Coehoorn named Microsoft MVP

York College IT director one of four recognized in Nebraska

Joel CoehoornYork College Director of Information Technology Joel Coehoorn was recently named a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for his service to the tech community in the past year. Microsoft has identified four MVPs in the state of Nebraska and more than 4,000 MVPs worldwide this year. This is the third time Coehoorn has been recognized with this award.

According to a press release from Microsoft, the award “recognizes exceptional technical community leaders from around the world who foster the free and objective exchange of knowledge by actively sharing their real world expertise with users and Microsoft.” The award is given for contributions over the previous year.

MVP status is difficult to obtain, as the recognition requires significant impact within the millions of users involved in the Microsoft global community. To be noticed and nominated in that large community is challenging, says Coehoorn, who says most often MVP winners are those that have written books on topics relating to Microsoft products or challenges.

Individuals are nominated by technical community members, current MVPs, and Microsoft personnel. A panel that includes MVP team members and product group teams evaluates each nominee's technical expertise and voluntary community contributions in the past year and considers the quality, quantity, and level of impact of the MVP nominee's contributions.

Coehoorn says he was recognized for devoting countless hours answering questions on user forums. His areas of specialty are ASP.NET and IIS—Microsoft products used for building websites.

Coehoorn enjoys helping others but he also benefits from his time in the forums, he says, as it is a great place for him to improve his skills and acquire free training.

The MVP distinction comes with a host of privileges, such as early access to new Microsoft products, a subscription to the Microsoft Developers Network (worth nearly $12,000) , and free training at the annual MVP summit in February in Redmond, Washington—as well as a trophy.

Coehoorn is a 2002 graduate of Harding University with a degree in computer science. He has served York College since January of 2010. In addition to the MVP distinction, he also holds A+ certification from Computing Technology Industry Association.

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