SMC Employee Feature

Meet the staff who serve students and staff at Santa Monica College!

Omar Plascencia

Omar Plascencia has worked as a journeyman trade electrician for SMC for 1 year and 4 months. He began working in the electrical field in 2002 as a communications technician, then later pursued a career in power distribution.

Omar is very involved on campus and enjoys learning new skills at the college. He's attended all trainings offered to the classified staff including Customer Service and Google Docs. He has recently signed up for an upcoming workshop on PhotoShop.

Omar also likes to volunteer during events, like Staff Appreciation Week and Staff Development Day, along with fellow coworkers Kevin King and Saul Ramirez.

What brought you to SMC?

I had worked in the construction field for over 14 years, and was looking for a change of pace with better benefits, as well as a chance to continue my education .

How is your commute?

Compared to when I was in Construction, "FANTASTIC". One hour tops each way, which I spend listening to books on audio, or just my favorite music which is hip hop and rap.

What is your favorite place on campus?

Eat Street, of course, because of the Grilled Veggie Wrap, yummy.

What is your vacation spot, or place to visit?

Abroad would have to be Cancun, Mexico at the Presidente Intercontinental, best beach in the Hotel Zone, hands down. Locally would be Kings Canyon, Big Sur, San Francisco, and of course, Las Vegas.

What is most rewarding about working at SMC?

I would have to say assisting all the people I get to interact with including supervisors, co-workers, faculty, and the students alike.

If you could have lunch with anyone, who would it be?

That's easy, my Mother who passed away when I was sixteen years old. Still miss her.