Hometown Heroes: Top community colleges for a tech career

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News flash: college is expensive. Statistics from the College Board show that tuition prices have increased dramatically over the past few decades. The country’s student loan debt has ticked past $1.4 trillion, and this number continues to rise by $2,858 every second. For an increasing number of students, a 4-year degree simply isn’t the best option.

But college cost isn’t the only thing that’s trending up. In recent years, we’ve seen increased demand for cybersecurity experts, web developers, programmers, network administrators and job titles we haven’t even invented yet. Technical schools and community colleges specialize in preparing students for these types of rewarding careers, without the bachelor’s degree price tag.

Here’s a roundup of 10 regions where technical education is thriving — and a list of local community colleges that offer impressive technology degrees. Use this guide as a resource for exploring two-year college options with excellent return on investment.


Calaveras County, CA

43.2% of adults complete an associate degree (or some college).
3 public high schools
45,171 residents

   San Joaquin Delta College

Above all, San Joaquin Delta College prepares students to reach their goals. Whether you’re planning to enter the workforce or transfer to a four-year university, Delta offers a variety of degree programs and certificates to get you there.

Technology degrees: Computer Information Systems, Computer Science. View all programs of study ›


Shasta County, CA

43.8% of adults complete an associate degree (or some college).
16 public high schools
179,631 residents

   College of the Siskiyous

The College of the Siskiyous sits at the base of Mt. Shasta, where you’ll find countless opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. In addition to its beautiful campus, the college offers a robust computer science degree and various tech-centered certificate programs including game design, programming and web design/development.

Technology degrees: Computer Science. View all programs of study ›

   Shasta College

Shasta College is part of the California Community College system, the largest system of higher education in the world. At SC, you’ll find impressive facilities, qualified faculty and cutting-edge programs. Whether you choose an associate degree, a transfer degree or a certificate, you’ll graduate ready to pursue your passions.

Technology degrees: Health Information Technology, Network Administration, Office and Computer Technologies, Systems Management. View all programs of study ›

   Klamath Community College

At Klamath Community College, students gain more than a high-quality education — they’re challenged to achieve personal growth. The college’s wide range of educational programs, talented faculty and growing campus reflect this core mission and demonstrate its commitment to student success.

Technology degrees: Computer Engineering Technology, Digital Media and Design. View all programs of study ›


Yuba County, CA

41.5% of adults complete an associate degree (or some college).
6 public high schools
75,275 residents

   Yuba College

Yuba College prepares students to face the unique challenges of today’s world and workforce. The college’s qualified faculty equip students with essential skills, while also emphasizing the importance of critical thinking and creative problem-solving.

Technology degrees: Business Computer Applications, Computer Science. View all programs of study ›

   Sierra College

Students at Sierra College benefit from award-winning faculty, successful athletic teams and a relentless commitment to quality education. Here, study programs are not only aligned with workforce demands but developed in partnership with government agencies and local businesses.

Technology degrees: Computer Information Systems, Computer Science. View all programs of study ›

   Butte College

Looking for rigorous academic programs, bright students and renowned faculty? Butte College offers all three — plus guaranteed degree transfer programs to California State Universities. As one of the largest community college campuses in the state, Butte College students enjoy a full college experience and graduate with lasting skills they’ll use wherever their passions take them.

Technology degrees: Computer Applications, Computer Networking, Computer Programming, Computer Science, Computer System Administration. View all programs of study ›


Madison County, ID

44.8% of adults complete an associate degree (or some college).
4 public high schools
39,048 residents

   Eastern Idaho Technical College

Located just minutes from downtown Idaho Falls, Eastern Idaho Technical College offers a variety of programs to prepare students for the 21st-century workforce. In addition to an impressive 9:1 student-faculty ratio and state-of-the-art facilities, EITC boasts a 95% employment placement of credit students.

Technology degrees: Microsoft Computer Networking Technologies, Web Development Specialist. View all programs of study ›

   College of Southern Idaho

The College of Southern Idaho offers a big college experience at a small college price. Whether you’re interested in an associate degree or a technical certification, CSI has a program to jump-start your education and launch you into a fulfilling career.

Technology degrees: Computer Science, Digital Media, IT Development and Security, Network Systems Technician, Science Technology Engineering & Math. View all programs of study ›


Geary County, KS

42.3% of adults complete an associate degree (or some college).
1 public high school
35,586 residents

   Manhattan Area Technical College

Manhattan Area Technical College is a top choice for aspiring IT experts. The college’s rigorous Information Networking Technology curriculum strikes a perfect balance between general and technical education. At Manhattan Tech, students are sure to find countless opportunities to gain real-world experience and refine their problem-solving skills.

