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IT - Software Developer Overview

Join the software revolution that is reshaping our world! Software developers are in high demand with a variety of skills ranging from building a website or application, supporting a business system, interfacing into other electronic devices, to writing a report against a database. As a software developer you are the architect and builder of a virtual environment that people utilize for productivity, services, and entertainment. You are a business professional who helps businesses compete in a global market.

The IT - Software Developer program is hands-on in a collaborative learning environment. You will work individually and in groups on a variety of programming challenges and projects.

You'll learn to:

  • Develop dynamic Web applications using state-of-the-art tools: HTML/CSS, ASP.NET, JSP, JavaScript, and PHP
  • Manage data and databases using SQL, MS Access, SQLite SQL Server, and MySQL
  • Design and write computer programs using Java, C#.NET, and Visual Basic.Net
  • Analyze business processes and apply solutions with Agile software development and industry-standard reporting tools such as Crystal Reports
  • Utilize operating systems and platforms, including UNIX, Windows, and Mac OS X

The software developer program also helps you develop valuable workplace skills including; time management, collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and environmental awareness.

Part of a career pathway, you will already have credits toward the IT - Software Developer program if you completed the IT - Software Development Specialist technical diploma at CVTC. Call us at 715-833-6300 to learn more.

Career Opportunities

Java Developer

Junior Software Developer

Mobile Developer

Product Manager

Software Developer

Systems Integration Specialist

Graduate Employers

Chippewa Valley Technical College


JAMF Software

JB Systems LLC


Platteville Web Solutions

Just the Facts

IT - Software Developer
60 Credit Associate Degree

Length of Program //
Two Years

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Program Location //
Eau Claire

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August and January

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August and January

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August and January


Financial Aid Eligible


Non-Traditional Occupation

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 Estimated Total: $10,364

  Earn credit for prior learning! Do you have previous educational or work experience in the field? You could be eligible to receive credit for prior learning. Explore your options today!

Program Courses

These are a few of the courses you can take in the IT - Software Developer program.

.NET Application Development
In this course you will learn the Visual Basic or C# language using ADO.NET for database interaction, develop subs and functions, and develop objects and classes.

Java Web Programming
Students will write programs using the latest Sun Java release. The class focuses on the use of advanced Java features necessary for real world business applications.

Database-Driven Web Design/Development
Students will explore topics in server-side web development using PHP. Students will get hands-on experience in the PHP environment with database applications using PHP and MySQL, sessions, cookies, string-handling, and other related topics.

Earn Credentials Along the Way

Career Pathways 

Career Pathways are a clear, manageable way to access education that provides employer-recognized, stackable credentials tied to specific jobs, education, and career progression. Career Pathways are beneficial to high school students and teachers, parents, adult students, and employers.

IT - Software Developer Outcomes

CVTC graduates are ready for the workforce. Each year, we send our graduates the Graduate Follow-Up Survey asking where they are working, whether it is in their degree field, and several other questions related to employment. Below are the program outcomes and job data.

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67% of our recent IT - Software Developer graduates got a job in the industry.


Yearly Salary

Our recent IT - Software Developer graduates reported an average starting salary of $48,147.


Regional Jobs

There are 61 job openings in the CVTC district for the IT - Software Developer industry.


Credits to Other Institutions

Transfer your CVTC credits to another institution to continue your education. Explore transfer agreements.

Focus On Student Success

CVTC graduates have practical training and possess a wide variety of skills due to exposure to core IT coursework and the focused learning experience that the CVTC IT programs provide. CVTC graduates have been exposed to real industry experiences, are confident in their career choices and have a real passion for their field. Graduates from CVTC programs have experience on current systems as well as the foresight to know when a new technological advancement may benefit our organization.

Nicole, NBI, Inc.

Related Programs & Certificates

Whether you're looking to continue your learning to another program or to gain continuing education credit, CVTC offers a variety of learning opportunities for students.

Degrees & Diplomas

IT - Cybersecurity Analyst, Advanced Technical Certificate

IT - Data & Analytics Specialist, Associate Degree

IT - Network Specialist, Associate Degree

IT - Software Development Specialist, Technical Diploma

Continue Your Learning

CVTC can help you achieve your learning goals whether you are looking to advance your career or enrich your personal life.

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