Software Development

Master the Programming Languages and Tools for Creative Success

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Program Overview

Are you fascinated by the world of coding and software creation? College of Western Idaho’s (CWI) Software Development program is the perfect launchpad for aspiring developers like you. In this program, you will dive deep into the realms of programming, web development, and software design. You will learn various programming languages, develop problem-solving skills, and understand how to create functional and efficient software applications.

Our program offers a comprehensive blend of theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience. You will learn from industry professionals and engage in projects that mimic real-world scenarios. This balanced approach prepares you to enter the software development industry with the skills and confidence to thrive in various technical roles.

Degree or Certificate Type

Associate of Applied Science

Advanced Technical Certificate

Intermediate Technical Certificate

Basic Technical Certificate

Time to Complete

1 – 2 years

Primary Location

Students working at computers in software development classroom

Learning Opportunities

  • Programming Proficiency: Master multiple programming languages and technologies to build versatile software solutions including C#, HTML/CSS, Sass, Bootstrap, Git/Version Control, Responsive/Mobile Design, JavaScript, JavaScript Frameworks (Vue, AngularJS, React, Phaser, Amazon Web Services (AWS), .NET Framework, PHP, SQL, Unity.
  • Problem-Solving Skills: Develop critical thinking and problem-solving abilities essential for successful software development.
  • Project-Based Learning: Work on real-life projects, applying your knowledge to create functional software applications.
  • Cutting-Edge Technologies: Stay abreast of the latest trends and technologies in the software development industry.
  • Career Pathways: Explore diverse career opportunities in software development, from web development to application design.

Area of Study

Degrees & Certificates

Software Development – Associate of Applied Science Degree

Software Development – Advanced Technical Certificate

Software Development – Intermediate Technical Certificate

Software Development – Basic Technical Certificate

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Career Opportunities

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  • Graphic Designers

    Design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects.


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  • Web Developers

    Develop and implement websites, web applications, application databases, and interactive web interfaces. Evaluate code to ensure that it is properly structured, meets industry standards, and is compatible with browsers and devices. Optimize website performance, scalability, and server-side code and processes. May develop website infrastructure and integrate websites with other computer applications.


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  • Web and Digital Interface Designers

    Design digital user interfaces or websites. Develop and test layouts, interfaces, functionality, and navigation menus to ensure compatibility and usability across browsers or devices. May use web framework applications as well as client-side code and processes. May evaluate web design following web and accessibility standards, and may analyze web use metrics and optimize websites for marketability and search engine ranking. May design and test interfaces that facilitate the human-computer interaction and maximize the usability of digital devices, websites, and software with a focus on aesthetics and design. May create graphics used in websites and manage website content and links.


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  • Special Effects Artists and Animators

    Create special effects or animations using film, video, computers, or other electronic tools and media for use in products, such as computer games, movies, music videos, and commercials.


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*Data sourced from Lightcast™ (2023), a global leader in labor market analytics, and limited to the state of Idaho. Contact CWI Institutional Research for questions regarding this data.

"I went from knowing little about software development to using my new knowledge and skill in the workforce within two years. The internship opportunities provided by CWI helped propel me into a career working for my county government as a Web Developer, and I can say that being a part of this program was easily one of the best decisions I have ever made."
Scott Seegmiller
Student, Software Development
"The Software Development program exposed me to a variety of computer languages and technical skills through real-world projects opening doors to internships and job opportunities. "
Stacy Hardy
2016 Graduate, Software Development
"CWI’s Software Development program helped me land my first job in the field. The hands-on work environment there allowed me to show that I knew what I was doing rather than just talk about it. It gave me experience I can take with me throughout my career." Read more > about Transforming a Hobby into a Career
Kyle Nielebeck
Student, Software Development


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Business Professionals of America

College of Western Idaho is proud to be part of Business Professionals of America (BPA), the leading Career and Technical Student Organization for students pursuing careers in business management, office administration, information technology, and other related career fields.

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College of Western Idaho is proud to compete in SkillsUSA, a nationwide organization seeking to improve the quality of our nation's future skilled workforce through personal, workplace, and technical skills training.


Work-Based Learning Center is proud to host a Technology Job Fair on Thursday, Nov. 30, at the Ada County Center Pintail Building.

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Congratulations to Stacy Hardy, College of Western Idaho’s Staff of the Month for May 2020.

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Congratulations to Jenny Wokersien, College of Western Idaho’s Faculty of Distinction for March 2020.

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“Because of CWI, I can provide for my family. Flexible class schedules allowed me to earn a degree and work toward my future simultaneously.”

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Annual STEM Out! event introduces students to STEM careers through hands-on workshops presented by CWI faculty and students.

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"Because of CWI, I already have a job even before graduating.”

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Ada County Center hosts Super Smash Bros Wii U Tournament and Party with prizes, food and fun

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The expanded training opportunities will accommodate an additional 90 students in five professional-technical programs.

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CWI earned 32 top-five finishes at the 2016 Idaho Business Professionals of America Leadership Conference.

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Oscar Meza, a student in the CWI Web Development program, has been selected for a full-time summer internship with the Idaho Department of Labor.

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