IT - Software Developer Program Details

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. Almost all classes are offered in a hybrid format. Many classes are offered online.

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.

Technical Diplomas within this Program

Earn a one-year Information Technology technical diploma in any one of the following areas. If you decide to pursue the IT - Software Developer associate degree, your diploma will apply towards that degree.

  • Database Specialist
  • Java Programmer
  • Microsoft .NET Programmer
  • User Support Technician
  • Web Development Specialist

Just the Facts

Information Technology - Software Developer
68 Credit Associate Degree

Length of Program:
Two Years

Delivery Method

Program Location
Eau Claire and River Falls

Start Dates
August and January in Eau Claire
August in River Falls

Financial Aid Eligible: Yes

Program Outcomes

Non-Traditional Occupation

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Estimated Program Cost

Total Tuition, Fees & Books: $13,299

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CVTC offers up to $5,000 scholarships to students enrolled full-time in STEM programs who exhibit academic talent and financial need. To learn more and apply, click here.

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Get a Job

93% of CVTC graduates get a job within 6 months after graduation.

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Make More Money

Our recent Information Technology - Software Developer graduates reported an average starting salary of $49,439.

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Degrees in Demand

The U.S. Department of Labor projects 80% of the jobs created in the next decade will require education beyond high school.


These are a few of the courses you will take in the Information Technology - Software Developer program. For more detailed course info click here.

  • .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.

Transfer Credits

Once you’ve completed your associate degree at CVTC, if you are interested in pursuing further education, we have agreements with several institutions. To view a list of CVTC’s transfer agreements, click here.


  • Computer Engineer
  • Integration Developer
  • Programmer Analyst
  • Software Developer
  • Support Specialist

Career Outlook

According to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development and Bureau of Workforce Information, a 4% growth is projected in software developer positions in CVTC’s 11-county area by 2016.

CVTC offers three programs that lead to careers in information technology.

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