Rich Keilholtz is the chair of the Social Sciences, Education and Criminal Justice department and a faculty member in the Criminal Justice program. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Iowa and a law degree from Southern Illinois University. He practiced law for three years and has more than 18 years of experience teaching at two- and four-year colleges.
“I've had more fun teaching at PCC than any other institution at which I've taught. What really sets PCC apart is its teachers. They are smart, creative, caring, and really know how to teach students in a way that's challenging yet relatable,” he said.
“Everyone in the PCC family, from the time you're admitted until you graduate, will do everything they can to make you feel welcome, supported, challenged and respected. It really is a big family and I think you'll see that right away.”
His own college experience helps Keilholtz relate to some of the issues his students may be facing.
“As a first-generation college student from a blue-collar family, I was pretty lost when I first stepped foot on my college campus and I know I wouldn't have had some of the early challenges I faced if there'd been a passionate and encouraging support network like the one we have here for students at PCC,” he said. “If you're even just considering college, you'd be smart to consider PCC first.”