Six institutions within the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) system were recently ranked in the top 10 computer science and information technology schools in the state. In a report released last week by ComputerTrainingSchools, Quinebaug Valley Community College (QVCC), Manchester Community College (MCC), Norwalk Community College (NCC), Central Connecticut State University (CCSU), Naugatuck Valley Community College (NVCC), and Gateway Community College (GCC) were recognized for providing top quality education in the field of technology.
A fall 2018 study by P20WIN, the Preschool through 20 Workforce Information Network, found that, while the state has seen some increases in recent years, Connecticut produces the fewest technology degrees of any of its neighboring states on a per capita basis. In terms of the state’s program capacity to produce enough technology talent for projected technology jobs, Connecticut is projected to produce only 35 percent of the projected computer science jobs by 2022.
“It’s no surprise that six CSCU institutions are among the state’s top 10 schools for computer science,” said CSCU President Mark Ojakian. “The P20WIN report makes it clear that Connecticut has a tremendous need for graduates in technology fields to fill our state’s workforce needs. This presents a real opportunity for residents of all ages to explore a promising career. Our state colleges and universities provide top-notch computer science education at a significantly lower sticker price.”
ComputerTrainingSchools utilized IPEDS data to rank accredited two or four year degree programs offering technology degrees. At the time of the report, average in-state tuition was $3,816 at the community colleges and $5,424 at CCSU. At the same time, average tuition at some private institutions in the report was more than $52,000.
“Our community colleges in particular have the capacity to train interested individuals for exciting and lucrative computer science and technology careers,” said CSCU Vice President of Enrollment Management Alison Buckley. “There is still time to enroll for the fall semester. It is free to apply, and most students qualify for financial aid. In short, many students can peruse a degree or certificate without taking on insurmountable debt – it’s the smart choice.”
To learn more or apply for admission to a CSCU institution, prospective students should visit http://www.ct.edu/files/pdfs/cscu.
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