JilMac's Home/Office"JilMac"  Jil MacMenamin – Bio
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Jil MacMenamin  or "JilMac" for short,  is an Independent Web Database Consultant.   JilMac works with clients’ Web Databases that include:  MySQL, PostgresSQL, PowerSchool–Student Information System, Sage/Peachtree-Accounting.  Interfacing with Merchant Accounts, e-Commerce, Third-Party Vendors, Google Sites/Applications, or whatever creates a whole system for a client.  Small network setup, hardware procurement, security, and software installation enable her to build systems from the ground up that allow clients to have the entire Web 2.0/3.0 experience.  She is frequently referred to as a “Jil of all Trades”.

She has extensive experience in Database Programming & System Development, Software testing, Data Warehouse Report Generation, and Corporate Training.  Developing documentation and procedures that is comprehensive for all levels of users, technical & management staff is a trademark.


JilMac’s On-Line Teaching includes On-Line Adjunct Faculty since 2003 and On-Ground since 1985 at the Community College of Vermont, an innovative State Collage.  Because CCV’s directive is to bring education to every Vermonter where they live or work.  CCV has been on the front line of technology to support their directive.  She has been an active faculty contracted to teach the teachers for some of those technologies.  JilMac is also an Adjunct Faculty at Greenfield, Mass Community College & the Marlboro Graduate School in Brattleboro, VT.

Her experience extends to teaching Vermont Adult Learning  & Career Centers, Graduate level Workshops and Technology Classes at private elementary, middle and high schools.  Developing & implementing strategies for embracing paperless office/education by teaching through doing.

For 30+ years, JilMac has taught computer classes, but now concentrates on:

Web Programming:  including but not limited to: PHP-Intermediate Web Programming, MySQL, JavaScript-Intro to Web Programming, Java, HTML/CMS/XML-Web Development, Digital Photography and Photoshop-Digital Image Manipulation.  All of JilMac’s Web Prog/Dev classes utilize Shared Web Hosting to have each student experience the Real Web –vs- Local Host only instruction.

Cloud Applications:  Google:  Docs, Sites, Calendar, Map and integration of Google applications & resources. Compare/Convert/Integrate traditional Microsoft applications and teach Collaboration skills.

Integration of Social(FaceBook), Professional(Linked-IN) and Communication (Twitter) applications.  Accounting packages & Shopping cart Applications.


JilMac has been an eTutor since 2006 in Math/Cal/Stats at CCV, who is a member of CTDLC – Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium, which utilizes the Adobe Connect PRO meeting platform.  She is under contract with the CTDLC as a Master Tutor – supporting New Tutor training, and system testing.  She is a founding member of the New England Adobe Users group  
http://neaug.org/member-directory/item/jilmac; Manager from 2008-2010 as well as a prominent user of the Adobe Connect Platform.  She has been approved by Google to start the Vermont Google Technology Users Group, and is looking for a Co-Chair to work with her
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All of these things help JilMac bring a fresh look at Corporate Support, On-Line learning and Technical Education.


Here Degrees include:

MSIE – Masters of Science in Internet Engineering - Grad Center of Marlboro College,VT            http://gradschool.marlboro.edu/academics/msie

BA, Mathematics & AS, Computer Programming - Vermont State College at Castleton.  Jil's Minor was Corporate Communications with a Concentration in Accounting http://www.csc.vsc.edu


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JilMac's first Computer - NCR499 - when she was the first  Work Study student at Granville High School.  It was 1972.
NCR499 - National Cash Register - a BookKeeping Machine was the 
First Computer JilMac worked on in 1973.  The Granville, NY first Work Study
student.  My mother was the principal's secretary - she was desperate to get
me out of school for a few hours per day to give her peace.

Programs were stored on Metal TAPE and later Paper TAPE
then Cassett Tape, Then Cards, then Floppys, and HardDrives


From the first day I was on the job - I was told that as soon as I had entered the information into this new computer that it would do the work, and I would be no longer needed.  So from the beginning I understood that unless I kept up and ahead of the machines - they would always take over my job.



In College we used "DEC printer Terminals" - Monitors had not yet been invented.  It was 1975.
You typed your program into the terminal - it printed each line.
You saved your program
and Ran it to see if it worked - or if you had errors.


