The training at CWI definitely helped prepare me for the workplace. All of the requirements for the job I now hold were covered in the Web Development program (Renamed Software Development 2015].
Jeremy Reukauf, Web Development Graduate
Our goal is to see students graduate with strong technical skills that will give them confidence to succeed in any business environment.
Jenny Wokersien, Program Head


Software development is a broad term for the process of creating software tools in a methodical way. This process can include writing code, preparing requirements and objectives, documenting, and testing. The Software Development program provides a solid foundation in the development of client and server-side applications using .NET and open-source technologies. A business without a website is rare these days, and every website requires a skilled technician to make it functional. This program emphasizes proven programming principles, critical-thinking skills, and practical experience while preparing students to obtain industry-recognized certifications.


The College of Western Idaho provides a Software Development program that will ready you with advanced, market-relevant skills that employers recognize and respect as well as opportunities to connect with a global community of industry professionals.

Why This Program

The Web drives the world; software drives the Web. This program will prepare you with the knowledge and skills to become a competent developer. You will learn design and development essentials and database design fundamentals and will be introduced to several programming languages. Upon graduation you will be able to develop robust, database-driven applications.

What You Will Learn to Do

  • Learn HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and .NET technologies.
  • Create presentation quality animations using photographs, icons, and graphics suitable for web deployment utilizing popular software tools.
  • Design and implement websites and web pages.
  • Learn relational database design and data modeling from a conceptual and practical viewpoint.
  • Explore dynamic websites focusing on e-commerce and server-side scripting languages.
  • Learn design and development skills that prepare you for workforce entry.


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Gainful Employment

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who have completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at

Requirements and Costs

Degrees and Certificates

Associate of Applied Science in Software Development



Delivery Formats:

Advanced Technical Certificate in Software Development



Delivery Formats:

Program Specific Dates

Monday, January 12, 2015 Program Application Open

Program applications are accepted January 12 through April 10, 2015. The new application will be available by January 12.

Sunday, June 1, 2014 Notification of Placement

Notification of Placement is June 1, 2014.

Monday, June 16, 2014 Letter of Intent Due

Beginning Monday, June 23 accepted IT students will be registered for Fall 2014 classes. Registration confirmation will be sent to mycwi email accounts.

Important Dates for Credit Programs

  Fall 2014 Spring 2015 Summer 2015
Registration Open April 14 November 10 April 13
Financial Aid Priority Date July 14 December 1 May 11
Admission Deadline August 8 December 22 May 15
Tuition and Fees Due August 22 January 9 May 29
Last Day to Register August 22 January 9 May 29
Classes Begin August 25 January 12 June 1*
*Some classes begin before this date. See class schedule for more information.

Skills, Traits, and Prep Classes

  • CISA requirements
  • Keyboarding
  • General computer skills
  • Ability to learn
  • Basic understanding of how computers work is helpful
  • Good communication and writing skills are helpful
  • Ability to troubleshoot complex problems is helpful


Navigating your way through college can be confusing, especially if you try to go it alone. CWI One Stop Student Services offers advising assistance, to help in deciding which courses you need to take to complete your educational goals. Visit Advising for more information or contact One Stop Student Services to schedule an appointment.

Admission into the Software Development program requires a separate application process and is competitive.

Register Early!

Financial Aid Available

Did you know that as a student in this program you may be eligible for financial aid? Through grants, scholarships, and loans, more than 60 percent of first-time, full-time CWI students receive some form of financial assistance. To learn more about financial aid options and whether you may be eligible, visit Financial Aid.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition for a full-time CWI student averages half the cost of a state university and a third of the cost of a private college. Tuition and fees vary based on program and residence. Visit Tuition and Fees for more information.

Career Info


  • Database Analysts / Administrators
  • Programmers
  • Software Developers
  • Web Developers


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