Meet the Faculty

Meet the Faculty

Information Technology

Your success is important to us at Empire College. Read more about the instructors in the Information Technology department that are here to help you succeed.

Ryan Donham
A.A., A+, Net+. Security+, Microsoft MCP, MCTS, CCNA, CCDA, SCNS, SCNP, SCNA, IT Dept. Head
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Education: 2001 graduate of Empire College, Associate degree in Information Technology

Certifications: A+ , Net+, Security + ,CCNA, CCDA, SCNS, SCNP, SCNA, MCP, MCTS.

Professional Experience: Mr. Donham first got into computers as Tech Assistant at a local software company and Network Engineer for a consulting company. Before that, he ran a local bar and casino on the Las Vegas strip. He found his true passion in IT when he started teaching part time at Empire College. Over the years, Mr. Donham has taught almost every IT class at the college and continues to learn new technologies to keep Empire College on the cutting edge for the future.

History at Empire College: Mr. Donham began working at Empire College in 2002. He became the department head in 2005. He specializes in Security (Let's Hack!!!), Cisco and Microsoft  and loves teaching beginning networking classes with eager students willing to learn.

Nathan Jackson
A.A., A.S., B.S., MCP, MCSA
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Education: Mr. Jackson received a Bachelor of Science in Technical Project Management from ITT Tech, and graduated from Empire College with an Associate degree in Information Technology. He is also a graduate of Santa Rosa Junior College with A.A. and A.S. degrees.

Certifications: A+, Network+, MCP, MCSA, Security+, Linux+

Professional Experience: Mr. Jackson worked for three years in a growing credit union as a loan officer when he decided that he didn't want to be a banker. He returned to his first passion, computers, when he found out that despite what he had been told in high school there were more jobs involving computers than just programming.

History at Empire College: Mr. Jackson started working at Empire College in 2009 teaching all levels of the Linux curricula. He also teaches Microsoft classes (under protest), Network+ and Security+.

David Nichols
A.A., A+, Net+, Linux+. Microsoft MCP
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Education: 2010 graduate of Empire College, Associate degree in Information Technology

Certifications: CompTia A+, Net+ and Linux+. Microsoft MCP.

Professional Experience: Mr. Nichols has been involved with customer service related businesses his entire career, from supervising at a major Bay Area construction company, to managing a restaurant, to running his own business. In 2006, Mr. Nichols was recognized by the Sonoma County Department of Education for his work with developmentally disabled. In 2001, he was involved with the planning and creation of an interactive computer cow that was auctioned to raise money for local charities in the Sonoma Valley. Additionally, he was involved in an ongoing project to refurbish and distribute computers to needy people in Sonoma Valley.

History at Empire College: Mr. Nichols began working at Empire College in spring 2010. He currently teaches HTML, Dreamweaver, Photoshop and Flash during the daytime and hardware classes at night.

Scott Wilcox
A.A., A+, Net+
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Education: 2003 graduate of Empire College with Associate degrees in Microsoft, Linux, Cisco and Security

Certifications: CompTia A+, Net+ and Linux+. Microsoft MCP.

Education: Mr. Wilcox worked part time at Empire College as a Computer Support Technician while attending school. He also provided services for private clients while in school and continues to provide services to a few select clients. Mr. Wilcox has owned four sales and service businesses over a period of years. He has a varied background in building construction, including electrical and communication wiring.

History at Empire College: Mr. Wilcox started working full time in 2003 as a Network Technician and a Certification Test Administrator. In 2007, he began teaching full time in the Information Technology department during the day as well as continuing to work as a Network Technician. Since 2008, he has taught all levels of computer hardware classes in both the day and evening divisions.