We used these terminals to write programs in Fortran (Formula Translation) one of my favorite languages.  We also coded in COBAL & Pascal.  These three languages would become the building blocks (after Assembler - machine code) of Mainframe languages.

PC languages would come later, after Monitors were attached to Personal Computers - but the Terminals eventually got Monitors and they were called "Dumb Terminals" because they could not operate without the Mainframe being on-line.

My first college course was at CCV - a new Concept back in the 70's a Community College at the State of Vermont.  I got hooked on learning and started taking Computer Courses at Castleton State College, in Castleton, Vermont about 30 minutes from where I lived.  Some classes were taught in Rutland at CCV by the CSC professors back then) we used a new machine - you could go over PHONE LINES!  it was amazing !!

PT-210 Portable Data Terminal We were still PRE-monitors - everything you typed and all messages you got back - were printed on paper.
To go over the phone lines - you dialed the phone number and then pushed the phone into the 
ACUSTIC COUPLERS - it was so bleeding edge - I could hardly sleep!  

When the transmission wasn't working you would clean the phone - and make sure you were getting good contact, and that the phone was properly inserted into the acoustic couplers.  The PT-210 weighed 15 pounds and came in a briefcase-style case.



1985 - My First Portable PC was a suite case - Well it wasn't mine - they were still to expensive - it was Holstein's.
But I have it now - when they were getting rid of them - I took it - I couldn't part with it, and still can't.
To be able to easily take a computer with you, was heaven.

Compaq -They called it Portable - because you could LUG it - we all called them LUGable - and loved them!
It weighed in at just under 30 lbs. 
JilMac demonstrating Dairy Herd Management software in 1985 at World Dairy Expo in Wisconsin
The new TV series Hault and Catch Fire is about the creation of the first "Portable PC"  and  http://www.amctv.com/shows/halt-and-catch-fire

Here I am in 1985 demonstrating on-Farm software on the Compaq in Wisconsin ... yes I lugged it through Airports, it was so freeing to be able to BRING your computer with you!!
1995 - My First Web Site - http://homepages.sover.net/~jilmac/ which one of my Students and I created.  We designed 4 pages, and 4 .jpgs -  HTML was very new back then, there were no Shared Web Hosting (that came after Y2K= year 2000)



Community Colleges CCV(Vermont) & GCC (Greenfield, Mass.) (JilMac introduces herself to her students):

Hi, I'm Jil MacMenamin, you can call me JilMac. I am an instructor for several Community Colleges in Vermont and Massachusetts. I have been teaching computers and computer languages at CCV since 1985. I taught every semester from 1985 - 1997, during the big computer boom, pre-Y2K and for a few years after, I was working in the Deerfield-Amherst-Hadley-Holyoke, MA area. The long commute left little time for teaching.

JilMac's Masters in Internet Engineering


I received my Masters in Internet Engineering in the Fall of 2003 and starting teaching Web Programming languages for CCV in the Spring of 2004. When I not teaching, I am an Independent Web Database Consultant for area schools & businesses.

I am a product of Community Colleges. My first college course in 1975 was at CCV in Rutland, Vermont. Accounting I followed by Accounting II, after that I was hooked. I enrolled at Castleton State College, transferred my CCV credits and received by BA in Computer Programming in 1981 and my BA in Mathematics, Minor in Corporate Communications and Concentration in Accounting in 1984.

Classes at Community Colleges are an important part of my life, because I've been a student, a teacher, a spouse of a student, and a mother of students that have attended or are pursuing a degree from a Community College.  I have a long history of how important Community Colleges are in my life and my community.

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JilMac after her StoneWall class
Ok students - now you have read about me.
The next step is to start looking for Jobs or at least information about current jobs available.  Here are the sites you should be visiting.

http://LinkedIN.com - this is one of your assignments - to create a LinkedIN account.
                        A flaw in LinkedIN is that it puts everything chronologically - which is fine when you first set it up
                        but as the sight ages - as you add new clients - what you have been doing for 29 years like teaching
                        falls to the bottom.  

There are also many other techniques,  putting together a current resume' will help you organize what you want to add to your LinkedIN and other on-line presences.  You need to have your OWN site - if you want to have complete control.


Link to IRS W-9 to give to clients with Year-End Bill
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