Allen Community College Computer-Related Degrees

Discussion in 'IT and Computer-Related Degrees' started by Mollydog, Apr 20, 2017.

  1. Mollydog

    Mollydog New Member

    ACC in Kansas has several AS and AAS degrees that seem to be fully online. I say "seem to be" because their website isn't very helpful in indicating whether all of their programs or just some are available online only. The cost is excellent and they're RA. Furthermore, they have agreements with other KS schools for transfer credit. Fort Hays has some interesting BS degrees for the future.

    Has anyone looked into ACC and any feedback regarding their computer-related degrees?
  2. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator

    As you indicated, I did not see a clear, definitive statement that students can complete any of the degrees 100% online. It may still be true but I didn't see it written. If someone were to fall in love with ACC and decide that no other option will do then I'd suggest that this be verified. Otherwise, if it turns out that some courses can not be completed online, it is often possible to take those courses elsewhere and transfer the credits over to ACC. Also, if you thought you might wind up at FHSU eventually then someone might simply just start there and not have to worry about the whole transfer process. FHSU also has one of the lowest costs per credit deals.
  3. Mollydog

    Mollydog New Member

    Thanks for the response. I plan on taking some time in the upcoming weeks to call and speak with an advisor regarding the online programs since I was already accepted (I think they pretty much accept everyone who applies). Unfortunately, FHSU's tuition for out of state students is over $14K. I don't even live in a contiguous state for the lowered tuition, so my thoughts are to attend ACC and transfer if necessary. I'm mostly trying to move into the Network department here at work, and since I'm internal and know our business, an AAS may be enough to get started there.
  4. sanantone

    sanantone Well-Known Member

    FHSU has an online tuition rate that's a lot cheaper.
  5. Mollydog

    Mollydog New Member

    I must not have seen it. Do you have a link? All I saw was the in state and out of state tuition table.
  6. Bruce

    Bruce Moderator

  7. Mollydog

    Mollydog New Member

  8. Yes, you can do Allen completely online. They're a community college so the degrees are 2-year ones. They participate in Phi Theta Kappa (the honor society), which is good for transfer scholarships. Highly recommended. Incredibly easy to work with, and they took ALEKS and CLEP credits. They're more academically rigorous than most jr. colleges and require 64 units for an AS/AA, so be prepared to study. They are LESS expensive than Fort Hays ($125 vs $207), and their tuition *includes* book rental. If I had it to do over again, I would have sent all my students to Allen. Another benefit: there were surprisingly few far-left instructors.
  9. b4cz28

    b4cz28 Active Member

    Check out Clovis CC Online Programs They have IT online. I know a guy he did another computer related degree online, they let him build his own. Edit: Found the link build your own IT degree

    I earned an Associates of General Studies there and they are wonderful people to deal with. Their tuition is crazy cheap!!!!!!!!!!!

    Summer Tuition
  10. Mollydog

    Mollydog New Member

    Thank you so much for that information! I started a new job this spring and haven't had the opportunity to get all my materials in, but they seem to be very flexible when speaking with them. At least I've been accepted, now it's just extra paperwork. I definitely like their programs and still trying to determine which track to go within their information systems options. A job opened up in my company for a software specialist that only requires an associates and would give me a pay increase of a minimum of $13,000. Definitely worth going for this degree. I'll be sure to keep my progress posted.
  11. Mollydog

    Mollydog New Member

    Thanks for posting that. I looked into them and decided to go ahead with Allen Community College. But I'll be sure to let others know if they're interested in Clovis' options.
  12. b4cz28

    b4cz28 Active Member

    That's great news Molly! Hard part isn't doing the work, its picking the school lol. Price sometimes ahs very little to do with our school selection. We just mesh well with a certain program sometimes.
  13. Mollydog

    Mollydog New Member

    Allen Community College has been terrific. Everyone I've spoken with there is knowledgeable and happy to answer any questions. Very unlike my experience with a local community college.
  14. msganti

    msganti Active Member

    I know some one who was home-schooled and want to do online associates in CS. Does Allen/Clovis work with home-schooled students?

    On a different note, one of my colleagues - a mature person in his 30's - was home-schooled but lost both his parents. Can he self-sign his transcripts? He's based in Texas.
  15. heirophant

    heirophant Well-Known Member

    My impression is that Allen wants either high school transcripts or a GED. Home-schooled kids could probably go the GED route.

    Steps to Enroll
  16. TheCreeper

    TheCreeper New Member

    How is FHSU cheaper than Allen?

    Tuition & Fees

    I'm confused here. FHSU is $213/cr and Allen seems to be way under that at $137/cr (out-of-state or in-state, same). Admittedly, the tuition schedule is a bit hard to understand, so maybe I'm wrong?

    Here's how I'm figuring Allen's tuition per credit...

    $60.00 Tuition/cr
    $25.00 Student fees/cr
    $15.00 Tech fee/cr
    $12.00 Book rent/materials fee/cr
    $25.00 Online fee/cr

    That comes to $137/cr

    I am assuming the "Online Fee" is per credit but if it's not, it could end up being less than $137/cr.

    Please correct me and tell me where I'm wrong.

    I am looking into self-paced programs but if I can't go that route I may end up looking into Allen or Clovis instead, so I'm very interested in seeing how I am wrong about this.
  17. sanantone

    sanantone Well-Known Member

    I can't even remember what I was looking at seven months ago.
    Last edited by a moderator: Nov 10, 2017
  18. TheCreeper

    TheCreeper New Member

    No problem. I understand. Yesterday can be a challenge for me sometimes, let alone 7 months ago. LOL
  19. AsianStew

    AsianStew Moderator Staff Member

    The tuition is too expensive at either for an AA/AS degree. You can get a cheaper associates and more self paced at Hodges.
    You can ladder that up to a Bachelors at Hodges OR WGU afterward. Then continue on to a Masters at Patten, Hodges, WGU.
  20. TheCreeper

    TheCreeper New Member

    For Hodges UPOWER, "cheap" depends on how fast you knock-out the classes and how many credits you can transfer-in.

    And from what I have read on this forum, for Hodges UPOWER you actually get a grade instead of P/F like WGU. Therefore, it's not in your best interest to knock-out classes at 70% just to get the degree, like WGU.

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