Computer Technology Career Education in Colorado Springs, CO

There are two public schools within 45 miles of Colorado Springs, CO, that have computer technology certificate and degree programs. Read an overview of both of these schools' programs, requirements and admission info and find out which school is the right one for you.

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Comparison of Computer Technology Schools in Colorado Springs, CO

In the Colorado Springs area, two schools offer a range of programs that train students for careers in computer technology. One school is about 15 minutes from downtown, while the other is around 50 minutes away from the city center. This article examines both schools and the certificate and associate's degree programs they offer in this field of study. A table of facts about the schools, found below, makes it easy for students to compare these institutions in areas such as size, tuition and graduation rates.

  • Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs, about nine miles from downtown, helps students pursue careers in network infrastructure, computer repair and related professions through information technology (IT) certificate programs and associate's degree programs in computer networking technology and computer information systems.
  • About 45 miles from downtown Colorado Springs, in the nearby city of Pueblo, Pueblo Community College offers certificate and associate's degree programs in computer information systems.

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Comparison of Schools

The following table allows students to compare various aspects of these two schools as they make a decision about their education.

Pikes Peak Community College Pueblo Community College
School Type 2-year, public* 2-year, public*
Total Enrollment (2011) 13,947* 6,203*
Campus Setting Large suburb* Midsize city*
Tuition & Fees (2015-2016) $3,240 in-state; $12,538 out-of-state* $6,761 in-state; $14,561 out-of-state*
% of First-time Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2013) 69%* 78%*
Acceptance Rate (2015) N/A - Open admissions* N/A - Open admissions*
Retention Rate (Fall 2013 returning Fall 2014) 49% for full-time students; 36% for part-time students* 55% for full-time students; 40% for part-time students*
Graduation Rate (Students who began 2011) 12% (17% transfer-out rate)* 19% (4% transfer-out rate)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

Pikes Peak Community College

Pikes Peak Community College has offered education programs to the Colorado Springs area since 1968. Since that time, the school has grown to offer over 200 certificate and associate's degree programs, including computer information and networking technology programs.

IT Certificates

Pikes Peak Community College offers three certificate programs in information technology and related certificate programs. The fundamentals certificate program is an 8-credit introduction to the key skills necessary to working in a computer support environment. Most courses cover customer service and keyboard topics, with a single course introducing computer information systems. The IT Security Essentials Certificate includes two courses, one in information security and one in PC help desk operations. The IT Support Essentials Certificate is a 7-credit program that includes a 4-credit class designed to prepare students for the first of two exams necessary to earn an A+ certification, which is a professional IT certification from CompTIA.

Associate of Applied Science in Computer Networking Technology

This networking technology degree covers information systems topics along with networking concepts and network architectures. An introductory Cisco networking course introduces the industry standards for computer networking. Students may choose electives to prepare for CompTIA Network+ and Cisco Certified Network Associate professional certifications. Including general education requirements, the program consists of 47-48 credits.

Associate of Applied Science in Computer Information Systems

The wide focus of this computer information systems curriculum prepares students for a number of entry-level careers in the field of information technology. Courses cover topics in operating systems, networking and database design. Students entering this program must have a typing speed of 20 words-per-minute or faster, or they must have completed the school's computer keyboarding course. Students may seek permission to complete this requirement concurrently with the program permission.

Pueblo College

Located south of Colorado Springs, Pueblo Community College has served the Pueblo area for over 80 years. Over 50 different degree and certificate programs are available, including those in computer support. In addition to formal degree programs, Pueblo offers a range of community education courses on topics such as Windows, Internet, and computer essentials.

Computer Information Systems Certificates

Pueblo Community College offers a range of certificates in computer information systems. Students may choose between emphasizing information assurance, computer operations, programming and more. Programs vary in length, from 40 credits for the computer applications curriculum to 11 credits for the programming curriculum. The computer operator and applications certificates require ten general education courses.

Associate of Applied Science in Computer Information Systems

Similar to other computer information systems (CIS) curricula, this associate's program teaches students the skills necessary for entry-level positions supporting information technology. In addition to desktop computer support, the program includes courses on how to administer smaller networks. The school offers an Associate of General Studies in Computer Information Systems, which prepares graduates for continuation at a 4-year institution.

Additional Schools

There are more schools within 10 miles of Colorado Springs that offering Computer Science degrees in Information Technology and Networking. These schools include Colorado College, Colorado Technical College, National American University, and University of Colorado.

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