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« : June 25, 2010, 05:18:08 PM »

At Devry, they offer an associates degree in Electronics & Computer Technology and
Network & Systems Administration. Which one of these do I need to earn to study mechanical engineering @ GA Tech?
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« #1 : June 25, 2010, 05:22:52 PM »

Good question,
You have to remember that schools like University of Phoenix, ITT Tech, DeVry, Kaplan and others are "for profit" schools and some of their degrees might not be ABET accredited. These schools are also known as “proprietary schools” so they tend to be very expensive, the qualifications of the instructors range from very good to awful and their credits are seldom transferable. In addition, most employers only consider candidates from these schools if there are no suitable applicants from a more traditional school.

These schools offer a lot of online programs and this is not to say that online programs are bad. They are not. Some are very good. Even the for profit schools can give you a reasonable education. There are many people who have graduated from these schools and started to make a good living. My objection is that the education they give you is incredibly expensive compared to traditional and non-profit schools, whether online or not. Overall experience is that grads from these schools take a fair bit longer to find jobs than grads from more traditional schools and they have a lot more debt.

Other online schools like UCLA Extension or Athabasca University in Canada are fully accredited and seen to be excellent ways to get an education. Basically, what you want is the online division of a traditional accredited university to get an online degree that counts for something.

As for going to the classroom courses offered by these for profit schools, even the claimed to be bachelors level courses the for profit schools offer are considered at best by employers to be on par with what you get from a community college. However, a community college will be far cheaper and community college credits are transferable to a 4 year university in most cases. Credits from the for profit schools seldom will transfer anywhere. The for profit schools even mention this in their TV ads, at least here in California.
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