February’s Featured TechSmart KC Student
“My name is Rhys Keller. I was homeschooled for my general education, which taught me to be able to study and teach myself, as well as to manage a schedule so I could accomplish goals that have been set out. It also allowed me to volunteer at the Midwest Parent Educators Homeschool Conference for three years, giving me some experience speaking in front of groups of approximately one hundred people, as well as working within an organized system to run the conference smoothly. As a summer job for the last three years I worked as a concrete construction laborer, giving me the skills to learn quickly on the job and apply the knowledge, observe, and anticipate how my coworkers would act so I could adjust or respond accordingly, and listen carefully to instructions so as to follow them as closely as possible.”
Q: Why did you decide to come to Centriq?
A: As high school started to wind down, I was beginning to feel the pressure to choose a college, as well as a major. I really did not feel like any of the options I had were right for me; until I discovered the Centriq booth at the MPE Conference. While I didn’t make a decision right away, I was pretty sure right from the start that this was what I wanted to do. After thinking it through for a while, the decision became pretty clear and I signed up. The short time period, as well as all the skills I would be taught sealed the deal against all my other options. I have not regretted my choice!
Q: What class has been your favorite so far?
A: I’ve liked just about everything, but if I had to choose a favorite it would probably be the 2 weeks of project. I really enjoyed being able to build the network from scratch, utilizing knowledge of both hardware and software to make everything work, as well as continuing to develop my team communication skills. For me, it was the most fulfilling time to put into action everything that I had learned.
Q: What do you hope to do after Centriq?
A: I look forward to actively using the skills that I’ve gained while at Centriq. I see myself interacting with a variety of systems and working directly with the people that I will be supporting. Down the road after experience in the field, I could be a server or network administrator.
Q: What other interests do you have?
A: PC gaming is my primary hobby at the moment (sorry console fans). I don’t consider myself to be a great gamer, but I enjoy it and I’m decent at the games I play. Nature Photography is my main outdoor activity, which can sometimes provide a much needed release from everyday life.