Ten area high school students, all incoming seniors, graduated from an intense five-day boot camp, offered by University of Texas at San Antonio’s Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security, on June 17. Upon graduation, the students earned a “Network+” professional certification.

A Network+ certification proves knowledge of computer networking features and functions and is the leading vendor-neutral certification for networking professionals. At the camp, the ten students learned about network technologies, media and topologies, devices, management, tools and security. Typically, a person must first have real-world networking experience and then take an exam to obtain a Network+ certification.

The ten students each received a $1,000 scholarship to cover the cost of the camp and the certification. The scholarships were provided by The Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, as a result of generous donations from Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) and Boeing.

“We are thankful to CSC and Boeing for providing us the chance to help these students really get ahead, “Chamber President and CEO Richard Perez said. “It is so important for these young people to be prepared for life after high school, as they enter college or the workplace, and this certification really gives them a leg up.”

San Antonio boasts four programs for high school students that provide them extra advantages upon graduation as they enter college or the workplace. One program is The Alamo Academies Information Technology and Security Academy, which is a magnet program with campuses in San Antonio, New Braunfels, and Boerne. The other programs are at Holmes High School, the Engineering and Technology Academy at Roosevelt High School and the Microsoft Academy at Harlandale High School. San Antonio continues to be known as Cyber City, USA because of the community’s efforts to promote and expand the industry and for preparing its students for college and high-paying careers in the cyber and IT industry.

The ten students are:
Jose Banda | Information Technology and Security Academy (Southwest High School)
Robert Flores, Jr. | Information Technology and Security Academy (Judson High School)
Russell Hallmark | Information Technology and Security Academy (Canyon High School)
Alejandro Hernandez | Holmes High School
Dalton Lucadello | Holmes High School
Zachary McIlvoy | Roosevelt High School
Mario Puente | Information Technology and Security Academy (Brennan High School)
Lawrence Roberts | Information Technology and Security Academy (Warren High School)
Jose Salazar | Roosevelt High School
Clint Sierra | Information Technology and Security Academy (Warren High School)