Apply now for bachelor’s in IT

Centralia College will begin accepting applications for its new bachelor’s degree in Information Technology on Monday, May 2.

The two-year degree yields a Bachelor’s of Applied Science in Information Technology with an emphasis in Application Development (BAS-IT: AD). Classes will start in September.

“This is a cohort program, which means students will start as a team and finish as a team,” explained Patrick Allison, program director. “There’s a lot of support built in to the cohort system and we’ve had great success with it in our other two bachelor’s degree programs.”

The BAS-IT: AD program provides a strong technical foundation in application and software development. It’s perfect for adults interested in careers in IT management, software documentation, and as application designers.

Classes are held during fall, winter, and spring quarters. Students take 15 credits per quarter, and have summers off.

“We designed the program for working adults,” Allison said. “We’re mindful that people have families and jobs, and responsibilities. We try to be as flexible as possible and help students reach that next level in their education.”

For Centralia College, adding a third bachelor’s degree program is a way to meet the changing needs of the workforce in Lewis and south Thurston counties.

“The college mission is centered around lifelong learning and the bachelor’s degrees are a huge part of that,” said Dr. Jim Walton, college president. “Having a third option, one that is based in technology and computer science, is a major asset for our college and community. There are so many jobs in the IT field that go unfilled due to lack of a skilled workforce. This will have a significant impact on our regional economy.”

Students interested in the BAS-IT: AD program must already have an associate degree in computer science or information technology with a minimum 2.5 grade point average. A full list of admission requirements and the application materials are available on the BAS-IT program website.

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