Prof. Beck is founder of the Logistics Management Program at Norco College, and is responsible for development and implementation of Logistics Management courses. He has over 20 years of successful logistics management experience, including materials management, logistics analysis and administrative support, logistics customer field and call center support, warehouse management system implementation, reverse logistics, warehouse management, and quality system implementation and management.
A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point (one of our nation's best undergraduate engineering colleges), Prof. Beck has a Master of Business Administration degree from the California State University at San Bernardino. He is a member of the Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC), the Distribution Management Association (DMA) of Southern California, and the International Supply Chain Education Alliance (ISCEA).
Prof. Beck has been recognized by the nation's largest professional societies in the logistics industry. Such recognition includes being Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) by the American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS), and a lifetime Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) award by the Institute for Supply Management (ISM). Prof. Beck was also among the first individuals to earn ISM's Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) designation.
International recognition includes being awarded the Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP) designation by the Purchasing Management Association of Canada (PMAC), and being accepted as a fully qualified Member of the Chartered Institute for Purchasing and Supply (MCIPS).
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Computer Information Systems
Cathy earned a Masters of Business Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She worked for 5 years with General Dynamics where she trained executives and employees on e-mail and personal computer programs.
She has been with Norco/RCC for 30 years and spent one year teaching at Long Beach City College in the area of Computer Information Systems. She teaches computer applications and graphic arts.
“I am a learner because I like the challenge it brings. I am a doer because I can’t sit by and watch. I am a teacher by the grace of God. I love this role and want to encourage my students to become lifelong learners, doers and teachers.”
“I love to teach. My goal is to prepare my students to be successful in their future. They need to be lifelong learners and I try to incorporate things in my class that enable them to do this.”
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Early Childhood Education
PhD in Special Education
Masters degree in Early Childhood Special Education
Bachelors degree in Social Anthropology
Sarah worked as an early intervention specialist, with children ages 0 to 3 years with disabilities. She has been with Norco/RCCD since 2000 and worked part-time for 4 years and been full-time for the past 10 years.
Sarah has 1 horse, 3 dog, 4 cats, a fish, a partner called Mark and a step-daughter called Sage.
“I will force you to experience disequilibrium, but don’t worry. I’ll give you the tools to assimilate and accommodate it all back to its’ correct place.”
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Computer Information Systems
John Coverdale is an Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems at Norco College, with over 15 years of experience teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level. His teaching background includes technical programming, graphic arts, web design, and computer networking. He has worked as an employee or a consultant for businesses throughout Southern California in fields of law, advertising, entertainment, printing, and manufacturing. He has a Masters Degree in Applied Computer Science and a Bachelors Degree in Political Science.
John maintains a faculty web page at http://academic.norcocollege.edu/coverdale/ and a personal web site at johncoverdale.com
James Finley is the Studio Director and CEO of Broken Circle Studios, former Academic Director of Game Programming at the Art Institute of Santa Monica, and Associate Professor of Multimedia at Norco College. He is an entrepreneur and owner of four businesses, three of which are related to interactive multimedia. With a passion for education and games development, he possesses over 12 years of experience as both an educator of interactive multimedia and a developer of simulation software. James has filled many positions in various game companies, including Chief Technology Officer, Lead Programmer, Lead Character Modeler, Associate Producer, and others. Specializing as a games programmer, he is “fluent” in more than 14 different programming languages. His pupils have gone on to work for many popular games development companies including THQ, Zynga, id, EA, Bioware, Bethesda, and Ubisoft. Possessing a Bachelor's degree in Computer Systems with a Minor in Information Management and a Master's degree in Software Engineering from Cal State Fullerton, he is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership and Change at USC.
