VC students compete in Cisco Networking Academy’s NetRiders Challenge

Justin Elmore (left), Adam Rubio (right)

Victoria College network students Adam Rubio and Justin Elmore have recently advanced into the second stage of Cisco Networking Academy’s NetRiders Challenge.

The NetRiders Challenge is an international, multi-stage competition highlighting the skills of students enrolled in Cisco Networking Academy courses, which are included as part of the computer information systems curriculum at VC.

With the full support and assistance of their instructors Marty Stockbauer and Sharon Wagner, Rubio and Elmore moved through round one of the competition that put them in the top 5 percent of all networking students in Texas.

“Sharon Wagner and I both have full confidence in these students,” said Stockbauer. “They both have what it takes to win this competition.”

In the next round, the 13 top students in Texas, including Rubio and Elmore, will compete for the privilege of representing the entire state in the final round. Exams include networking challenges that take place in a real-time environment and showcase students’ IT/Networking skills.

Rubio and Elmore both said they’ve spent an extra six to eight hours per week preparing for their NetRiders exams. Most of the material, however, is from curriculum they had during their first semester, so it’s mostly been review.

The structure of this year’s competition is slightly different than in years past. Last year was the first year VC had students participating, and the competition allowed for team entries. This year, all entrants compete as individuals.

When asked what prompted him to compete, Rubio said he was interested to find out where he stood against a national sampling of networking students.

Elmore currently works in maintenance, but plans to continue his education and finish a bachelor’s degree in networking after he finishes at VC. The Houston native has also worked as a welder, but says he’s looking forward to starting a new career as a network administrator in one of Texas’ larger cities after he’s finished with school.

Rubio has experience working in the information technology field and also plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in information technology management after he finishes at VC. He and his wife switched roles when he started VC full time. For now he’s a full-time student and stay-at-home dad to his two children while his wife works full-time as a property manager in Port Lavaca.

“When I finish school we’ll move to wherever I get a job,” said Rubio. “Staying in Victoria would be great, but we’ll go to San Antonio or Houston if that’s where I get a job.”

Both say they’d love to win the top prize, an all-expenses paid trip to San Jose, Calif.a,. and a tour of Cisco headquarters. There is also a scholarship and employment opportunities associated with the grand prize.

Regardless of the outcome, both agree that the challenge of demonstrating their knowledge, dedication and hard work, not to mention placing in the top 5 percent in the whole State, will stand as something they can both be proud of as they move on toward their new careers.

 

Posted on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011 by Katy Long

Published: Thursday, 17 November 2011
 

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