Worked toward my BS in Computer Science focused toward Cisco Network Engineering and made the Dean’s list. Completed several Cisco networking classes and other business classes with a high GPA. Cisco classes included the following: Routing NETW205, Switching NETW207, WAN Technologies NETW 209 & VOIP NETW250.
2001 – 2001 - San Jacinto Community College, Houston:
During the semester that 9/11 occurred I took a Cisco Networking course for CCNA & CCNP. Unfortunately it was not a productive semester as I lost numerous colleagues and friends who were on the 95th floor of One World Trade including the gentleman who had hired me for my job at MMC. However, I played a key role in the classroom with keeping the PC’s functioning and helping the instructor and in doing so I believe I actually received an advantage as I learned more about diagnosing the network than most of the other students.
1998 – 2000 - College of the Mainland, Texas City:
Entering Microsoft classes, I soon learned that I was ahead of most of the class as I was the only student in class that already had two computers networked together with Windows NT and sharing an internet connection and this was before internet connection sharing was part of Windows. I studied Microsoft and Novell networking receiving college certifications in each. While there I obtained my Microsoft MCSE Certification, scoring highest on the Proxy Server exam with a 960 out of a 1000. There were 6 exams all passed on the first attempt. When entering College of the Mainland, school counselors tried to get me to switch study paths and become an English Professor. They said it was because I scored the maximum score possible on the hand written entrance exam essay.
1976 – 1980 – Paw Paw Public Schools, Paw Paw, Michigan
Graduated from Paw Paw Public High School receiving a Diploma in 1980. Special training and skills received in High School were 35mm photography and 900 hours of professional welding training at the Van Buren County Skilled Trades Center in Lawrence, Michigan. I attended the skill center for half of the day my entire junior and senior years of high school. The result of my early training allowed me to move to Texas where there were a lot of jobs available due to an oil boom. I entered the manufacturing industry as a welder directly out of high school when I began work at the age of 17, working for Drilco oil drilling pipe manufacturing company which was a division of Smith International at the time.