After searching for a College that was geared towards my learning style since the "regular" type of colleges that herd you into an auditorium for lectures just didn't work for me, I made a decision to attend Virginia College. They were up front with me about the differences between "Career" colleges and a community college that offers courses in the Gen Ed arena in preparation for a 4 year degree and this is not what I was seeking. I discovered that the Network Engineering Associates program was right up my alley. This program was tough, thorough, and taught by highly skilled and experienced instructors who took the time to work with me through the hard parts and gave me enough time to figure things out on my own too, developing the skills I needed to be able to think for myself. The key component to being successful was obtaining the certifications that parallel the courses, such as the Comp-Tia A+, Net+, Security+ and the Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE). Pretty much immediately after I achieved my Associates degree I was employed in the field, then started my own business and gained enough additional experience to become an MCT (Microsoft Certified Trainer).
I was so impressed with Virginia College, when they started offering a Bachelors in Network Management, I signed up and completed that program as well and today am quite happy with where I am and what I got for my money. Virginia College has helped pave the way for huge advancements that would not have been possible without their help.