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)*|
|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.