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Learner Spotlight – Summer Sizzle Edition

As we head into the holiday season, it seems like a good time to remember that vacations don’t have to mean a break from training. If your work slows down seasonally, it might be a great time to hunker down for some focused professional development.

Our Summer Sizzle contest was aimed at getting our learners to take advantage of the summer break to achieve their training goals, and we focused our Learner Spotlight this month on a learner who used the opportunity to rack up validated minutes. This week we are chatting with John Wise, a database admin from California, who’s earned more than 22,000 minutes and currently sits at the top of the CBT Nuggets Global Leaderboard.

John began his IT education in 1987 as a part of the US Army. He worked for 3Com – a network vendor founded by one of the inventors of Ethernet – as a lab tech and a technical marketing engineer, before moving to work in nonprofits. He’s currently a database administrator and system support tech for Pajaro Valley Unified School District in Watsonville, California.

Why do you train with CBT Nuggets? In my new position, I needed to get up to speed ASAP. I lucked upon CBT Nuggets and decided to take full advantage of the opportunity.

How does CBT Nuggets training help you succeed in your work?  CBT Nuggets’ diverse selections have not only helped me in my focus areas, I also found a lot of Nuggets that helped me understand, and provided useful insight into other aspects of our tech department. In my focus areas, CBT Nuggets has proven invaluable in improving my skill sets and making my query writing more proficient.

What training goals are you currently working toward?  I’m really looking forward to diving back into the networking Nuggets and getting my hands dirty in the hands-on virtual labs. The networking labs are not only informative but easy to understand and follow along.  For the first time, I finally fully understand subnetting. I am looking at getting some certifications in networking and I know these Nuggets will be a very useful tool.

What are some of your favorite Nuggets?  I have several favorite Nuggets, as well as instructors. They all were entertaining and engaging, which made learning easy. However, Garth Schulte and Keith Barker stood out the most to me for various reasons. IPv4 Subnetting was my favorite course because I always struggled to try to get a grip on subnetting. Keith’s presentation made me so excited because I finally got it, I fully understand it now!!!

What motivates you to train and answer quiz questions? Originally, my only motivation was learning. But being the competitive person that I am, I got caught up in the Summer Sizzle event.

When is your best time to train? Anytime I could find the time, actually. Mostly evenings and weekends though.

How did it feel to dominate Summer Sizzle? I was proud I did as well as I did.

Humble words from the current champion of the global leaderboard. If you’d like to be featured in our Learner Spotlight, sign up for our next contest here and maybe you can rise to the ranks of World’s Most Validated Learner.



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