Computer Technology Diploma and Degree Programs in Aurora, CO

There are two public schools within five miles of downtown Aurora, Colorado, that offer computer technology certificate or degree programs. Read about program requirements and certification training to make an informed decision about your education.

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Aurora Schools with Computer Technology Programs

In Aurora, Colorado, students can choose to begin their postsecondary education with a certificate or associate-level program in computer technology. This article looks at two schools that are no more than 10 minutes from the city center and the programs they offer. It also includes a table of information that prospective students should consider when choosing a school, such as costs, enrollment figures and the graduation rate.

  • At Pickens Technical College, just three miles from downtown, adults and high school students can pursue computer service technician certificates.
  • Featuring articulation agreements with local Denver area 4-year colleges, the Community College of Aurora offers an Associate of Applied Science as well as several specialized certificate programs in computer information systems. It is only two miles from downtown Aurora.

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Comparison of Schools

Students need to be aware of many factors when choosing a school for their training. This table presents important information in format that makes it easy to compare these schools.

Pickens Technical College Community College of Aurora
School Type Less-than-2-year public technical college 2-year public community college
Total Enrollment (Fall 2014)* 1,084 7,617
Campus Setting Rural, fringe Large City
Tuition (2015-2016)* $2,376 in-state;
$4,656 out-of-state
$3,538 in-state;
$13,256 out-of-state
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid (2013-2014)* 50% 64%
Acceptance Rate* Open Admission Open Admission
Retention Rate (2013-2014)* 59% full-time;
81% part-time
55% full-time;
41% part-time
Graduation Rate* 77% 18%

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Pickens Technical College

Pickens Technical College offers a variety of diploma and certificate programs geared to prepare students for further postsecondary education or workforce development. Students can complete programs designed for transfer to Associate of Applied Science programs at Community College of Aurora.

Certificate of Completion in Computer Service/Network Technician

Students as Pickens Technical College can complete one or more certificate program in computer service technology, including a variety of certification preparation training programs. The Certificate of Completion in Computer Service/Network Technician program features an articulation agreement with the Community College of Aurora and is a combination of several individual certificate courses. Certification training programs include A + and A + Advanced. Students may also choose certificates in security fundamentals and mobile applications.

Community College of Aurora

The Community College of Aurora is a member of the Colorado Community College system with campus locations throughout Aurora and Denver. The computer department offers a variety of certificate and associate degree programs, as well as a computer laboratory at the Lowry Campus.

Certificate of Completion in IT Tech and Support

The 20-credit IT Tech and Support certificate features coursework in logic and program design, personal computer applications and technician training. Students are also able to use the program as an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) concentration. Other certificate programs include specialized programming languages and operating systems, beginning networking, advanced networking, game programming and web development.

Associate of Applied Sciences in Computer Information Systems

Students seeking an associate's degree for professional preparation or transfer to a 4-year degree program can complete the AAS in Computer Information Systems with courses covering systems analysis, personal computer applications, networking, information security fundamentals and web authoring. Other program courses include management information systems, web scripting and technology for career development. Students may also select an AAS in Computer Information Systems program designed specifically for transfer to nearby Metropolitan State College of Denver.

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