Torrey West, a captain in the Army Reserves and associate dean of Student and Enrollment Services at Spring Creek Campus (SCC), knows what it is like to serve others. A former community college student, he is simultaneously serving his country and Collin College students. In his role at the college, he oversees intramurals (this is coming soon to Collin College), fitness centers, athletic compliance and student life at SCC.
Q. What is your educational and military background?
A. Civilian Education: 1997-99 Hill Community College, 1999-2002 Arkansas Monticello, Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education, 2003-2006 Texas Woman’s University, Master of Arts degree in Arts & Teaching
Civilian Career at Collin College: 2003-2006 assistant fitness center coordinator, 2006-2013 advisor, 2013-2016 director of advising, associate dean of Student and Enrollment Services.
Military Education: 2010 Basic Training, 2010-2011 Officer Candidate School (Commissioned January 19, 2011; 2011 Military Police school)
Military Career: 300 Sustainment Brigade: 2010 Operations officer, 2012 Movement Control officer 607th Military Police Battalion: 2013 Operations/Plans officer, 2015 Company Commander Headquarters Detachment
Current Rank: Captain
Q. What should everyone know about student services?
A. Our number one goal is to help each and every student reach his/her goals.
Q. Why did you join the military?
A. To serve.
Q. Why are you in the Reserves?
A. I get to serve my country as well as work at Collin; it’s the best of both worlds — “Twice the Citizen.”
Q. Tell us about the Military Appreciation Ball and why you support it.
A. It is a chance for Collin College to show how much we appreciate those who serve and have served and to thank them for their sacrifices.
Q. Why do you encourage student involvement on campus?
A. College is a place to learn, but it should also be fun. The more students get involved, the more fun they will have.