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Technical College vs. University?

By novicenovice1 ·
Hello everybody. I have been back and forth on this for a long time now. I will leave the military in 2 years w/ 6 years of military IT network/systems administration & security. I have pondered and gathered information on technical colleges (ITT Technical, ECPI, Westwood, etc.) and traditional universities' computer science/information systems degree programs. I need advice. Planning on using ONLY my MGIB for education, would I have a better chance in the IT realm if I start out at a technical college, get the direct IT education I need and finish my traditional degree later OR head to trad. college and work my way in from that angle. I have completed my A+, Network+, and through MCDST (Microsoft Desktop Support Technician, for the unknown). Any advice please!? Thanks.

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Depends where you want to go

by JamesRL In reply to Technical College vs. Uni ...

If you want to start in the desktop/network/sysadmin realm and stay there for some time, do the technical college route.

If you want to move into programming then University gives you a more theoretical background.


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Also for moving up

by gralfus In reply to Depends where you want to ...

HP required Bachelors degrees for all the IT staff that were employees, that is how I got started on my degree. They wanted people to be able to move up (at least that was what they said) into supervisory roles. So some places will want the degree, other places just want you to be able to do the job. Hands-on is the best training; degrees help you get more money.

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by jdmercha In reply to Technical College vs. Uni ...

Assuming the military will pay for it, go for the University degree. Also assuming you can afford to put the time into it. Larger Universities may often have part-time employment opportunities as well.

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