Trainer
Jason Yates
SkillSoft Trainer

My interest in computing began with a love for computer games (such as the geometric thrills of BattleZone!) This evolved into a skill for “troubleshooting” as my PC would occasionally not run the games correctly. I had no idea then that I would someday be using autoexec.bat in my career!

After attending college (I studied literature!), I moved to Denver where I soon began putting together my passion for technology and my love for service as I trained workers to solve day-to-day business problems with applications. I also began to study networking and PC troubleshooting at greater depths. Soon I was teaching others how to design a secure and effective Active Directory solution.

In 2003 I moved back home to Oregon and the beautiful Willamette Valley. I began consulting local businesses and agencies in IT solutions while continuing my career as a Microsoft technical trainer. I worked for a local training company where I helped pioneer an innovative learning model for career-changers and taught a variety of Microsoft and CompTIA courses, specializing in Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista\7 deployment.

In 2010 I joined the Oregon Department of Transportation as the technical lead for a Windows 7\Office 2010 migration project. I implemented an automated deployment solution based on Hyper-V and the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, as well as consulted in a variety of other projects.

In August of 2011 I was given the opportunity to join the talented SkillSoft team. Now I’m making new friends and new labs and putting my experience and passion to work! I live in an old orchard house with my wife, in-laws, 3 kids, chickens, goats, rabbits and a couple of useless Chihuahuas – and I’m loving every minute of it! I look forward to seeing you in class!

Certifications
  • MCITP (Enterprise Support Technician \ Desktop Administrator)
  • MCITP (Server Administrator)
  • MCT
  • MCSA Server 2012
  • MCSE (NT 4.0 \ 2000 \ 2003)
  • MCDST (XP)
  • MCTS (Vista \ 7)
  • MCTS (Active Directory \ Network Infrastructure)
  • A+
  • CTT+
My Live Learning Classes
  • CompTIA Network+
  • Configuring Microsoft Windows 7
  • Configuring Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Network Infrastructure Services
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Administration
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Building a Virtualization Infrastructure with Hyper-V and SCVMM