Q: As a professor at Pace University, Can you tell us more about what you do?
A: I have been a full-time faculty member since 1980. In the courses I teach, I make sure the material covered has a relevant industry flavor so students can relate what they learn back to their work. I find adult students relate to subject matter when you can bring in "real-life" examples.
Q: What's new at Pace University?
A: A new concentration in the Bachelors of Science in Professional Technology Studies in the area of Business Technology Leadership. The NACTEL partners identified the need for skilled workers in this area. As the field of technology becomes more complex, preparing a technical workforce with problem solving and leadership skills is essential.
Q: What kind of changes have you seen in the Telecommunications Industry?
A: The telecommunications industry has changed dramatically since 1999 — when the NACTEL program offered its first courses. As the industry changed, so did the courses and degrees available through NACTEL. At the course level, we aligned our technical courses with the new National Security Agency (NSA) standards to ensure that our students have cutting-edge skills in the area of security and network forensics.
Q: Any advice for current or future NACTEL students?
A: Always remember that you are the best role model for your kids! Yes, it will take time and it will not be easy, but it is rewarding when you are done. Every year at the graduation celebration, the pride we see on the faces of the NACTEL students makes all the hard work worth it! So, if you are thinking about it, make the commitment! You will be so proud of what you have achieved.