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Featured Networking Student for November 2019

Featured Networking Student for November 2019

November 15, 2019 in Featured Students / by Dayna Schroeder

Andrew MacKay


I started on a traditional route to a state university, where I accumulated a small house worth of debt. I decided to join the Army rather than continue to accumulate debt. I enjoyed my time in the Army and it was not an easy decision to separate, although I can’t say I miss all the running. I spent about three years working at a help desk and found that I enjoyed solving technical problems.


Q: Why did you decide to come to Centriq?
A: Much of my training in the IT field was my research in response to a problem, while this hands-on training served me for a career at a help desk, I wanted to learn more. Centriq training not only provided me with the certifications that I knew I would need to advance my career but also the foundational education that I needed to better understand how to solve problems more effectively.

Q: What class has been your favorite so far?
A: Hands down, my favorite subject was PowerShell. Automation is something I have always been interested in, and while I won’t claim it came easy for me, forcing myself to work exclusively in PowerShell was an excellent learning experience.

Q: What do you hope to do after Centriq?
A: After Centriq, I am excited to continue my IT education. You might say I have caught the bug, and I can’t wait to start working on the next certification topic.

Q: What other hobbies and interests do you have?
A: When I was younger, probably 12 or so, I called Microsoft tech support to try to fix our family computer, probably the technician’s worst nightmare. They stuck with me and helped me to reformat the HDD and reinstall Windows. I was thrilled that I fixed the PC, my family was thrilled that they didn’t have to buy a new computer, and I am sure the tech was thrilled to hang up the phone.