Atlanta Schools with Telecommunications Programs
Atlanta offers several options for programs in the telecommunications field; however, program titles may fall under similar fields of study, such as electronics technology. This article highlights the coursework required in a variety of certificate, diploma and degree programs at three institutions in the Atlanta area. Also included is a table of school stats and some details on other education options in the city's region.
- Just three miles from the downtown area, Atlanta Technical College offers diploma programs in electronics fundamentals and electronics technology.
- A bit farther away in Clarkston, GA, Georgia Piedmont Technical College offers a telecommunications service certificate as well as diploma and associate's degree programs in electronics technology. The campus is 9.5 miles from central Atlanta.
- Students looking to earn bachelor's degrees can look around 22 miles from downtown Atlanta, at Marietta's Kennesaw State University, which grew out of a 2015 consolidation of Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic State University. A bachelor's-level program is available in electrical engineering.
Comparison of Schools
Use this table to explore the differing school settings, costs, graduation rates and more for the profiled colleges. The facts and figures it contains just might help you make a clear decision on where you'd like to study telecommunications in the Atlanta area.
|Atlanta Technical College||Georgia Piedmont Technical College||Kennesaw State University|
|School Type||Public, 2-year technical college||Public, 2-year technical college||Public, 4-year university|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||4,098*||4,115*||35,846*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large suburb||Large suburb|
|Annual Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)||$2,816 in-state, $4,952 out-of-state*||$2,920 in-state, $5,056 out-of-state*||$6,347 in-state, $17,329 out-of-state*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid (2016-2017)||94%*||92%*||91%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||NA - open admissions*||NA - open admissions*||61%*|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||58% full-time*||68% full-time*||78% full-time*|
|Graduation Rate||44% (students began Fall 2014)*||40% (students began Fall 2014)*||42% (students began Fall 2011)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Atlanta Technical College
Atlanta Technical College is part of the Technical College System of Georgia. Students can earn associate's degrees, diplomas and certificates as well as complete continuing education classes. Programs are offered through five departments: business and public service technologies, health technologies and public safety technologies, industrial technologies, public safety technologies and industrial and transportation technologies. The telecommunications programs are offered through the industrial technologies department.
Technical Certificate - Basic Electronics Technician
Admission into this program requires a high school diploma or GED and adequate scores on a placement exam. The curriculum provides students with hands-on opportunities so they can prepare for entry-level careers. Students complete 17 credit-hours. Classes cover soldering and different types of circuits.
Diploma in Electronics Technology
The admission requirements are the same for this program as for the electronics technician certificate program. Students must earn 41 credits in this program. Core classes cover similar topics as the electronics fundamentals program, but students also complete an additional 13 credits addressing microprocessors, integrated circuits and solid state devices.
Georgia Piedmont Technical College
Students can choose from more than 40 programs of study at Georgia Piedmont Technical College. Programs are found within core areas of business information and professional services, education, public safety and industrial technologies. Students can find the electrical and computer engineering technology programs within the School of Industrial Technologies.
Certificate of Credit in Telecommunications Service/Operations Technician
Students in this 18-credit program may study topics that prepare them for telecommunications careers. In addition to taking two classes that cover fundamental algebra and computer concepts, students also take two classes about direct and alternating current circuits.
Diploma in Electronics Technology
Students in this program learn theoretical concepts and gain practical experience regarding manual and mechanized electronics equipment. Students will take courses in soldering, circuit analysis, optical communication and microwave communications. A total of 56 credit hours must be completed.
Associate of Applied Science in Electronics Technology
This program requires students to earn 62 credits. The curriculum requirements are almost identical to the diploma program, except the associate's program includes general education coursework.
Kennesaw State University
A relevant degree program relating to the telecommunications field is found in the Electrical Engineering Department. This department employs 11 faculty members. The program discussed below is accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology
In this program, students take lower-division courses in engineering mechanics, circuit analysis and chemistry as well as upper-division courses covering signals and systems, communication systems, electromagnetics and control systems. Graduates are prepared for a wide range of careers, including those in telecommunications.
About 15 miles from Atlanta in Marietta, GA, Chattahoochee Technical College has an Associate of Applied Science program in electrical and computer engineering technology. Gwinnett Technical College in Lawrenceville, GA, which is about 28 miles from Atlanta, has an associate's degree program in engineering technology.
In Oakwood, GA, which is about 44 miles from Atlanta, students can learn relevant telecommunications concepts at Lanier Technical College. This school offers several diploma, associate's and certificate programs in the engineering technology field. Nearly 50 miles from Atlanta, West Georgia Technical College in Waco, GA, offers electronics technology diploma and associate's programs.