Virginia Computer Training Schools

Some Virginians sport a new specialty license plate on their vehicles to reflect the state's hottest industry. "Internet C@pital" is not a stretch, since more than half of the world's communications cables reportedly run through the state, and more than 277,000 people are employed in high technology in Virginia. The state has one of the highest concentrations of technology workers nationwide--9.8 percent of the state's private industry workers are involved in software, engineering or other tech services, according to Tech America.

Computer schools in Virginia

Some 70 public and private institutions offer tech related degrees in information management and computer science, reports the Virginia Economic Development partnership. Many of the state's community colleges offer job-specific certification training. The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia reports that 16,900 students were enrolled in information technology programs and over 3,100 degrees and certificates were rewarded in the state during the 2008-2009 academic year. Computer classes in Virginia are available on-campus or online, for those who prefer Web-based studies.

Virginia computer schools are often found in the suburbs of the nation's capital, for example, in the Dulles Technology Corridor surrounding the Washington airport. The metro area around the District of Columbia hosts numerous Virginia computer training schools for those seeking certification in vendor hardware, software, and security or network issues. Northernvirginiatraining.com, hosted by the Academy of Computer Education, provides a blog about different certification training options available in the area.

Virginia tech jobs: employment, salary and job outlook

Major technology companies such as these have a presence in the state, according to the Virginia Economic Development Partnership:

  • Computer Sciences Corporation
  • General Dynamics
  • HP Enterprise Services
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Micron Technology
  • Northrop Grumman

In addition, Microsoft is investing in an expansion of its new data center in southern Virginia, as reported in a September 2011 article on the Data Center Knowledge website.

The mean annual wage for those in the computer and mathematical occupations in Virginia was $88,730 in 2010, as estimated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. For tech jobs in the state, mean yearly salaries begin at about $52,000 for computer support specialists and range up to $107,000 for systems software developers, with higher compensation found in the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria metropolitan area.

Virginia Computer Training Schools
This list may contain out-of-state and online schools that accept students from Virginia.

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University of Phoenix, Online (campus option available)
  • Phoenix Career Services™ help students find careers that match their interests & map out a personalized career plan.
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Florida Tech University Online, Online
  • Students can enroll at any time and begin studies in the fall, spring, or summer.
  • 9 out of 10 Florida Tech Students who apply, qualify for some type of aid, based on a Fall 2012 internal survey.
  • The average freshman retention rate is 77.3 percent.
  • Ranked #39 in Best Colleges for Veterans by U.S. News and World Reports
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Keiser University, Online
  • Faculty members available via email 24/7 and typically respond within 24 hours.
  • Online tech support available 24/7, with a typical response time of 4 hours or less.
  • Online help centers offer assistance with writing, statistics, medical assisting, & more.
  • Provides job placement assistance to all its students and alumni.
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DeVry University, Online (campus option available)
  • More than 90% of new graduates land jobs in their fields of study within six months of graduation
  • Campus locations feature admissions, financial aid and career services offices, libraries, study areas, computer and electronics labs, cafeterias and common areas, tutoring facilities, and more.
  • Centers are smaller, and are located throughout major metropolitan areas.
  • More than 85% of students receive financial aid in the form of scholarships and grants.
  • Degree programs are designed and updated regularly with input from industry leaders.
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Virginia College, Online (campus option available)
  • Instructors are typically real-world professionals with many years of experience in their career fields.
  • Ranked #3 in Best for Vets: Career & Technical Colleges 2014 by Military Times.
  • Full tuition cost provided up front. In most cases, even textbooks are included in the total price.
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  • Has 27 campus locations across the southern United States, plus offers online degree programs.
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American InterContinental University Online, Online
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  • Offers MUSE (My Unique Student Experience), a content delivery system that gives students the option to watch, view, read or listen to required course materials.
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  • A DANTES-affiliated university and member of the Service Members Opportunity Colleges.
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Liberty University, Online

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• Offers over 230 programs online, from the certificate to the doctoral level.
• The student-faculty ratio is 25:1, and 42.3% of its classes have fewer than 20 students.
• The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 76.5%.

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Westwood College, Arlington
  • Offers classes online, as well as at 14 campuses across California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois and Virginia.
  • Curriculum is developed with input from employers, subject matter experts.
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Stratford Career Institute, Online
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ITT Technical Institute, Online (campus option available)
  • Through an agreement with the Dept. of Veterans Affairs, its Yellow Ribbon Program provides tuition contributions to eligible students at a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Offers career-focused, degree programs to over 70,000 students at over 140 ITT Technical Institutes in 38 states.
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  • Provides a range of campus experiences and services online including advising, tutoring, student community, and career services.
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Sanford-Brown Online, Online
  • Now part of the Sanford-Brown network of schools.
  • Degree programs are developed to address current and expected needs of the design, fashion, and media arts and technology industries.
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Capella University, Online
  • Features 43 degree programs and more than 142 specializations.
  • Offers several ways to save on tuition, including multiple grant and scholarship opportunities, low-cost credits, accelerated programs, and more.
  • Reduced tuition, transfer credits, and other benefits are available for all military service members and veterans.
  • Allows students to preview a free, one-week mini course to give an accurate impression of the student experience.
  • Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA).
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Walden University, Online
  • According to a Walden-sponsored study, 88.2% of graduates are very satisfied or satisfied with their education and more than 85% of students are likely or very likely to recommend the school to others.
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ECPI University, Virginia Beach

• 10 campuses across the mid-Atlantic, plus online degree programs.
• Has specialized in student-centered technology, business, criminal justice, health science, and culinary education for 45 years.
• A year-round schedule makes it possible for students to earn a bachelor’s degree in 2.5 years or an associate’s in 1.5 years.
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Kaplan University, Online
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  • Average class sizes is 18 for undergraduate and 13 for graduate-level courses.
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