School and Ranking Information
Many of the schools in the Phoenix area with programs related to networking and communications management are for-profit schools. The top school in the area, however, is a public school. Based on school type and available programs, the following school is a top choice in the area for networking and communications management:
- Winner: GateWay Community College in Phoenix, Arizona, is a school recognized by companies in the IT industry. The school offers networking certificate and associate degree programs for Cisco or Microsoft systems.
School Info Chart
|Category||GateWay Community College|
|School Type||2-year, public|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||$1,974 (in-state), $7,758 (out-of-state)*|
|Networking and Communications Management Programs Offered||Certificate, Associate*|
|Networking and Communications Management Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013||10*|
|Most Popular Networking and Communications Management Degree Level in 2013||Certificate (5), Associate (5)*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||13%*|
|Noteworthy||Honored as a Networking Academy by Cisco|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator
GateWay Community College
- Students have access to industry standard equipment, such as Cisco routers
- Programs aim to help students gain employment in computer technology support areas
- Courses help students pass various industry certification tests
GateWay Community College is a public, 2-year college between downtown Phoenix and Tempe, Arizona. Annual student enrollment is almost 16,000, and the college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Networking Technology - Cisco allows students to take courses in computer maintenance, UNIX and Microsoft Windows. Classes on Cisco-specific networking, router protocols and switching follow. All AAS students also take 16 general education credits.
The Associate of Applied Science in Microsoft Networking Technology features courses in MS-DOS, computer maintenance, customer service, Windows for the PC and Windows for the server. Students can take a course covering local area networks, basic Cisco networking or Microsoft networking.
The Certificate of Completion in Networking Technology: Cisco is a program that requires completion of 20-24 credits. Students learn about computer maintenance, and Cisco networks, routers, switching and wide area networks. The Certificate of Completion in Microsoft Product Specialist emphasizes computer networks and Windows operating systems. Basic Cisco networking and Microsoft networking courses are included