Technology degrees: Information Networking Technology. View all programs of study ›

   Hesston College

At Hesston College, students grow academically, socially and spiritually. Hesstson students learn from dedicated faculty and develop skills that lay the foundation for future careers. The school’s small student body and emphasis on spiritual life make for a close-knit, accessible community — 99% of students receive some type of financial aid.

Technology degrees: Computer Information Technology, Computer Science, Engineering Technology. View all programs of study ›


Douglas County, NV

42.9% of adults complete an associate degree (or some college).
2 public high schools
48,020 residents

   Lake Tahoe Community College

Northern California’s Lake Tahoe Community College is located in the heart of Sierra Nevada mountains. Brand new campus facilities complement the area’s surrounding beauty, and the college’s personalized approach to teaching empowers students to reach their goals.

Technology degrees: Computer and Information Sciences. View all programs of study ›

   Western Nevada College

Western Nevada College offers a unique learning environment where you’ll sharpen your skills, develop friendships and learn at your own pace. The college’s main campus is just a short drive from Reno, but there are multiple campus locations and online learning options available for students outside of Carson City.

Technology degrees: Automated Systems, Computer Information Technology. View all programs of study ›


Onslow County, NC

42.6% of adults complete an associate degree (or some college).
7 public high schools
187,136 residents

   Coastal Carolina Community College

Coastal Carolina Community College provides the tools and the training for a successful career. The college has strong partnerships with both the military and local universities. Thanks to these ties, you’ll graduate well prepared for a seamless next step, whether you continue your education or begin your first job.

Technology degrees: Computer Information Technology, Computer Programming, Networking Technology, Web Technologies. View all programs of study ›

   Craven Community College

Craven Community College’s close partnerships with nearby four-year colleges (like East Carolina University and North Carolina State University) make it easy for graduates to reach their goals. Whether students opt to pursue a four-year degree or enter the workforce, the college’s highly qualified faculty and collaborative learning community make virtually any dream achievable.

Technology degrees: Health Information Technology, Information Technology. View all programs of study ›

   James Sprunt Community College

For countless Onslow County students, James Sprunt Community College serves as a bridge to success. The college’s emphasis on collaboration empowers its student body to achieve both personal and academic goals. Graduates leave James Sprunt with strong relationships and refined skills, ready to thrive in today’s competitive workplace.

Technology degrees: Computer Information Technology, General Occupational Technology. View all programs of study ›


Coryell County, TX

43.1% of adults complete an associate degree (or some college).
5 public high schools
74,686 residents

   Central Texas College

Central Texas College aims to provide an accessible and engaging education for students across the state. The college offers a variety of technical programs at a variety of levels, from associates degrees to technical certificates. No matter which option you choose, you’ll graduate ready for a rewarding career in the rapidly growing tech space.

Technology degrees: Computer Electronics Technician, Information Security, Information Technology, Network Systems Administrator, Programmer Analyst. View all programs of study ›

   Texas State Technical College

With ten campuses across the Lone Star State, Texas State Technical College is helping students meet the demands of today’s workforce. The college’s tech-focused degree programs give students a solid foundation of knowledge that’s readily applied in today’s tech-first economy.

Technology degrees: Cloud & Data Center Management, Computer Maintenance Technology, Computer Networking & Systems Administration, Computer Science, Cyber Security, Database & Web Programming, Web Design & Development Technology. View all programs of study ›


Sanpete County, UT

41.3% of adults complete an associate degree (or some college).
3 public high schools
29,409 residents

   Snow College

Snow College offers students a collaborative environment, supportive community and countless opportunities to give back. The college’s various degree and certificate programs help students to achieve their goals and improve their lives through education.

Technology degrees: Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Software Engineering. View all programs of study ›


Natrona County, WY

41.9% of adults complete an associate degree (or some college).
4 public high schools
81,039 residents

   Casper College

At Casper College, you’ll never run out of ways to get involved. Casper offers all kinds of campus clubs and intramural sports leagues — plus transfer partnerships with nearby schools like the University of Wyoming. For students looking to enter the job market upon graduation, Casper College boasts a strong alumni network and helpful career services experts.

Technology degrees: Computer Science, Computer Security, Web Design, Web Development. View all programs of study ›

   Central Wyoming College

At Central Wyoming College, students graduate ready for a rewarding career in their chosen industry, or for the next step in their academic journey. The college aims to ignite passions, develop potential and make it possible for students to reach their dreams. With more than $1 million awarded in scholarships, it’s safe to say that Central Wyoming is doing just that.

Technology degrees: Computer Science, Computer Technology. View all programs of study ›


Methodology

To determine where students are well-prepared for postsecondary education, Right Click analysts ranked more than 3,200 counties by the percentage of adults completing some college or an associate-level degree. Educational attainment data and population estimates were collected from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service. Public school information was gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Our final list includes counties with a minimum population of 25,000 residents.