Many community colleges currently offer telecom technician degree programs with courses that include wireless communications, digital data communications, wireless communications in business and introduction to information security.
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Schools with Telecom Programs
The schools below offer degree programs at various levels:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)*|
|Houston Community College||Houston, TX||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||Undergraduate: $1,632 (in-district), $3,360 (in-state), $3,756 (out-of-state)|
|College of Southern Nevada||Las Vegas, NV||4-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||Undergraduate: $2,805 (in-state), $9,450 (out-of-state)|
|Tarrant County College District||Fort Worth, TX||2-year, Public||Associate's||Undergraduate: $1,320 (in-district), $2,064 (in-state), $4,920 (out-of-state)|
|American River College||Sacramento, CA||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||Undergraduate: $1,104 (in-state), $7,440 (out-of-state)|
|University of Maryland||College Park, MD||4-year, Public||Master's||Graduate: $12,896 (in-state), $26,054 (out-of-state)|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
School Selection Criteria
Consider the following when looking for telecom schools:
- Prospective students should determine what aspect of telecommunications they are interested in, such as telecom engineering, network communications or telecom management, and select a program specializing in this area.
- Students should determine the position they seek qualification for and pursue the corresponding degree level. For instance, management positions will require at least a bachelor's degree, if not a master's.
- Consider the school's reputation and ranking within published school rankings.
- Evaluate how much hands-on experience is made available by each program.
Students can pursue degree programs in telecommunications at various levels. These prepare applicants for work as technicians in various communications fields.