Computer Engineering Technology Career Training in Grand Rapids

Oct 09, 2018

The Grand Rapids, MI, area has few schools that offer computer engineering technology programs. Learn about the programs, admission info and program requirements for three schools within 65 miles of downtown Grand Rapids to make an informed education decision.

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Grand Rapids Computer Engineering Technology Programs

The Grand Rapids area offers limited computer engineering technology programs, but students can still find relevant training. This article highlights three schools that offer such training, all of which are located less than 90 minutes from downtown Grand Rapids. Also within the article is a table comparing school information, such as tuition rates, acceptance rates, enrollment numbers and more.

  • Just 0.4 miles from downtown Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Community College offers an associate's degree program in the related field of electronics technology.
  • Students can pursue a bachelor's degree program in electrical and electronics engineering technology at Ferris State University, which is 56.2 miles from Grand Rapids' downtown area.
  • Kellogg Community College, which is located 63.8 miles from downtown Grand Rapids, offers a computer engineering technology associate degree program with the opportunity to specialize in a related subject area.

Comparison of Schools

Use the following table to compare valuable school information and make an informed decision.

Grand Rapids Community College Ferris State University Kellogg Community College
School Type 2-year; public 4-year; public 2-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 14,269* 13,798* 4,814*
Campus Setting Midsize city Distant town Small city
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $3,487 in-district;
$6,945 in-state;
$10,081 out-of-state*
$11,628 in-state;
$18,588 out-of-state*
$3,928 in-district;
$6,072 in-state;
$8,480 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 67%* 96%* 79%*
Acceptance Rate N/A - Open admission 74%* (2016-2017) N/A - Open admission
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 57%* 79%* 52%*
Graduation Rate 14%* (for students who began studies in fall 2014) 45%* (for students who began studies in fall 2011) 15%* (for students who began studies in 2014)

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

Grand Rapids Community College

The certificate and Associate in Applied Arts and Sciences in Electronics Technology programs are offered through the Applied Technology Department.

Associate in Applied Arts and Sciences in Electronics Technology

Some required courses include technical electronics, control systems, digital logic and logic controllers. This degree takes approximately 2 years full-time to complete. A certificate in electronics engineering technology is also available with coursework in areas like electrical troubleshooting, digital logic circuits and electronics mathematics.

Ferris State University

Ferris State University offers a bachelor's degree program for students who have transferable courses and a related associate's degree. If students do not fulfill course requirements, they can complete the prerequisites before being admitted to the program.

Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technology

Students can study topics such as control automation, motion control and industrial networking. The program offers students hands-on learning experiences, such as internships and design projects. Upon successful completion of the program, students can pursue a variety of careers in the field.

Kellogg Community College

The Associate in Applied Science in Computer Engineering Technology program offers specializations in computer programming, computer networking or computer engineering technology.

Associate in Applied Science in Computer Engineering Technology

Some topics covered in the program include operating systems, digital logic, computer repair, programming and local area networking. The degree consists of 60 credit hours. The program can also prepare students for industry certifications. A 33-credit computer programming certificate is offered as well.

Other School Options

Additional 4-year programs related to computer engineering technology are available at Grand Valley State University, located 12.6 miles from downtown Grand Rapids, and Western Michigan University, located 51.6 miles from downtown Grand Rapids.

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