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WKCTC Student Places Third in Competition

Paducah resident Jonathan Farris recently placed third overall in the Cisco Academy NetRiders North America challenge - winning an all-expense paid trip to Cisco Systems headquarters in California in January. Farris, an information technology network administration student at West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC), was one of more than 40 competitors in the North American final, representing the best of Kentucky in the competition, said John Vos, professor of information technology at WKCTC.

This year students competed as individuals instead of as teams, Vos said. Jonathan did extremely well in this competition. As a one of the grand prize winners he will receive a free trip to Cisco Systems in San Jose, CA to meet with some of the biggest names in the IT industry and also meet finalist from other countries.
The NetRiders competition allows students at the postsecondary level to showcase their IT and networking skills through a series of online exams and simulation activities. The competition is organized by Cisco as an opportunity for Networking Academy students to participate in a valuable learning experience by testing students' Networking/IT skills through a series of online exams and simulation activities using Cisco Packet Tracer that cover CCNA material.
Each year, over 10,000 Cisco Networking Academy students compete in the NetRiders rigorous exam competition process in over 80 countries across the globe. The top four highest scoring individuals received the Study Trip Prize to California.

Farris, a Lone Oak High School graduate, said participating in the competition has enhanced his knowledge of Cisco devices and networking. Placing in the top four in the Cisco NetRiders competition is a big accomplishment for me and it hopefully means good things for my future in IT, Farris said, adding, Cisco is a very reputable and industry leading company and to be recognized as one of the top students in their academy program is a great honor Participating in the competition will give me a competitive edge in the networking industry.