Ken Blanchard College of Business
M.S. in Executive Fire Leadership - Grand Canyon University, AZ
B.A. in Public Administration - C.W.Post College, NY
About Howard Rein
Howard Rein currently resides in New Port Richey, Florida. He was born in Brooklyn, New York and moved to Florida before attending high school. He has been married since 1991 and has two teenage boys. Howard is a Combat Veteran of the U.S Army with twelve years of service and several tours in the Middle East. Currently, Howard is a full time Firefighter and serves as a lieutenant and paramedic for his agency. He has also taught Fire Science classes for St. Petersburg College in Clearwater, Florida.
He received his BA from C.W.Post College in New York and his MS from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. He is also a State of Florida certified Arson Investigator and Inspector. He is planning on starting his Doctorate in the near future.
Howard has been teaching Emergency Management classes for Grand Canyon University for about two years.
How has facilitating online courses at GCU helped you find your purpose?
Facilitating courses online has been both a challenging and rewarding experience for me. It has connected me to many fine students who are in the Emergency Management field and are striving for higher goals and a purpose. I have also learned many interesting facts from those in other areas of the EM field by facilitating these courses.
What is one effective teaching strategy you use in your online classes?
I try to incorporate my own professional experiences and encourage students to do the same. It is gratifying when I see students engaged in discussion and learning from each other's experiences.
What is a GCU online student success story you can share?
I have recently been reconnected with a former student, and I am very proud to have been part of his GCU experience. This student was sixty years old when I taught him. He was working on a second career while trying to succeed in classes with much younger students. It was difficult for him at the beginning of the course, but we worked together and he ultimately did very well. Not long ago he emailed me to say he graduated from GCU and was hired in the Emergency Management field.