School and Ranking Information
In the Charlotte area, the majority of the schools that offer degrees in computer and network security are 2-year institutions. The following school is the top pick for network security in the area, based on low tuition costs and post-graduation prospects.
- Winner: Located in Charlotte, NC, Central Piedmont Community College offers an associate's program in computer technology integration with a specialty in cyber crime and information system security. The program, which is part of the information technology department, provides students with the skills necessary to implement and manage computer security controls.
School Info Chart
|Category||Central Piedmont Community College|
|School Type||2-year; public|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergrad: $2,561 (in-state); $8,705 (out-of-state)*|
|Information Technology Degrees Offered||Certificate; Associate's|
|Information Technology Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013||104*|
|Most Popular Information Technology Degree Level in 2013||Certificate*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class||12%*|
|Noteworthy||Program is accredited by ABET**|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Central Piedmont Community College
Central Piedmont Community College
- Graduates of the associate's program should also be able to pursue security-related certifications from private software vendors
- Students have access to Central Piedmont Community College's extensive job search help, including resume assistance, career fairs and job databases
Serving about 75,000 students annually, Central Piedmont Community College is one of the largest community colleges in North Carolina. Although the school is headquartered in Charlotte, it has six campuses spread across the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area. Students interested in studying computer and network security at the school should look into the Information Technology Division, which offers a variety of associate's degree, diploma and certificate programs.
The 2-year degree program in computer technology integration with an emphasis in cyber crime and information system security provides students with a fundamental background in computer systems and information technology. The coursework also imparts a specific understanding of information systems security.
Students enrolled in the program learn about the best and most effective ways to protect data communication for individual clients or businesses through courses such as operating systems administration, intrusion detection, and security administration. The hands-on instruction included in the degree program is designed to provide them with the skills necessary to gain entry-level positions as security administrators.