Tracy L. Baker

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Computer Information Systems Faculty
Primary Department:
 Phone: 623.935.8064
 Location: EST N 224
Monday: 9:00 am-11:00 am
Tuesday: 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
Wednesday: 1:00 pm-2:00 pm
Thursday: 9:00 am-10:00 am
Office Hours Additional Information 
My office is EST N224. I may also be found in the Red Hat Academy lab - EST S111


AAS - Linux Networking Administration
Estrella Mountain Community College
AAS - Networking Technology: Cisco
Estrella Mountain Community College

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.

Academic Interests 
At this time, I am concentrating on making EMCC's Red Hat Academy the best program I can. This involves constant learning and proactice.
College Service 
2016, Honors Faculty Advisory Board
2016, CTL Faculty Advisory Committee