Joe Lake

Joe's FamilyHave you ever thought for a moment about how connected you are to the world and the people in it? If you need to know something, that answer is just a Google search away. Want a pizza? You can find a place and an online review in seconds.

What makes all this possible? The world’s largest network, the Internet. Computer networks and how they work fascinate me. I love building networks for people to help them with their businesses, their jobs, communication, and enjoyment.


My students are currently involved in:

 A+ Certification/IT Fundamentals Certification/Microsoft Technology Associate Certifications

  • Building computers
  • Building computer networks
  • Installing servers
  • Installing OS
  • Mobile Devices
  • Printing
  • Virtualization
  • Installing structured cabling
  • Network Permissions
  • Security
  • Troubleshooting networks
  • Project-based learning
  • Teamwork and problem solving
  • Project management

 Professional Credentials


  • Master of Business Administration – Western Michigan University
  • Bachelor of Business Administration – Western Michigan University
  • Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
  • Teacher Leadership Academy
  • Michigan Professional Teaching Certificate
  • Michigan Vocational Authorization      
  • Cisco Network Academy Instructor/Comptia Academy            

 Business/Industry Experience


  • Independent Contractor work designing, building, and troubleshooting networks for small business
  • Taught Microsoft Networking classes for M-TECH
  • Worked with WMU Accounting and Finance professors on research projects


I enjoy spending time with my family. My wife and I have 3 kids and a dog. We live in Rockford and like going to parks, concerts, and sporting events. I also like to play golf and will always be a fan of the Detroit Lions and the Michigan State Spartans. I gain personal satisfaction out of helping young people find and develop their talents.

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