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Computer Programming

Why Choose the Computer Programming Program?

Technology is an integral part of every person's life, and every business runs on software. Computer Programming is challenging, fun, and can change the world, as students get to see their software start to function properly - whether as a website, game, mobile application, or something else - after all the work they put into it. Employers are looking for programmers with logic skills and soft skills as well. Communication is a big part of our job. Writing robust maintainable code, troubleshooting, and teamwork are some of the other traits employers look for. If you like technology, solving problems and learning and want a career field that's growing and will be around for a very long time, then this program might be the perfect fit.


This program prepares students for computer information technology positions with concentrations in database or application-systems programming.
How Long It Takes:

Computer Programming AAS-T Degree: 6 Quarters

Computer Programming AAT Degree: 6 Quarters 

.NET Developer Certificate: 3 Quarters 

All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees.


Potential Careers


Median annual wage in Washington:

$78,800 per year.

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Median annual wage in Washington:

$51,300 per year.

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Career Pathway


This is not a guarantee of employment or a certain wage. Full career data available at

Gainful Employment Data

Computer Programming Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Computer Programming program, students will:

  • Debug and troubleshoot programs to identify and fix defects.
  • Document software and methods for technical staff as well as end user.
  • Work with a team to design, develop, and test an application.
  • Work with local industry partners or self- proposed project to apply technical skills and standards.

Meet Your Instructors

Kenneth Meerdink

Bldg 11, Rm 111W

Joseph Ortiz

Bldg 11, Rm 111E


Computer Programming Program Information Sessions are hosted in Building 11, Room 111E, at 3 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. For more information and a complete schedule of session dates, click here.




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