School and Ranking Information
Seven of the eight schools that offer degrees in computer networking in the Greensboro, NC, area are public schools, and the majority of those are 2-year colleges. The following school is the top pick in the area based on number of programs it offers and the cost of attendance.
- Winner: Guilford Technical Community College offers diploma, certificate and associate degree programs in computer networking. This 2-year public school is located in Jamestown, just ten miles outside of Greensboro, NC.
School Info Chart
|Category||Guilford Technical Community College|
|School Type||2-year; public|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergrad: $2,462 (in-state); $8,606 (out-of-state)*|
|Computer Networking Degrees Offered||Diploma; Certificate; Associate Degree|
|Computer Networking Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013||12*|
|Most Popular Computer Networking Degree Level in 2013||Associate Degree (9 awarded)*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class||10%*|
|Noteworthy||All five campuses have open-access computer labs for students**|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Guilford Technical Community College
Guilford Technical Community College
- The college offers online networking technology and network routing programs
- The telecommunications and network engineering curriculum can prepare students for jobs as network system technicians, network administrators, electronic engineering technicians and network specialists
- The associate and diploma programs have a technical orientation and are not intended for transfer to a 4-year school
Guilford Technical Community College offers associate degrees, certificates and diplomas on its five campuses. The college enrolls more than 14,000 students each year. The majority of the college's programs are technical or vocational in nature, offering career prep for students rather than readying them for transfer to a bachelor's-level program. The networking programs are among these technical offerings.
The Diploma in Telecommunications and Network Engineering (TNET) is a 36-credit program. Students learn the basics of networking, routing and switching. They also gain a general understanding of computer operating systems and how they work.
Available online, the Network Routing Certificate program prepares students to work as help desk technicians and network techs. The coursework focuses on Cisco Systems and includes topics in troubleshooting, routing and switching. The program requires 15 credit-hours of study.
The 2-year, 69-credit associate program in TNET introduces concepts relevant to basic electricity, digital concepts, telecommunications and microprocessors. Students also learn the practical skills behind the installation, maintenance and repair of system networks that relay communication via voice, data, image and video. Some general education courses are also required of associate degree students.
Also available online is an Associate of Applied Science in Networking Technology. This 70-credit program is for aspiring network managers and analysts. Students learn to manage both the software and hardware needed for networks, and course topics include operating systems, routing, databases, Linux/UNIX and Windows Admin.