Formal Diploma, Degree, and Certificate Programs

  • Liberty High School – Bedford, Virginia
    • Advanced Studies Diploma (3.10 GPA, 1250 SAT)
    • Some credits earned at Chantilly High School in Chantilly, Virginia
  • George Mason University, College of Arts and Sciences – Fairfax, Virginia
    • Bachelor of Science, Public Administration (3.25 GPA)
    • Information Technology concentration; elective focus on Electronic Journalism
  • Catholic Distance University – Charles Town, West Virginia
    • Basic Certificate in Catechetics

Other Education and Training

In addition to my formal degree, I continue learning because I like to learn. Some courses I have pursued on my own, some through my employers, and some through volunteer groups and associations. In addition, I have read a number of notable nonfiction books related to important subjects.

Selected Courses and Study (By Subject)

Below is a selection of courses, lectures, and studies I have completed. It includes studies for my high school diploma, university degree, certifications, employment, volunteer services, and independent study.

English, Language, and Communication

  • Chantilly High School
    • Debate
    • English 9
    • German I
  • Liberty High School
    • English 10 (Advanced Studies)
    • English 11 (Advanced Studies)
    • English 12 (Advanced Studies)
    • German II
    • German III
    • German IV
    • Journalism I
  • George Mason University
    • COMM 100: Introduction to Oral Communication
    • COMM 203: Introduction to Journalism
    • COMM 303: Writing Across the Media
    • COMM 435: Computers and Communication
    • COMM 475: Journalism Law
    • ENGL 101: Composition
    • ENGL 201: The American Experience
    • ENGL 202: Texts and Contexts
    • ENGL 302: Advanced Composition, Social Science
  • Mango Languages
    • Mandarin Chinese – Unit 1: Building the Basics
  • Books, Documentaries, and Independent Study
    • Garner, Bryan, JD – Garner’s Modern English Usage (in progress)
    • Hacker, Diana – A Writer’s Reference
    • Kennedy, X.J.; Dana Giola (ed.) – Literature
    • King, Stephen – On Writing
    • Strunk, William Jr., PhD; E.B. White – The Elements of Style
    • Turabian, Kate – A Manual for Writers

Government, Law, and Political Science

  • Liberty High School
    • Practical Law
    • Virginia and U.S. Government
  • George Mason University
    • GOVT 101: Democratic Theory and Practice
    • GOVT 103: Introduction to American Government
    • GOVT 132: Introduction to International Politics
    • GOVT 204: American State and Local Governments
    • GOVT 300: Political Analysis
    • GOVT 301: Public Law and the Judicial Process
    • GOVT 324: Modern Western Political Theory
    • GOVT 332: Government and Policy in the Middle East and North Africa
    • GOVT 351: Administration in the Political System
    • GOVT 355: Public Personnel Administration
    • GOVT 356: Public Budgeting and Finance
    • GOVT 359: Computers in Public Management
    • GOVT 364: Public Policy Making
    • GOVT 490: Public Policy Cycles, Public Health
  • Institute of Catholic Culture
    • Madan, Rafael, JD – Principles of Liberty: A Study of the Magna Carta
  • Books, Documentaries, and Independent Study
    • Borden, Morten (ed.) – The Anti-Federalist Papers
    • Cahn, Steven (ed.) – Classics of Modern Political Theory
    • Goldwater, Barry – Conscience of a Conservative
    • Hamilton, Alexander; James Madison; John Jay – The Federalist Papers
    • Hume, David
      • Of Parties in General
      • Of the Original Contract
      • Of the Origin of Government
    • Kant, Immanuel – Perpetual Peace
    • Locke, John – Second Treatise of Government
    • Machiavelli, Niccolo – The Prince
    • Marx, Karl; Friedrich Engels
      • Manifesto of the Communist Party
      • Socialism: Utopian and Scientific
    • Mill, John Stuart – On Liberty
    • Paine, Thomas – Common Sense
    • Rousseau, Jean-Jacques
      • Discourse on the Origin of Inequality
      • Of the Social Contract
    • Siegel, Paul, PhD – Communication Law in America
    • Skousen, W. Cleon; Paul B. Skousen
      • The Naked Communist
      • The Naked Capitalist
      • The Naked Socialist
    • Somin, Ilya, JD – Democracy and Political Ignorance
    • Tocqueville, Alexis de – Democracy in America

