Programming Program Overview

The programming option in Information Technology (IT) includes a four–quarter certificate and six to 7–quarter AAS–T degree program. Prerequisites requires an additional quarter for most students. This high–powered curriculum was designed with input from Puget Sound industry representatives to include the skills needed for successful employment.

Classes in the program provide expertise in current programming languages, program design and operating systems, an introduction to computer hardware, and essential communications and problem solving skills.

Associate of Applied Science Transfer (AAS–T) Degree, 94 Credits; Certificate, 69 Credits

  • Students can begin the program any quarter.
  • Programming may be a good fit for you if you are logical and pay attention to details, like to develop strategies and test theories to solve problems.
  • Areas of study include programming, math, systems analysis and design.
  • Job titles include Computer Programmer and Junior Software Engineer.

Career Opportunities

Despite the recent economic downturn, the information technology field is evolving and expanding faster than any other sector of the economy. Current Department of Labor statistics indicate that 8 of the 9 fastest growing occupations by the year 2020 will be in the area of Information Technology. Our program focuses on expanding computer programming skills beyond the core elements toward mobile application development.

More than 43,000 new IT jobs will be created in the United States by the year 2020 in this field alone. This is 12% growth over todays employment. A Washington State Employment Security Department paper confirms these job growth statistics for King County. There is a critical shortage of qualified IT professionals who can envision, design, create, manage and implement todays programs in WAN, LAN, Cloud and mobile platforms. If IT has a cutting edge, this field is it.

Students completing the programming option in Information Technology will be prepared for positions in the software industry such as systems analyst, programmer I, junior software engineer, programmer analyst, mobile application developer.Other opportunities include positions as programmers or web and data support personnel in banks, law firms and other businesses and with schools and public agencies.

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Contact Information

Information Technology Programs
Business, Information Technologies & Creative Arts
Seattle Central College
1701 Broadway, Room BE3176
Seattle, WA 98122
206.934.3150 206.934.3150

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