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Glen Graham teaches many subjects while working in the Electronics Industry. He has earned degrees in Electronics Technology and Computer Systems. He has been awarded over a dozen certificates in Electronics, and has expertise in Nano-Technology and Photovoltaic Systems. He is president and CEO of NPD Corp., a developer of new products. He is an inventor and a U.S. patent-holder. He has performed engineering for major corporations in the food industry and in defense. At Cal Poly, Pomona, he joined Phi Kappa Phi and Tau Alpha Pi, Engineering Honor Societies. He is a California licensed electrical contractor. He holds a lifetime Radiotelephone license with a radar endorsement. He has taught technical math, electricity, electronics, programmable logic controllers, microcontrollers, automated systems, robotics, pneumatics, hydraulics, packaging mechanics and world-class manufacturing to corporate industry and for five community college districts. As an Engineering Specialist in aerospace, he designed and programmed mixed analog and digital electronic systems, interfacing with radar beacon transponders, flight systems and computer command, control and communication systems. He is a member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers and the IEEE.
Music Industry Studies
Brady Kerr is a Grammy nominated educator, a voting member of The Recording Academy, a certified Instructor in Pro Tools (the industry-standard recording software used in music production), and a full-time faculty of Music Industry Studies at Norco College. Kerr can be seen producing and engineering in the Norco College recording studio as well as teaching Pro Tools, Songwriting, and Performance Techniques for Studio Recording courses.
Norco Music, which includes the MIS program as well as traditional music courses, launched its own website (www.norcomusic.com) in April 2016 and will be releasing its sixth annual studio album, Collision Course, on April 28 of this year. Collision Course— which was produced in state-of-the-art facilities on the Norco College campus—boasts 36 original tracks with 34 students contributing as songwriters, session musicians and electronic music producers. Kerr has recording and producing credits for the five previous Norco Music releases: Compass Heart (2016), Out of the Darkness | Into the Light (2015), Alive (2014), Falling Awake (2013), and Take Me There (2012); all of which are available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and anywhere else you listen to music.
Kerr has been involved with music and theater for over 30 years, 17 of which have taken place at Norco College. He is a classically trained pianist and vocalist, and an award-winning composer. He spends most of his creative time as a recording engineer, graphic designer, and vocal coach. To stay up to date with all things Norco Music, visit norcomusic.com, “like” it on Facebook (facebook.com/norcomusic) and “follow” it on Instagram (@norcomusic).
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A teacher for more than 26 years, Kim received his Bachelor’s degree in performance and K-12 teaching certificate from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and his Master’s in Conducting and Vocal Pedagogy from the University of Nevada, Reno. He began teaching choir at a local middle school, and after two years was offered a position at the Las Vegas Academy of Performing Arts, a magnet high school dedicated to international studies and the performing arts. In his five years at the school, Kim taught piano, choir and commercial music, which encompassed recording techniques and computer audio technology. From there Kim moved on to the College of Sequoias in California, where he developed and launched their commercial music program, while also teaching traditional music at nearby Reedley College. Three years ago, he became an instructor at Norco and the rest is history. At Norco, Kim teaches Choir, Live Sound, Studio Recording Workshop, Music Fundamentals, Music Theory, Music Appreciation, Basic Musicianship, Applied Voice, and Applied Piano. In the summer, he co-teaches Studio Techniques as well as Piano and Music Appreciation. In the spring, he co-teaches Songwriting. Director of two disciplines, traditional music and commercial music, Kim oversees production of the school’s annual CD release, available at Norcomusic.com.
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Computer Information Systems
Judy began teaching full-time for RCCD in 1994 after working for 8 years developing naval battle simulations for a defense contractor. She has taught a variety of classes in Computer Information Systems, CIS, but her favorite classes are computer programming, and she considers herself to be the ambassador for gaming at Norco College.
Judy graduated with an M.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from USC in 1987. She continues to work to further enhance the Game Development programs at Norco College to keep them state-of-the-art. Look for more classes in the area of Game Design, Game Programming and Game Art in the next few years.
