Nathan Briggs, Sheldon Dacar and Tara Taylor, ethernet/IP technicians at Dakota Carrier Network, have recently earned industry certifications. Briggs earned CompTIA Network+ certification, Dacar earned Nokia Certified Network Routing Specialist I (NRS I) certification, and Taylor earned both CompTIA Network+ and NRS I certifications. All three technicians are based in Bismarck and serve customers throughout the state.
CompTIA Network+ is a certification that validates the knowledge and skills required to troubleshoot, configure, and manage wired and wireless networks. Specific skills include networking fundamentals as well as network implementations, operations, security, and troubleshooting. It is the only industry certification that covers both wired and wireless networks, and provides skills needed to support networks on any platform rather than being vendor specific.
NRS I certification recognizes proficiency in managing and maintaining Nokia’s advanced network infrastructure in order to optimize network performance, enhance security, and address any network-related challenges. Having this knowledge means a more robust, efficient, and secure network, which in turn means better, more reliable services for DCN customers.
Briggs joined DCN in March as an ethernet/IP technician. He earned an associate degree in computer information systems from Bismarck State College and a bachelor’s degree in management information systems from the University of Mary in Bismarck.
Dacar joined DCN in 2017 as an ethernet/IP technician. He earned an associate degree in computer information services from North Dakota State College of Science. He is also a MEF Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional.
Taylor, who has been with DCN since 2015 first as an application administrator and then application analyst, has been an ethernet/IP technician since the beginning of 2023. Taylor earned an associate degree in computer support from Bismarck State College and, in addition to her recent certifications, is a MEF Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional.