Karl Sachtleben returns to Gavilan in a new roleby Jan Janes on Jan 13, 2017
Gavilan College has a new webmaster, Karl Sachtleben, to manage the college's recently launched website.
Sachtleben (pronounced SOCK lay ben; the t is silent) started just after the Thanksgiving holidays, stepping into management of the website structurally developed by Hannon Hill. Kyle Billups from MIS and Peter Howell from Distance Education worked to transfer critical sections as the new website launched last fall.
Joining the team
"I'm excited to be here," he said. "I really like the MIS people, and that they've been a team here for a long time."
Gavilan College webmaster Karl Sachtleben in his MIS office, with the essential white
board and alongside the standing desk he built for his new workspace and responsibilities.
His arrival is actually a homecoming, as he was a student at Gavilan in the mid 1990s. He earned general education credits and attended music classes taught by Nate Pruitt and Arthur Juncker.
After receiving his degree in computer science from California State University Monterey Bay, he worked for six years with the Defense Language Institute (DLI), handling web services for people worldwide who were enrolled in language courses. Prior to that he held tech positions with Cisco and Eyasco.
During his career Sachtleben has managed sites, written code, created tools and developed content management systems using HTML, jQuery and Angular. "I like to leverage new technology for users to create cool things," he said.
Weaving many platforms into one
He will continue to update the new site, bringing in archived content from the Self Service Banner, My Gavilan and older faculty websites. Long range plans for the website include improving mobile friendly features. He noted that many current students rely solely on their mobile devices and do not have computers.
A native to the area, he grew up in Morgan Hill and attended Live Oak High School before attending Gavilan. Sachtleben was encouraged by area colleagues to apply for the webmaster position when it opened. During walks on campus after interviews, he observed that the core of the campus has not changed much in the 20 years since he attended.
The music world called
Following his aspirations after music classes at Gavilan, he was a guitarist in bands touring in Japan, Hawaii, New York City, Chicago, San Francisco and Oakland. "I played with tons of musicians in LA, really talented people, and no one became a rock star," Sachtleben said.
He now lives in the area with his wife Amanda, also a Gavilan alumnus, and son Jackson, with whom he shares his love for music. In his spare time he enjoys hot laps racing a Mazda Miata on the Laguna Seca racetrack.
Reflecting on his six-year tenure with DLI, he said, "I really enjoyed my work with them, so the decision to leave was hard." After discussing that conflict, his manager left him with wise words.
"He told me that working at a community college was good karma," said Sachtleben. "You won't necessarily get rich, but you get to help people."