it was a family event. From the time I could pull a bow back, I had one in my hands and that’s thanks to my dad.”

Despite growing up with a passion for hunting, Robinson originally took a different a career path. While attending Skyline High School, he worked on the school yearbook and decided to pursue a Public Relations and Communications degree at Emporia State University. He worked in a variety of positions for the school newspaper, the Pratt Tribune, and the Salina Post. When he saw the WOO instructor position was open, it was an opportunity he could not pass up.

“My passion for hunting and the opportunity led me to this position,” said Robinson. “I did want to eventually get into teaching, but I thought I thought it would be more along the lines of journalism. After presenting a lesson plan for the WOO position in an interview, I decided I really enjoyed it. I could actually help other people.”

Robinson plans to take a hands-on approach as much as possible for the program. Instead of presenting lectures day after day, he plans to take students out in the field to better prepare them for the growing commercial industry. He is looking forward to seeing the progression of the students from the beginning of each semester to the end the most. He loves how the students share his passion for wildlife and seeing that passion every day.

“They truly love the outdoors,” said Robinson. “I’m looking forward to teaching them all the stuff I have learned over the years. There are students that already know a lot in certain areas and there are some that are just beginning. They are at all different starting points, but hopefully we’ll get everybody prepared to enter the field.”

Along with instructing and coordinating the WOO program, Robinson is also assisting PCC Instructor, Greg Bacon, with the Shooting Sports team.
The Pratt Community College Wildlife Outfitting and Operations program prepares students for a career in the growing commercial industry of recreational hunting, fishing, and outdoor activities. For more information about the program, contact Robinson at rockyr@prattcc.edu.