January 2018 Spotlight – Ernie Friend, Instructional Program Manager

The Administrative & Professional Collaborative (APC) is the representative voice for the Administrative & Professional employees of FSCJ. In an effort to build cohesiveness, awareness and collegiality, each month we put a “spotlight” on one of our members.

January’s Administrative and Professional Collaborative (APC) Spotlight shines on Ernie Friend. As the Instructional Program Manager for computer technology programs, Ernie provides Collegewide support for two bachelors and three associate degrees in information technology. Working with his staff and faculty, he has used virtualization technologies to web-enable some of the most advanced technical hands-on academic curriculum.

As a board member of the National Convergence Technology Center, Ernie contributes significantly, in collaboration with international business interests, to the national dialogue defining skill sets required for emerging information technology occupations.  He has led or participated in more than a dozen National Science Foundation and Department of Labor grants centered on creating new curriculum, faculty professional development and student engagement in high technology fields. He served on the U.S. Department of Commerce National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) committee designing new standards for Cybersecurity, and the College’s computer networking program, which he leads, and recently submitted an application to the National Security Agency (NSA) for designation as a Center of Academic Excellence.

Ernie has worked at FSCJ for more than 25 years and holds a master’s degree in Cybersecurity from the University of South Florida and a bachelor’s degree in Electronics Management from Southern Illinois University. His foundations in information technology leadership were earned through 10 years of service in the United States Navy, providing technical support and instruction on the latest military aircraft.

In his spare time, Ernie appreciates spending time with family and close friends. He enjoys helping others with projects and spending time outdoors, especially on the water.  He is working on checking off several bucket list items, including plans to live aboard a 34 foot catamaran sailboat.

Our spotlight shines on each campus/center at least once a year. Nominations for the spotlight may be directed to your campus representative or any officer. Learn more about APC on their website, blogs.fscj.edu/apcollaborative