We are proud to announce our LAN Technician Jacob Day won first place in the statewide SkillsUSA competition held in Springfield, IL on April 21-23, 2016. He will now be competing in the National Internetworking competition held June 21-25, 2016 in Louisville, KY. The competition consists of three main parts: networking design, general networking knowledge and hands-on evaluations. The networking design problem tests a contestant’s ability to design functionality, scalability, adaptability and manageability of an internetworking system. The online written portion tests the student’s complete knowledge of internetworking concepts. The hands-on component demonstrates the abilities of the contestant to make cables, troubleshoot network systems, configure routers, switches and servers, to deliver customer service in a technical assistant center environment. The contestants will find errors in WAN and LAN networks, do an ISP configuration using routers and switches, talk a technician through an error they are having on their network, and take an online certification type test. The national contest is based on the most current CCNA certification. In today’s job market, system administration skills are needed, therefore the following server skills will be scored: Install DNS, create a record, install active directory service, and DHCP. In addition, contestants should have knowledge of creating user and group accounts on Windows Server 2008.