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Congratulations to CISCO Networking Students

John Vos, WKCTC Cisco Networking Academy instructor with Zachary Lichliter and Donald Block, 5th place winners of 2010 NetRiders CompetitionZachary Lichliter (pictured in center) and Donald Block (pictured on right), Information Technology (IT) networking students at West Kentucky Community and Technical College, recently placed fifth out of 45 teams in the 2010 Cisco Networking Academy NetRiders Competition. The interactive IT/networking skills competition was open to all post-secondary (college/university) students currently enrolled in a Certified Cisco Networking Academy (CCNA) in the United States and Canada.

This competition reveals the attributes and amount of study and dedication it takes to reach this level of excellence, said John Vos (pictured on left), WKCTC information technology professor and instructor for the colleges Cisco Network Academy.

Lichliter, a Benton resident, and Block, a resident of Paducah, teamed up to participate in the interactive IT/networking skills challenge that involved multiple intensive testing stages. The duo took first place in both the October and November state level rounds, which qualified them to advance to the final international round. Only the top team from each state and province made it to the final round.

The state rounds of the competition, all conducted online, consisted of a one to two hour-long exam. In addition, the students also had a simulator design project that required them to configure routers, switches, and computer terminals.

The international leg of the competition took four hours to complete with 100 theory questions and a complex simulation project. Each team had to design a complete computer network configuration for a multi-level business building, including two branch offices, and then answer 20 questions about the intricate design.

I dont think people really understand how intense this process is, Vos said. Its the equivalent of graduate level classes in this field.

Both Lichliter and Block will graduate in May 2011 with an Associate of Science degree in information technology and will also be eligible to take the CCNA exam. Both agreed the experience they gained by participating in the NetRiders competition will help prepare them for the future.

I walked into this thinking it would be a great experience to prepares us for the CCNA exam, said Lichliter It helped us understand the type of exam it will be and the level of difficulty it will take to pass.

But Lichliter and Block dont take all the credit for their accomplishment. Its not just a testament to our efforts, but to the dedication and training of Mr. Vos, Block said. The IT field is a competitive workplace and specialized training is a must and WKCTC is a great place to get the experience you need to have a successful career.

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