Computer Systems Tech Schools in California

Schools for this programSchools for this program

Computer Systems Tech Schools in California offering certificate lengths of less than two years:

SchoolCityRecent Annual Graduates
Advanced Computing InstituteLos Angeles10
Baldwin Park Adult & Community EducationBaldwin Park34
ICDC CollegeHuntington Park3
Mayfield CollegeCathedral City21

Annual Prices (for the school, not necessarily this specific program of study; also, prices vary with student income level)

SchoolAvg. Net PricePrice RangeDaycareWeekendsSome Online
Advanced Computing Institute18,032---
Baldwin Park Adult & Community Education - Yes--
ICDC College23,731 - 27,093--Yes
Mayfield College11,440 - 15,958-Yes-

Why did people choose their school for this program?Why did people choose their school for this program?

"They offered me a lot of grants and money. Additionally, my brother had gone there and liked it."
"I had a friend who had done the program a year earlier, and he had established himself with a good job after he finished. He recommended the program to me and I took his advice."
"I chose my college because of convenience. It was local and close by. I could live at home while going to college and keep my job."
"I picked this college because, at the time, it had the shortest and most complete courses available. I wanted to change careers quickly and this college allowed me to do that after a 9 month course. It was definitely the right decision as I was able to use the skills learned there to go on to a 30-plus year career in IT."

What surprised people about the school they chose?What surprised people about the school they chose?

"I thought before I went that there was a diverse student body, but it turns out it was almost 80% male (at least the classes I attended). That was unpleasant."
"I thought before I went that there was a diverse student body, but it turns out it was almost 80% male (at least the classes I attended). That was unpleasant."
"How informal it was. Teachers dressed the same as students in general, business casual, and we all interacted as equals in the classroom. There was a really good sharing of knowledge between instructors and students alike."
"How informal it was. Teachers dressed the same as students in general, business casual, and we all interacted as equals in the classroom. There was a really good sharing of knowledge between instructors and students alike."
"I was surprised at how easy it was to sit down with staff and professors when I needed them. They were always readily available to help you and spend their time sitting down with you and working out problems you might have been having trouble with."
"I was surprised that a trade/technical school with such a short course cycle provided a very rich, intensive, topnotch curriculum. It was also surprising to find that the staff/instructors were very accomplished IT professionals who had years of experience and knowledge to share."

How do people describe their job hunt?How do people describe their job hunt?

"It was pure torture trying to get a job. I think I should have studied harder to get a gpa, but I applied to over 250 different places before finally landing a job."
"I went full out, did up a really nice resume, and then sent it out digitally to every online job ad I could find. I also went out on the streets in a shirt and tie, and handed resumes in to a ton of places, always trying to meet the most senior person I could face to face."
"I used school resources and the career fair to get a couple of interviews. I also applied to positions advertised online."
"The college offered a job placement program and I went on several interviews set up by them. None of them were positions that I found suitable. I ended up using an outside job placement agency to secure a job with a large insurance company."