School and Ranking Information
Several schools in the Orlando area offer programs with computer networking coursework, mostly at the undergraduate level. Based on its wide variety of program offerings, the following school is considered a top school in the area for studying computer networking:
- Winner: Valencia College is a 4-year public school that is located right in Orlando, Florida. It offers an Associate of Applied Science in Networking Engineering Technology, as well as certificate programs in advanced and basic network administration, advanced and basic network infrastructure, and network support.
School Info Chart
|School Type||4-year, primarily associate's, Public|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||$2,378 (in-state); $9,005 (out-of-state)*|
|Computer Network Technology Degrees Offered||Certificate, Associate|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||40%*|
|Noteworthy||Valencia College won the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence in 2011, recognizing how well-prepared its graduates were for workplace employment**|
Source: *NCES College Navigator, **Valencia College
- Two levels of certificate programs available in network administration and network infrastructure to teach students basic and advanced skills
- Students who already hold Cisco certification may be able to earn college credit toward the degree
- The associate's degree program offers specializations in Cisco routing and switching, digital forensics and cyber security, and Microsoft Systems Administration
Valencia College enrolled 42,180 students as of 2013. Its west campus includes the Architectural, Engineering and Technology Division, which is home to the computer engineering technology programs.
This public state college offers an Associate of Applied Science in Networking Engineering Technology, which helps students build skills in network design, network administration and microcomputer installation. Courses prepare students for certification tests for A+, Microsoft Certified Professional and Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer.
Valencia College also offers numerous technical certificate programs related to networking. These include programs in advanced network administration, advanced network infrastructure, network administration, network infrastructure and network support. The programs prepare students to do things like set up a Microsoft Windows Enterprise Network, apply diagnostic testing to network software ane equipment and optimize operating systems for networks. Related certificate programs in digital forensics and cyber security also include some network-related coursework.