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I have had the privilege to work for the Riverside Community College District fulltime since August of 2000. Prior to that date I worked part-time for the District. I began teaching in the Fall Semester of 1994 in the area of Construction Technology at the Norco Campus. From 1994 to 2000 I had the opportunity to teach each semester (Fall and Spring) at least one class. Since that time I have taught all 13 courses in our Construction Technology Certificate/Degree program, in addition to 5 other courses designed for the AGC (Associated General Contractors) program. The students in the Construction Technology Program have been a joy to teach. They are focused and eager to learn and as a result do well academically and professionally.
Doctor of Public Administration, University of La Verne
Master of Public Administration, California State University San Bernardino
Bachelor of Arts in Construction & Technology, Prescott College
Associate of Science in Industrial Electricity, Chaffey College
Associate of Arts in Inspection Technology, San Bernardino Valley College
Completion of Carpenter’s Apprenticeship, Rio Hondo College
Associate of Arts in General Education, Chaffey College
Paul is the professor for Manufacturing Technology courses at Norco College, including the Industrial Automation program that is currently in development. He is interested in robotics, blacksmithing, martial arts, emergency planning and communications and metalworking and woodworking using Computer Aided Machining. Currently, he is studying Radio Frequency Identification for use in the new Supply Chain Technology program.
“The classes that I teach provide students with many opportunities for working with their hands and we create an engine during the class.”
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Business Administration: Real Estate
Patty Worsham is a full-time, tenured, Associate Professor and department co-chair of Business Administration for Norco College; part of the Riverside Community College District. Her teaching career began in 1997 as an adjunct professor at Cal Poly Pomona in the Management and Human Resources Department of the College of Business.
Prior to teaching at Cal Poly she co-founded and co-owned a parachute manufacturing company- Paranetics Technology, Inc. that specializes in the design and manufacturing of non-personnel parachutes for the Department of Defense. For ten years she served as the Vice President of Finance and Administration. During this same time she also owned and operated an income tax practice (Bellom & O'Brien). She sold her ownership in both businesses back in the early 2000’s.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, a Master of Business Administration degree from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and has completed work toward her doctoral degree at the Claremont Graduate University, Drucker School of Management.
She is committed to helping adults achieve their educational goals and serves as the advisor to the Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) team at Norco College.
Patty served as a San Bernardino County Commissioner on the Commission on the Status of Women from 2008 - 2010. She believes that everyone is entitled to a quality education and wants children to grow up having achieved life learning and sustainable skills.
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Dr. Gail A. Zwart has been with Riverside Community College District for approximately 31 years, the last 13 years serving Norco as a Business Administration professor. She completed her undergraduate work at Cal Poly, Pomona. She holds two masters – a Masters in Public Administration from Cal State San Bernardino and a Masters in Business Administration from Baker College. In addition Dr. Zwart has a Doctorate in Public Administration from the School of Organizational Leadership at La Verne University. Her dissertation was on the relationship of Leadership and Spirituality in private, public, and non-profit organizations.
Previously Dr. Zwart was the Dean of Economic Development at Riverside Community College District until September 2003. During her tenure as Dean she managed six programs for the District, which worked primarily with business and industry, along with Performance Riverside – the Districts professional theater. Her areas were entrepreneurial in nature and much of her time was spent out in businesses and industry throughout the District setting up training programs, consulting, and developing partnerships. In addition to those functions she also wrote grants, developed pilot programs, and managed a staff of 23 full time and numerous part time employees. Prior to her position as Dean of Economic Development she was the Director of Community Education and the Director of Community Education and Contract Training. As a faculty member she served as the Department Chair for four years and was the Chair of the Strategic Planning committee and the Governance Committee. Dr. Zwart also developed the Human Resources Certificate for Norco College.
Dr. Zwart has served on community boards such as the Executive Board for the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce and the City of Riverside Parks and Recreation Commission. She believes that giving back to your community is a responsibility everyone should take seriously.
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