Computer Science

Computer Science endeavors to create an understanding of computer operating systems, programming, digital design for the web, and computer applications and hardware allowing the student to solve computer-related problems. Courses are taught in lecture, lab, and cooperative (on-the-job) training formats. Courses are developed by the Computer Science Program Advisory Board, which consists of experts working in local and regional computer-related businesses and senior faculty.

 

Career Oportunities

  • Computer Support Specialist
  • Technical Support Specialist
  • Systems Administrator
  • Professional Equipment Sales Representative
  • Software Publicists Computer Systems Designer
  • Digital Imaging Support Specialist
  • Web Design/Development
  • Graphic Design/Publication Layout

 

Mission Statement

To develop employable students, while encouraging life-long learning programs that meet industry skill standards for high-demand computer science careers.

 

Degree Options

Students may earn an Associate in Applied Arts and Sciences Degree in each of three key areas of Computer Science: Digital Design, Software Design, or Networking.

Students may also earn an Associate in Science Degree-Option II (90 credits) which is designed to prepare students for upper division study in computer science. Please consult with an advisor at WWCC and your intended transfer institution to determine an appropriate education plan.

 

Program Outcomes

  • Graduates successfully completing the program are employable in their degree area, at a living wage job with benefits.
  • Program completers are encouraged to pursue bachelor level programs in computer science.
  • Program maintains advanced certificate, degree and endorsements that are current with latest industry standards.

 

Entrance Requirements

Students may enter the program fall, winter or spring quarter, however, due to course sequencing, it is recommended students begin in the fall. In order to start this program, the placement process must be completed through the Testing Center. Visit wwcc.edu/placement for more information.

 

Certification

This curriculum is developed with respect to the requirements of nationally recognized certification boards, is reviewed by an advisory board composed of local and regional industry members, and results in a fully accredited program. Informatics in Digital Design, Software Design, and Networking prepare the student to take industry certification tests such as Cisco (CCNP, CCNA), Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS), Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), and A+. Elective courses allow students to pursue aspects of the computer industry that are of personal and professional interest.

Industry Description

Computer Science is the application of computing equipment and methods to the solution of human and business problems. Occupations related to Computer Science have represented the nation's fastest growing areas of job opportunity in the past ten years and are projected to continue for the next ten years.

 

Other Information

For additional information including regional employment data, completion rates, student characteristics, and employment see http://www.careerbridge.wa.gov.

 

Contact

Gerald Sampson

Phone: (509) 527-4636