Category Archives: Clark College

Reflecting on my journey as a community college instructor

The one thing I absolutely love about my job as an instructor is the ability to share my experiences working in corporate America, starting an open source community for IBM, producing a podcast with 177 episodes, owning a successful software startup and being involved with social media since 2001. I have seen and experienced it all. The good, bad and ugly. Sharing these experiences resonates with students and colleagues.

Thank you to all of you who have been part of my journey.

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Where to Find Bruce at Clark College – Fall 2018

Classes I am teaching:

  • CGT 205 – Web Design 1
  • CTEC 121 – Intro to Programming and Problem Solving (Python)
  • CTEC 122 (online) – HTML Fundamentals
  • CTEC 165 – Business Web Practices

Mondays and Wednesdays

  • 2:00 – 3:45 PM Office Hours in SHL 127
  • 4:00 – 5:50 PM CTEC 165 in SHL 125 (Monday) / FHL 126 (Wednesday)

Tuesdays and Thursdays

  • 1:00 – 3:50 PM CTEC 121 – Into to Programming and Problem-Solving in SHL 124
  • 4:30 – 5:30 PM Office Hours in SHL 127
  • 6:00 – 8:50 PM CGT 205 – Web Design 1 in AA4103

Clark College Course Schedule

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…

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.

Where to Find Bruce at Clark College – Spring 2018

Mondays and Wednesdays

  • 10:00 AM – 12:20 PM CTEC 112 in SHL 125
  • 1:00 – 2:00 PM Office Hours in SHL 127
  • 3:30 PM – 5:50 PM CTEC 126 in SHL 125

Tuesdays and Thursdays

  • 10:30 AM – 12:50 AM CTEC 227 in SHL 124
  • 2:00 – 3:30 PM Office Hours in SHL 127

Course No. Key

CTEC 112 – Programming Essentials
CTEC 126 – JavaScript
CTEC 227 – PHP with SQL 2

Clark College Course Schedule

And that’s a wrap! Thank you, Clark College Business Web Practices speakers!

I’m very thankful for all of the guest speakers who took time from their busy schedules to spend a few hours talking with students in the Business Web Practices class at Clark College. Each of you made an impact on each and every student, which I know they really appreciated.

  • Aaron Hockley: Photography & WordCamp Speaker
  • Peter Ramsing: Software Developer and Project Leader Veelo
  • Jane Croft: Quality Assurance Senior Analyst/Manager, Anthem
  • Callie Carroll: User Experience (UX) Researcher
  • Dave Barcos: Founder – The Bridge Incubator
  • Christine Watson: Project Manager, Formations Design Group, LLC
  • Fellene Gaylord: Creative in Chief at Sirius Media LLC and Adjunct Professor at Clark College
  • Cheryl Bledsoe: Technology & Accreditation Manager at Clackamas County Communications
  • Jason Wright: Chief Operations Officers, Webfor
  • Dale Chumbley: Realtor and Social Media Pioneer, Real Living Real Estate
  • Adriana Vela: MarketTecNexus, Founder
  • Eliza Greenwood: Freelance Digital Marketer, ESODAS, LLC
  • Sophie Banner: Mission Marketer // Communications Specialist // Creative Strategist, City of Vancouver

Learn more about the speakers and watch videos of their talks.

Also, a big shout out to Tim Cook, Adam Coleman, Chris Martin, Arlo Petersen, William Hafer, Fellene Gaylord, Helen Martin and Robert Hughes for their continued support and encouragement throughout my teaching journey.