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Oracle Academy North America celebrates member successes

Denise Hobbs
Regional Director, North America


Oracle Academy understands and values educators as partners who help students learn, build, explore, and become innovators and leaders inside and outside the classroom.

In this blog, we celebrate four Oracle Academy faculty members as a means to highlight best practice techniques when using Oracle Academy teaching and learning resources.

Our first spotlight is on Richard Soderman, Assistant Professor of Computer Technology, Allegany College of Maryland (ACM). Located in Cumberland, Maryland, ACM’s computer technology program covers four disciplines: cybersecurity, programming, web development, and technical support. Soderman teaches several courses across these disciplines, including Database Design and Implementation, in which he uses Oracle Application Express (APEX) as a hands-on way to introduce students to Oracle Database. Read why Soderman believes that learning database design helps build analytical thinking skills for all types of careers.

Our second spotlight is on Mike Collins, Professor of Computer Science, Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC), located in Jamestown, North Carolina. Professor Collins started employing Oracle Academy resources to help resource-challenged students. He teaches database design and programming to students pursuing degrees in computer science and information technology fields of study. Read how Professor Collins helps students access industry-standard curriculum, software, and online resources.

Our third spotlight is on Maria Flores, Program Manager of Career Readiness for Houston Independent School District (HISD), Texas. Maria’s role is to help teachers prepare students for their futures in industry pathways such as manufacturing, health sciences, STEM and more. Read how Flores collaborates with Oracle Academy in training teachers to stimulate significant growth in computer science and computer programming education across one of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas. (And my hometown!)

Our fourth and final spotlight is Brinder Soin, Computer Science and Mathematics teacher, Piscataway Township High School, New Jersey. Brinder has been teaching the basics of Java programming language since 2005, and is passionate about teaching Java as part of AP computer science courses and helping students earn Oracle certifications. Read how Brinder integrates Oracle Academy Java curriculum into high school courses and encourages industry certification.

As Oracle’s global, philanthropic educational program, Oracle Academy advances computing education around the world to increase knowledge, innovation, skills development, and diversity in technology fields. We engage with thousands of educational institutions and educators in more than 120 countries, helping millions of students become college and career ready.

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