Meet Our Instructors

Mahjed Al-GhandourMajed Al-Ghandour has taught for NCSU/TTS for over 20 years. He has a PhD in Engineering from NC State University. His teaches Microsoft .NET and Open Source technologies, including HTML5, CSS3, Responsive Design, JavaScript, ASP.NET, SQL Server, C#, XML Web Services, Java, C++, PHP, MySQL, jQuery, Ajax, SharePoint, Drupal, WordPress, Python, R, SAS programming and Mobile App Development. Majed is a Professional Engineer and has earned his Microsoft MCP, MCSD and MCT, Novell CCNA, and SAS Certified. Majed earned his Certification of Accomplishment in Teaching from NC State University and Epic online Teaching Certificate. Majed also teaches Data Analytics for MBA Graduates using Data Warehouse, Cloud Computing and Security, Tableau, and SAS Visual Analytics.


William (Bill) BlackmonWilliam (Bill) Blackmon has taught AutoCAD courses for Technology Training Solutions for over 10 years. As a licensed architect in the state of North Carolina, he has been using Autodesk products in his field for more than 20 years. He has served as technical editor on multiple AutoCAD books, and has written dozens of custom AutoCAD applications. Bill patiently approaches teaching from the standpoint of an end-user with a strong emphasis on efficiency and real world application.


Martin BrossmanMartin Brossman is a leading authority on social media and online marketing. He is a business coach, author, consultant, and trainer known for his insight and grass roots marketing expertise. A member of the National Speakers Association (NSA) and the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD), Martin is a popular speaker on social media topics. He also teaches at North Carolina community college Small Business Centers and Chambers of Commerce venues throughout the state.


Laura ConeLaura Cone has taught for Technology Training Solutions for over 13 years, and has been a trainer and consultant to private and public sector clients for 17 years. She teaches all Microsoft Office products, as well as Microsoft Project and "a few others." Laura is a Microsoft Certified Application Specialist Instructor and a beta tester for MOS exams.


Charlie DickensCharlie Dickens is a Raleigh, NC native, a professional photographer and the owner of Charles Dickens Photography here in Raleigh. He has a background in engineering, over 20 years of photography experience in the areas of weddings, portraits, and commercial photography, and several years of experience teaching various levels of photography. Charlie is an active member of the Professional Photographers of America and the Professional Photographers of North Carolina.


Lorrie GuessLorrie Guess is a producer, designer, video editor, and educator. She received a Master of Art & Design degree in animation and new media from North Carolina State University, a Bachelor of Art degree in journalism and mass communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and studied multimedia documentary at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Lorrie has worked on local and national film and television productions, so she brings real-world experience to her courses in videography and software editing tools.


Greg HyerGreg Hyer is an expert in the areas of content marketing and social CRM, marketing automation, email marketing, and social media advertising. A self-described digital marketing and social selling coach, Greg has been helping others "up" their marketing and sales strategies for years. Greg attended both the Florida Institute of Technology and Northern Virginia Community College, and co-owns Linking into Sales - Social Selling Training and Podcast.


Rick KissiahRick Kissiah has 20+ years of information technology experience, and currently works for Lenovo as an Advisory Engineer in their Enterprise Business Group. He holds an MS in Technical Communication from NC State University and is completing his MS in Network Technology/Information Security from ECU. Rick has earned several industry certifications including A+, Network+, Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), Cisco Certified Design Associate (CCDA) and Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE).





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