Proving age is no barrier, Com Tech Education Services is training Australia's youngest Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) student.
Eleven-year-old James Hale is mixing it up with his older peers despite being the youngest student Com Tech has ever had claims Chris Austin, Com Tech's instructor manager.
"The one-day Networking Essentials course, provided early indications that James was ahead of the rest of the class. He asked a question about Ethernet Hubs that we reckon is the best question we have had in a couple of years," said Austin.
According to Austin "the only issues that arise with James being so young, are the fact he can't be seen over his computer monitor, and that he's the only student that raises his hand to ask a question."
"The instructors explain everything so that I can understand it," said Hale. "I would read and re-read something in the course notes, then the trainer would put a diagram on the board and it would all make sense."
Manager, partner and corporate account marketing for Microsoft Australia, Geoff Thomas, claims "it is no small feat that James is well on his way to gaining this certification. We are happy to congratulate James on his training achievements, and his commitment to gaining MCSE certification. As Microsoft Australia's youngest student, James is truly a tribute to Com Tech Education Services and their dedicated team of trainers."
Hale has completed the four core NT courses, including: Networking Essentials, Administering MS Windows NT4.0, Supporting MS Windows NT Core Technologies and Supporting MS Windows NT Server 4.0 Enterprise Technologies. And hopes to finish both his MSCE and his sixth-grade primary school studies by the end of 1998.
Martin Hale, James' father and business development manager for Com Tech claims his son's school is very supportive of his interests.
"At first I was a bit concerned about James putting so much focus on Computer Networking," said Martin Hale. "Even after getting home from his Com Tech course at night, James retires to his own computer lab to practice what he learnt! But he has kept up with his other school work and going to Com Tech has been a highlight of his young life."