Trainer
Dan Young
SkillSoft Trainer

My path into computer networking wasn't a direct route. What really got me into computers were the games I played. Yes, truthfully, computer games are why I can now configure a Cisco router. It used to be that getting a computer game to work on a computer required familiarity with complex DOS commands, CD-ROM drivers and memory management. And because I liked the games, I was forced to master the arcane art of IBM PCs. But then I was off to college, where my love of computer games was put on hold. I'm sorry, but that isn't really true. I played a lot of computer games in college, but I just don't tell my parents that.

After graduating from Kenyon College with a degree in Physics, but with very little aptitude in mathematics, I realized that my strengths were with the devices that I'd been tinkering with ever since I was a little tyke (in case you missed it, I'm referring to computers). My first job out of college was perhaps among my most formative. In the summer of 1996 I accepted a low-level computer technician job at Circuit City's technical support division. After a year I was appointed the role of the new hire trainer, where I taught new technicians computer hardware troubleshooting. At the time, this consisted of such things as modems, Ethernet cards, peer-to-peer file sharing, and Windows 95. It was then that I realized that computers were merely a means for me to live out what I really enjoy, and that is to teach people. I've been teaching ever since. I started out more in the Microsoft world, achieving my MCSE. However, once I got a taste of Cisco training I realized that was the journey for me. Hopefully our paths will cross and you'll get to experience one of my classes, whatever the topic might be.

Certifications
  • CCIE #11322 Routing & Switching®
  • CCNA®
  • CCENT®
  • CCDA®
  • CCNP®
  • CCSI®
  • MCSE NT 4.0®
  • CNA®
  • CompTIA A+®
  • CompTIA Network+®
My Live Learning Classes
  • Implementing Cisco IOS Network Security (IINS)
  • Implementing Cisco IP Routing (ROUTE)
  • Implementing Cisco Switched Networks (SWITCH)
  • Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices Part 1 (ICND1)
  • Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices Part 2 (ICND2)