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VC students compete in Cisco Networking Academy's NetRiders Challenge

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Oct. 23, 2010 at 5:23 a.m.

Chris Cox, seated, and Brandon Scott, Victoria College students studying computer information systems, entered the Cisco Networking Academy's NetRiders Challenge to showcase their networking skills.

Two Victoria College students teamed up to compete in a technology challenge that could win them an all-expense paid trip to Silicon Valley.

Chris Cox and Brandon Scott, who are studying computer information systems, entered the Cisco Networking Academy's NetRiders Challenge to showcase their networking skills.

The NetRiders Challenge is a series of real-time environment online theoretical exams and activities.

The international competition is held in more than 80 countries. The top two teams will win an all-expense paid trip to Cisco's headquarters in Silicon Valley, Calif. in January.

"This is the first time VC has ever had a team compete in this challenge," said Marty Stockbauer, the students' instructor. "Chris and Brandon are a great team, and I am ready to help them in any way I can."

Cox and Scott are in their next-to-last semester at VC. The material covered in the NetRiders Challenge is from curriculum they had during their first semester, so preparing for this competition will require extra hours of study and practice.

Cox and Scott agree that a hands-on demonstration of knowledge is much easier than theoretical testing. But since this challenge is mostly theory, it's forced them to work harder.

It was Cox's idea to participate in the NetRiders Challenge after receiving an e-mail invitation from Cisco Academy. He chose Scott as his partner since they'd been taking classes together and he knew Scott would also have the time to devote to preparing for the exams.

After working in waste management for most of his career, Cox wanted a new career and turned to VC.

He said he put off going to college, but now he works hard so that he'll be able to support his family and looks forward to a new career in network administration.

Scott said he always did well in computer courses in high school and has always loved working on computers. He plans to transfer to UHV to finish a bachelor's degree, but he wanted to start at VC because the CIS program includes courses that are not offered anywhere else.

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