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Bret Murphy, M.Ed.
Dean of Business and Technology


"Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. " — Calvin Coolidge 30th President


A quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.<br /><br />"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."


Contact Information

Office Location: EIT 254, Elko Campus
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  • MEd, University of Nevada Reno, 1993
  • Bachelor Tech., Montana State University Northern, 1982


Recommended Reading

  • Flight of the Intruder, Stephen Coonts
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People , Dr. Stephen R. Covey
  • 30,000 on the Hoof, Zane Grey
  • The Delta Star, Joseph Wambaugh
  • The General's Daughter, Nelson DeMille
  • Word of Honor, Nelson DeMille
  • Charm School, Nelson DeMille
  • Airframe, Michael Crichton
  • Deep Survival, Laurence Gonzales


Recommended Web Links


  • Snowmobiling, Wakeboarding, Hunting, and Camping with Family
  • Spring Creek Volunteer Fire Department (SCVFD) Fire Chief
  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Advanced
  • Skill USA Board of Directors
Honors and Awards
  • Vocational Industrial Clubs of America (VICA) National Gold Medalist - Heavy Equipment Repair 1981
  • Recognized by the Nevada Technical Education Association as Outstanding Technical Educator 1999


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DT 203B
Title:Diesel Shop Management
FS 114B
Title:Incident Command System
FT 109B
Title:Internship in Fire Service
FT 110B
Title:Basic Wildland Fire Fighting
FT 111B
Title:Portable Pumps
FT 112B
Title:Power Saws
FT 113B
Title:Basic Air Operations
FT 115
FT 116
FT 117
FT 218
INT 100
Title:GBC Orientation
Catalog Description: An introduction to GBC and its programs and services. The goal of the course is to achieve student success. (Required for first-time full-time students and for part-time degree-seeking students before they complete 24 credits.) No prerequisite. [S/U]
IT 208B
Title:Fluid Power
WF 205
Title:Fire Operations in the Urban Interface
WF 260
Title:Fire Business Management Principles
WF 280
Title:Fire Service Leadership

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