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Jason Hernandez

Eden Prairie Public Schools
Technology System Administrator, IT-Ready Technical Support Alum
Jason Hernandez is a Technology Systems Administrator for the Eden Prairie Public School
District. His current position involves defensive cybersecurity and computer/device
administration for 10,000+ users. Prior to Eden Prairie, Jason was employed as a Lead

Technician with Hopkins Schools and also has worked for Medtronic, where he was a member
of a small support team assisting Medical Device Sales Reps in the field. He currently holds four
CompTIA certifications: A+, Network+, Security+ and CySA. He also holds two macOS
certifications from JAMF.

Jason graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2014 with a degree in Vocal
Performance. He has performed with the Minnesota Opera Chorus since 2000 and has also
been active with a number of orchestras, performing groups and church music programs.
Jason attended and graduated from the Summer 2016 IT-Ready cohort in Edina, MN after he
was experiencing underemployment in the music field. He had a variety of elevated music
positions but was not receiving benefits from any of his freelance work. He also had a baby on
the way and needed to improve his long-term career prospects. Jason had prior IT exposure at
various jobs but not enough documented experience for an entry-level full-time IT position. He
credits his experience with IT-Ready, Creating IT Futures Foundations and CompTIA with
literally changing his life. He went from a $15/hour entry level position to a nearly $80k annual
salary with benefits in three years by leveraging certifications, networking, mentorship and
interviewing skills into career advancement.

Jason currently lives in Chanhassen, Minnesota. He and his wife Libby are both active music
ministers at their local Lutheran church. They have one 2 year-old son and twin babies due in

My Speakers Sessions

Monday, October 14

11:30am CDT