History

  • Chantilly High School – World Studies
  • Liberty High School – Virginia and U.S. History (Advanced Studies)
  • George Mason University
    • HIST 121: Formation of the American Republic
    • HIST 130: The Modern Global System
    • HIST 389: Virginia Founding Fathers
  • Institute of Catholic Culture
    • Check, Christopher
      • Christopher Columbus: Hero or Villain
      • The True Story of the Inquisition
    • Fisher, Fr. Andrew
      • The Great Plague: How Black Death Changed the Face of Christendom
      • Saving Civilization: The Story of St. Benedict of Nursia
    • Madan, Rafael, JD – Reagan, Thatcher, and the Pope: The Fall of the Soviet Union
    • McGuire, Brendan, PhD
      • Fall of Constantinople and the Rise of the Ottoman Turks
      • The Fertile Crescent: Cradle of Civilization and Crossroads of War
      • While Rome Was Burning: The Corruption of Nero and the Persecution of Christians
  • Books, Documentaries, and Independent Study
    • Burns, Ken
      • The Civil War
      • The Dust Bowl
      • Prohibition
      • The Vietnam War
      • The War
    • CuriosityStream – Fighting for Lincoln: The Wide Awakes
    • Chambers, Whittaker – Witness
    • Evans, Sir Richard
      • The Coming of the Third Reich
      • The Third Reich in Power
      • The Third Reich at War
    • Hitler, Adolf – Mein Kamph (My Struggle) (trans. by Ralph Manheim)
    • Kennedy, Robert F. – Thirteen Days
    • Morris, Edmund
      • The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt
      • Theodore Rex
      • Colonel Roosevelt
    • National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (9/11 Commission) – Final Report
    • Thomas, Evan – Being Nixon: A Man Divided

Information Technology, Computer Science, and Software

  • Liberty High School
    • Computer III (Pascal Programming)
    • Computer IV (C and C++ Programming)
    • Computer V & VI (Internship Program)
  • George Mason University – IT 103: Introduction to Computing
  • Internal training provided by employers
    • Hackathon: Node.js, NPM, and Vue.js
    • Introduction to DevOps
    • Introduction to Python
    • What Does Good Code Look Like?
  • Adobe Systems – Introduction to Analytics, Target, and CMS
  • Khan Academy
    • Algorithms (with Dartmouth College)
    • Journey Into Cryptography
    • Journey Into Information Theory
  • Lynda.com
    • Android App Development
    • Angular Essential Training
    • Insights on Software Quality Engineering
    • Java Essential Training
    • Learning Series (Docker, Python)
    • Object-Oriented Programming with PHP
    • Up and Running Series (C, C++, C#, Java)
  • Marakana, Inc.
    • Overview of HTML5
    • Web Development With jQuery
  • Pluralsight
    • Ethical Hacking: Session Hijacking
    • Play by Play: OWASP Top 10 2017
    • Web Security and the OWASP Top 10
  • Veracode – OWASP 2017 Security Labs
  • Books, Documentaries, and Independent Study
    • Arduino Projects Book
    • Crockford, Douglas – JavaScript: The Good Parts

Management, Academics, and Process

  • George Mason University
    • MIS 301: Introduction to Business Information Systems
    • UNIV 100: Academic Skills
  • Internal training provided by employers
    • Agile and the Scrum Framework
    • CMMI: Capability Maturity Model Integration (Levels 1-3)
    • European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
    • ISO 9001-2000 Quality Management
    • PCI Compliance Training
  • Learning Tree International – Management Skills 290
  • Lynda.com
    • Scrum: The Basics
    • Scrum: Advanced
    • Transitioning from Waterfall to Agile Project Management
  • Books, Documentaries, and Independent Study
    • Allen, David – Getting Things Done
    • Brooks, Frederick, Jr., PhD – The Mythical Man Month
    • Jennings, C. Alan – Robert’s Rules For Dummies
    • Trump, Donald; Tony Schwartz – Trump: The Art of the Deal

