School and Ranking Information
There are three colleges offering computer programming degrees and certificates in Atlanta; one is a small, 4-year, private for-profit school, and the other two are larger community colleges. Based upon the number of computer programming graduates and the degree and certificate options offered, the following school is considered to be one of the top options for students pursuing a career in computer programming:
- Winner: Atlanta Technical College (ATC) offers an associate's degree and a diploma in computer programming, as well as certificates in two programming languages and individual programming classes that can be taken onsite or online. ATC is one of the largest schools in the Technical School System of Georgia.
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School Info Chart
|Category||Atlanta Technical College|
|Distinctions||#2 in the US for 1-year certificates granted to African Americans, #5 for 2-year certificates granted to African Americans, #16 for 1-year certificates to all minorities (2014)**|
|School Type||2-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)|| Undergraduate:
|Computer Programming Degrees Offered||Certificate, Diploma, Associate|
|Computer Programming Degrees and Certificates Awarded in 2012-2013||24*|
|Most Popular Computer Programming Program Level Awarded in 2012-2013||2-4 year certificate (12 awarded)*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class||24%*|
|Noteworthy||2012 Purdue Award - College of the Year by the Technical School System of Georgia; New lab facilities with a 2012 update|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Community College Week
Atlanta Technical College
- Interactive ties to the business community
- Onsite computer labs and laptops
- Career-focused counseling
ATC began as the Smith-Hughes Vocational School in 1945. Today, ATC serves almost 5,000 students each semester in its updated facilities, providing a wide variety of programs and courses to degree-seeking and casual learners alike. The Economic Development Division at ATC works with businesses and industries in Fulton County, providing employee training and development, which in turn gives ATC insight into what employers seek when developing curricula.
Students who wish to study computer programming have several options. At the certificate level, C++ and Java programming certificate coursework includes 15-22 hours of classes in English, SQL, program design and development, and either Java or C++. The diploma and associate's degree programs require completion of 52 and 63 credit hours, respectively, and include coursework in areas outside of programming, such as English, financial accounting, and math. ATC also offers degree and certificate programs in databases and networking.