Meet Our Instructors

First Year IT Instructors

Have 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.

Any Questions? Please e-mail me at:

Joe Lake

Phone: 616-802-3617

Professional Organizations

  • CISCO Networking Academy Instructor

Industry Experience/Background

  • Zeeland Public Schools - Computer Technician
  • Central Michigan University – Computer Technician
  • Design Craftsmen – Computer Technician/Help Desk
  • Holland Public Schools – Business/Technology Education Teacher


  • Central Michigan University
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Education
  • Masters in Learning, Design, and Technology

Jon Rilley

Phone: 616-802-3620

Industry Experience / Background

  • ADAC Plastics – IT Intern - 4 years
  • Iserv Internet – Service Technician – 7 years
  • West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science – Teacher and Technology Director – 8 years


  • Aquinas College Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information System
  • Aquinas College Master’s in Education

Michael Pepper

Phone: 616-802-3615