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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Digital Forensics Certificate Program Begins Winter Quarter

Computers play a prominent role in almost every workplace today to manage financial, and personnel records and communications.

On television and in real life, records and data from electronic communications devices - computers to cell phones - are used to solve questions and crimes. Just like physical evidence at a crime scene, this virtual data must be properly handled to stand up in court.

Lower Columbia College will offer a new certificate program in Digital Forensics starting Winter Quarter 2013 for computer science students, working computing specialists, law enforcement, and security professionals who want to add this specialized training to their resumes.

Businesses, government and non-profit organizations, and law enforcement all need computing specialists trained to handle issues related to these digital activities as they apply to policy, ethics and law.

The four-quarter sequence of courses is designed for individuals with some computer network training or security work experience.

The 18-credit certificate can be used to complete an Associate in Applied Science degree in Information Technology Systems or as a stand-alone certification for those with previous computer network skills.

Students will learn how to:
  • Apply digital legal requirements related to the handling of evidence in an investigation.
  • Demonstrate proper handling of possible evidence related to investigations following identified digital forensic procedures.
  • Demonstrate skills in acquisition, recovery, analysis, and documentation of digital data from digital devices and systems.
Courses will be offered in online and in evening hybrid formats to accommodate the schedules of working professionals.

To determine if you qualify to begin the program this winter, based on work experience or college coursework, please contact the LCC Entry Center and ask for Computer Science Instructor David Rosi.

Instructor Bio

John Leech is a senior instructor at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. He is currently assigned to the Technical Operations Division/Digital Forensics Branch, where he is the program coordinator for the Mac Forensic Training Program (MFTP) and the co-coordinator for the Mobile Device Investigations Program (MDIP). John was previously employed as a Computer Forensic Senior Professional with Computer Sciences Corporation. In that capacity, he was assigned as an instructor for the Department of Defense Cyber Investigations Training Academy (DCITA). At DCITA, John developed and delivered courses for federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies engaged in the investigation of high technology crime and intelligence gathering. He has also taught college courses in the areas of Information Technology and forensics.  

Mr. Leech is also a retired law enforcement officer. A veteran police officer with twenty years of service, John spent ten years, as a detective, investigating major crimes. During the course of his career, he acquired more than twenty commendations and letters of appreciation.

John is a Certified Technical Instructor (COMPTIA) who holds many forensic certifications from both government and industry. Mr. Leech also holds a Master's of Science degree in Forensic Studies (IT), a B.S. in Information Technology and an A.A.S. in Interactive Media.

John is a member of the International Society of Forensic Computer Examiners, the Northern Ohio Information Technology Roundtable, InfraGard, the High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA), and the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS).

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Business Student Defies Odds; Puts 2nd Chance on Fast Track

Following a serious logging accident on Valentine’s Day 2007, doctors told Jeremy Fralick’s parents to plan his funeral. Two weeks later, when he awoke from a coma, they told Jeremy he would never walk or talk again. Life, as he knew it, was over.

But Jeremy recovered from his injuries and wasted no time in taking full advantage of his second chance.

A desire to help others led him to become a volunteer firefighter and an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) with the Castle Rock Fire Department. He also completed an internship with the Longview Fire Department. In addition, he decided to earn a college degree.

Fortunately, the online Associate in Applied Science degree in Business Management at Lower Columbia College is a perfect fit for busy adults.
Online business degree student Jeremy Fralick talks with
Longview City Manager Bob Gregory
at the annual LCC Foundation Scholarship Social.

“It has been a blessing to be part of LCC and a part of the online courses due to my extremely busy schedule,” Fralick said.
 A top student, he received the Baker Lumber Scholarship to help complete his studies in just 18 months and is on track to graduate at the end of Fall quarter.

Students learn the same skills covered in traditional classroom sessions, including accounting, economics, human resources, marketing and other business-related topics. Many of the online courses are offered two or more quarters each year helping students enroll in the classes they need without waiting. Several are also available in an evening hybrid format that includes a once weekly classroom lesson with online work for the remaining assignments.

Business instructor Tim Allwine reports the lion’s share of his students prefer hybrid or online classes. According to his class evaluations, over 60% report working half-time or more and 95% have high speed Internet access at home.

Anyone who has used a Smartphone or made a purchase over the Internet has the computer skills to take his online business courses, Allwine says. “It’s that simple.”

The key to success with online classes is the student’s ability to be self-directed in completing work on time, he notes.To help, Allwine provides assignment deadlines throughout the quarter and makes them clear well in advance.