School and Ranking Information
The Pomona area has a number of community and technical colleges that offer 2-year degrees in networking and telecommunications. We picked the following school as the best choice based on low tuition, excellent career preparation and number of available programs:
- Winner: Located just 2.7 miles from Pomona, CA, Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC) offers certificates of achievement and an associate degree in computer and networking technology (CNET).
School Info Chart
|Category||Mt. San Antonio College|
|School Type||2-year; public|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergraduate: $1,346 (in-state); $7,442 (out-of-state)*|
|Networking and Telecommunications Degrees Offered||Certificate; Associate's|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class||29%*|
|Noteworthy||Mt. SAC's CNET program offers training in customer service, as well as computer networking, for increased marketability**|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Mt. San Antonio College
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Mt. San Antonio College
- Graduates of the associate's program and level II certificate program are prepared to take certification exams in A+, Network+, Server+ and Security+
- Associate's program students spend over 450 hours of practical application in the lab
- CNET students have the option to transfer credits to a four-year college, such as Cal Poly Pomona, which has an agreement with Mt. SAC
Mt. San Antonio College is home to over 36,000 undergraduate students and offers approximately 200 certificates and associate degree programs. The Electronics and Computer Technology Department offers two Certificate of Achievement programs and an Associate in Science in Computer and Networking Technology.
Students interested in acquiring computer and networking skills may enroll in the computer and network technology certificate programs. The certificate program has two options, either as a level I or level II student. Coursework in both options covers the fundamentals of basic electronics, PC operating systems, PC troubleshooting and repair, and preparation for the A+ certification exam. The level II certificate requires the same coursework, with added classes covering other CompTIA certification options.
The 2-year associate degree program prepares students for entry-level positions in network administration or security management administration. Students study telecommunications and networking fundamentals, learning how to design, administer and manage corporate networks.