Students in or near the city of Fresno have only one option if they are seeking an education in telecommunications. Based on distinction, student population and number of programs, the following school is the top school in Fresno for telecommunications studies:
- Winner: Fresno City College is the only public or private college within 50 miles of Fresno offering telecommunications programs. The school awards an associate's degree as well as a few certificates in various areas of networking that include telecommunications courses.
School Info Chart
|Category||Fresno City College|
|Distinction||First community college established in California*|
|School Type||2-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergrad: $1,142 (in-state); $6,782 (out-of-state)**|
|Telecommunications Programs Offered||Certificate and associate's degree|
|Telecommunications Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2012-2013||21**|
|Most Popular Telecommunications Level in 2012-2013||Certificate (14 awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class||15%**|
|Noteworthy||Accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges; Allied with CISCO Systems to create the CISCO Networking Academy Program|
Sources: *Fresno City College; **NCES College Navigator
Fresno City College
Fresno City College was founded in 1910 as Fresno Junior College and was renamed Fresno City College in 1858. It enrolls more than 21,000 students in its 14 separate divisions. Its Applied Technology Division houses Cisco network academy programs, and the Business Division offers a networking/computer technician associate's degree and certificate. These programs all include coursework related to telecommunications
Students of the Associate in Science in Networking/Computer Technician program take courses on basic hardware and software, infrastructure and network services, data networks, digital concepts and personal computer maintenance. Fresno City College also offers a networking/computer technician certificate that takes about a year to complete. Courses in the CISCO Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Certificate of Completion program cover topics like advanced routing and switching, networks, router theory and network management. The 12-credit CISCO Certified Networking Professional (CCNP) Certificate of Completion program covers topics like advanced routing protocols, multi-layer switching and remote access networks. Students in the CISCO Wireless Local Area Network (LAN) Support Specialist Certificate of Completion certificate program take courses in router theory and technology, wireless LAN fundamentals and networking essentials. Upon completion of any of these CISCO certificate programs, students can take CISCO exams to gain certification.