Continuing Education

Technical Writing

Learning Jira Software 7.0-7.4
Technical Writing: Quick Start Guides

Project Management

Agile Software Development
Applying Lean, DevOps, and Agile to Your IT Organization
DevOps Foundations: Lean and Agile
Lean Foundations
Lean Technology Strategy: Building High-Performing Teams
Lean Technology Strategy: Running Agile at Scale
Lean Technology Strategy: Starting Your Business Transformation
Managing International Projects
Project Management: Technical Projects
Scrum: The Basics

Web Development

Bootstrap 4 Essential Training
Choosing a Cloud Platform for Developers: AWS, Azure, and GCP
CSS Essential Training
HTML Essential Training
HTML: Structured Data
Introduction to Web APIs
IoT Foundations: Fundamentals
JavaScript Essential Training
Learning GitHub
Learning REST APIs
Making Sense of the CSS Box Model
Programming Foundations: Databases
Programming Foundations: Fundamentals
Responsive Layout
Succeeding in Web Development: Full Stack and Front End
User Experience for Web Design
UX Foundations: Accessibility
Version Control for Everyone
Web Programming Foundations

WordPress

Installing and Running WordPress: Local by FlyWheel
WordPress 5 Essential Training
WordPress 5 Essential Training: Site Administration
WordPress: Accessibility
WordPress: Advanced Custom Fields
WordPress: Building Child Themes
WordPress: Building Progressive Themes with WP Rig
WordPress: Custom Post Types and Taxonomies
WordPress: Workflows

CompTIA A+

CompTIA A+ (220-1001 and 220-1002) Cert Prep: The Basics
CompTIA A+ (220-1001) Cert Prep 1: The Basics
CompTIA A+ (220-1001) Cert Prep 2: Microprocessing and RAM
CompTIA A+ (220-1001) Cert Prep 3: Core Hardware
CompTIA A+ (220-1001) Cert Prep 4: Storage and Peripherals
CompTIA A+ (220-1001) Cert Prep 5: Display Technologies
CompTIA A+ (220-1001) Cert Prep 6: Physical Networking
CompTIA A+ (220-1001) Cert Prep 7: Understanding Networking
CompTIA A+ (220-1001) Cert Prep 8: Internet and the Cloud
CompTIA A+ (220-1001) Cert Prep 9: Portable Computing
CompTIA A+ (220-1001) Cert Prep 10: Printers
CompTIA A+ (220-1002) Cert Prep 1: Getting Started
CompTIA A+ (220-1002) Cert Prep 2: Implementation Considerations
CompTIA A+ (220-1002) Cert Prep 3: Windows and More
CompTIA A+ (220-1002) Cert Prep 4: Command-Line Interface and Scripting Languages
CompTIA A+ (220-1002) Cert Prep 5: Troubleshooting Operating Systems
CompTIA A+ (220-1002) Cert Prep 6: Networking, Security, and More
CompTIA A+ (220-1002) Cert Prep 7: Portable Computing
CompTIA A+ (220-1002) Cert Prep 8: Security and Organization

Career Development

Building Self-Confidence
Creating a Career Plan
Creating Your Personal Brand
Data Science & Analytics Career Paths & Certifications: First Steps
Excel and Visio: Generating Diagrams Automatically
Finding a Remote Job
Getting the Most from Recruiters While Job Hunting
Insights from a College Career Coach
J.T. O’Donnell on Making Recruiters Come to You
Job Search Strategies
Managing Anxiety in the Workplace

I'm a Geek and I know it…

So as a job hunter you should keep record of the jobs you apply for and all the demographics that go with it. I started hunting November 1, 2019 and have been keeping a log of all my contacts so here’s a peek at the types of jobs I’ve applied for and still have pending.

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What do I love to do? What’s my niche?

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Writing

I love to write instructions for software applications. I love to write tutorials that go through a process that makes a task easier or automates it. I also love learning new things in the process of writing about them!
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Sewing & Pattern Drafting

I know this is technically a hobby but for a while I did make a little bit of money drafting patterns and writing books on the topic. It is a very technical subject surprisingly and especially when you try to explain how to do something step by step. Teaching it is even more of a challenge when you do it over a chat room and the only way to share images is via email. Ahhh teaching online in the days before YouTube or live streaming or teleconferencing… when it was all still the Jetsons and not real yet! Given the chance I’d still love to teach pattern drafting online only this time with more modern tools!
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Programming

I have been dabbling with programming languages since the days of BASIC A. I am self taught except for Perl and JavaScript which I actually had formal classes in. I hand code sites and learn as I go. I have a wide variety of knowledge and would love to apply it to more projects.
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Events

I enjoy setting up to do an event. A class to teach something, a gathering of friends or family or even as part of my job. Years ago I was an Events Coordinator and had a lot of fun setting up the advertising and marketing for various demonstrations of crafts, many of which I had never done. I coordinated week long summer camps for kid crafting as well. Event coordination is just like project management and I enjoy that as well. Keeping track of tasks and details is a big part of what keeps me motivated and happy.

