School and Ranking Information
The majority of schools that offer programs in networking and telecommunications within 25 miles of St. Louis are 2-year, public schools. The following school is the top local institution for these programs because of available facilities, certifications and varied programs.
- Winner: If you want to study computer networking and telecommunications technology in Missouri, St. Louis Community College's Forest Park Campus offers an associate's degree program in network engineering, along with certificate programs in telecommunications engineering technology and network engineering. A Cisco Networking Academy program is also available.
School Info Chart
|Category||St. Louis Community College|
|Location||St. Louis, MO|
|School Type||2-year; public|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||$2,940 (in-district); $4,320 (in-state); $5,970 (out-of-state)*|
|Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications Degrees Offered||Certificate; Associate's|
|Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013||6*|
|Most Popular Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications Degree Level in 2013||Certificate*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class||10%*|
|Noteworthy||The Forest Park Campus is an official Cisco Networking Academy**|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **St. Louis Community College
St. Louis Community College-Forest Park
- The Center for Emerging and Advanced Information Technology offers skills-driven education in design, implementation and support of computer networking technologies
- The Forest Park Campus is a certified Microsoft IT Academy
- Students who complete four semesters at the Cisco Networking Academy are eligible for the Cisco Certified Network Associate certification; eight semesters of study, plus exam completion, leads to certification as a Cisco Certified Network Professional
The Forest Park Campus of St. Louis Community College is located in downtown St. Louis, nestled among cultural and educational centers like the Saint Louis University High School and the St. Louis Science Center. The campus offers health, hospitality and information technology programs.
Students in the Associate in Applied Science in Information Systems program can specialize in network engineering. Students within that specialization can then focus in one of three areas: servers, infrastructure or security. Classes emphasize how to select hardware and software, plan the physical layout, design local and wide area networks and optimize and manage the network.
The Certificate of Proficiency in Network Engineering program requires 35 credit hours. Course subjects include hardware and software support, local area networks, UNIX/Linux, data communications, network design and network security.
The 21-credit telecommunications engineering technology certificate introduces students to the basics of telecommunications technology. Students take courses in circuitry, analog and digital electronics and IBM computer repair.
The Cisco Network Academy training program is standardized across the nation. Four semesters of approximately 280 hours of instruction provide students with a foundation in networking using Cisco equipment.