School and Ranking Information
The schools in the Bellevue area with programs related to networking and telecommunications mainly offer associate degrees, including the area's top school. However, the top school can boast national recognition for its efforts to educate all kinds of students. Based on honors received, the following school is the top school in the area for networking and telecommunications:
- Winner: Bellevue College is a 2-year community college. It has been recognized as a finalist for the Bellwether award for its career-focused programs. The school offers an associate's degree and several certificate of achievement programs in networking and telecommunications
School Info Chart
|Rankings||Finalist for the Bellwether Award's Workplace Development Category (2012)*|
|School Type||4-year, public|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||$3,754 (in-state), $8,944 (out-of-state)**|
|Networking and Telecommunications Degrees Offered||Associate, Undergraduate Certificate**|
|Networking and Telecommunications Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013||46**|
|Most Popular Networking and Telecommunications Degree Level in 2013||Associate**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||24%**|
|Noteworthy||Programs aim to help students master key areas of networking and gain professional certification|
Sources: *Bellevue College, **NCES College Navigator
- Students are taught all aspects of networking, from application support to administration
- Expectations include learning the theory of networking as well as the practice
- Bellevue College was once the headquarters for a young Microsoft Corporation
Bellevue College maintains a strong information technology presence through its Institute for Business and Information Technology. For those with a specific interest in networking and telecommunications, there are several program options.
The Certificate of Achievement in Microcomputer Support Specialist program's core topics are installation, maintenance and problem-solving for microcomputer systems. Students also learn systems documentation and business communication skills.
The Certificate of Achievement in Cisco Support Technician program teaches about network topologies, local area networks, routing and protocols are among the topics presented from the perspective of Cisco Internetworking hardware. Specific techniques learned include switch and router configurations, wide area network design and creation of site wiring diagrams.
The Certificate of Achievement in Microsoft Network Support program focuses on enterprise network infrastructure. This program covers centrally located network operations, connectivity, directory services databases and security. Students also learn to use specific requirements for setting up and implementing OS's and databases.
The Certificate of Achievement in Operating System Support Specialist program helps students gain competency in desktop support tasks such as technical assistance, documentation, server maintenance and security implementation. A course in technical writing and a marketing course that explores customer relationships give students insight into the workplace environment. Graduates are eligible for certification from Microsoft and the Computer Technology Industry Association.
The Associate of Arts in Network Services and Computing Systems program trains participants in the technical skills needed for computer network administration, including installation, configuration and maintenance of servers, printers, routers and other infrastructure components. Network troubleshooting and facility in business communications are also important topics. In addition to core courses, students choose a concentration track in operating system (OS) administration, application support or network administration. Certification in Linux+ or Cisco Certified Network Associate is possible depending on the concentration chosen.