There are four schools within 20 miles of Raleigh, NC, that offer networking and telecommunication programs; three of which are 2-year institutions. According to school type and program offerings, the following is one of the top schools in the Raleigh area for networking and telecommunications studies:
- Winner: Durham Technical Community College is a public 2-year school located about 18 miles from Raleigh with multiple programs in the discipline. This school offers certificate and associate's degrees related to networking and telecommunications.
School Info Chart
|Category||Durham Technical Community College|
|School Type||2-year, public|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||$1,840 (in-state), $6,388 (out-of-state)*|
|Networking Programs Offered||Certificate, Associate's|
|Networking Degrees and Certificates Awarded in 2012-2013||13*|
|Most Popular Networking Program Level in 2012-2013||Associate's (12 awarded)*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class||12%*|
|Noteworthy||Students enrolled in networking courses have exclusive access to the dedicated networking computer lab**|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Durham Tech website
Durham Technical Community College
- Networking courses align with various industry certifications, such as Network+ and Linux+
- Courses related to networking feature not just informative lectures but also a practical hands-on component
- Online courses are available
The Information Systems Technologies Department at Durham Technical Community College (DTCC) offers a wide range of computer-related programs, including networking, office systems technologies and health information technologies. It also offers programs in computer science, operating systems and information security systems. The department has six computer labs that provide students with a hands-on experience. The department offers an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Networking Technology degree and Cisco Certified Network Associate certificate programs for people pursuing a career in computer networking.
The AAS in Networking Technology consists of 73 credits, with 53 credits devoted to networking technology and communications. Students are introduced to the basics of networking, covering subjects such as wide-area networks (WAN), router programming, Ethernet, Internet protocol (IP) addressing and local-area networks (LAN). The program finishes with a networking project that students develop from the planning stage to execution. The 15-credit Cisco Certified Network Associate certificate covers routing and switching in addition to security.