About & Contact~

Day Job 📈 📊 🏆

After a few short years in sales I’ve been a career computer trainer for New Horizons Learning Solutions the first and one of the largest New Horizons training franchises. As of June 2020, just shy of 27 years of employment, the training and operations portions of the company were spun off to Focal Point Learning.

I specialize in delivering training on two Microsoft products, SQL Server and Power BI (which is so fun to work with). About 70-80% of the time I deliver training virtually, often across four or more time zones, from my home studio in mid-Michigan, and prior to the coronavirus pandemic era I would travel near and far to customer locations for about 20-30% of the remaining work time. I like both.

I’m a long term Microsoft Certified Trainer (since 1997) and at last count, have had 99 exam seatings.


Work Recognition

Technical Instructor of the Month – January 2018
Technical Training Instructor of the Month – April 2014
Technical Training Employee of the Month – March 2013
New Horizons Employee of the Year 2007 – President’s Club
New Horizons Instructor of the Year 1999
New Horizons Instructor of the Year 1998
New Horizons Instructor of the Year 1996

Feedback from my students

  • “George is one, if not the BEST, instructor of IT content I’ve ever had – everything he provided was of the highest quality and craftsmanship – and his enthusiastic and supportive approach made my time in this course an A+ experience” – JL
  • “…I’d love for others to hear about my fantastic experience with you on my education journey” – LB-W
  • “You are so awesome! One of my co-workers also took a class with you and we both agree that you are the BEST that we have had…you are really good at what you do…” – CL
  • “George is extremely patient, passionate about the subject and technology”
  • “I thought you were amazing” – MC
  • “George, you blew my expectations away” – AM

Feedback from my bosses

  • “George is one of our top instructors and continuously ensures a positive experience for the students. He has an excellent class delivery and receives great comments and feedback.” – CK
  • “George has communication skills and habits that I wish all of my instructor team had. George communicates well in both urgent situations and proactive situations.” – RF

Education


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Résumé


On the personal side…

My wife of 29 years (as of May 2020) and I raised our three children that are now adults, college age or older. It went fast. We homeschooled all three through high school graduation.

I’m active in multiple IT communities; related to SQL Server, GLASS , related to WordPress, a local meetup , and I’m hoping to be involved in a local Power BI community but so far, only virtual .

During the long, cold, Michigan you may find me on the treadmill, watching a movie or reading. During the warmer months you’ll find me on my road bicycle having a ball, and almost every season I’ll ride over 1,000 miles.

I’m a long term member of RivChurch and have volunteered in a number of capacities over the years.

I’m often heard quoting movie lines but especially from Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure , any Star Wars movie, and the Lord of the Rings trilogy movies.

I speak some German, but I am not fluent. Eines Tages, vielleicht! I have a general fascination with language, geography and culture.

I play acoustic guitar but not great. I played the alto sax as a kid and played in the marching band.

I’m the oldest of five kids and we had five state-to-state moves before I was twelve. My siblings are literally spread out coast-to-coast, from Seattle to New York City.

My Dad was a private pilot and I flew with him since I was very young (check out my Aviation page) and have been fascinated with aircraft and all-things-aviation all of my life.

I am a Christian and following Jesus and reflecting Him in nature, attitude, and action is my life aim.


Contact

Work email: george dot squillace at focal point learn dot com

Personal email: gsquillacejr at wowway dot com