WHO WE ARE
Since 2011 the Western Academy Support and Training Center (WASTC) has been serving Cisco Networking Academy Programs in Arizona, California, Nevada, and beyond. In the 20 year-long Academy tradition, we have been providing support including: sharing best practices, providing professional development and required instructor training, growing high school participation, maximizing lab equipment budgets, and sponsoring webinars and in-person retooling sessions.
There are thousands of ICT educators, in our region, responsible for training tomorrow’s technology workforce, and they have a critical need to refresh their skills on a continual basis. With our annual Winter ICT Educators’ Conference and summer Faculty Development Weeks (FDWs), we have endeavored to keep ICT educators well informed and provide them with the relevant professional development training that they need.
has over 30 years of experience in IT instruction and training and, for the past 20 years, has taught networking and system administration courses both here and abroad through the Cisco Network Academy program. Richard retired from teaching in 2015, was awarded Professor Emeritus at Ohlone College, and continues to work, with Karen, supporting WASTC members. Currently, Richard is serving as the ICT Deputy Sector Navigator (DSN) for the Bay Area region.
is the WASTC coordinator and has over 18 years of experience with the Cisco Network Academies, first as a student then an instructor and now an administrator working with Richard to support WASTC members. It is a privilege for her to work with this wonderful ICT educator community. Karen has a bachelors degree in Network Administration.
is a professor for the Computer Network Engineer program at Santa Barbara City College. Angel has been a Cisco Academy Instructor since 1998 teaching CCNA, CCNP, and CCNA Sec curriculum. Angel has over 25 years of IT experience; currently he consults as a Senior Network Engineer, and he has been an instructor trainer since 2005.
has been in the technology industry for 9 years, focusing on Cybersecurity, Virtualization, Systems and Network Management for small and medium sized businesses.
Irvin is now involved with CyberPatriot as a coach, mentor and as the Regional Coordinator for the CyberPatriot Competition for the Orange County at Cypress College and Coastline College, and now an instructor trainer for WASTC.
has worked with small computers since 1978, and was an independent consultant for 22 years in PCs and networking. He started teaching in 2001 and started working with WASTC in 2012. Bob is the CCNA lead instructor as a full-time faculty member of Mesa Community College, Mesa, AZ.
is a community college instructor and Raspberry Pi Certified Educator who teaches Computer Information Systems courses at Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque, NM. He will begin working with WASTC in Fall 2017 as instructor trainer for IoT Fundamentals. Kerry’s personal mission is to encourage and ignite the passion for learning through the acts of doing, tinkering, and making.
worked 30+ years in the IT industry giving him invaluable experience that he uses to enrich the classroom for both students and instructors. He started teaching Cisco Academy courses in 1999, and in 2012 Mark became certified as one of the few national Cisco Networking Academy Instructor Trainers for CCNA, CCNA Security, and CCNP. He has taught instructors for WASTC since 2012
has been teaching IT-E courses since the late 1990’s and has taught at both community college and high school level. Her students have participated in Skills USA, a career and technical student organization, and many of her students have gone on to successful IT careers. She has worked with WASTC as an instructor trainer since2012 where she shares many of her best practices to implement with high school or community college students.
is a full-time computer science and computer networking instructor at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California. Rick also teaches part-time at UC Santa Cruz. Before teaching, Rick also works for the Cisco Networking Academy Curriculum Engineering team and has written several books for Cisco Press including IPv6 Fundamentals.
started with the Cisco Networking Academy in 1997 at Valencia High School in Placentia, CA and has been an adjunct teacher at Coastline Community College, Garden Grove, CA since 1999. Dwight started working with NetSpace in the beta testing stages and helped with some of the initial training information for the Cisco Networking Academy.
has delivered over twenty years of successful leadership skills in the area of IT operations, helping companies with network infrastructure, security & system administration, and Internet properties. For the past twenty years, Don has been an active instructor in the Cisco Network Academy and is an Associate Professor for network in the San Diego Community College District.