Category Archives: Education

Why is Math Important?

Andrew Comeau   March 18, 2018   Comments Off on Why is Math Important?

Fun with Math … You’ve probably seen memes like the one shown here while surfing Facebook or Twitter. It’s basically an exercise in the Order of Operations, the order in which math operations are solved in a formula.  In this case, according to PEMDAS, the answer is 1 because the division operation is taken care of first and then the rest… Read more »

We’re Training New Software Developers in Ocala!

Andrew Comeau   April 3, 2017   Comments Off on We’re Training New Software Developers in Ocala!

Late last year, I was tapped to design and teach a program in software development at Marion Technical College in Ocala. The first classes will be in August 2017 and the program will have a special focus on database design and programming in SQL. I’m not exaggerating when I say that there is a shortage of qualified I.T. people and… Read more »

Technology Instructors Needed in Ocala

Andrew Comeau   February 6, 2017   Comments Off on Technology Instructors Needed in Ocala

Marion Technical College in Ocala is looking for at least two technology instructors to teach day and night-time classes. This is a great opportunity for someone who is interested in passing their technical skills on to the next generation of I.T. people and helping to develop the technical workforce in Ocala and Marion County. Learn more about Marion Technical College… Read more »

Career Programs at Marion Technical College

Andrew Comeau   January 18, 2017   Comments Off on Career Programs at Marion Technical College

On January 3, I began a new position as an Instructor at Ocala’s Marion Technical College. This coming August, we will be offering a new program at the college in Database Application Development and Programming! The purpose of this program will be to train students in all phases of database and software development from requirements definition and database design to… Read more »

October 12 Newsletter – Corrections

Andrew Comeau   October 13, 2015   Comments Off on October 12 Newsletter – Corrections

There was a software issue that caused most of the links in our October 12 e-mail newsletter to redirect to our home page instead of the intended websites. Here are the corrected links for your reference. Our new Job Board is online and available to both local area employers and job seekers. If you’re looking for I.T. talent or employment… Read more »

September Coder Dojo at Marion County Public Library

Andrew Comeau   August 21, 2015   Comments Off on September Coder Dojo at Marion County Public Library

Last February, we told you about the new Coder Dojo program at the Marion County Public Library. This is an innovative program in which local kids are taught basic coding skills to help them develop their creativity and love of learning. The last program was a great success and the next round of sessions is about to begin! They still… Read more »

Ocala I.T. Professionals at Marion Technical Institute

Andrew Comeau   May 14, 2015   Comments Off on Ocala I.T. Professionals at Marion Technical Institute

We had another great meeting on Thursday, this time at Marion Technical Institute in Ocala! Kim Burt, the I.T. Instructor at MTI, invited our group to see the school’s I.T. academy and sit down to lunch with some of the students to give them a chance to talk with I.T. people who had experience in the field. I and the… Read more »

Ocala Schools Hold ‘Capture the Flag’ Tech Competition

Andrew Comeau   May 13, 2015   Comments Off on Ocala Schools Hold ‘Capture the Flag’ Tech Competition

On Monday, May 11, 2015, 24 students from two of Ocala’s schools came together to compete in a Capture the Flag contest in which the students were given the task of troubleshooting personal computers on which various hardware and software issues had been recreated by the instructors. The Ocala I.T. Professionals joined with the Chamber and Economic Partnership (CEP) to help sponsor… Read more »

Engaging in Education in Marion County

Andrew Comeau   May 6, 2015   Comments Off on Engaging in Education in Marion County

“At the end of the day, it’s about skills and lifelong learning and making sure that our graduates and, quite frankly, ALL of our workforce is ready to learn, continually learn, continually learn new skills, new opportunities …” – Kevin Sheilley, President & CEO, Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership From address to Engage in Education, May 5, 2015 Last… Read more »