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Valorie King

Valorie King

University of Maryland University College

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Valorie's work combines: Technology, Business, and Helping People

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Day In The Life

Program Chair

I manage the Cybersecurity Management and Policy academic program.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

    Bladensburg Senior High

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Computer Science

    University of Maryland-College Park

  • Graduate Degree

    Information Technology Project Management

    University of Maryland-University College

  • Doctorate

    Information Technology Project Management

    Capella University

  • Graduate Degree

    Information Operations/Joint Information Operations

    University of Maryland-University College

  • Graduate Degree

    Health/Health Care Administration/Management

    Capella University

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be an Instructional Coordinators:

Bachelor's Degree: Computer/Computer Systems Technology/Technician

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Life & Career Milestones

I've taken a lot of twists and turns

  • 1.


  • 2.

    Software Engineer.

  • 3.

    Systems Engineer.

  • 4.

    Mom & CEO of NonProfit (I also homeschooled my children which helped prepare me for my current job).

  • 5.

    Management Consultant.

  • 6.

    Computer Scientist (Information Assurance).

  • 7.

    Government Executive (IT Policy Analysis).

  • 8.

    Faculty Member & Program Chair.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Why are you still working? You have kids.

  • How I responded:

    Eventually, I found a way to be a stay at home mother running a not-for-profit organization over the Internet. When my kids were closer to college age, I went back to work to earn money to pay for their tuition. Trying to restart my career was really, really hard as my technology skills were stale. This is where I struggled the most. Getting more education and asking for help from peers (working professionals in my field) were the key success behaviors required for my successful career restart.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • I faced many hurdles ($$, 1st gen college, homeless). But, the one that beat me for awhile was illness followed by depression. I had to learn to take care of myself and believe I was a person of dignity, value, and worth. Then came the BS, MS, & PhD.