Students interested in earning a computer programming degree from an Oklahoma City college have only four not-for-profit schools to choose from within a 25-mile radius of the city. The following three schools are considered the top three in the Oklahoma City area for computer programming studies based on program offerings, location and number of certificates and degrees conferred:
- Winner: Rose State College is named the winner because it is the only school awarding 2-year degrees in the field of study and because it is the largest institution in terms of enrollment among the three schools.
- Runner Up #1: The Moore Norman Technology Center lands in the second spot because of its high graduation rates and because it offers two certificate programs in computer programming.
- Runner Up #2: Canadian Valley Technology Center boasts the highest graduation rates among the three institutions, which places the school in the third spot. It offers a certificate program in computer programming.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||Rose State College||Moore Norman Technology Center||Canadian Valley Technology Center|
|Location||Midwest City, OK (6.9 miles from Oklahoma City, OK)||Norman, OK (15.7 miles from Oklahoma City, OK)||Yukon, OK (16.2 miles from Oklahoma City, OK)|
|School Type||2-year, public||2-year, public||Less than 2-year public|
|Tuition & Fees (2012-2013)||$2,955 (in-state, undergraduate)
$9,107 (out-of-state, undergraduate)*
|$1,905 (960-hour computer programmer, in-district), $2,385 (960-hour computer programmer, out-of-district), $1,275 (600-hour Java programmer, in-district), $1,575 (600-hour Java programmer, out-of-district) **||$1,375 (tuition and fees only)***|
|Computer Programming Award Levels Offered||Associate degrees||Less than 1-year certificates and 1-2 year certificates||Less than 1-year certificates|
|Computer Programming Degrees and/or Certificates Awarded (all levels) in 2011-2012||28*||10*||16*|
|Most Popular Computer Programming Award Level in 2011-2012||Associate in Computer Programming (28 awarded)*||1-2 Year Certificate in Computer Programming (10 awarded)*||Less Than 1-year Certificate in Computer Programming (16 awarded)*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal program time) for 2009 Entering Class||10% (18% transfer-out rate)*||58% (2% transfer-out rate)*||62%*|
|Noteworthy||LRC Computer Lab has 41 computers and an extensive list of computer software||School is part of the 29 school CareerTech System||N/A|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Moore Norman Technology Center, ***Canadian Valley Technology Center.
Winner: Rose State College
- Flexible class schedules (day, evening and online)
- Average class size is 19 students, according to the school
- Tuition and fees are lowest in the state, according to the school
Rose State College (RSC) offers more than 60 academic programs that prepare a student for employment or for completion of a bachelor's degree. The Business and Information Technology Division, one of five divisions at RSC, provides students with programs in computer information and technology, accounting, economics and business administration. The division offers an Associate in Applied Science in Computer Information Technology with a programming option.
This 65-credit-hour program introduces students to networking, Java and other programming languages. They study Visual Basic, C#, C++ and C++NET. Coursework includes database theory and design, discrete math, secure coding, business communications, information assurance and statistics. Students also complete general education courses.
Runner-Up #1: Moore Norman Technology Center
- MNTC is an 8-time winner of the Oklahoma Associate of Technology Center's Gold Star Award
- Graduates of the computer programmer program are eligible for industry certifications
- Student-faculty ratio is 12:1, according to NCES
MNTC offers a computer programmer certificate program, as well a Java programming certificate program. The 960-hour computer programmer certificate program examines multiple programming languages. Students take courses in Java programming, systems analysis design and testing, programming fundamentals and C++ or C# programming.
The 600-hour Java programming certificate program, aimed at entry-level students, includes courses in programming fundamentals, advanced programming and Java programming. Both programs require completion of a capstone course. Although MNTC does have a campus in Oklahoma City, the computer programming certificate programs are offered at the Franklin Campus in Norman.
Runner-Up #2: Canadian Valley Technology Center
- Graduates of the computer programming certificate are eligible for Sun Certified Java Associate certification
- According to the school, the job placement rate for graduates of this program was 50% in 2011-2012
- CVTC also offers computer-related short-term courses
CVTC is a public school that has four campus locations and offers education options in the way of short-term courses and full-time programs. CVTC offers a 10-month computer programmer certificate program. Students learn to write and implement programs using Java and other programming languages. Additionally, they learn to test and analyze computer software, as well as use computer-aided software engineering tools.