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.

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.

Where to Find Bruce at Clark College – Winter 2018

Mondays and Wednesdays

  • 2:00 – 3:50 PM CTEC 122 in SHL 125
  • 1:00 – 2:00 PM Office Hours in SHL 127

Tuesdays and Thursdays

  • 10:30 AM – 12:50 AM CTEC 127 in SHL 125
  • 2:00 – 3:30 PM Office Hours in SHL 127

Course No. Key

CTEC 121 – Intro to Programming & Problem Solving (Online)
CTEC 122 – HTML Fundamentals
CTEC 127 – PHP with SQL 1

Where to Find Bruce at Clark College – Fall 2017

Mondays and Wednesdays

  • 10:30 AM – 12:50 PM CTEC 112 in SHL 125
  • 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Office Hours in SHL 127
  • 4:00 PM – 5:50 PM CTEC 165 in SHL 125 on Mondays and Foster Auditorium on Wednesdays

Tuesdays and Thursdays

  • 10:45 AM – 11:30 AM Office Hours in SHL 127
  • 11:30 AM – 1:50 PM CTEC 121 in SHL 125
  • 2:00 PM – 3:50 PM CTEC 122 in SHL 125

Course No. Key

CTEC 112 – Programming Essentials
CTEC 121 – Intro to Programming & Problem Solving
CTEC 122 – HTML Fundamentals
CTEC 165 – Business Web Practices

That Makes 10 Microsoft MTA’s

Today I completed my tenth Microsoft Certified Technology Associate (MTA) exam. The test was the “Mobility and Devices Fundamentals (Exam 98-368). This exam focussed on the following:

  • Understand device configurations
  • Understand data access and management
  • Understand device security
  • Understand cloud services
  • Understand enterprise mobility

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

That Makes 4 Years

Well, this week marks the end of my 4th full year of teaching classes at Clark College. It’s amazing how quickly time goes by. I’m working on a longer post which reflects back on my experiences. It’s also incredible how much I have grown personally and professionally. I’m looking forward to teaching this winter and spring and am delivering a brand new course entitled “Programming Essentials” which will focus on learning to program using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

Dale Chumbley: Making Digital Marketing and Social Media Work for Real Estate

On Wednesday, November 17, 2016, Dale Chumbley gave a talk at the Clark College Business Web Practices class entitled Making Digital Marketing and Social Media Work for Real Estate. Here’s the video recording of Dale’s talk:

 

More about Dale:

Dale Chumbley is a 2nd generation REALTOR® in Vancouver, Washington who has been selling real estate since 1994. He also spent 8 years working in the Clark County Department of Assessment & GIS in the Land Records Department. This experience gives Dale a knowledge and expertise that no other REALTOR® in Clark County, WA has. He was named by Inman News one of the 100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders in the country. He is the founder of 365 Things To Do In Vancouver, WA on Facebook. In 2014 Dale served as his local Association’s President and was named REALTOR® of the Year. Dale was most recently named one of The Top 20 Social Influencers of Residential Real Estate 2016 by Swanepoel Power 200 nationally. Dale is recognized nationally for his mix of traditional real estate and technologically cutting edge marketing. In his spare time, Dale enjoys organizing interactive real estate education events, teaching others how to leverage social media to expand their online reach in a way that hopefully expands their face to face interactions, CrossFit, photography, musical theatre and sharing his city with anyone who will pay attention.

Dale has been seen on the stage at industry events such as Inman Connect New York and San Francisco, Inman Agent Reboots, REBarCamps across the country, Hawaii Association of REALTORS® Annual Conference, WA Association of REALTORS Leadership Conference, NAR MidYear and Annual Conference, CRS Sellabration, Florida YPN, RETSO, BuzzRE and BuzzRE Orange County. Non industry events such as #140Conf and Back Fence PDX.