CST Department Chair
Under promise, over deliver.
Jeff has been a teacher since 2001. Bringing with him 35 years of computer technology experience, he currently teaches Computer Systems Technology at Ridgewater College. He has been the department chair for five years now, having initiated several curriculum changes including Cisco, VoIP, Wireless, and Printer Diagnostics. He is a Cisco-authorized instructor and has a CompTIA A+ certification.
Jeff earned a diploma in Industrial Electronics from the Granite Falls Area Vocational School in 1978. Prior to teaching, Jeff was a technical support manager for Computer Land and Bennett Office Technologies.
“Do the Job. Do it better. Do it so well that you need never do it again.”
– Jim Martinson
“The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials”
Jim has been teaching in the Computer Systems Technology Department at Ridgewater College since 1996, with a history of working in computer technology that dates back to 1972. Prior to teaching, Jim worked as a computer programmer, computer and network technician, and network consultant. When he’s not teaching, Jim also does web programming and consultation work for non-profits such as Hutchinson Jaycee’s and the McLeod Emergency Food Shelf. The best thing about teaching to Jim is spending time working with students on their assignments and projects.
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Allen graduated from North Dakota State University in May 1988 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. He will graduate in Spring of 2015 with a Master of Science in Special Studies – Software Development in Enterprise Architecture. Currently, he holds a teaching license in Career and Technical Teaching and teaches Computer Systems Technology and Multimedia Design Technology. He has been the Sole Proprietor of a PC tech support business since 1995. Prior to becoming a teacher, he was an Electronics Technician, Project Engineer, Controls Engineer, and a Controls Engineering Manager. With 26 years in technology and 13 years in teaching, Allen brings his students a combined 39 years of experience in industry and instruction.