(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Computer Programming Technology is one of Texas State Technical College’s programs that is offered completely online — a bonus in this era of social distancing. The Associate of Applied Science degree program can lead to a fast-growing career that shows no signs of slowing down.

Despite learning from home, students are introduced to courses that will give them a competitive edge in the world of computer programming. The curriculum at TSTC includes database programming, Java programming, mobile applications development, and more.

“We live in a world today where, at the click of a mouse or the tap of a finger, we have access to products, information and resources to help us in our daily lives,” said Steven Coffman, lead instructor for Computer Programming Technology. “Computer programmers make this possible.”

The global pandemic has increased uneasiness in the job market, especially for those just graduating from college. Coffman reiterated that computer programming is not an area that potential programmers should worry about.

“We have not seen a decline in demand for computer programmers and do not expect to see one anytime soon,” he said. “Additionally, we have been very encouraged to see our recent graduates of the program around the state find employment after graduation, despite the economic downturn.”

Not only does a career in computer programming offer solace in the fact that programmers are in demand, but because of the flexibility of the occupation, many computer programmers can work from the comfort of their own homes.

“Computer programming can generally be performed with the resources that most people either already have or materials that are within reach, such as a computer and broadband internet connection,” Coffman said. “Aside from the actual act of programming, communicating with teammates and clients can be performed remotely utilizing virtual meeting applications.”

Registration for the fall semester is underway. To learn more about Computer Programming Technology at TSTC, visit https://www.tstc.edu/programs/ComputerProgramming.

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