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Old 02-13-2010, 12:47 PM
 
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Hi,

I was looking at moving in the area due to the cheap cost of living and hotter weather (which I like) and was wondering what are the best community colleges in the area that offer a computer science program?

Also does Texas have a good transfer system like UC does in California?

Thanks.
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All of the San Antonio area's community colleges are part of the Alamo Colleges system. The Alamo Colleges

I know that within that system, San Antonio College has a CS department because I just read recently that the program celebrated it's 55th anniversary. I don't know if any of the other colleges have CS departments.
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Old 02-13-2010, 03:06 PM
 
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There have been several threads in this forum about the 2+2 program through the local community college district (Alamo Colleges). Here are a couple:While transferability and affordability are a big draw for students at the various Alamo Colleges schools, you'll want to pay close attention to the admissions and transfer requirements for the school you want to transfer to. AC does not always have staff that are thoroughly versed in the requirements you'll need for your 4 year program of choice. San Antonio College Transfer Center (http://www.alamo.edu/SAC/csd/tc/ - broken link)
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Old 02-13-2010, 04:11 PM
 
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St. Philip's college has a CS program transferable to a 4 year school.
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Old 02-13-2010, 08:01 PM
 
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There have been several threads in this forum about the 2+2 program through the local community college district (Alamo Colleges). Here are a couple:While transferability and affordability are a big draw for students at the various Alamo Colleges schools, you'll want to pay close attention to the admissions and transfer requirements for the school you want to transfer to. AC does not always have staff that are thoroughly versed in the requirements you'll need for your 4 year program of choice. San Antonio College Transfer Center (http://www.alamo.edu/SAC/csd/tc/ - broken link)

Nicely put.
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Old 02-14-2010, 06:51 AM
 
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Palo alto alumn in the HOUSE!!! Accd, if they're still called that are great schools. SAC ppl like to think they are some kind of liberal arts university though.
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Old 02-14-2010, 01:04 PM
 
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Handsdown try NWVista ...you should be able to speak to an advisor over the phone about your transfer credits...

NVC: C++ Programming (http://www.accd.edu/nvc/programs/area_jump/cplus_program.htm - broken link)
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Old 02-14-2010, 03:28 PM
 
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To the OP: please be aware that Palo Alto and Northwest Vista (along with San Antonio College, Northeast Lakeview and St. Phillips) are all part of the Alamo Colleges system. Each campus offers a basic core curriculum that is mostly the same, and then each campus has some specialty programs offered only (or mostly) at that school. For example, San Antonio College (SAC) has a very strong radio and print journalism program, while Palo Alto offers a veterinary tech program found only at a few schools across the state. Virtually all Alamo Colleges schools offer some form of computer science or computer information systems degree program, but they vary in focus from school to school (NW Vista offers a degree in computer forensics, while SAC has degrees in CAD/Drafting, etc.).

Go to The Alamo Colleges and check out the degree plans at each member school to figure out which is the best one for you. You can take courses at the different schools as part of your degree, but keep in mind that (for now) each school is separately accredited and maintains its own degree plans/requirements so you have to coordinate coursework to make sure you meet all the requirements. Here are a couple links to recent news stories about this issue:
  • No single standard for Alamo Colleges (http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/education/82755897.html - broken link)
  • Whole is greater than sum of parts (http://www.mysanantonio.com/opinion/83586017.html - broken link)
Best of luck in starting school. Alamo Colleges are good schools (although if you're from California, I have to say that Pasadena Community College is probably as strong academically as most 4-year schools here in TX and head & shoulders above most CC programs in San Antonio).
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