Comparison of Computer Technology Schools in Colorado Springs, CO
In the Colorado Springs area, around seven schools offer a range of programs that train students for careers in computer technology. One featured school is about 13 miles from downtown, while another option is around 28 miles 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 13 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 28 miles from downtown Colorado Springs, in the nearby city of Pueblo, Pueblo Community College offers certificates in computer information systems and an associate's degree in networking security.
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*||4-year, primarily associate's, public*|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||13,275*||5,991*|
|Campus Setting||Large suburb*||Midsize city*|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)||$3,726 in-state; $14,491 out-of-state*||$5,050 in-state; $15,810 out-of-state*|
|% of First-time Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2017)||68%*||85%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||N/A - Open admissions*||N/A - Open admissions*|
|Retention Rate (Fall 2016 returning Fall 2017)||53% for full-time students; 38% for part-time students*||47% for full-time students; 39% for part-time students*|
|Graduation Rate||17% (19% transfer-out rate) For those who began their studies in 2014*||19% (25% transfer-out rate) For those who began their studies in 2011*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Pikes Peak Community College
Pikes Peak Community College has offered educational programs to the Colorado Springs area since 1968. Since that time, the school has grown to offer more than 150 certificate and associate's degree programs, including computer information and networking technology programs.
Pikes Peak Community College offers various certificate programs in information technology and related certificate programs. A Computer Application Specialist certificate is a 16-credit program with coursework in PC applications, Microsoft Outlook and PC spreadsheets. A Computer Support Technician certificate program requires 19 credits in areas like PC help desk skills and networking fundamentals. A 16-17-credit Database certificate program has similar coursework, including computer science and database design classes. The Programming certificate requires 18 credits with topics such as Microsoft Visual Basic.Net and computer architecture.
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 60-61 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.
Located south of Colorado Springs, Pueblo Community College is part of the Colorado Community College System. That system comprises 13 colleges in the region.
Computer Information Systems Certificates
Pueblo Community College offers a range of certificates in computer information systems. Students may choose between emphasizing information assurance, programming, forensic computing and more. Programs vary in length, from 6 credits for MS Office Applications to 28 credits for Cyber Defense.
Associate of Applied Science in Networking Cyber Security
This associate's program teaches students the skills necessary for entry-level positions as network security technicians. Courses focus on areas such as problem-solving, vulnerability assessment, and security maintenance, The school also offers an Associate of General Studies in Computer Information Systems, which prepares graduates for continuation at a 4-year institution.
There are more schools within 30 miles of Colorado Springs that offer computer technology programs. These schools include Colorado College, Colorado Technical University-Colorado Springs, National American University, and University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.