After placing first for the second consecutive year in the Kentucky State SkillsUSA Internetworking competition, Dillon Baker traveled to Kansas City, Mo., to compete at the national level —where he placed third in the nation.
Competitors from all 50 states and several U.S. territories were present at the event, which was organized and conducted by Cisco Systems, Inc., in partnership with SkillsUSA.
Baker earned his third place finish after three days of competition that included stations that dealt with mock technical support phone calls, LAN cabling, wireless LAN setup, IP address allocation, and WAN setup/troubleshooting.
A 2012 graduate from Middlesboro High School, he received his networking training at the Bell County Area Technology Center’s Cisco Networking Academy under instructor Brett Thompson. On the completion of the Cisco program during the 2010-2011 school year, Baker passed the highly sought after CCNA exam.
This fall Baker will begin classes at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tenn., where he will be seeking a bachelor of science degree in computer and information sciences.
The Bell County ATC is the only institution in southeast Kentucky that offers Cisco Exploration 1-4 training to high school students.