School and Ranking Information
There are a total of four schools in Roanoke, VA, and within 10 miles of the city offering programs related to network security administration. Most are private for-profit institutes; however, one is a public community college. This article highlights this traditional public school based on its low tuition costs, number of learning options in this field of study and online learning availability.
- Winner: Virginia Western Community College (VWCC) offers an Associate in Applied Science in Information System Technology with a concentration in network and security administration. In addition, the school offers relevant certificate programs as well as continuing education courses in computer and network security.
School Info Chart
|Category||Virginia Western Community College|
|School Type||2-year, public|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||$4,004 (in-state); $9,436 (out-of-state)*|
|Network Security Administration Degrees Offered||Certificate, Associate|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class||22%*|
|Noteworthy||VWCC was among seven community colleges in the state to receive financial incentives designed to help students earn highly sought after credentials within industry and business sectors**|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Virginia Western Community College website
Virginia Western Community College
- State-of-the-art computer labs available where students can find information systems technology tutors
- The AAS program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs
- Research in cloud computing, network security and digital forensics
Virginia Western Community College has a student population of over 8,600 and a student-to-faculty ratio of 22:1. The college offers nearly 60 programs of study, including its network security associate and certificate programs offered through the School of Business, Technology and Trades. Students who have worked in the field may be able to earn credit for their experience, which could be applied to their program requirements.
Information system technology students concentrating in network and security administration take courses in database and network fundamentals, server administration, software design, project management and web page design. The career studies certificate in network and security administration is a 23-credit program that teaches students how to manage corporate data and computer networks. In addition, through the Virginia Western Workforce Solutions department, students can complete online certificate programs and continuing education courses in network security as well as cyber security, CompTIA+ security and Android security.