I began my IT career in 1978, in high school, where I began to learn programming languages on the IBM 360 mainframe and Apple ][ desktop computers. Upon graduating, I attended San Jacinto Junior College where I continued my programming studies on the Osbourne 1 computer. Due to financial difficulties, I was unable to finish my schooling and joined the U.S. Navy.
While in the Navy, I learned about circuit design and troubleshooting, most specifically for RADAR systems. I became an Electronics Technicians.
After leaving the Navy, I worked in industry for approximately 25 years in many different capacities, including PC break/fix technician, system administrator, network administrator, programmer and consultant.
During the economic downturn, I was laid-off. Due to the lack of any college degree or professional certification, I was unable to find any meaningful work. As a result, I returned to college in 2011 where I attended EMCC's Cisco and Red Hat Academies. I graduated with two AAS degrees in 2012, both with highest distinction.
While attending EMCC I accomplished many things, aside from earning degrees:
- I became a CRLA certified tutor.
- I earned two professional IT certifications, the Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician (CCENT) and the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA).
- I became an adjunct instructor (Cisco) at South Mountain Community College (SMCC).
After I graduated in 2012, I went to work at SMCC where I continued to be an adjunct instructor, a systems administrator (professional staff), course developer (Cisco capstone and Linux classes), and tutor.
Along the way, I earned the Cisco Certified Network Associate - Security, CompTIA A+, CompTIA Linux+, and NSA CNSS 4011 certifications.
I was hired at EMCC in January 2016 as a Computer Information Systems residential faculty, where I teach all of the Red Hat Academy's Linux classes.