Math and Science

  • Chantilly High School
    • Algebra I
    • Biology I
  • Liberty High School
    • Algebra II
    • Algebra III
    • Chemistry I
    • Geometry
    • Physics I
  • George Mason University
    • ACCT 203: Survey of Accounting
    • MATH 106: Concepts of Mathematics
    • STAT 250: Introduction to Statistics
  • Comet MetEd (University Corporation for Atmospheric Research)
    • Role of the SKYWARN Spotter
    • SKYWARN Spotter Convective Basics
  • Doctors for Disaster Preparedness
    • Frank, Patrick, PhD – No Certain Doom: On the Accuracy of Projected Global Average Surface Air Temperatures
  • Institute of Catholic Culture
    • Behe, Michael, PhD – Darwin’s Black Box: The Case for Creation
  • Khan Academy – Cosmology and Astronomy
  • Magis Center
    • Spencer, Fr. Robert, SJ, PhD – From Nothing to Cosmos: God and Science
  • U.S. National Weather Service (Baltimore/Washington Forecast Office)
    • Introduction to SKYWARN and Storm Spotting
  • Books, Documentaries, and Independent Study
    • American Radio Relay League
      • Ham Radio License Manual
      • General Class License Manual
    • Calle, Carlos I., PhD – Einstein for Dummies
    • Collins, Francis S., PhD – The Language of God
    • Hawking, Stephen, PhD
      • A Brief History of Time
      • The Grand Design (with Leonard Mlodinow)
    • Krauss, Lawrence, PhD – A Universe from Nothing
    • Montford, Andrew – The Hockey Stick Illusion
    • Romanchik, Dan
      • Technician Class License Study Guide
      • General Class License Study Guide
    • Schroeder, Gerald L., PhD – The Science of God
    • Silver, H. Ward – Ham Radio for Dummies
    • Silver, Nate – The Signal and the Noise
    • Smolin, Lee, PhD – Time Reborn

Medical, Public Health, and Disaster Preparedness

  • Chantilly High School – Health and Physical Education 9
  • Liberty High School – Health and Physical Education 10
  • First Aid, CPR and AED Certifications
    • 2015-2017 – Health & Safety Institute
    • 2017-2019 – American Red Cross
    • 2019-2021 – American Red Cross
  • American Radio Relay League
    • Annual Hurricane Season Webinars (2015, 2016, 2017)
    • Family Emergency Communications Plan Training (with FEMA)
  • FEMA Emergency Management Institute
    • IS 100b: Introduction to the Incident Command System
    • IS 360: Preparing for Mass Casualty Incidents
    • IS 700a: Introduction to the National Incident Management System
    • IS 800b: Introduction to the National Response Framework
  • Loudoun County Medical Reserve Corps – Introduction to Mental Health Disasters
  • Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center
    • Liability and Immunity in Public Health Emergencies
  • South Central Public Health Training Center – Ethics and Public Health
  • UNC School of Public Health
    • Basics of Public Health Preparedness
    • Chemical Weapons Detection Basics
    • Crisis Leadership
    • MRC Training Modules
      • Introduction to Epidemiology
      • Outbreak Investigations
      • Interviewing Techniques
    • Preparing for a Hurricane
    • Radiation Safety: Bioeffects, Protection and Standards, and Radiation Detection
    • Recognition and Management of Bioterrorist Agents
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control – Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication
  • Virginia Department of Health
    • COVID-19 MRC Mass Vaccination Overview
    • ICS in a Nutshell
    • MRC Train 101 for Volunteers
    • Overview of Mass Influenza Vaccine Operations
    • Public Health Recovery from Disasters
  • Books, Documentaries, and Independent Study
    • Ripley, Amanda – The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes, and Why
    • U.S. Department of Homeland Security – Geomagnetic Storms

