A local area network usually consists of computers, electronic devices and technical peripherals that communicate with each other. Programs are available at various 2- and 4-year colleges.
Schools with Telecommunications Programs
These schools all offer programs in telecommunications technology or computer systems networking and telecommunications.
|College/University||Location||Type of Institution||Degrees Offered||Undergraduate Tuition(2015-6)*|
|CUNY New York City College of Technology||Brooklyn, NY||4-Year, Public||Associate's, Bachelor's||$6,669 in-state, $13,779 out-of-state|
|Daytona State College||Daytona Beach, FL||4-Year, primarily associate's, Public||Undergraduate Certificate||$3,282 in-state, $12,352 out-of-state|
|Inter-American University of Puerto Rico - Aguadilla||Aguadilla, PR||4-Year, Private, not-for-profit||Bachelor's||$5,534|
|Kirkwood Community College||Cedar Rapids, IA||2-Year, Public||Associate's||$4,194 in-state, $5,034 out-of-state|
|Southwestern Michigan College||Dowaiac, MI||2-Year, Public||Associate's||$4,921 in-district, $5,967 in-state, $6,370 out-of-state|
|Technical Education Center-Osceola||Kissimmee, FL||2-Year, Public||Undergraduate Certificate||$4,745|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.
School Selection Criteria
Considerations for students in this field:
- Commonly offered through certificate, diploma or associate degree programs, telecommunications technology education usually covers more than LAN cabling.
- In addition to LAN cabling installation, maintenance and repair, some schools also provide instruction on wireless technologies, basic computer administration or network security.
- Some schools design their curricula to ensure graduates are eligible for industry certifications, such as C-Tech's Network Cabling Specialist credential or the Electronics Technicians Association, International's basic and advanced certifications.
- Additionally, students may wish to check for programs that emphasize hands-on training, which allows them to practice techniques and gain experience with current industry tools.
Certificate and Diploma Programs in Telecommunications Technology
Certificate and diploma programs can last from a few months to up to two years. Some programs offer internship opportunities in addition to lab time in order to gain hands-on experience with installation tools, testing equipment and monitoring devices. Curriculum includes telecommunications, fiber optic cables, customer service, and safety practice.
Associate Degree in Telecommunications Technology
Associate degree programs include general education credits in basic writing, mathematics and computer skills. The core, professional curriculum includes sequences in telecommunications and network security, testing and monitoring. Students could opt to take elective courses in wireless communications, mobile communications, computer administration, and database design.
Associate's degree programs in telecommunications technology are fairly common, but some schools may also offer certificates or bachelor's degrees as well. Many of these programs include training in LAN.