Class of 2011
Senior Network Administrator -
Working as a network assistant has really helped me learn what I want to do with my life and what I want to major in. I am a Freshman at the University of Central Florida and when going into the Network Assistant program at CAT, I did not know what field I wanted to go into or what I wanted to be when I grew up, all I knew was that whatever that thing was, it had to do with computers. Through my 4 years in the network assistant program I learned to love the hardware aspect of computers, what runs the network, and all of the backend server aspects. This came to be what I wanted to do with my life, I declared my major and am currently pursuing a degree in Computer Engineering.
What this experience did most for me though, is give me a real life experience. It taught me things that can’t just be taught in a classroom, it gave me a hands-on experience working with actual servers and network equipment in a live working network. It taught more than just theory, it gave me actual practice. This is something that I couldn’t have imagined receiving at any other high school.
Again, as I said I was a server guy, my senior year I managed all the servers at CAT, and while a majority of that time that last year was spent pulling my hair out over setting up Microsoft Lync it was a great experience. I became well versed in troubleshooting the servers and setting up new solutions, such as: Microsoft System Center Essentials, a Hyper-V Cluster, and the most difficult task, Microsoft Lync. Being a Network Assistant, by far, had the most impact on my life of probably anything else I have done. As I said I am a freshman at the University of Central Florida, and yet I already have a job at the school working for the Department of Undergraduate Studies doing just what I did at CAT, managing the core network and servers. The best part of all this is I have a job doing what I love, while working alongside another former network assistant who is one year older, Drew Guarino.