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January 18, 2011 > Irvington student receives tech certification

Irvington student receives tech certification

Story and Photos by Rajeswari Ramanathan

While most students are learning about computer processors and preventative maintenance in Mr. Hector Albizo's Computer Support class, Irvington High School sophomore Jerry Li enjoys going above and beyond to earn certification. After passing the CompTIA A+ exam, Jerry is now capable of working for computer companies and assisting in computer management.

According to the CompTIA website, "The international, vendor-neutral certification proves competence in areas such as installation, preventative maintenance, networking, security and troubleshooting. CompTIA A+ is part of the certification track for corporations such as Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Cisco and Novell."

Dell Business Support representative Amy Proveneirs said, "CompTIA A+ covers all the knowledge beginning techs need, and being certified gives them an advantage over those who are not certified."

As a student in Mr. Albizo's class, Jerry learned about certification and prepared for the test to test his competency in higher-level work. The test, comprised of 100 questions on computer support, must be completed within 90 minutes.

"I have been messing around with computers and technology since sixth grade," said Jerry. "I became more interested in learning about computers when I went into the ITA [Information Technology Academy] in ninth grade and took Mr. [Clint] Johns Introduction to Technology class."

Jerry is part of the Mousesquad and High Tech Militia (HTM) on campus. Mousesquad assists teachers and other staff on campus, solving computer and technical difficulties. Currently, the HTM is trying to provide free Wi-Fi for the entire school network.

When he is not busy fixing computers, Jerry enjoys building robots, and competing in Robotics competitions. Jerry hopes to become a computer engineer in the future.

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