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Featured Networking Student for June 2019

Featured Networking Student for June 2019

June 14, 2019 in Featured Students / by Dayna Schroeder

Jeffrey Krakenberg


I was born in the Pacific Northwest and I’ve lived there for most of my life. I have two sisters that live here in Kansas City, a brother in Washington, and my parents live in Florida. For the last five years, I worked in the construction industry as a full-time job while freelancing as a writer and editor. My wife and I still haven’t decided if we want children, but for now our dog Peanut fills that role.


Q: Why did you decide to come to Centriq?
A: I had been looking into IT programs for a while before coming across Centriq. What I did not like about everything else out there was that it was entirely self-paced or I would have to enroll in a university program. Centriq was a happy middle ground that I stumbled upon. The courses are instructor-led but there is plenty of self-paced and hands-on material mixed in. It was exactly what I was looking for. After talking it over with my wife, we decided that I should quit my job and enroll in Centriq.

Q: What class has been your favorite so far?
A: My favorite subject matter so far has been Networking. We’ve touched on it in both Networking and Server Fundamentals. I enjoy building machines and setting them up to communicate before watching them work. I also enjoy troubleshooting my way through issues on the networking side.

Q: What do you hope to do after Centriq?
A: I am hoping to find my way into a NOC Tech position to gain experience working with servers on a large scale. My long-term goals are to either work into Networking through the Cloud to bring services to smaller businesses or to find an instructor position where I can help others grow their skills.

Q: What other hobbies and interests do you have?
A: I spend most of my time outside of studying working on my ever-growing stack of projects, from writing stories to building cooperative card games. The rest of my time is spent playing Borderlands with my wife and researching how to fund my hobbies.