Music, Arts, and Horology

  • eMedia Music
    • Guitar Method
      • About the Guitar
      • Simple Chords and Strumming
      • More Chords and Adding Accents
      • Slash Chords and Chord Progressions (in progress)
    • Piano and Keyboard Method
      • Playing on Black Keys – Rhythm
      • Playing on White Keys – Notes
      • Tempo, Dynamics, and Sight-Reading (in progress)
  • Khan Academy
    • Music Basics: Notes and Rhythm
  • Lynda.com
    • Essential Training Series (InDesign, Lightroom, Photoshop, Melodyne Studio)
    • Music Theory for Songwriters: The Fundamentals
    • Up and Running Series (SONAR)
  • Books, Documentaries, and Independent Study
    • Kelly, Harold – Watch Repair for Beginners

Personal Safety and Defense

  • Liberty High School – Driver’s Education (Classroom)
  • Bedford County Public Schools – Driver’s Education (Behind-the-Wheel)
  • Apex Cycle Education – Basic [Motorcycle] Rider Course
  • Blue Ridge Arsenal – Introduction to Handguns
  • BoatUS Foundation – NASBLA Boating Safety for Virginia
  • FEMA Emergency Management Institute
    • IS 907: Active Shooter: What You Can Do
    • IS 914: Surveillance Awareness: What You Can Do
  • Hunter Ed Course – Virginia Hunter Safety Course
  • National Rifle Association – Basic Pistol Course
  • VIRTUS – Protecting God’s Children (for Adults)
  • Books, Documentaries, and Independent Study
    • Davies, Barry – The SAS Self-Defense Handbook
    • Liebsch, Bill; Janet Liebsch – It’s a Disaster . . . and What are You Gonna Do About It?
    • U.S. Office of Strategic Services – Simple Sabotage Field Manual

