School and Ranking Information
Only three schools within twenty miles of Henderson have programs related to electronics and computer technology. One of the schools is for-profit. The other two are both public schools. The top school, however, has more of an emphasis on electronics and computer technology and it has a more reasonable price. Based on affordability and available programs, the following school is the top school in the area for electronics and computer technology:
- Winner : The College of Southern Nevada is the largest institution of higher learning in Nevada. The campus at Henderson, about 17 miles southeast of Las Vegas, provides several degree and certificate program options for those interested in electronics and computer technology.
School Info Chart
|Category||College of Southern Nevada|
|Location||Las Vegas, NV|
|School Type||4-year, public|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||$2,700 (in-state), $9,345 (out-of-state)*|
|Electronics and Computer Technology Degrees Offered||Certificate, Associate|
|Electronics and Computer Technology Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013||50*|
|Most Popular Electronics and Computer Technology Degree Level in 2013||Associate*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class||9%*|
|Noteworthy||School has two tutoring labs open Monday through Saturday**|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **College of Southern Nevada
College of Southern Nevada
- All training emphasizes practical experience in a lab setting
- Many School of Advanced and Applied Technologies programs are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
- Those majoring in the Department of Computer and Technology have two full time academic advisers
Opened in 1971, the College of Southern Nevada (CSN) has grown from just 402 students to more than 40,000 each year, and serves Las Vegas and the surrounding regions. CSN's School of Advanced and Applied Technologies (SAAT) is home to the Department of Applied Technologies and the Department of Computing and Information Technology. Both have several electronics and computer technology program options. The Department of Applied Technologies Department offers a certificate and associate program in telecommunications. The Department of Computing and Information Technology offers associate degrees in networking, network security, software, and electronic crime investigation. A certificate in electronic crime investigation is also available.
The Certificate in Electronic Engineering Technology, Telecommunications, focuses on the technologies involved in modern telecommunications, students in this program learn to create various types of circuits while also developing an understanding of fiber optics. Labs offer practice in PC repair and the electronic device testing used for telephone-computer systems. Additional courses cover voice cabling and Cisco networking systems. Graduates should be ready for entry-level telecommunications work.
The Associate of Applied Science in Electronic Engineering Technology, Telecommunications, trains students in beginning-through-advanced telecommunications techniques and skills. They learn to install and maintain an IP network, as well as fiber optic and copper cabling. Other topics covered include telephone signaling, voice and data cabling, devices for data acquisition and the different types of circuitry. Students have ample opportunity for hands-on practice in the lab. This program features a capstone project.
The Associate of Applied Science in Computer and Information Technology, Networking, teaches the ins-and-outs of software and hardware systems, networking and Web servers. Following core training in computer repair and project management, participants choose one of three concentrations. Students in the client//server concentration focus on operations and security for servers, desktops and networks. In the Linux concentration, topics cover system administration and security. The router/switch concentration looks at Cisco technology for networks and wireless systems. Graduates are eligible for several certification exams.
The Associate of Applied Science in Computer and Information Technology, Network Security, trains students to prevent electronic crime through network security management. Classes and labs provide training in A+ hardware and software, Linux systems and Microsoft networking, and also provide students with a solid background in Internet forensics. Cisco courses focus on routing protocols, wireless operations and switching. Graduates are prepared to take a variety of industry certification exams.
The Associate of Applied Science in Computer and Information Technology, Software, teaches students how to outfit a computer system with up to date networking technology, as well as essential software design and security skills. Students interested in this software emphasis can choose to concentrate on computer programming, applications, databases, or web development.
The Associate of Applied Science in Computer and Information Technology, Electronic Crime Investigation, blends criminal justice and forensics with computer technology so that students can learn about electronic crime investigation. Computer classes focus on networks, operating systems, servers and desktops. In the lab, students build a computer from the ground up, learning to troubleshoot as they go. The Certificate in Electronic Crime prevention is very similar, except it consists of 30 credits rather 60 credits. The certificate also does not cover network forensics, instead focusing on general computer forensics and investigation.