Students from Bell Central’s Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) visited the Bell County Area Technology Center’s Cisco networking classroom on Sept. 12.
Top tier Cisco networking students conducted a training program that showed the STLP students how to complete basic networking tasks such as file sharing, cable termination, networking configuration and network testing.
After students rotated through each training station, they played a game called “Put it All Together” which is a race to complete a puzzle and use the skills that they had just learned to build and test a small computer network.
“I have learned so much,” said Bell Central student Amber Sizemore.
Makayla Hensley, whose team won the Put it All Together game said, “I had so much fun!”
Nick Freeman, a senior at Bell County High School, is enrolled in Cisco 3 and 4 this school year. He explained, “We all had a blast. We loved every minute of it. We are trying to build up the next generation of Cisco students while at the same time helping them develop basic communication and teamwork skills.”
The purpose of the activity was to give the Bell Central students’ hands-on experience with some of the most basic skills required in today’s computer networking environment.
“It’s never too early to be thinking about career goals,” explained Brett Thompson, the Cisco networking instructor at the Bell County ATC. “Hopefully, we have gotten some of the students that participated thinking about a career in computer networking and hopefully they will take advantage of our networking program when they enter high school.”
The Bell County ATC offers several networking classes such as Network Cabling and Cisco Routing and Switching 1-4. It is the only high school level program to offer Cisco R&S 1-4 in eastern Kentucky and boasts several students that have passed Cisco Career Certifications exams (CCNA, CCENT).
Students from the program have also competed and won networking competitions at the state and national level.