School and Ranking Information
Of the schools in the Phoenix area offering computer programming certificates and degrees, about half are 2-year public, community colleges, one is a 4-year university, and the others are private, for-profit colleges, including one of the largest online schools in the nation. The following school is considered to be one of the top choices for students in the area based upon its computing facilities, available degree and certificate options, and its connection with local community schools and businesses:
- Winner: GateWay Community College (GateWay) offers an Associate in Applied Science and a Certificate of Completion in Computer Information Systems, both of which are offered in a variety of formats, from day classes to self-paced courses. These programs include computer programming coursework.
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School Info Chart
|Category||GateWay Community College|
|School Type||2-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergraduate: $1,974 (in state); $7,758 (out-of-state)*|
|Computer And Information Sciences Programs Offered||Certificate, Associate|
|Computer and Information Sciences Degrees and Certificates Awarded in 2012-2013||11*|
|Most Popular Computer and Information Sciences Program Level Awarded in 2012-2013||Certificate (6 awarded)*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class||13%*|
|Noteworthy||First technical school in Arizona and first to install a computer; Courses tailored to local business and industry needs|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
GateWay Community College
- Relatively low student-faculty ratio of 14:1
- New Computer Commons lab facility
- Strong advising support to meet students' educational and career needs
In 1968, Maricopa Technical College opened in a former department store. By 1987, the school had moved to its current location in the GateWay corridor, from which it took its new name. Today, GateWay serves more than 16,000 enrolled students and offers more than 125 degree and certificate programs. GateWay is part of the Maricopa Community Colleges system.
In the area of computer programming and information systems, GateWay offers ten computer information systems, Cisco, and Microsoft networking degree and certificate programs. These programs require completion of anywhere from 16 credits for a certificate up to 64 credits for an associate's degree. Available programming courses include Visual Basic, C, Java, and object-oriented programming, and most programs include classes in operating systems and networks. The associate's degree programs also have general education requirements.