Comparison of Information Systems Security School Options in Seattle
The Seattle area is home to a number of schools that offer information systems security training. The article discusses programs offered by three schools within 20 miles of downtown Seattle. See the table for a comparison of costs, enrollment size and type of campus.
- Edmonds Community College is located about 14 miles north of Seattle and offers two relevant associate's degree programs.
- Highline College is a public institution where a student can earn an information systems project coordinator associate's degree. It is also located about 14 miles from downtown Seattle.
- Lake Washington Institute of Technology, formerly known as Lake Washington Technical College, offers a computer security and network technician program and is 20 miles from the city center.
Comparison of Schools
|Edmonds Community College||Highline College||Lake Washington Institute of Technology|
|School Type||Four-year; primarily associate's; public||Four-year, primarily associate's; public||Four-year, primarily associate's; public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||8,100*||6,824*||3,697*|
|Campus Setting||Large suburb||Large suburb||Large suburb|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)||$4,136 in-state; $9,506 out-of-state*||$4,026 in-state; $4,462 out-of-state*||$4,251 in-state; $9,618 out-of-state*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||56%*||47%*||53%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||N/A - open admissions*||N/A - open admissions*||N/A - open admissions*|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||N/A*||N/A*||N/A*|
|Graduation Rate (completed program within 150% of 'normal' time)||28% (students began Fall 2014)*||30% (students began Fall 2014)*||34% (students began Fall 2011)*|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics.
Edmonds Community College
Edmonds Community College was founded in 1967 and has two associate's degree programs with information systems security coursework.
Associate of Technical Arts in Cyber Defense and Digital Forensics
From firewalls to data recovery, this program is designed to teach students about network security and digital forensics. Courses cover system security, security risk analysis, intrusion detection system implementation and security design. Multiple courses are given in Cisco networking. Additional topics addressed in the curriculum include packet analysis, hacking, penetration testing, information assurance practices and incident response. A total of 91 credits must be earned to obtain this degree.
Associate of Technical Arts in Computer Information Systems
This program provides students with an in-depth understanding of how to develop and maintain secure information and retrieve information stored in secure storage technologies. The curriculum serves as a foundation for students who wish to work with the latest technologies and develop methods to meet the needs of businesses. This 91-credit program includes coursework in computer forensics, systems analysis, cybersecurity fundamentals and programming.
Highline College's 80-acre campus is located just south of downtown Seattle in Des Moines, Washington. The information systems project coordinator program is available from the Department of Computer Science and Computer Information Systems.
Associate of Applied Science - Information Systems Project Coordinator
This associate's degree program is designed for students who have some supervisory experience. Students can select from six specialization tracks within the program, including networking, computer forensics and database design/development. Coursework that may be of interest to information security students includes Cisco networking, data recovery, computer forensics and network intrusion detection.
Lake Washington Institute of Technology
Lake Washington Institute of Technology offers training in many computer fields. The associate's degree program in computer security and network technology emphasizes hands-on instruction on the most up-to-date equipment and programs.
Associate of Applied Science in Computer Security and Network Technology
This two-year degree program offers training in network installation and administration, troubleshooting and technical support, data security and computer forensics. Students also sharpen key communication, teamwork and critical-thinking skills with computer security coursework and practical training. The school also offers a transfer version of this program to students who wish to advance to a four-year program. The transfer option requires 90 credits of coursework, while the standard program consists of 92 credits. Although the technical coursework is similar in each program, students can expect to take more general education courses and fewer security and networking ones in the transfer study plan.
Other School Options
Olympic College, Green River College and Clover Park Technical College are all within 50 miles of downtown Seattle and also offer degree programs with information systems security instruction.