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My experience at CCNA Netriders 2013

At the national level Cisco Netriders Competition took place at AFRALTI Kenya on 31st July, 2013, ten students wanted the chance to represent Kenya in the international competition. Strathmore University was fully represented by three Faculty of Information Technology students. Steven Muthusi (BIF), Aol Kevin (Bachelor of Science in Informatics) and myself Caroline Wanjira Macharia (BBIT).

The Netriders competition involves a test of speed, skills, ability and knowledge of the CCNA curriculum. The top four finalists will represent Kenya in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) region on 24th September, 2013. I emerged the top student in that competition and secured a chance to compete internationally.


Besides winning an Apple IPod 4th Generation, I also got a fully paid voucher for the Cisco Certification. The next stage will involve the use of Telepresence to simulate the competitive environment. Over 100 Cisco Academy students will compete to be the 17 best students in the entire world.


The ultimate prize is a one- week study trip to Cisco Academy in San Jose Maria at the heart of Silicon Valley.


Why I would recommend it to anyone

CCNA certification is one of the most respected certification in the networking field. Its content is focused on medium- sized enterprise branch network. For me, networking is a very intriguing field, the level of abstraction used facilitate communication between various devices is just amazing. The Cisco academy has great opportunities for those who want to pursue a career in networking. The courses are structured in a hierarchical nature and are very affordable.


Cisco courses start off at basic courses and advance gradually. It is not a necessity for a new student to have a pre-requisite knowledge in networking. Any IT or Non-IT student can join the Cisco academy. For many students, there is always a question of what next after successfully completing a course. Cisco offers a solution by giving a variety of courses that a student can pursue.


By Caroline Wanjira BBIT, 4th Year