Washington community college aims to expand educational opportunities by highlighting high-growth fields

community-collegeSpokane Falls Community College in Spokane, Wash., will begin offering a four-year applied science degree as part of a statewide effort to boost educational opportunities by targeting high-demand fields. The offering is designed primarily for students with technical backgrounds.

The school’s new bachelor of applied science in information systems and technology is intended to prepare students for jobs in rapidly growing computer-related fields.

“This is focused specifically on people getting jobs,” SFCC President Janet Gullickson said. “It’s a pathway for technically educated folks to advance their careers.”

Graduates would most likely be hired as network and computer systems administrators, information security analysts, data specialists and network support specialists, all of which are career fields projecting at least an 11 percent increase in demand for trained workers. The program will be available for fall enrollment.

(Next page: Details about the new bachelor’s program)

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