Computer Systems Tech Schools in Pennsylvania

Schools for this programSchools for this program

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

SchoolCityRecent Annual Graduates
Bucks County Community CollegeNewtown3
Community College of Allegheny CountyPittsburgh12
Forbes Road Career and Technology CenterMonroeville0
Greater Altoona Career & Technology CenterAltoona2
Lancaster County Career and Technology CenterWillow Street1
Lehigh Carbon Community CollegeSchnecksville0

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

SchoolAvg. Net PricePrice RangeDaycareWeekendsSome Online
Bucks County Community College7,6976,941 - 11,979Yes-Yes
Community College of Allegheny County5,9365,366 - 10,083Yes-Yes
Forbes Road Career and Technology Center - YesYes-
Greater Altoona Career & Technology Center9,6769,537 - 14,165---
Lancaster County Career and Technology Center6,4896,489 - 11,499---
Lehigh Carbon Community College4,6053,881 - 8,729YesYesYes

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

"It had great location and good programs. It was fairly cheap."
"It was close to home. It has a great reputation."
"I was living in Pocatello, was a student in Academics at the university and it was very easy to be accepted into the Vocational/Technical School especially as the major in Academics was Sociology and I was looking for marketable skills to put with the Academic degree."
"Hudson Valley Community College is partnered with some top tech companies that allow you to use their tools and resources when learning. This was a big plus for me. The school is also relatively close to where I live, so on the off-chance I have to go to campus, I was able to."
"Location was closest to me."

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

"Everyone was very polite and open for questions as well as helping new students getting around."
"The amount of other intellectuals was astounding. It was fascinating how many other like-minded individuals gathered there to expand their minds."
"The head of the program was the wife of the director of the computer center who had also worked in Computer Operations for a local Insurance Company. I had thought she would be very thorough, and when I had first met her she seemed quite personable. In the classroom though it seemed like she had a hard time talking on a student level and she could get quite impatient if someone were having a hard time grasping things right off. I further saw the difference when she was home ill one day and we had a substitute who actually taught Exel take over for her. The woman was very patient, softer spoken, and quite professional. The director's wife however, also thought nothing of doing things like popping gum, etc. during a lecture, and had a few rather surprising protocol issues."
"I always say HVCC as a small community college, so it surprised me to see the affiliations they have with big tech companies and the relationships with those companies. Its very beneficial to the students."
"What most surprised me is lack of hands on work. The classes did not have as much equipment as students so we had mostly book work. This is not what helps in the field"

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

"I was sending out resumes and applying for a job at different companies. Going for interviews and seeing whats out there in my field."
"First, I went to career fairs at my school. After finding several job opportunities, I narrowed them down and found the one I wanted the most."
"It was very difficult. At the time I had an opportunity to obtain a job in Sun Valley, Idaho with a publishing company due to my strength being word-processing. My downfall was that I had no automobile which parents did give as a gift after I obtained my B.A. in Sociology in 1985, but they chose not to recognize the certificate, plus they weren't that supportive of the opportunity, and weren't to willing to let go as far as my moving to a place that in their book was a little to far away, plus which had a lot of upper class residents in its midst."
"My employer at the time was aware of my schooling and my potential plans. After the completion of the program, they offered me a raise to stay, so I accepted. I didn't actually have to search for a new job, but I do have a refresher in a field I am interested in if I ever decide to go that route still."
"I searched for jobs that had the certificate as one of the requirements. The problem is my class experienced did not align with the expectations of experience for the positions I applied for they just provided the knowledge. Because of that it took me a few years to find something after I gained some of the experience outside of the program."