|Software Development - A.A.S. Degree||69 cr.|
|Software Development - Diploma||60 cr.|
|Desktop Programming - Certificate||27 cr.|
|Mobile Programming - Certificate||27 cr.|
|Web Programming - Certificate||27 cr.|
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This program prepares students to become computer programmers. Learning an array of programming languages used for software development. Students design, write, debug and test application software. Individual effort and teamwork are developed. Skilled graduates are prepared to provide software solutions for employers.
A.A.S. Degree – 69 credits
Diploma – 60 credits
|Personal Property Fee||$130||$130|
Certificate – 27 credits
Certificate – 27 credits
Certificate – 27 credits
|Personal Property Fee||TBD||TBD||TBD|
That's right. Tuition will remain the same for the next two years, making your degree even more affordable. Learn more about the tuition freeze.
Each year, Dakota County Technical College and the DCTC Foundation make more than $200,000 in scholarships available to our students. Students are encouraged to create an account and apply for scholarships online.
Students looking for ways to help finance their college education can find part-time jobs on campus with various DCTC departments and programs. Deliver your completed Work-Study Application to the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid and search for openings at College Central Network Services. For more information, you can review Work Study Procedure.
Step 1: Apply now for financial aid. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
DCTC's Federal School Code: 010402
Step 2: After receiving an official award letter from DCTC, you may apply online for a Federal Stafford Student Loan. Visit the Loans page for more information.
Working conditions are generally indoors in offices or laboratories. Programmers convert data from project specifications and problem statements to develop computer programs. Often employed in a team setting, programmers are also working more from home or other remote locations as telecommuting becomes more prevalent.
According to ISEEK, Minnesota's career, education and job resource, employment for software developers is expected to grow 16.8 percent in Minnesota by the year 2020. ISEEK: "There will be a need for about 4,000 new Applications Software Developers to meet market demand between 2010-2020. This includes the demand due to replacement (workers leaving the occupation or retiring) as well as growth."
Articulation Agreements are formal agreements between two or more colleges and universities to accept credits in transfer toward a specific academic program. DCTC has articulation agreements in place for this program with the following schools:
|Transfer To||Degree||Major Offered|
|Concordia University, St. Paul||BA||Information Technology in Management||View|
|Minnesota State University Moorhead||BS||Operations Management||View|
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Whether you're a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces or an international student or transferring from high school or a four-year university, DCTC will help you through the process. Visit our Transfer Students page for more information.
The Software Development program at DCTC is active throughout the year and makes headlines in college publications. Read about student successes and the accomplishments of our Software Development instructors.
As a student in DCTC's Software Development program, you have many opportunities to make connections in the industry through your involvement in professional clubs and organizations.
DCTC features active, industry-relevant clubs for Software Development students right on campus. Getting involved in these clubs allows you to make the most of your college experience and gives you an edge when seeking employment. The following clubs are open to all Software Development students:
IT (Information Technology) Club
Are you a gamer or have a burning desire to learn more about how computers work? The DCTC IT Club welcomes beginners and experts alike while providing our members with the opportunity to explore their computer related interests, develop marketable IT abilities, and gain a supportive network from both fellow peers and mentors who share their same interests.
Business Professionals of America (BPA)
Business Professionals of America is the leading CTSO (Career Technical Student Organization) for students pursuing careers in accounting, business management, office administration, information technology and other related career fields.
Lions are an international network of 1.3 million people from over 200 countries who work together to answer the needs that challenge communities around the world. Students will be able to help determine the types of services the club will provide based on the needs of the campus and surrounding community.
SkillsUSA is a national non-profit organization for students in trade, industrial, technical, and health occupation programs in community and technical colleges. There are nearly 100 competitions through SkillsUSA that relate to programs of study at DCTC or leadership skills. Students who compete and take first place in Minnesota will advance to nationals. Participation is SkillsUSA is a great addition to your resume!