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La Salle Senior Earns High Level Cisco Networking Certification

The Student Lab Manager Program at La Salle College High School today announced that senior Sean Mitchell ’20 has successfully earned the certification of Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA). Sean is one of only a handful of high school students in the country to obtain this level of network certification. Achieving CCNA certification is a major step in preparing for a career in IT technologies. Earning the CCNA is a rigorous process including self-paced learning and hands-on experience on a Cisco Enterprise Network. Each CCNA candidate must complete two separate exams in off-site testing Cisco Testing Centers. The two-part certification (ICND1 and ICND2) focuses on routing and switching in an enterprise network and immediately qualifies the recipient as a qualified enterprise network administrator.  

“We couldn’t be prouder of a student who has worked so hard to bring the best of the IT industry to La Salle. For a young man with the ambition to lead in the IT industry, this level of certification sets him apart from every other candidate. It proves, not only his technical ability, but also his initiative!” said Mr. Braden Bonner ‘07, Director of Technology and Information Systems for La Salle College High School.  

Throughout his four years at La Salle, Mitchell has used the newly certified skills in successful projects including the deployment of a full redesign of La Salle’s Voice Over IP Phone System, activation of construction projects like the Glaser Student Center and Board Room, and remodeled much of the enterprise architecture for both network and server systems. He now serves as the student Director of Technology for the nationally recognized Lab Manager Program.

About the CCNA Certification

Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) validates the ability to install, configure, operate, and troubleshoot medium-size route and switched networks, including implementation and verification of connections to remote sites in a WAN. CCNA curriculum includes basic mitigation of security threats, introduction to wireless networking concepts and terminology, and performance-based skills. This new curriculum also includes (but is not limited to) the use of these protocols: IP, Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP), Serial Line Interface Protocol Frame Relay, Routing Information Protocol Version 2 (RIPv2),VLANs, Ethernet, access control lists (ACLs).

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About the Lab Manager Program

The Student Lab Manager Program is a unique technology team at La Salle College High School. The mission of the program is to give students the chance to have hands on experience running a real enterprise network. Students work hand-in-hand with Director of Technology and Information Systems, Mr. Braden Bonner ‘07, to maintain, upgrade, and manage the server and network infrastructure throughout the entire school. Members learn about computers by working with faculty, staff, and students throughout the school. From fixing problems, or teaching others, the students gain leadership and teaching skills, as well as in-depth knowledge of technology. They also gain server and networking experience from hands on work with La Salle’s multiple physical, virtual, and cloud servers. After working with this program, our members become skilled with both computers and people. The team of young men work together every day with the common goal to make La Salle the best tech school in the country.

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