Marcus Rivera


Class of 2012
Senior Network Administrator

Just what is technology? Technology is defined as the specific methods, materials, and devices used to solve practical problems according to The American Heritage Science Dictionary. Why is this relevant? As a network assistant, it becomes ever so relevant. Most of the problems dealt with in the Network Assistant program are using the aforementioned definition of technology. Using specific methods, such as in application programming or website development, materials such as Ethernet port tracers to find a problematic Ethernet patch cord, or devices such as Windows Deployment Servers to deploy en masse custom Windows images to hundreds of new computers. So how has the Network Assistant program been in my personal experience?

The Network Assistant program consists of a variety of incredibly talented and skilled students of the Center for Advanced Technology program. We students have the opportunity to partake in this exclusive program that enables us to put to work our skills for not only the school that we attend but in the least the students and faculty as well. I have been very fortunate to be part of this program that has allowed me to work with some of the best programming minds in the CAT program as well as one of the leading innovative educators in the nation, Mr. Zulli.

Many of the skills I have garnered I can thank the Network Program for. I have learned about enterprise level system frameworks, what it takes to manage thousands of computers, and how to collaborate to take a problem and come up with an innovative way to solve the problem. Students of the program Austin Brogle and Zlatan Dizdarvic as Juniors, and I as a Sophomore, swept the Future Business Leaders of America competition at the regional and state levels while placing second at the national level, being the youngest of the competitors. Our high achievements could be attributed to the experience gained throughout the Network Assistant program, setting up servers, branch offices, and secure office networks in the given case studies. In my first year as a Network Assistant, I helped manage our SharePoint websites, deploy hundreds of laptops, desktops, and netbooks, created custom Windows 7 images for mass deployment, and managed servers among many other tasks.

Through the year, I competed in the Computer Problem Solving FBLA competitive event. I placed first in the local, state, and the national level. Without participating in the Network Assistant program, I do not doubt that I would not have placed as well as I did. Because of that, I greatly respect everything that the Network Assistant program stands for and what it enables high school students to achieve.

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