Richard Grotegut was hired as a full-time faculty member in the Computer Studies Department in 1995 and retired December 2015, after 20 years of dedicated and accomplished service. Upon his retirement, he was granted Emeritus status.
Richard came to Ohlone after successful years at the Mission Valley Regional Occupational Program (MVROP), which provided vocational-technical educational programs to public high school students from Fremont, Newark and Union City. He was instrumental in establishing and building the computer repair and networking programs there. He used this background to foster strong partnerships between Ohlone, MVROP and area highs schools, as well as industry employers.
During his tenure at Ohlone, Richard served as an excellent role model for both adjunct and full-time faculty in the Computer Studies Department. He was a leader in the development of the Information and Communications Technology courses and programs at Ohlone, which included several important industry certifications. Richard worked as the coordinator of numerous events to bring awareness of Ohlone College and its programs to pre-college students from all over the bay area, allowing them to apply theory and lab skills to real-world situations.
The network administration and network technology classes were in constant need of updating as technological change accelerated. This meant faulty needed to constantly update their knowledge and skills and the curriculum needed ongoing updating. Richard provided invaluable leadership in making sure these updates took place.
Richard was committed to promoting awareness about Information and Communications Technology (ICT) both within and outside of Ohlone College. He was very successful at identifying and obtaining funding for regional consortia of schools and colleges to promote their programs, connect with the industry, and help faculty maintain currency.
Richard was approachable, considerate, collaborative and effective in communicating with students, faculty, staff, and administration.