December 3, 2008
WVU Parkersburg student earns specialized computer technology certification; one of only 30,000 in the world.
CONTACT: Charles Almond, associate professor of computer and information technology, 304-424-8301.
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A West Virginia University at Parkersburg student is one of only 30,000 in the world to earn a specialized computer technology certification.
Tom Weekley of Parkersburg, a student in the college's Bachelor of Applied Technology in Network Engineering degree, recently earned the Red Hat Certified Engineer certification after completing a five-and-a-half hour, hands-on performance-based exam. Weekley passed it on his first attempt. Fifty percent of those who take the exam fail on the first try.
The RHCE is considered the "crown jewel" of Linux certifications. It indicates that an individual has the ability to configure networking services and security on servers running the Red Hat operating system."This is a grueling all day, 100% hands-on test that involves a complex troubleshooting component and a system install and configuration component," noted Charles Almond, WVU Parkersburg associate professor of computer and information technology.
"This certification is routinely regarded as one of the top ten Information Technology certifications in the industry, and the top Linux certification," he added.
A native of Friendly, Weekley first became interested in computers working on his family's home computer. A 2006 graduate of Tyler Consolidated High School, he enrolled at the now Mid-Ohio Valley Technical Institute his senior year of high school in its Information Technology program and graduated his freshman year in college.
He earned an Associate in Applied Science degree in Computer and Information Technology at WVU Parkersburg in May, 2008 as well as a Computer Systems/Network Administration certification. He expects to complete his bachelor's degree in fall 2009.
The WVU at Parkersburg Foundation assisted Weekley by sponsoring his certification test registration fee.