Austin Thomsen of Montville, a Telecommunications Systems Technology major at County College of Morris (CCM), recently advanced to Round 2 in the Cisco NetRiders North America challenge as he also became the highest scorer in New Jersey.
The NetRiders competition allows students at the postsecondary level to showcase their IT and networking skills through a series of online exams and simulation activities. A total of 700 students across North America took part in Round 1 of the competition this past month. Only four students in New Jersey succeeded in advancing to the second round, with Thomsen obtaining the highest score in the state. Thomsen is participating in the challenge as part of his Routing II Cisco networking class at CCM’s Morristown/Schuyler Place location.
“This is the first time CCM has entered this competition and we are delighted with Austin’s performance,” said James Johnston, the adjunct professor for the Routing II class. “I’ve been very impressed with his level of knowledge and his commitment to designating the amount of time the competition requires.”
“The competition was a lot more advanced than I anticipated and a good preview of some of things to come as I continue my telecommunications studies at CCM,” said Thomsen, who works as the IT director for the Montville Township School District. “I’m really looking forward to Round 2 and seeing how well I can do.”
Should Thomsen succeed in Round 2, he then can advance to the final round of the competition in December and compete for the Study Trip Prize to Silicon Valley, California, which will be awarded to the top four highest-scoring individuals.