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Commitment to Excellence Continued Learning and Professional Development

It is extremely important as educators to keep educating ourselves. I have earned a top certification for Information Security professionals, the Certified Information Systems Security Professional. I earned the CISSP in November, 2011. Because of this, it is mandatory to earn 120 hours of training in a three year cycle to keep up the credential. To date, I have earned almost 40 credits. I have used a variety of ways to do this from online webinars to face to face conferences. Because of budget limitations, I have to be creative in how I acquire the training. Much of the training I have been able to earn to-date has either been free or paid for by other means (grants, book publisher presentation). My CISSP status is at the link to the left, which shows I just renewed my certification in October, 2017. It also lists the types and hours of training I need to do each year to maintain an active status.

Another industry-standard certification I just earned in May, 2017, is the Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician.


These and  copies of the Ivy Tech online teaching certification, IC3 certification, and other training certificates that I have received can be found in the buttons to the left.   

I have attended training specific to improving teaching.  These are through the professional development seminars offered by Ivy Tech held at the beginning of each semester.  I have attended: Leadership in the Classroom, Virtual Library and Noodle Tools, CLC Podium Technology, Voice in PPTs (PowerPoint presentations), Live Webcast, Academic Regurgitation versus Academic Digestion, How to Manage Job Related Stress, Blackboard I and II, 9.0 and Learning Styles – Thinking Styles.

I was a lucky participant in the Master-Teacher seminar and the supervisor education courses and have just been accepted into the Leadership Institute which will help increase my expertise in leadership.


I have attended sessions on Classroom management and student feedback and the two hour short session on Quality presented by the Disney Institute. I have taken the Quality Matters Rubric and Peer Review training so I can be a better online course developer.

As a program chair, I also have to know how to work with the financial and student systems of Ivy Tech.  I attended the finance training, adjunct faculty assignment and pay process, Higher Markets, and Banner training in order to keep up with the new technologies.

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