School and Ranking Information
There are a total of five schools offering network administration training either in Irving, TX, or within 10 miles of the city. Many of these are for-profit institutions, but there are a couple public schools as well. Based upon its location within the city of Irving, the number of networking programs and specializations offered and low tuition costs, the following school is considered a top school for network administration in the Irving area:
- Winner: North Lake College (NLC), a two-year public institution, offers several career training certificate programs for aspiring networking professionals. In addition, the school offers an Associate in Applied Sciences in Computer Information Technology - Network Administrator and Support degree.
School Info Chart
|Category||North Lake College|
|School Type||2-year, public|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)|| $1,560 (in-district),
|Network Administrator Degrees Offered||Certificate, Associate's|
|Network Administrator Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013||59*|
|Most Popular Network Administration Degree Level in 2013||Certificate (51 awarded)*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class||10%*|
|Noteworthy||Rising Star Program offers grants to Dallas County students with financial need; three state-of-the-are computer labs are available at NLC's North Campus|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
North Lake College
- The college has been certified as a Microsoft IT Academy
- Students can prepare for industry credentialing exams, including specialized Microsoft Certified IT Professional certification tests
- Students who have worked in the IT field may be able to earn credit for their experience
- Students can participate in service learning, which allows them to serve a charitable organization or social agency while earning credit
North Lake College is one of seven community colleges that make up the Dallas County Community College District (DCCD). NLC has a main campus in Irving and three satellite campuses in the surrounding area offering nearly 70 programs of study. According to 2013 data from the National Center for Education Statistics, NLC has a student population of 11,365 with a student-faculty ratio of 26:1. Networking associate and certificate programs are offered through the college's Arts, Business, Sports Science and Technology division.
The college offers field-specific certificate programs ranging from 16-24 credit hours, including Network Associate, Networking Professional and Network Support (database, enterprise and server administrator tracks available) options. Students in the certificate and associate degree programs have the chance to explore such networking topics as Cisco routing protocols, LAN and WAN, troubleshooting and maintenance. Additionally, associate degree students can pursue specialized tracks in Unix/Linux, Microsoft, CCNP or CCNA.