Dave Birkelo
Phone: 608.822.2441
Toll Free: 800.362.3322, extension 2441
Email Dave
Koenecke Building (Bldg 200), Room 202
Southwest Tech Alumni

Degrees / Certifications:

  • Associate of Applied Science: Programmer/Analyst - SWTC
  • Technical Diploma: Microcomputer Accounting Assistant- SWTC
  • 89 credits completed for Bachelor of Science degree: Upper Iowa University
  • CompTIA A+ certified (2000, 2009, 2015, 2019)
  • Linux Essentials certified
  • CFOT & CFOS/T certified - FOA
  • CPCT certified - FOA
  • Scripting for Cybersecurity Professionals (Powershell) – CSSIA.org
  • Scripting for Cybersecurity Professionals (Python) – CSSIA.org
  • IT Essentials
  • Vsphere Training
  • Linux Server
  • Yosemite 101: OS X Support Essentials 10.10

Courses I Teach:

  • CompTIA A+ 220-1001 – Essentials
  • Beginning Excel
  • Beginning Word
  • Intermediate Excel
  • Beginning Access
  • Professional Development 
  • Computer Applications
  • IT Internships 
  • CompTIA A+ 220-1002 – Practical Application
  • Mac OS X Essentials
  • IT Career Development 
  • IT Help Desk Practicum

Student Clubs/Organizations:

  • Was the Club Advisor for Business Professionals of America for 10 years

Faculty Information / Personal Note:

Dave grew up on a small dairy farm in Soldiers Grove and attended Southwest Wisconsin Technical College after graduating from North Crawford High School. After earning an Associate’s Degree and a Technical Diploma from the college, he worked for 12 years as a Programmer/Lab Technician in Data Processing Lab at Southwest Tech.
Dave took on additional duties including supporting all of the Business division’s computer labs and computerized classrooms. He also became the Network Administrator for the Business division and was responsible for setting up and administering the divisions’ computer network.
Dave has been employed at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College since 1986 and has been a full-time IT Instructor since 1998. As a faculty member, Dave worked on the curriculum for the IT – Computer Support Specialist Associate Degree program and helped design the current IT Computer Support Technician Technical Diploma program which is embedded in the college’s Network Specialist Associate Degree program.