For the second year in a row, Exeter-West Greenwich High School student Adam Sowden has been named the top finisher in the Rhode Island Cyber Foundations Competition.
Beating out more than 100 students from eight different schools, Sowden was lauded for his efforts in the third edition of the contest, where students competed in timed quizzes to test their aptitude in three areas of effective cybersecurity: networking, operating systems and system administration.
Last spring, Langevin called for more Rhode Island business participation in the competition, saying “it is imperative that we increase their involvement,” and, for his efforts, Sowden was awarded a $1,500 check from McCabe Software, a Cranston computer company, as well as a $2,000 scholarship offer from New England Institute of Technology.
The second and third-place finishers, East Greenwich High School’s Xiaoyi (Julian) Wu and Chariho High School’s Joseph Caruso, each won $500 from McCabe and will receive scholarship offers of $1,500 and $1,000 respectively from New England Tech.
“I congratulate Adam, Julian and Joseph on their outstanding performances,” Langevin said in a press release. “With tremendous leadership from Erin and New England Tech, this program is introducing students to an industry that is poised for tremendous growth and new job opportunities in our state. You can’t have effective workforce development, however, unless the business community is fully engaged, so I’m especially excited about the commitment from McCabe Software to giving high schoolers across the state the opportunity to learn about cybersecurity.”
NetCenergy Names (New England Tech grad) Carlos Tavares, Jr. Engineer
WARWICK, RI- NetCenergy, the IT Solutions provider, today announced that Carlos Tavares, Jr, has been promoted to Engineer after three years with the company. In this new role, Carlos will be working with the engineering team on complex project work and technical support.
Shortly after graduating from New England Institute of Technology with a Bachelor’s Degree in Network Engineering, Carlos joined NetCenergy as a Technician, focused on providing excellent customer service to clients while simultaneously delivering world class technical support in various capacities including onsite support, remote support, and working on larger projects as part of the technical team.
Aligned with NetCenergy’s support of workforce development initiatives, Carlos worked collaboratively with his supervisors to implement a Professional Development Plan, mapping his career goals with NetCenergy. Following this plan, Carlos began training in multiple areas of emerging technology to attain his goals, including earning necessary certifications and becoming proficient in Windows Server, Exchange Server, Network Administration, Cisco, Linux, Microsoft Office, VMware, and Manage Engine Solutions.
Wayne Salisbury, Service Delivery Manager for NetCenergy said, “NetCenergy is committed to developing talent from within and Carlos is perfect example of how hard work, dedication, and a commitment to our clients can be personally and professionally beneficial. I am confident that Carlos will apply his experience and education to his new role and prove to be a continued asset to NetCenergy and our clients.”