School and Ranking Information
There are only three schools in or within 25 miles of Norfolk, VA, that provide certificate and degree programs in computer drafting and design. One of these schools is a for-profit institution. Based on rankings and student-to-faculty ratio, the following college is considered a top school in the Norfolk area for computer drafting and design studies:
- Winner: Thomas Nelson Community College is located in Hampton, VA, about 20 miles from Norfolk. The school has the lowest student-to-faculty ratio among schools in the Norfolk area providing programs in computer drafting and design.
School Info Chart
|Category||Thomas Nelson Community College|
|Ranking||#5 on the Best for Vets: Career & Technical Colleges ranking by Military Times (2015)*|
|School Type||2-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergrad: $3,981 (in state); $9,819 (out-of-state)**|
|Computer Drafting and Design Programs Offered||Certificate and associate's degree|
|Computer Drafting and Design Certificates and Degrees Awarded in 2012-2013||27**|
|Most Popular Computer Drafting and Design Level in 2012-2013||Certificate (15 awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class||16%**|
|Noteworthy||Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)|
Sources: *Thomas Nelson Community College; **NCES College Navigator
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Thomas Nelson Community College
- 20:1 student-to-faculty ratio
- Day, evening and weekend classes available
- Distance learning opportunities offered in many programs
Thomas Nelson Community College serves 11,000 undergraduate students annually and offers more than 40 fields of study. The college has a second campus in Williamsburg and two outreach centers. The Engineering, Science and Allied Health Division at TNCC offers degree and certificate programs in a variety of fields of study, including computer science. The division offers an Associate of Applied Science in Computer-Aided Drafting and Design Technology and a certificate in computer-aided drafting and design technology.
The 66-credit Associate of Applied Science in Computer-Aided Drafting and Design Technology program trains students to become CAD operators and designers. After completion of the 32-credit general education courses, students proceed to major coursework. Courses include industry processes and materials, technical drafting and engineering technology dynamics. Students complete a design capstone project and take six credits in electives chosen from drafting, mechanics or engineering.
In the Certificate in Computer-Aided Drafting and Design Technology program, students complete 34-35 credit hours, including 15 credits of general education courses. Students may be required to take specified developmental courses dependent on their prior education and placement test scores. Coursework covers drawing fundamentals, engineering technology statics and materials strength. Students may take a machine shop practices course or choose electives such as computer-aided rendering, modeling or machining.