Where Hobbies & Career Meet

Just a few things that excite me, light me up, that I truly enjoy and where they cross the boundaries from Hobby to potential Career. There’s a lot more than this but charts and graphs can only handle so much information!

 

Where do I or have I used these programs?

CMS: WordPress, Drupal, Dreamweaver,  Joomla

 WordPress, install via cpanel and manually via FTP. Configure basic settings, install theme and plugins. Troubleshoot conflicts and custom changes to HTML, CSS, JavaScript and PHP researching for additional information as needed. Total current number of sites is 14 with subdomains. I personally use Infinite WordPress to manage updates, themes, plugins and backups.

Prior to using WordPress for all of the sites I used Joomla or Drupal as well as hand coding in HTML CSS and using Dreamweaver for development. I currently use VS Code for all my hand coded sites and work.

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Databases: Azure, SharePoint, MMIS, DS3, Citrix, Access, Enterprise, COGNOS, MYSQL, PHPMyAdmin, CPanel

The robust Azure & SharePoint system used by Microsoft in combination with Excel and Power BI was a great system to work with for modifying accounts and tracking data. 

Citrix was a database that was used to track various types of data for the clients that Nine Star served.

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DS3 is the main database currently in use with Senior and Disability Services but it is in the process of being replaced. DS3 originally was a Cold Fusion based system but has migrated to a .NET framework.  The replacement system is named Harmony and went live in the winter of 2018.

 MMIS or Medicaid Medical Information System has been replaced by Enterprise and is a good system that Harmony will eventually interface with. This system’s report manager, COGNOS provides a robust system to track data.

Graphic Art Suites: Corel Draw, Inscape, Gimp, Paint Shop Pro, Visio, Star UML, Dia, Freemind

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The Corel Draw Suite is a main tool for my drafting and design work for sewing patterns and technical writing. Inkscape is the Open Source version of it and is used to do various drawings in .svg formats.

Umls are used to diagram processes in Visio and Star Uml.

One of my main tools is Freemind, Freeplane and now Scapple for mind mapping ideas and outlining books.

Office Suites: Office 365, Master Certified Microsoft Office 2003, Microsoft Office 95-2016, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Project, Microsoft Visio, Microsoft SharePoint 2007-2016, OneNote, Open Office, Adobe Pro, Adobe DC

I use or have used all of these office suites heavily. They are the main stay of my workflows.

I am certified in MS Office and have continued my education using State of Alaska Trainings for SharePoint eventually earning the respect of the IT administration team and 

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granted my own sandbox to work in as well as full control over the Provider Certification Unit site and the Division’s Archiving site.

I used OneNote to compile a reference manual of all of the procedures for the Certification unit.

Word and Excel were used heavily to do mail merges as well as many other tasks including checklists and data tracking as well as graphs and charts for reports up to the Federal level.

Adobe Pro was used to “jailbreak” documents into Word and Excel, date stamp incoming certification applications and many other tasks including as a pivotal tool in a massive mail merge. I also used it to create the Certification Application and add fill in fields to ensure that applications were legible and data entry was accurate.

This is but a small portion of the variety of software and tools I use or have used on a daily basis. The list could go on and on!

Certification Checklist

new checklistThe checklist started as a reviewer’s tool to help track all the basic items needed for an application. From a general Word document to a manual show and hide system in Excel to the automated system developed in 2014 by a colleague. When he retired a year later I was tasked with the continual update of the tool. I have made multiple changes to the vb.net code behind the check boxes and also used it as inspiration for other tools. It is used on a daily basis with the 30-50 apps I process each month. It has a tool now for printing the worksheets by name which in addition to the checklist customized for each application includes a worksheet for the background check requirement. It is also more diligently commented in the code to allow others to know where and how to update it. During one update additional space was allowed behind the scenes for future changes. There are over 1000 lines of code and it generally takes a day or so of uninterrupted time to do a full change and edit to the system. Small changes are faster. There is a chance that another manual list will be integrated later this year as regulations change. The Checklist went through another major change process in December 2017, just before I left. Since only I knew how to maintain the original I was asked to create a simplified variation that my remaining team mates could take care of in the future. I based my new checklist off of another project I’d done in the spring, the Compliance Checklist.
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