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Q: When can I start the program? 
A: Students can start taking courses in the 2-year degree program any quarter. However, the start of the 2 year sequence begins in Fall and Winter quarters with IT 102 and IT 110.

Q: Are any of the classes conducted in the evening? 
A: The program is offered in afternoon and evening cohort classes. Most of the courses in the program does require participation in class; however, we do offer online courses in help desk, project management, network and date security online.

Q: Can I prepare for Microsoft (or other) certification through your coursework?
Although we do not specifically teach the various certification options in our credit programs, we do identify those topics that prepare you for specific certification tests. For example, the subject matter of our operating systems class (IT 110) and our microcomputer fundamentals class (IT 102) class largely follows that of the A+ exam. Our network administrator and network hardware support series of classes prepare you for the Microsoft, CISCO, and COMPTIA exams.

Q: Are your courses transferable to a 4-year degree program?
One of our degree tracks — the Application Developer UWT CSS Transfer Degree — will transfer to the University of Washington Computing and Software Systems Program. Individual 4-year college programs specify their own requirements for transfer courses, so you should contact the university/college you plan to transfer to for specific information. Generally, however, the Associate in Applied Sciences degree is a vocational-technical program, not a transfer program, although some of the individual courses will transfer.

University/CollegeDegree Program
Western Governors UniversityBS in Information Technology
Seattle Pacific UniversityBS or BA in Professional Studies
Central Washington University - Des MoinesBAS in Information Technology and Administrative Management
Highline CollegeBAS in Cybersecurity and Forensics
Green River CollegeBAS in Information Technology
Bellevue CollegeBAS in Information Systems & Technology


Q: Do you have any type of job placement program?
Tacoma Community College maintains a job assistance center to help students obtain job listings. In addition as job announcements are made known to the IT program staff, these are advertised to students. The IT program maintains an internship program and will try to make internships available to all those students who desire to have one. The internship program is very effective for school-career transition, and in many cases leads to full-time employment.

Q: What level of salary should I expect after completing one of your degree or certificate programs?
All of our programs prepare students for entry-level jobs in the range of $40,000 to $50,000 a year initially. With on-the-job training, experience, and certification, students can increase their salaries significantly.

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