There are few schools in Kansas City, MO, that offer programs directly in computer technology. Computer technology programs are often found in technical centers, and a few of these centers can be found beyond limits of Kansas City. Based on student-to-faculty ratio and proximity to Kansas City, the following school is considered a top school for computer technology studies in the area:
- Winner: Located approximately 40 miles from Kansas City, Lex La-Ray Technical Center is the closest public or not-for-profit school to the city offering studies relating to computer technology. Students at Lex La-Ray can earn a certificate in computer maintenance and networking.
School Info Chart
|Category||Lex La-Ray Technical Center|
|School Type||Less than 2-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||$6,663 for full-time computer technology program*|
|Computer Technology Programs Offered||Certificate|
|Computer Technology Certificates Awarded in 2012-2013||1*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010-11 Entering Class||75%*|
|Noteworthy||The Center is home to chapters of the DECA Association of Marketing Students and the SkillsUSA partnership that helps students tap into resources outside the school; the Center also has a chapter of the National Technical Honor Society, which provides scholarships and aids students in finding technical careers|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Lex La-Ray Technical Center
- 4:1 student-to-faculty ratio
- Evening and weekend classes available
- Practical application of skills developed in the program is achieved through internships and troubleshooting and repair opportunities at nearby locations
The Lex La-Ray Technical Center is located in Lexington, MO, and offers secondary and post-secondary programs in areas ranging from building trades to nursing. There are a total of 11 post-secondary tracks targeted to specific careers. Courses are often taught by professionals in each field of specialization. The computer maintenance and networking department - and program of the same name - trains individuals for computer support technician positions, such as computer operators, programmers and engineers.
The Computer Maintenance & Networking Certificate program may be completed in two years with part-time status or in one year with full-day attendance. The program familiarizes students with computer networking, applications and support. Students work on Local Area Networks (LANs) and Wide Area Networks (WANs) and troubleshoot and repair hardware and software problems. Specific skills earned during this program include the planning, managing and maintenance of networks, PCs and printers. Students are also trained to understand computer applications and provide customer support to computer users. Industrial internships are possible, with one unit of credit offered to students who work 20 hours a week at a technical job.