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FAQ

Q: When can I start the program? 
A: Students can start taking courses in the 2-year degree program any quarter.

Q: Are any of the classes conducted in the evening? 
A: Most of the courses in the program, with a few exceptions, convene at least once a year in the evening (some more often). If you are an evening student, it may take a little longer to get through the sequence of courses.

Q: Can I prepare for Microsoft (or other) certification through your coursework?
A:
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 some of the MCSE tests – in fact some of the tests in these classes are practice MCSE tests. An ideal certification training and preparation package would be for a student to complete a program such as our credit Network Administrator or Network Hardware Support program, and then follow it up with non-credit test preparation courses offered at our Gig Harbor or Tacoma certification centers.

Q: Are your courses transferable to a 4-year degree program?
A:
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. 

Q: Do you have any type of job placement program?
A: 
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?
A:
All of our programs prepare students for entry-level jobs in the range of $25,000 to $30,000 a year initially. With on-the-job training, experience, and certification, students can increase their salaries significantly.

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