New degree developed by Tri-Cities college in response to computer science worker shortage

Columbia Basin College in Pasco, Washington, is set to launch a new program aimed at producing more IT and computer science professionals in the Tri-Cities area. The college has recently received approval from the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges to offer a bachelor’s degree in computer science.

Upon completion of the program, students will be well-positioned for roles as software engineers, web developers, systems analysts, database administrators, network engineers, cybersecurity analysts, and IT consultants. This initiative aligns with CBC’s mission to meet the educational and workforce needs of its community, as stated by Elizabeth Burtner, the assistant vice president for marketing and outreach at the college.

The next step for CBC is to obtain accreditation from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. If all goes according to plan, the bachelor’s degree in computer science will be available to students by the fall of 2025. Currently, CBC offers a bachelor’s degree in software development, but the new computer science program will emphasize theoretical concepts in the field and provide students with a pathway to pursue advanced degrees such as a master’s or PhD.

This upcoming degree will mark the 10th baccalaureate program offered by Columbia Basin College. Other existing bachelor’s degrees at CBC include Applied Management

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