Telecommunications training is commonly offered through undergraduate programs in information technology and network management. Other programs in technology can include telecommunications courses. Information technology programs are designed to teach students to design, install, troubleshoot, repair and manage telecommunications systems, and they often prepare them to repair computers as well. Courses are normally lab-based to provide hands-on training working with computers and networking equipment. Flexible scheduling, including day, evening and online courses, is available.
Stanly Community College
Stanly Community College is a 2-year public college with campuses in Albemarle and Locust. Stanly offers a variety of continuing and adult education, certificate and degree programs in many fields. Individuals interested in telecommunications training can take advantage of an associate's degree program.
Students in the network management associate's degree program, which is also offered online, learn all aspects of network infrastructure technologies and operating systems, including development, installation, design and management. Topics of study include local- and wide-area networks, computer functions, Internet routing and operating systems maintenance.
Guilford Technical Community College
Offering certificate, diploma and degree programs, Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC) is a 2-year public school that offers an information technology associate's degree program with a concentration in network management at its campus in Greensboro, North Carolina. Available with both day and evening courses, this program teaches students to develop, install, configure, troubleshoot, repair and modify the systems and infrastructure of network technologies. Other course topics include the basics of routing, network and security, secure communications and intrusion detection.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School||School Type & Setting||Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)|
|Stanly Community College||2-year, public; distant town||AAS in Information Technology - Network Management||$2,523 (in-state), $8,667 (out-of-state)*|
|Guilford Technical Community College||2-year, public; midsize suburb||AAS in Information Technology - Network Management||$2,064 (in-district), $2,208 (in-state), $7,056 (out-of-state)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator