School and Ranking Information
Only two schools within ten miles of Columbia offer programs related to computer networking. Based on available programs and affordability, the following school is the top school in the area for computer networking:
- Winner : Midlands Technical College is a 2-year, 6-campus public school. It has produced entrepreneurs and Fortune 500 employees. The school offers an associate degree and a range of certificates related to computer networking.
School Info Chart
|Category||Midlands Technical College|
|Location||West Columbia, SC|
|School Type||2-year, public|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||$3,838 (in-district), $4,750 (in-state), $11,086 (out-of-state)*|
|Computer Networking Degrees Offered||Certificate, Associate*|
|Computer Networking Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013||2*|
|Most Popular Computer Networking Degree Level in 2013||Associate*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class||10%*|
|Noteworthy||Students can take a single computer course according to their interests rather than completely enroll in the college|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator
Midlands Technical College
- Free tutoring and computer access to help students get ahead
- A Life Skills Center helps students develop time management and work ethic skills to succeed in their computer networking courses
- Networking courses aim to help students pass industry certification exams
The Information Systems Technology Department at Midland Technical College offers a degree program in network systems management. It also offers five certificate programs designed to provide students with specific technical knowledge and prepare them for industry certification(s). They are geared towards students with a degree, but need additional education to keep their skills fresh or to enter another career.
The Associate of Science in Network Systems Management is a 2-year degree program that teaches students how to install, maintain and upgrade network hardware and software. Students also learn how to manage existing networks and troubleshoot computer systems already connected to a network.
The Information Systems Networking Certificate covers fundamental concepts in networking. Students may take courses in local area network (LAN) concepts and network management and design. The LAN Networking Systems Certificate advances technical ideas in network management. Students take courses in wireless LANs and fundamentals of operating systems.
The Networking Specialist Certificate prepares students to sit for IT industry certification exams, and the curriculum focuses on network infrastructure expertise. The Routing and Network Configuration certificate is for students who want to take the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) exam. The certificate consists of four Cisco courses in router configurations, troubleshooting, inter-networking concepts and security.