HAYS, KS - Studying for and passing an examination is something college students should be used to but sometimes the test counts for much more than a grade.
Six students were the first group to pass the Cisco Certified Networking Associate examination from Fort Hays State University. Those students were: Jeff Pape, Lenora senior; Cody Gray, Hays graduate student; Elizabeth Bharaniah, Hays senior; Joshua Timmons, Ellis junior; Jarett Boxberger, Russell senior; and Matt Schamberger, WaKeeney senior.
The examination certifies a person as a CCNA, which is the entry level certification for an Internet working professional. A passing score on the examination is 75 percent. All of the FHSU students scored in the 80s.
According to Ron Rohlf, assistant professor of information networking and telecommunications, all six of the students are INT majors but not all who are seeking this type of standing are.
"We have students in the classes right now who are not INT majors. There are many different types involved. Some of them are not even students seeking a degree."
Cisco is the manufacturer of 80-90 percent of all hardware that works with the Internet. FHSU is a Cisco regional academy.