Students seeking a computer programming education in Kansas City, MO, have only one public and one for-profit institution to choose from. Based on school type, student population and number of degrees and certificates awarded in the field of study, the following college is considered the top school in Kansas City for computer programming studies:
- Winner: Metropolitan Community College (MCC) is the only public college and the largest institution in terms of enrollment that offers computer programming studies in Kansas City, MO. Students can find computer programming coursework in computer science, Web development and software development 2-year degree and certificate programs.
School Info Chart
|Category||Metropolitan Community College|
|Ranking||MCC's business and technology program was ranked in the top 150 community colleges in the nation in 2014*|
|Location||Kansas City, Missouri|
|School Type||2-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergrad: $2,790 (in district); $5,190 (in state); $6,810 (out-of-state)**|
|Computer Programming Programs Offered||Certificates and associate's degree|
|Computer Programming Certificates and Degrees Awarded in 2012-2013||101**|
|Most Popular Computer Programming Award in 2012-2013||Certificate (76 awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class||14%**|
|Noteworthy||MCC was named as one of the top ten 'Top Outstanding Southern Community Colleges for Workforce Training' in 2013***.|
Sources: *Aspen Institute, **NCES College Navigator, Southern Business and Development Magazine.
Metropolitan Community College
- Computer programming students receive hands-on training in state-of-the-art labs
- Evening, weekend and online classes available in the computer science program
- Credits earned in computer science programs transferable to 4-year colleges and universities
Metropolitan Community College has five campuses with its Penn Valley, Maple Woods and Blue River campuses scattered within the Kansas City, MO, city limits. Just over 19,000 students were enrolled in programs at MCC in 2013. Computer programming track is available at all of MCC's five locations, and students can choose among four associate's degree and two certificate programs that provide computer programming coursework.
The Associate in Computer Science and Information Systems with an emphasis in computer information systems covers programming basics, computer architecture, algorithms, object-oriented programming and computer science in addition to general education requirements. The Associate of Applied Science in Computer Science and Information Systems with a concentration in Software Development contains courses in object-oriented programming and basic programming as well as Web database programming. There are also courses in database management and networking. The Web technologies concentration in the Associate of Applied Science in Computer Science and Information Systems program offers many of the same programming courses. Certificate programs in Web technologies and software development have the same coursework as that found in the associate's degree programs, but do not have general education requirements.
Offered in conjunction with Johnson County Community College (JCCC) in Overland Park, KS, the Associate of Applied Science in Game Development program offers game and mobile game programming courses. Students also study 2-D and 3-D graphics as well as virtual environments. Certain courses must be completed at JCCC's campus, including game design, game programming, writing for interactive media and digital narratives. Certain general education requirements must be completed at MCC.