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Computer Languages Certificate Program

Technology is an important part of our everyday life.  Programs are designed to assist the end user with tasks such as banking, paying bills, receiving medical information, purchasing items and the list continues to evolve.  This technology need requires qualified programmers in many different computer languages.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for computer programmers is $89,190 (May 2020).  The Bureau of Labor Statistics also listed an annual salary range of $51,440 to $146,050.

Students enrolled in the Computer Languages Certificate study the basics of computer programming principles and theories through classroom lectures and hands-on computer labs, where students can practice applying various languages to the development of their own programs. The coursework develops critical thinking, decision-making, and critical analysis skills.

This certificate program is designed to provide the student with the skills and knowledge to design, write, and execute computer programs.  Students are exposed to the following computer languages: C++, Python, Java, and JavaScript.  These languages serve as foundation for a career as a computer programmer, software developer, and a database specialist.  Students could work in computer systems design, finance, insurance, software publishing, manufacturing, and be self-employed.

As of January 2022, there is not a certification requirement to be a computer programmer in the United States.  This certificate will qualify a computer programmer to work in any state in the United States.

Career Outlook Information


Information on the Career Outlook for computer programs is found at: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes151251.htm

Computer Languages Scholarship Opportunities


In addition to General, Foundation, and External Scholarship Opportunities, the Rural Forge Scholarship is available to students in this program of study.  An application can be found on the Iowa Central Foundation website.

Potential Careers


  • Computer Programmer
  • Software Developer
  • Database Specialist

Course Schedule


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Contact Us


Advisors

Tori Tomke
Associate
515-574-1250
tomke@iowacentral.edu
Lindsey Rossow
Advisor
515-574-1195
rossow@iowacentral.edu
Jennifer Shivers
Advising Director
515-574-1252
shivers@iowacentral.edu

Instructors

I chose Iowa Central because both of my parents came here and absolutely loved the environment. I was able to be a part of so many programs at once which isn't offered at other colleges. I knew right away after visiting that it would be a great school where I could better myself as a student and as an athlete.

Emma Clark
General Studies
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