School and Ranking Information
Schools in Westminster, Colorado do not offer network security-specific programs, but do offer programs in the field of computer network technology, which covers network security. The majority of schools in the Westminster area are private, for-profit, but there are a few public community and technical colleges. Based on the certification programs offered and hands-on training provided, the following school is considered one of the top schools for computer network technology:
- Winner: Arapahoe Community College is a 2-year public community college that is located in Littleton, Colorado. The college offers a certificate program in Computer Network Technology and an Associate of Applied Science in Computer Network Technology.
School Info Chart
|Category||Arapahoe Community College|
|School Type||2-year, public|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||$3,063 (in-state); $11,961(out-of-state)*|
|Computer Network Technology Degrees Offered||Certificate, Associate's|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class||18%*|
|Noteworthy||Substantial training with software programs, networks and computer operating systems|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Arapahoe Community College
- Students prepare to take tests for A+, Microsoft MCSA and Cisco CCNA
- Core courses include networking, computer technician and network security
- Entry-level positions as computer and network security technicians are available after graduation
ACC is the very first community college in the Denver area. Established in 1965, it has 11,621 students as of 2013. There are two other campuses, which are located in Parker and Castle Rock. Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, ACC offers programs designed to prepare students for entry-level technical positions.
ACC offers a certificate program in computer network technology. Coursework includes firewalls, UNIX fundamentals, disaster recovery and network defense. Since it's a customizable program, students can choose coursework that's most relevant to their career path.
An Associate of Applied Science in Computer Network Technology is also offered, which is also a customizable program. Students learn how to configure and install networks, troubleshoot problems with networks and maintain computer systems. Graduates are prepared to take certification exams for different job titles, such as a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist and a Microsoft Security Professional.