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SME Spotlight – Tom Czachor

Tom Czachor For 31 years, Tom Czachor has taught Computer Systems Technology at the Career Technology Center of Lackawanna County in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He began his career teaching electronics and computer systems. His teaching framework now includes preparation for industry certifications, such as the CompTIA A+ and Cybersecurity – a field that was added to his curriculum within the last 5 years.

Tom is also a SkillsUSA advisor. Working with industry members/CTE instructors, his team developed their Pennsylvania state Cybersecurity competition in 2018. The Cybersecurity team for his class won the state competition in 2019 and advanced to the SkillsUSA National Conference.

With regard to NOCTI work, Tom has contracted on various projects from 2015 to 2019. He has also served on Computer Repair Technology cut-score teams. Following this, he helped revise NOCTI’s Computer Programming exam and served on the development team for the company’s new Cybersecurity test.

Tom describes work on NOCTI revision/development teams as collaborative. He served to ensure that the two tests, Computer Programming and Cybersecurity, were relevant, current, and valuable for student testing.

“When we were writing the Cybersecurity exam, we discussed the path we wanted to take. After that we began brainstorming and it all came into place. You need to be able to work on a team, going back and forth until the questions/practical components of the test are where the team feels they are the most relevant for the exam.”

When asked about his source of inspiration as a teacher, he recalled one of his former students who became a Sonar Technician in the Navy. He taught electronics to her, and her CTE background helped her attain this position.

“A vocational-technical program got me where I am today, and if I can steer my students in their future direction, it makes it all worthwhile. Seeing students succeed is what it’s all about.”

Thank you, Tom, for your contributions!

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