Tracy Baker

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Computer Information Systems Faculty
 Phone: 623.935.8064
 Location: EST N 224
Monday - Thursday:
8:00 am-9:30 am
Office Hours Additional Information 
Other office hours: 4 - 6pm Wednesday Office hours are in Estrella Hall, Room S111 Other times / dates may be available. Email me at [email protected]


AAS - Linux Networking Administration
Estrella Mountain Community College
AAS - Networking Technology: Cisco
Estrella Mountain Community College
Associate of Arts
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, just outside Houston, Texas, 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 Technician.

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 Red Hat, Cisco, and VMware 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 as well as some Cisco classes.

During the summer of 2017, I earned the Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) professional certification.

During  the 2018 Red Hat North American Training Partner and Instructor Conference, EMCC's Red Hat Academy was awarded the Director's Award for the work I've done converting Red Hat's commercial training labs into those more suitable for the academic environment.

During the summer of 2019, I earned the Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) professional certification.

During the summer / fall of 2021, I finally finished my Associate of Arts degree and AGEC. Beginning Fall 2022, I am taking classes at Northern Arizona Univeristy.

Academic Interests 
At this time, I am concentrating on making EMCC's Red Hat Academy and Python programs the best program I can. This involves constant learning and practice.
College Service 
2016 - present, Faculty advisor to EMCC's Cybersecurity/Linux Users Group (CSLUG) student club
2018 - 2019, Student Academic Achievement Committee (SAAC)
2016, Honors Faculty Advisory Board (HFAB)
2016, CTL Faculty Advisory Committee
Red Hat Academy (RHA) Advisory Board for North America
West-PHX Senior Cybersecurity Discussions Panel
Awards and Recognitions 

Red Hat Certified Engineer

Red Hat Certified System Administrator

Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician

Cisco Certified Network Associate - Routing & Switching

Cisco Certified Network Associate - Security

NSA CNSS 4011 Security Recognition

CompTIA CSSS certification

CompTIA A+ certification

CompTIA Linux+ certification

2018 Red Hat Director’s Award - Academy

College Reading and Learning Certified Tutor lvl 1

Recent Professional Development Activities 

2017 Red Hat Training Partner Conference 

2018 Red Hat Training Partner Conference 

2019 Interface Conference

2019 Red Hat Training Partner Conference

2020 Red Hat Training Partner Conference

2021 Red Hat Training Partner Conference

2022 Red Hat Training Partner Conference

Classes Current Teaching
Name Title Term Days Times/Dates
CIS126RH View class details for Red Hat System Administration I (CIS126RH)Red Hat System Administration I FAL23 MW 9:40am - 11:20am
AUG 21 - DEC 15
CIS156 View class details for Python Programming: Level I (CIS156)Python Programming: Level I FAL23 TR 9:40am - 11:20am
AUG 22 - DEC 15
CIS238RH View class details for Red Hat System Administration II (CIS238RH)Red Hat System Administration II FAL23 W 6:00pm - 9:30pm
AUG 23 - DEC 15
CIS238RH View class details for Red Hat System Administration II (CIS238RH)Red Hat System Administration II FAL23 AUG 21 - DEC 15
CIS240RH View class details for Red Hat System Administration III (CIS240RH)Red Hat System Administration III FAL23 AUG 21 - OCT 13
CIS271RH View class details for Red Hat System Administration IV (CIS271RH)Red Hat System Administration IV FAL23 OCT 23 - DEC 15

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