If we’ve learned anything from the TV show “Community,” it’s that community college is an interesting place. You’ll earn an associate degree, but—if the show is to be believed—you might also play paintball for two days, and go home with a vaguely unsettling feeling that your Spanish professor is a maniac.
OK, maybe we’re not living in the world of “Community” (at least, not in this timeline). But community college is still a great way to earn a degree, especially in a technical field such as maintenance technology.
I researched maintenance technology programs in community colleges around the country, and chose the list below based on a few criteria. They each had to offer:
- An associate degree or certificate in maintenance technology
- Flexible scheduling options
- Opportunities for real-world experience
Before we take a deep dive into the contestants, let’s take a look at why you should consider a community college program in the first place.
Pros and Cons of Community College Maintenance Technology Programs
|Credits are easy to transfer to a university.||Student life can run a little dry (unless you go to Greendale).|
|You get hands-on experience.||You might miss out on a traditional college experience.|
|Course schedules are more flexible.||There’s a stigma that community college is not as prestigious as university.|
|Because classes are smaller, they can be more student-focused.|
|Tuition is cheaper than a four-year university.|
Community college gives you the ability to plan school around your life, rather than the other way around. And with more flexibility, you can focus on classes that are geared toward placing you in a good job.
Community college programs that provide more opportunities for real-life experience are also a great way to get a head-start in your field. And, they’re perfect for transitioning from high school to the workforce.
So, let’s say you’ve weighed the pros and cons, and you’ve determined that a community college maintenance technology program is for you. Now, let’s take a look at some of your options.
Community college maintenance technology programs
Location: Roanoke, Virginia
Size: 8,362 students
- In-state: $4,174 per year
- Out-of-state: $9,624 per year
- Mechanical Engineering Associate Degree
- Maintenance Technician Certificate (18 credits)
Virginia Western offers both a traditional education track as well as a separate grant program that will not only help you earn a certificate, but gives you actual experience working in the field. It also offers weekend classes and virtual lectures, so you can schedule college around your life.
Virginia Western Community College’s Center for Science and Health Professions, located in Roanoke, Virginia
Location: Somerset, Kentucky
Size: 6,410 students
- In-state: $3,624 per year
- Out-of-state: $12,456 per year
- Industrial Maintenance Technician (48-53 credit hours)
- Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in industrial maintenance technology (60-68 credit hours)
Somerset College allows you to customize your program to fit your schedule, budget, or focus area. Electives help diversify your education while potentially giving you hands-on experience in your area. After you complete your degree, you can become nationally certified through assessments such as the AMTEC and NOCTI, which are offered right on campus.
Location: Marietta, Georgia
Size: 13,000 students
Tuition: Tuition is assessed at one of three levels per semester:
- Standard tuition cost is $89 per credit hour for in-state, Georgia residents. Maximum per term: $1,335.00
- Out-of-state students pay tuition twice the amount charged for Georgia residents
- International students pay tuition four times the amount charged for Georgia residents
- Industrial Maintenance and Electrical Technology Associate of Applied Science (68 credits)
- Industrial Maintenance and Electrical Technology Diploma (58-60 credits)
- Industrial Electrician Certificate
- Programmable Control Technician I Certificate
- Electrical Maintenance Technician Certificate
Chat Tech offers distance learning, professional development courses, and career counseling for maintenance technicians. Internship opportunities give you experience in the real working world, which will look great when you go to apply for jobs.
Location: Walla Walla, Washington
Size: 12,000 students
- In-state: $4,376 per year
- Out-of-state: $5,675 per year
- Industrial Maintenance
Walla Walla’s maintenance technology program provides help with career placement for students who complete the certification training, which requires one year of study. Students can use their workforce training experience to become maintenance technicians, electrical engineers, and computer service technicians. The program offers distance learning options as well as independent study programs.
Location: Saint Paul, Minnesota
Size: 11,271 students
- Ranges from $185.37 – $285.36 per credit, no matter where you’re from
- Electromechanical Systems Diploma
- Electromechanical Systems Certificate
Saint Paul Community College provides online and weekend classes, cross-registration with other institutions, online learning, and career counseling services. The program itself combines hands-on education in industrial engineering with mechanical systems to prepare you for the challenges of working as an electromechanical technician. Distance learning options make it easy to schedule classes when and where you need them.
Location: Lincoln, Nebraska
Size: 9,212 students
- In-state: $65.50 per credit hour
- Out-of-state: $79.50 per credit hour
- Electrical and Electromechanical Technology Associate Degree
Southeast Community College allows you to earn a double-focused degree, combining two programs into one, so you can expand your reach beyond one field with their double-focus program. And do it all without having to worry about the kids at home—Southeast provides on-campus child care while you earn your degree.
Southeast Community College campus
7. Snow College
Location: Ephraim, UT
Size: 4,100 students
- In-state: $3,388 per year
- Out-of-state: $11,342 per year
- Industrial Mechanics Associate in Applied Sciences
- Industrial Manufacturing Associate in Applied Sciences
- Industrial Mechanics Certificate of Completion
- Industrial Manufacturing Certificate of Completion
With a 23:1 student-to-teacher ratio, you’ll get a personalized education experience at Snow College. The certificate programs require 33 credit hours, and the associate degree programs require 67 credit hours, but both cover hydraulics and chemistry as well as mechanics. Snow College’s programs offer distance learning opportunities, and an independent study program that lets you escape the classroom.
Snow College campus, Noyes Building
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