Professor Dennis Kibbe earns MIT blockchain certification

Mesa, Arizona – Feb. 14, 2019 -- Dennis Kibbe, Mesa Community College Computer Information Systems faculty, earned the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management Blockchain Technology Certificate this past January. The program draws on the work of leading MIT faculty and cryptoeconomics experts to examine blockchain technology from an economic perspective and highlight future application possibilities.

“Taking this MIT Sloan School of Management executive course was a great opportunity to deepen my knowledge of blockchain technology and to interact with students from around the world. The insights I gained will add richness to my instruction in the classroom and further depth to our blockchain program,” said Kibbe.

“Professor Kibbe continues to increase MCC’s ability to bring leading edge technology instruction to our students to meet the needs of the business community,” said Linda Collins, chair of the MCC Business and Information Systems Department. “As one of the first community colleges in the nation to provide a Blockchain Technology Certificate program, it is the passion and commitment of faculty to their fields that keep our curriculum relevant.”

In addition to blockchain instruction, Kibbe is a nationally recognized Red Hat Academy instructor, teaching the Linux operating system since 2008.

Blockchain technology is among a number of technology classes taught at the MCCCD IT Institute in the heart of Mesa’s Innovation District. Classes at the institute are conveniently scheduled for working professionals in the evenings and in hybrid formats – a combination of online and on campus. Find out more at

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Publication Date: 
Thursday, February 14, 2019