Religion – Christianity

  • Catholic Distance University
    • RELED N001 – Basic Catechetics for Discipleship, Part 1
    • SCRPT N004 – Introduction to Scripture and the Gospel Message
    • THEO N005 – The Profession of Faith
    • THEO N006 – The Celebration of the Christian Mystery
    • THEO N007 – Life in Christ
    • THEO N008 – Christian Prayer
  • Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire)
    • Catholics, Media Mobs, and the Culture of Contempt (L.A. Religious Education Congress)
    • Lessons from Ancient Heroes and Powerful Prophets
    • Stay With Us: Evangelizing the Disaffiliated (University Series, Ventura)
  • Catholic Diocese of Arlington
    • Johnson, Soren; John Knutsen – Evangelization ‘Boot Camp’
    • Pignato, Fr. David, STD – Religious Liberty . . . For How Long?
    • Sands, Fr. Henry; Dcn. Al Turner Jr.; Maria Hamm – Race Relations: Educating for Diversity
    • Wilcox, W. Bradford, PhD – Why Marriage (Still) Matters
  • Catholic Diocese of Arlington, Parish Ecumenical and Interreligious Representatives (PEIR)
    • Conversation With Reverend Tom Prinz, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
  • Coming Home Network
    • Howell, Kenneth, PhD – The Issue of Authority in Early Christianity
    • Pitre, Brant, PhD – The Jewish Roots of the Papacy
    • Thigpen, Paul, PhD – How the Pentecostal Movement has Brought Millions Closer to the Catholic Church
  • Institute of Catholic Culture
    • Anderson, Ryan, PhD – The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom
    • Barr, Stephen, PhD – Science and Faith: The Myth of Conflict
    • Bergman, Fr. Eric – Roots of Immorality: The Aftermath of the 1930 Lambeth Conference
    • Campbell, David, DMin – My Lord and My God: Evidence for the Resurrection of Christ
    • Carnazzo, Fr. Hezekias
      • Encountering Christ: Discussion on the New Evangelization
      • Flesh of My Flesh: The Marriage Covenant in Sacred Scripture
    • Carnazzo, Fr. Sebastian, PhD
      • Blood and Water: Understanding the Sacraments of Initiation
      • Pillar of Salt: The Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah
    • Check, Christopher
      • Galileo on Trial: Why the Church was Right
      • Jolly St. Nick? Reclaiming Christmas for Christ
      • Marvel of Wisdom: The Life of Saint Catherine of Siena
    • Cuddeback, John, PhD
      • Living Liturgy: The Cycles of Nature and the Liturgical Calendar
      • Piercing the Darkness: An Introduction to Aquinas’ Summa Theologica
      • Walking With God: Ethics in the Catholic Tradition
    • Howell, Kenneth, PhD – The Road to Nicaea: The Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council
    • Jenislawski, Eric, PhD – Weeds of Heresy and the Early Councils of the Church
    • Marshner, William, STD – Limits of Power: Popes, Councils, Synods, and the Infallibility of the Catholic Church
    • O’Donnell, Timothy, STD
      • All Is Vanity: The Theology of Ecclesiastes
      • Not One Stone: The Story of the Fall of Jerusalem
    • Pope, Msgr. Charles – Born Without Sin: A Study of the Immaculate Conception
    • Reilly, Robert
      • False Dichotomy: Religious Belief and Public Morality
      • Men Have Forgotten God: Cause of the Collapse of Modern Civilization
    • Saunders, Fr. William, PhD – Saint Augustine’s Just War Theory: Then and Now
    • Scalia, Fr. Paul
      • The Errors of Modernism: Pascendi Dominici Gregis
      • Whoever Loses His Life for My Sake: The Story of St. Maximilian Kolbe
    • Schenck, Fr. Paul – Slaughter of the Innocents: Yesterday and Today
  • Saint Veronica Catholic Church
    • Introduction to Liturgical Latin
    • Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) Preparation Series
  • Sheen, Venerable Fulton – Life is Worth Living (public lecture series)
  • Books, Documentaries, and Independent Study
    • Amorth, Fr. Gabriele – An Exorcist Explains the Demonic
    • Aquilina, Mike (ed.) – The Fathers of the Church
    • Aquinas, Saint Thomas
      • On Prayer and the Contemplative Life
      • Summa Theologica (trans. by Fathers of the English Dominican Province)
        • Part 1: Theology
        • Part 2: Ethics (in progress)
    • Pope Benedict XVI – Jesus of Nazareth (Trilogy)
    • Butler, Fr. Alban – The Lives of the Saints
    • The Catholic Church
      • The Catechism of the Catholic Church
      • The Catechism of the Council of Trent
      • The Didache
      • Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life) (Pope Saint John Paul II)
      • Humanae Vitae (Of Human Life) (Pope Paul VI)
      • Laudato Si’ (Praise Be To You) (Pope Francis)
      • Lumen Fidei (The Light of Faith) (Pope Francis)
      • Ut Unum Sint (That They May Be One) (Pope Saint John Paul II)
    • Escriva, Saint Josemaria – The Way
    • Hahn, Scott, PhD
      • The Fourth Cup
      • Reasons to Believe
      • Rome Sweet Home (with Kimberly Hahn)
    • The Holy Bible (English translations)
      • Contemporary English Version (1995)
      • New American Bible (2nd Edition, 1987)
      • New International Version (1984)
      • Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition (2nd Edition, 2006)
    • Kreeft, Peter, PhD – Practical Theology
    • Lewis, C.S. – Mere Christianity
    • Luther, Martin – The Works of Martin Luther (trans. by C.M. Jacobs, et al.)
    • Sheen, Venerable Fulton
      • The Life of Christ
      • The World’s First Love
    • Saint Teresa of Avila – The Way of Perfection
    • Saint Therese of Lisieux – The Story of a Soul
    • Trese, Fr. Leo – The Faith Explained
    • U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
      • The Baltimore Catechism (1891 Edition)
      • Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship
      • U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults
    • Walsh, Milton (ed.) – Witness of the Saints
    • Word On Fire (Bishop Robert Barron) – Catholicism

