Can I get college credits for this class?

Yes! Many of the courses that are part of our lab have credit options available through Owens Community College. At the present time, you could earn over 20 semester hours of credit for those courses. Those credits are from a fully accredited state school that apply towards a degree program. They will transfer to any college or university you might want to attend after high school.

In addition to the credits from your technical courses you can also earn college credit from some of your academic courses at Four County. In total, you could have over 30 hours of college coursework completed by the time you graduate from high school. That is over one year of FREE college credit available to the students in Software Design!

What are the job opportunities in this career field?

There is a severe shortage of software developers. Employment of software developers is projected to grow 30 percent between 2010 and 2020, much faster than the average for all other occupations. The main reason for the rapid growth is a large increase in the demand for computer software. There are many different jobs that require programming skills:

  • Computer Programmer
  • Software Developer
  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Database Administrator
  • Web Developer
  • Game Programmer
  • Software Support Specialist
  • And more!

What kind of pay can I expect?

The level of pay varies for software development, depending on the area in which you work. In general, programming jobs are some of the highest paying careers out there today. Theses careers often sit in the 'Top Ten' of published job surveys. It is possible to get a programming job without a degree, but finishing an associate degree greatly increases those opportunities and pay levels. Industry certifications also increase salary levels. Furthering your education to the bachelor degree level improves your salary even more. The Software Design program at Four County Career Center can get you an early start on your degrees and your certifications.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Lobor Statistics, the median annual income for a software developer in 2012 was $99,000. The lowest 10% (those just starting out) averaged $62,800 while the highest 10% averaged $148,850.

How difficult is the class?

The Software Design program can be challenging. The courses are college level and fast paced. Students who succeed have strong math, reading and writing skills. Problem solving is a big part of what we do. However, the classes are also very rewarding and fun. Hard work pays off. Game programming, for example, can be very challenging, but the results are extremely enjoyable!

How can I find out more?

You may contact the instructor, Matt Geiger by email at mgeiger@fourcounty.net or by phone at 419-267-2292. He can answer most questions you might have or arrange a visit for you or your parents to find out more.