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
- 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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Requirements and Costs
Degrees and Certificates
Software Development, Associate of Applied Science
Software Development, Advanced Technical Certificate
Important Dates for Credit Programs
|Spring 2017||Summer 2017||Fall 2017|
|Registration Open||November 14||April 10||April 10|
|Financial Aid Priority Date||December 5||May 15||July 10|
|Admission Deadline||December 30||May 19||August 4|
|Last Day to Register||January 13||June 2||August 18|
|Tuition and Fees Due||January 13||June 2||August 18|
|Classes Begin||January 17*||June 5*||August 21|
|*Some classes begin before or after this date. See the class schedule for more information.|
Skills, Traits, and Prep Classes
- 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
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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.
- Database Analysts / Administrators
- Software Developers
- Web Developers