Moraine Park Technical College will soon be offering two new information technology (IT) associate degree programs, and both can be earned together in as little as five semesters.

The two new associate degree programs will be IT-Web Development and Design Specialist and the IT-Mobile Applications Developer. These programs will be offered starting in fall 2016.

“There’s a growing need for IT professionals, and these opportunities will provide students the necessary skills needed to compete in the IT field. These programs were developed with local business and industry support to help bridge the skills gap in this area,” said Lisa Pollard, Moraine Park’s associate dean of business and IT.

The IT-Web Development and Design Specialist program will give students skills to design and maintain professional, high-quality responsive websites. Coding and programming technologies will be covered. In addition, students will learn industry-standard development software tools such as Adobe Products, Content Management Systems, FTP software, and emerging open source tools.

The IT-Mobile Applications Developer program teaches students skills to use a variety of specialized development kits for popular mobile platforms, programming and markup language fundamentals combined with mobile design theory and principles.  Students learn to create mobile content-driven application used for commercial and non-profit purposes including skills and business aspects involved in market deployment.

Because these two programs are similar in content, students can achieve both associate degree programs in five semesters if they choose.  This option can provide students with additional skills and enhance their value in the labor market for years to come.

“Moraine Park Technical College listens to local industry leaders and works with us to develop curriculum and training for students to prepare them not only for the jobs of today, but more importantly the jobs of tomorrow,” said Vincent Wondra, president of The BBS Agency, a website solutions company in Fond du Lac.

Currently, Moraine Park is serving students in the Mobile Application area through local certificates. Through the efforts of the TAACCCCT3 grant, the college was able to create four local certificates. The certificates are: Content Management, Website Security, iOS Web Application Development and Android Web Application Development.

The certificates have been increasing in demand, with a total of 108 students served between the four local certificates since summer 2014.

To learn more about the mobile app and web development programs, visit morainepark.edu/programs.