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James Cook

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Digital Forensics Adjunct Faculty
Richland College

Jim Cook earned an associate degree in accounting from Houston Community College, graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications and earned a master’s degree in systems and network management with high honors, both from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. He has completed Cisco certified academy instructor (CCAI) training.

Mr. Cook began his teaching career in the U.S. Air Force, where he taught instrument flying for pilots of the T38 Talon supersonic jet trainer using the Link T38 flight simulator. After leaving the USAF, he divided his professional career between the AT&T Western Electric and Communications divisions.

While working with Western Electric, he installed and maintained AT&T’s version of the mainframe and minicomputer, the 3b20 and 3b5 Simplex computers, which ran as UNIX systems. He also installed and maintained AT&T’s virtual circuit-switched network solution based on Datakit technology. He also served as a software engineer and wrote several C programming language applications that were used to generate revenue streams from local telephone companies.

At AT&T Communications, Mr. Cook was responsible for providing technical support for the 15 southwestern region Toll 4-ESS switching offices and was involved in developing and installing the Dallas ISDN work center. During his career at AT&T Communications he received three district awards for Outstanding Performance Quality Achievement. Working in the company’s Statistical Quality Control Division for the western district, he served as an expert on statistical quality control and developed and taught seminars on methods and procedures used in AT&T divisions. During this time, the organization received the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award.