There are about eight schools, mainly technical institutes and 2-year colleges, within a 30-mile radius of Dayton, OH, that provide studies in or relating to computer networking. Based on school distinction, computer networking program options and modern computer facilities, the following college is considered a top school in the Dayton area for computer networking:
- Winner: Edison Community College has a long history of training students in fields of information technology and computer networking. The school is located approximately 30 miles from Dayton and offers certificate and associate's degree programs in network computer management as well as an associate's degree in network and computer security.
School Info Chart
|Category||Edison Community College|
|Distinction||First general and technical college in Ohio*|
|School Type||2-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergrad: $4,149 (in-state); $7,659 (out-of-state)**|
|Computer Networking Programs Offered||Certificate and associate's degree|
|Computer Networking Certificates and Degrees Awarded in 2012-2013||20**|
|Most Popular Computer Networking Level in 2012-2013||Associate's degree (14 awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class||20%*|
|Noteworthy||Edison Community College is a member of the MSDN Academic Alliance, which allows the college to provide academic software products to students for free or at a reasonable price|
Sources: *Edison Community College; **NCES College Navigator
Edison Community College
- Internship opportunities available
- Leading-edge computer technology available to computer networking students
- Graduates can pursue various certifications in the field, such as A+ and Security+ certifications
Edison Community College is a 4-year, public university offering undergraduate degree programs in a broad range of disciplines. Total enrollment is nearly 3,000 students annually. The Computer Information Technology department offers associate degrees and certificate programs in a wide variety of areas related to business telecommunications, including computer programming, business systems, systems engineering and network infrastructure.
The 34-credit hour Network Computer Management Certificate program takes one year to complete. It integrates Cisco Certified Network Administrator (CCNA) courses into the curriculum. Subjects explored in this program include local area networks (LANs) and wide area networks, operating systems, routing and technical writing. The Associate of Applied Business in Network Computer Management program requires students to complete four semesters of course work. The first two semesters lay the groundwork for network management with courses such as introduction to Internet development and networking essentials. In the final two semesters, students hone their networking skills in courses including computer security, router use, database processing and virtual LANs.
Students of the Associate of Applied Business in Network and Computer Security program learn to keep information, computer systems and networks safe by assessing and anticipating intruders and take courses in subjects like fundamentals of network security, computer forensics, networking security design and system vulnerabilities.