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Dr. John Sands

NCyTE Co-Principal Investigator, Moraine Valley Community College 

John Sands has over 30 years of experience in education and workforce research in the areas of data communications, manufacturing technologies, information technology, information security management and cybersecurity. He currently serves as the department chair and professor of information technology at Moraine Valley Community College. John also serves as the Principal Investigator/Executive Director of the Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance (CSSIA), an NSF/ATE National Support Center. John’s team has studied the technology workforce needs both in the local Chicago metropolitan region and nationally as the Principal Investigator of CSSIA. He holds a Ph.D. from Colorado State University and several industry certifications.

As a department chair, full time faculty member, and academic researcher, he has developed and taught numerous online technology courses using an integrated virtual teaching and learning environment. Dr. Sands has served as the executive director of one of the most successful Cisco System - Networking Academy Training Centers in the country. John also possesses a very strong background in developing and implementing online curriculum for both students and faculty and has been the recipient of several awards in the area of innovation and teaching. Professor Sands also has received several academic awards including the Master Teacher of the Year, Innovator of the Year and the Career Pathways Partnership Excellence Award - Best Dual Credit Program.