James Mitchell, A+, Security+, Network+, CCNA, CEH, is the lead instructor of the CompTIA A+, Network+ & Security+ Course offered at Towson University Continuing and Professional Studies. We recently asked him about his career in information technology, teaching at TU and how the certification can help students once they complete their certification. Here’s what he had to say.

Tell us about your background.

I have been in the cybersecurity space for about 20 years. Through the years, I have earned my A+, Security+, Network+, CCNA, and CEH certifications. I have also obtained an associates in Computer Technology. I have a local business here in Towson where we provide help desk services, network security, as well as computer repair and testing services.

Can you tell us about your coaching style and how that will translate to the student?

Given that the students will be using the CompTIA certification platform for this course, I will assist them in navigating the platform throughout the duration of the course. I will have students take a before and after practice test for each lesson to evaluate their progress, as well as have them take notes for each lesson. Once a month, I will be available for monthly meeting where students can meet with me to discuss any challenges they are facing during the course.

How valuable are these entry-level certifications when entering the IT industry?

Obtaining an entry level IT certification is very valuable. Many employers like to see that their employees have at least one entry level certification so they can build on their employees IT experience throughout their career.

Get to know more about James in this interview with Chunta Rivers, career consultant.