(ABILENE, Texas) – Texas State Technical College in Abilene will offer a new program of study starting this fall: Computer Programming Technology.
Students who successfully complete the five-semester program will earn an Associate of Applied Science degree.
“We brought the CPT course to Abilene because industries are moving forward to digital and electronic-based needs. This helps us fill a local and statewide need to develop business and industry along with it,” TSTC Associate Provost Justin Price said.
With a majority of modern technology using software programs, job opportunities are endless.
“Computer programming is like the brain of the human body. Just like the brain tells your hands to move, the software tells the hardware what to do. Today hardware is anything from cars, robots, industrial equipment to the laptop sitting on your desk; they all need someone who can program them to work how we need them to,” Tony Torres, lab assistant, said.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics there is an expected job growth of 24 percent between 2016-2026 for computer software developers; almost four times the job growth national average.
“The demand for workers in this field will continue to rise as we keep using technology. You can find your niche and work in a team or go solo, or work in the field or in an office,” Torres said.
The program will educate students about six different programming languages such as C++, Visual Basics, C Sharp, Java and more. Students will learn how to apply those languages to be used in online settings or in physical applications.
The program is a hybrid course with a mix of online classes and face-to-face instruction.
Torres encourages anyone interested in learning how to keep the world functioning to apply.
Registration for the fall semester is underway. For more information about TSTC and the many programs offered, go online at tstc.edu.