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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 AAT Degree: 6 Quarters

All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees.

Potential Careers

Computer Programmer

Computer Programming Career & Wages Details

Computer Network Support Specialist

Computer Network Support Specialist Career & Wage Details

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

Career Pathway

Gainful Employment Data

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Meet Your Instructors

Kenneth Meerdink

Bldg 11, Rm 111W

Joseph Ortiz

Bldg 11, Rm 111E

Computer Programming Program Information Sessions usually occur at 3 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month.

To learn more about information sessions, visit

Visit the Academic Calendar at to see when the next information session is scheduled.




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