School and Ranking Information
Of the six schools in the Oklahoma City area with programs related to computer networking and network security, two are for-profit. Another two are private, not-for-profit institutions with hefty price tags. The final two are affordable public schools. The top-ranked school, however, has a higher graduation rate than its public neighbor. Based on affordability and graduation rate, the following school is the top school in the area to study computer networking and network security:
- Winner : Oklahoma City Community College, an established leader in technical education, offers training in computer networking and network security for people interested in entry-level positions. The school has associate's degree and certificate programs in both networking and cyber security.
School Info Chart
|Category||Oklahoma City Community College|
|Location||Oklahoma City, OK|
|School Type||2-year, public|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2014-2015)||$3,091 (in-state), $7,891 (out-of-state)*|
|Computer Networking and Network Security Degrees Offered||Certificate, Associate*|
|Computer Networking and Network Security Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013||62*|
|Most Popular Computer Networking and Network Security Degree Level in 2013||Associate*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class||14%*|
|Noteworthy||School is specially authorized to award the National Training Standard for Information Systems Security Professionals certificate|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator
Oklahoma City Community College
- Similar networking curriculum to 4-year Oklahoma colleges lets students transfer credits without a problem
- Program graduates may pursue relevant industry certifications
- Student computer center equipped with up-to-date software
Built in 1972, Oklahoma City Community College offers associate's degrees and certificate programs. The Division of Computer Technology's Computer Science Department teaches students about industry-standard computer technology. Students can pursue study in a variety of disciplines, such as programming, computer science, cyber security and computer information systems.
The school's Certificate of Mastery in Cyber/Information Security is a 36-credit program training students in current security concepts, infrastructure and communication security, operational security and cryptography basics. Students learn skills that help them identify cyber threats, such as viruses, worms, electronic fraud and hacking. They study programming, information security, database management, cyber forensics and security management.
The Certificate of Mastery in Computer Networking Support is a 27-credit program for students interested in becoming a network technician. Students learn how to install and maintain computer networks by taking courses in operating systems support and desktop applications support. The curriculum also covers networking and computing technologies.
The Associate in Applied Science in Computer Systems Support focuses on computer hardware and software support. The 61-credit curriculum explores computer theory, networking technologies, hardware maintenance and software installation. Students learn to document and communicate in support positions and prepare for entry-level roles in such industries as finance, government and retail.
The Associate in Applied Science in Cyber/Information Security mainly feature computer science and cyber/information security courses. The computer science courses prepare students for CompTIA certifications, such as Network+, Security+ and A+. Class topics include Java, Oracle, Linux and Structured Query Language server. Graduates may become cyber/information security specialists for service organizations and academic institutions, among other possibilities.