Religion – General and Non-Christian

  • George Mason University – RELI 100: Human Religious Experience
  • Catholic Diocese of Arlington, Parish Ecumenical and Interreligious Representatives (PEIR)
    • Beth El Hebrew Congregation – Jewish Dialog, Prayer Service, and Synagogue Tour
    • Buddhist Association of America – Buddhist Dialog, Traditional Meal, and Pagoda Tour
    • Durga Temple of Virginia – Hindu Dialog, Traditional Meal, and Temple Tour
    • Institute of Islamic and Turkish Studies – Muslim Dialog, Mosque Tour, and Iftar Dinner (2014, 2015, 2018)
    • Islamic Center of Northern Virginia – Conversation With Imam Ali Siddiqui
  • Catholic Distance University
    • Brown, Peter, PhD; Matthew Bunson, DMin; Marie Nuar, STD – Islam and the Catholic Church: A Conversation
  • Institute of Catholic Culture
    • Marshner, William, STD – Islam: Its History and Theology
    • Reilly, Robert – Jews, Muslims and Christians: Praying to the Same God of Abraham?
  • Books, Documentaries, and Independent Study
    • Abram, Simon (trans.) – Sahih al-Bukhari (Sunni Hadith Book 1) (in progress)
    • Aslan, Reza – No God but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam
    • Beal, Samuel (trans.) – Buddhacarita
    • Cohen, Abraham – Everyman’s Talmud
    • Darmesteter, James (trans.) – The Zend-Avesta
    • Dawkins, Richard, PhD – The God Delusion
    • Flew, Anthony; Roy Abraham Varghese – There Is a God
    • Hitchens, Christopher – God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything
    • Müller, Max (trans.)
      • The Dhammapada
      • The Upanishads
    • Olcott, Henry Steel – The Buddhist Catechism
    • The Qur’an
      • Trans. by Abdullah Yusuf Ali (15th Edition, 2005)
      • Trans. by N. J. Dawood (6th Edition, 2006)
    • Swinburne, Richard, PhD – The Existence of God
    • This is the Promise of Allah (the Islamic State manifesto)
    • Tsu, Lao – Tao Te Ching (trans. by Gia-fu Feng, Jane English, and Toinette Lippe)
    • Wilson, Epiphanius (ed.) – Sacred Books of the East

Social Science, Economics, and Philosophy

  • Liberty High School
    • Psychology
    • Sociology
  • George Mason University
    • ANTH 114: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
    • ECON 103: Microeconomic Principles
    • ECON 104: Macroeconomic Principles
    • ECON 310: Money and Banking
    • PHIL 173: Logic and Critical Thinking
    • PSYC 100: Psychology Basic Concepts
    • SOCI 101: Introductory Sociology
    • SOCI 301: Criminology
  • Boston University (Pardee Distinguished Lecture)
    • Dyson, Freeman – Heretical Thoughts About Science and Society
  • Institute of Catholic Culture
    • Cuddeback, John, PhD
      • Plato’s Republic and the Discovery of Virtue
      • Understanding Understanding: Objective Truth & Epistemological Relativism
      • What’s In A Name? The Errors of Nominalism
    • Oshatz, Molly, PhD – Philosophical Therapy: Returning to First Principles, A Medicine Against Modernity
    • Wunsch, Mark, PhD
      • Discovering Wisdom: Aristotle, Islam, and Scholastic Philosophy
      • Seeking Wisdom: Boethius and the Birth of Christian Philosophy
  • Jordan B. Peterson, PhD, Public Lecture Series
    • Maps of Meaning (University of Toronto, 2017) (in progress)
    • The Psychological Significance of the Biblical Stories
  • Khan Academy
    • Macroeconomics
    • Microeconomics
    • Wireless Philosophy (Wi-Phi)
  • Books, Documentaries, and Independent Study
    • Abbott, Edwin A. – Flatland
    • Freud, Sigmund, MD – Civilization and Its Discontents (trans. by James Strachey)
    • Friedman, Thomas L., MPhil
      • The Lexus and the Olive Tree
      • That Used To Be Us (with Michael Mendelbaum)
    • Friedman, Milton, PhD – Capitalism and Freedom
    • Girgis, Sherif; Ryan Anderson; Robert George – What Is Marriage?
    • Peterson, Jordan B., PhD – 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos
    • Mises, Ludwig von – The Theory of Money and Credit (trans. by J.E. Batson)
    • Mlodinow, Leonard – Subliminal
    • Nietzsche, Friedrich – Thus Spake Zarathustra (trans. by Thomas Common)
    • Rand, Ayn – Atlas Shrugged