The dozen schools within roughly 20 miles of Denver with networking programs include mostly 4-year for-profit schools, in addition to 2-year and less-than-2-year non-profits. The following school is considered one of the best in the area for a networking education due to school type, program offerings and tuition:
- Winner: Front Range Community College (FRCC) is a public 2-year school about 16 miles from Denver. This school offers an associate's degree and multiple certificates in networking.
School Info Chart
|Category||Front Range Community College|
|School Type||2-year, public|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||$3,224 (in-state), $12,134 (out-of-state)*|
|Networking Programs Offered||Certificate, Associate's|
|Networking Certificates Awarded in 2013||10*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class||18%*|
|Noteworthy||This institution has a testing center on site that allows students to take numerous national as well as local examinations without having to travel**|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **FRCC website
Front Range Community College
- The networking associate's program has an emphasis that prepares students for Cisco certification
- FRCC offers a networking certificate that can be completed in just a single semester
- Students at FRCC can receive training for various Microsoft professional exams
Front Range Community College's Westminster campus is attended by around 20,000 students. This institution offers online degrees, in addition to its on-campus offerings. The student-to-faculty ratio at FRCC is 20 to 1.
FRCC's Business, Information Systems and Technology Department offers an Associate of Applied Science in Computer Networking Technologies that requires courses on Linux and PC apps. Students can choose between a Cisco, Microsoft network administration or individually tailored focus area. The Microsoft network emphasis includes courses on network security and Windows configuration, and students may choose an elective that prepares them for A+ certification. This institution also offers a 6-credit Network+ computer technician certificate and a 15-credit Microsoft network administration certificate.