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Top School in Tampa for a Telecommunications Degree

Students interested in studying telecommunications in Tampa have a few schools to choose from. Read about the top school's degree programs, ranking and tuition info to help you decide on the school for you.

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School and Ranking Information

Most of the institutions where students can find telecommunications-related programs in Tampa are 4-year schools, including two that are for-profit. The top school in Tampa for an education in a telecommunications-related field due to school type, tuition and program offerings is as follows:

  • Winner: Hillsborough Community College (HCC) is a public 2-year school in Tampa that's nationally recognized for the number of associate's degrees it awards per year. This school offers certificates and associate's programs in networking, a field closely related to telecommunications.

School Info Chart

Category Hillsborough Community College
Rankings #15 for top associate's-producing institutions nationally (2014)*
Location Tampa, FL
School Type 2-year, public
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) $2,506 (in-state), $9,111 (out-of-state)**
Networking and Telecommunications Programs Offered Certificate, Associate's
Networking and Telecommunications Degrees and Certificates Awarded in 2013 29**
Most Popular Networking and Communications Degree Level in 2013 Associate's (23 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class 24%**
Noteworthy Students attending this institution get significant price reductions on various software***

Sources: *Community College Week, **NCES College Navigator, ***HCC website

Hillsborough Community College

  • HCC's Dale Mabry campus features a student computer lab
  • HCC has a Cisco networking academy
  • Graduates of the associate's program in network technology have consistently had a 100% job placement rate

Hillsborough Community College offers its networking programs at the Dale Mabry Campus. This campus surpasses the size of any other HCC location, covering more than 100 acres right in the city of Tampa.

HCC offers an Associate in Science in Network Systems Technology with a variety of concentrations that include digital forensics, Linux, security, network infrastructure and administrator. Some courses included in the network administrator path are wireless networking, business communications and database design. The network infrastructure option provides exposure to Cisco router technology as well as computer repair. Among the available certificates in the field are ones for network security, Linux administrator and network support tech. The network security certificate features three cyber security tracks geared toward Cisco, Linux and Windows.

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