School and Ranking Information
The schools offering programs in the field within a 15-mile radius of Madison include 4-year non-profit and for-profit institutions. Based on school type, program variety and tuition, the following school is regarded as one of the top schools in the area for programs in information technology:
- Winner: Madison Area Technical College is a 4-year public school with a variety of programs in the field. This institution offers certificates and associate's degrees in areas related to information technology.
School Info Chart
|Category||Madison Area Technical College|
|School Type||4-year, primarily associate's, public|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||$3,914 (in-state), $5,747 (out-of-state)*|
|IT-related Programs Offered||Certificate, Associate's|
|IT-related Degrees and Certificates Awarded in 2013||282*|
|Most Popular IT-related Program Level in 2013||Certificate (163 awarded)*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||21%*|
|Noteworthy||This school offers the Madison Information Technology Association for students' participation**|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Madison Area Technical College
Madison Area Technical College
- Students enrolled in programs in the IT department receive software at either a low price or no cost at all
- Some area employers that show interest in graduates of an IT program from Madison College include Sony and CDW
- IT students can gain practical experience working for Wolfpack Techies, a repair service housed within the institution
Madison Area Technical College has a total of 4 main campus locations in Madison. The IT programs are offered at the Traux campus. This campus has an enrollment of over 15,000 students and a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1.
Some associate's offerings in the field provided by the IT department include Computer Systems Administration Specialist, Network Specialist and Web Analyst Associate in Applied Science degrees. The systems administration specialist program includes courses covering IT exploration, security awareness and career preparation in the field. The network specialist associate's includes multiple Cisco networking courses, a Python programming class and an internship. Students enrolled in the web software developer program take courses on website development, SQL programming and data warehousing.
The IT department's certificates typically are pursued in addition to an associate's program and can be earned by completing fewer than 5 courses. Some available certificate programs include ones for Microsoft technologies, Java web development, iPhone applications and forensics.