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Technology Instructors - Continuing Education

Continuing Education Instructor Nicholas Knight

Nicholas Knight

Graphic Design

Nicholas Knight has more than 20 years of experience in graphic design and illustration, so he's a natural at teaching our Adobe Creative Suite courses.

Nicholas is extremely creative, and many aspects of his life feed his creativity: He is a painter and an illustrator, has a couple of dogs and a cat, and enjoys wine tasting, craft beers, traveling and playing pool with his girlfriend.

Nicholas' dream job is to be a Formula 1 race car driver! Keep an eye out for him on the highway, as he might be practicing his racing skills on the Kansas City roads. He grew up around cars and the Sports Car Club of America. Topping his bucket list is driving on "The Ring" race track in Germany.

Nicholas most enjoys teaching the Adobe Illustrator graphic design courses at JCCC. "Illustrator seems to 'click' for the students, and they seem to have the most fun with the class projects," he said, adding that "being an instructor is worth it to see the students' faces light up when they learn a new concept or tool in Adobe." Come get creative with Nicholas.

  • "Nicholas' courses allow us to gain a lot of hands-on experience practicing the skills we learned."
  • "Nicholas always brings his own industry experience and practical real-life applications to the Adobe courses."
  • "I enjoyed the fluidity and flexibility of the course. Nicholas was patient and open to answering any questions that students had."

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Graphic Design

Continuing Education Instructor Monica Rowe

Monica Rowe


Monica began her career in Information Technology 20 years ago right here at JCCC. Twelve of those 20 years have been focused on cybersecurity. Monica enjoys sharing her passion for cybersecurity and explaining complex topics to students in her courses. Monica is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Monica's dream profession is being a teacher, and JCCC is lucky to have her as one. Besides security, she has a passion for classic cars and dreams of the day she will own a '65 Impala SS. Maybe one day you'll see the car parked in the driveway of a beach house where she will live with her family and go deep sea fishing anytime she wants.

  • "Monica did a great job and I really like her excitement when sharing the knowledge of her profession."
  • "I enjoy teaching Introduction to Security, because I can start the 'story' of security from the very beginning. Security is like an onion - each layer is a little different than the others, but together they provide the protection necessary to keeps software, hardware and data safe."
  • "Monica kept my interest during the class, and gave me plenty of information in order to 'dive deeper' into certain subjects."

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Continuing Education Instructor Phyllis Mohr 

Phyllis Mohr

Introductory Computing and Microsoft Office

Since 2012, Phyllis Mohr has been a Continuing Education instructor.

Outside of teaching for JCCC, Phyllis enjoys spending time with her husband, daughters and especially her granddaughter. She is frequently found cheering her granddaughter on at various sports activities. If you look to the sky, you could see Phyllis waving at you from a hot air balloon or whizzing by you on a zip line as she checks these things off her bucket list. Recently, she marked paragliding off the list! Phyllis also works part time with the county's food pantries.

Phyllis has the most fun teaching Introduction to Computers. "I love when people walk into the class very nervous, but then leave the class feeling more confident. I have been teaching since Windows 95 was introduced, so I often relate how things have changed throughout the years".

Besides Introduction to Computers, Phyllis also enables others to learn Microsoft Office software such as Excel, Outlook and Word. She has experience guiding new users through unfamiliar applications and programs by teaching introductory computing courses such as Introduction to the iPad and Introduction to Microsoft Office, which covers areas of Excel, Word and PowerPoint. Phyllis is also an excellent tutor and offers 1:1 opportunities to expand your knowledge of your computer or the Microsoft applications.

  • "Phyllis is great. She provides extra insights into the course topics, and is able to relate to user questions and confusion."
  • "Phyllis' teaching style is friendly and mellow. I never get embarrassed to ask a question in her class, and she makes everything enjoyable!"
  • "Phyllis made everything applicable to our specific needs."

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Introductory Computing Microsoft Office

Continuing Education Instructor Chad McAtee

Chad McAtee

Digital Marketing, Graphic Design, Microsoft Office

Chad has been an instructor with both Continuing Education and degree-seeking programs at JCCC for 15 years.

If Chad could have any other job, he would be an actor. And if you've had him in class you'll see he's not too far from it. He routinely uses his classrooms as his own creative stage! Chad's teaching style is fun and informal, and students of all skills and backgrounds consistently enjoy being in his classes. One day you'll be able to buy a book Chad has written, once he crosses it off his bucket list; just ask him about it in class!

Chad is a consultant in the fields of Art Direction and Graphic Design, and primarily teaches Adobe courses in the Technology Training Department. Chad also teaches Microsoft Office and other courses included in our Digital Marketing Certificate, but he has the most fun teaching Adobe Photoshop.

  • "Chad is knowledgeable, patient, and personable. Our class was of varying ages and skill levels and he adjusts the pace and teaching to meet everyone's needs."
  • "It was easy to follow Chad, and he made sure that we all were at the same place before moving forward. He answered all questions."
  • "I like Chad's ability to cover the information in the book, but also give us helpful tips/hints and real life examples."

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Digital Marketing Graphic Design Microsoft Office