Clark College Exceptional Faculty Award

Last night at the Clark College Commencement ceremony I was recognized for receiving the “Exceptional Faculty Award”. There are 5 professors who received this award for the 2017/2018 academic year. There are over 600 faculty members at the college. I am very honored to have received this distinguished award. I want to thank my wife Gayle  Elgort for all her love and support. I’m also extremely grateful to the students who nominated me for this distinguished honor.

Bruce Elgort, Computer Technology

If there is one word to describe computer technology instructor Bruce Elgort, it is probably “connected.” He stays connected to his students through email, social media, and online tools. “Never in the history of teaching has a professor been more available to his students,” raved one student in their nomination.

Elgort is also connected to local industry through his long career in tech, which includes high-level positions at major companies like Sharp and Underwriters Laboratories, as well as launching his own successful software company. And he creates connections in his community, regularly attending (and sometimes speaking at) conferences and inviting others to come with him. “I can’t count the number of events I’ve attended because Bruce posted something on Slack or Facebook—or gave me a digital nudge saying, ‘You should go to this!’” wrote another student.

Small wonder, then, that Elgort has gathered a significant fanbase at Clark since beginning to teach here in 2012. Indeed, this is his second time winning an Exceptional Faculty Award at the college; the first time was in 2013. Elgort says that, since then, he’s become involved in numerous Clark committees and initiatives. In other words, he’s become more, well, connected to Clark—and clearly Clark is all the stronger for it.

I’m blown away…

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Congratulations Dr. Tim Cook

Dr. Tim Cook
Dr. Tim Cook

Congratulations to my friend, mentor, and colleague Dr. Tim Cook who has been selected as the new President of Clackamas Community College. Tim has served Clark College as Vice President of Instruction, and it was in this role that I got to meet and work with him.

I will remember all of the support Tim provided to me as a new instructor, his thoughtful and encouraging feedback on projects I have worked on and, for also making it a point to come and sit in on my classes.

I wish Tim the best of luck in his new role and know that we will miss him here at Clark College.

My 15th Microsoft MTA

Today I completed my fifteenth Microsoft Certified Technology Associate (MTA) exam. The exam was “Introduction to Programming Using Java (Exam 98-388). The exam focused on the following:

  • Understand Java fundamentals
  • Work with data types, variables, and expressions
  • Implement flow control
  • Perform object-oriented programming
  • Compile and debug code

 

Here is a list of the MTA’s that I have completed:

  1. Microsoft Technology Associate: Mobility and Devices Fundamentals (February 9, 2017)
  2. Microsoft Technology Associate: Cloud Fundamentals (June 1, 2016)
  3. Microsoft Technology Associate: Windows Server Administration Fundamentals (January 15, 2015)
  4. Microsoft Technology Associate: HTML5 Application Development Fundamentals, July 17, 2014
  5. Microsoft Technology Associate: Networking Fundamentals, June 18, 2014
  6. Microsoft Technology Associate: Security Fundamentals, June 11, 2014
  7. Microsoft Technology Associate: Database Administration Fundamentals, June 09, 2014
  8. Microsoft Technology Associate: Web Development Fundamentals, June 09, 2014
  9. Microsoft Technology Associate: Windows Operating System Fundamentals, June 04, 2014
  10. Microsoft Technology Associate: Software Development Fundamentals, February 25, 2014
  11. Microsoft Technology Associate: Introduction to Programming Using Python, January 18, 2018
  12. Microsoft Technology Associate: Introduction to Programming Using HTML and CSS, January 23, 2018
  13. Microsoft Technology Associate: Introduction to Programming Using JavaScript, January 24, 2018
  14. Microsoft Technology Associate: Introduction to Programming Using Block-Based Languages, January 24, 2018
  15. Microsoft Technology Associate: Introduction to Programming Using Java, February 26, 2018

That Makes 14 Microsoft MTA’s

Today I completed two more Microsoft Certified Technology Associate (MTA) exams. The tests were the “Introduction to Programming Using JavaScript (Exam 98-382) and “Introduction to Programming with Using Block-Based Languages (98-380)”. The JavaScript exam focused on the following:

  • Program with JavaScript Operators, Methods, and Keywords
  • Program with Variables, Data Types, and Functions
  • Implement and Analyze Decisions and Loops
  • Interact with the Document Object Model
  • Interact with HTML Forms

 

The Block-Based Programming Exam focussed on:

  • Apply Strategies to Solve Computational Problems
  • Design Algorithms
  • Work with Data Representation in Block-Based Programming Languages
  • Solve Computational Problems by Using Modeling and Simulation
  • Code Programs in Block-Based Programming
  • Assess Personal Security in Internet Communications
  • Examine the Software Development Process

Here is a list of the MTA’s that I have completed:

  1. Microsoft Technology Associate: Mobility and Devices Fundamentals (February 9, 2017)
  2. Microsoft Technology Associate: Cloud Fundamentals (June 1, 2016)
  3. Microsoft Technology Associate: Windows Server Administration Fundamentals (January 15, 2015)
  4. Microsoft Technology Associate: HTML5 Application Development Fundamentals, July 17, 2014
  5. Microsoft Technology Associate: Networking Fundamentals, June 18, 2014
  6. Microsoft Technology Associate: Security Fundamentals, June 11, 2014
  7. Microsoft Technology Associate: Database Administration Fundamentals, June 09, 2014
  8. Microsoft Technology Associate: Web Development Fundamentals, June 09, 2014
  9. Microsoft Technology Associate: Windows Operating System Fundamentals, June 04, 2014
  10. Microsoft Technology Associate: Software Development Fundamentals, February 25, 2014
  11. Microsoft Technology Associate: Introduction to Programming Using Python, January 18, 2018
  12. Microsoft Technology Associate: Introduction to Programming Using HTML and CSS, January 23, 2018
  13. Microsoft Technology Associate: Introduction to Programming Using JavaScript, January 24, 2018
  14. Microsoft Technology Associate: Introduction to Programming Using Block-Based Languages, January 24, 2018