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Pete Cassidy

I was created to teach. I am the happiest person on the planet when I am in the classroom, and I see the smiles of my students, and the gleam in their eyes of a new subject mastered.

Pete Cassidy’s a celebrity, of sorts.

No, you may not know his face or his name. He will probably not be featured on a cover of the grocery store tabloids that you sift through while checking out.

However, if you have a magazine dedicated to Oracle and other computer programs, you might see his name.

Cassidy teaches all Oracle classes with the Collin College Continuing Education division.

Teaching has been Cassidy’s life for about 20 years since he was hired by the Oracle Corporation in 1988, where he developed and wrote Oracle courses, taught Oracle and was named “The most Helpful Instructor” by his peers and was the Number One Oracle USA Instructor in 1992-93.

Now, he’s at Collin College.

“I was created to teach,” Cassidy said. “I am the happiest person on the planet when I am in the classroom, and I see the smiles of my students, and the gleam in their eyes of a new subject mastered.”

From 1993-2004, Cassidy was the senior principal instructor of Oracle at Thinkspark and worked as an Oracle contractor through 2007, when he started at Collin College.

He’s written two books about Oracle and is considered to be one of the foremost Oracle experts in the world.

“I bring a wealth of real-world practical experience as a Cobol programmer, analyst, consultant, Oracle Developer and Oracle Database Administration, that spans back to 1978,” Cassidy said.

According to one former student of Cassidy’s, “I have colleagues that are too busy right now to attend the 10g OCA/OCP classes, but are interested in attending them at Collin College due to my bragging on Pete. A lot of instructors are not revenue generators. However, Pete definitely generates revenue by attracting working professionals who want to get their money's worth and who want a knowledge bank they can make withdrawals from.”