Whitehead to Lead CCVI Computer Networking Program – Shaw Local
Garrick Whitehead, the new computer networking and information technology program coordinator at Illinois Valley Community College, is committed to the success of students and others.
“Our students and their families trust us to provide them with educational and support services that will enable them to improve their quality of life and succeed,” said Whitehead.
“Students will leave our program knowing that they have made the right educational, personal and professional decision. They will know that we care about them and their future.
Whitehead was hired on April 14 and will work alongside cybersecurity instructor Nancy McDonnell.
“With Garrick and Nancy, our computer networking and cybersecurity programs are strong,” said Dean of Workforce Development Shane Lange. “Both are very experienced and passionate. They will engage students with real-world, cutting-edge applications.
A cybersecurity program mentor for Western Governors State, Whitehead has been teaching since 2010. He has 20 years of industry experience, including as a computer applications specialist for Auburn University in Montgomery, Ala. He began his career in 1990 as a police officer for the Chicago Housing Authority Police Department.
Whitehead brings to IVCC its expertise in network and systems administration, operating systems and security. He holds a master’s degree in management information systems and business administration and a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems. He has also managed IT personnel and projects in various industries in the United States and the Philippines.