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  • PCC launches bachelor’s degree in secure software development

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    PUEBLO – Pueblo Community College will add its fifth bachelor’s degree completion program this fall, offering a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in secure software development.

    The degree will offer hands-on training with an emphasis in computer security. Ethics, teamwork and oral and written communication are also major components of the program.

    “Students will learn to fix existing software and write new software in the most secure way,” said Mike Krakow, manager of PCC’s computer information systems program. “Our program aligns with industry certifications so graduates will be prepared to test for those.”

    Secure software development is one of the careers in greatest demand in Colorado, according to Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. The average starting salary for those with a bachelor’s degree is more than $100,000. 

    “We’re responding to demand. This is in perfect alignment with what the industry is asking for,” said Jennifer Sherman, dean of PCC’s business and advanced technology division. “The curriculum was developed with recommendations and input from employers and our advisory committee. We consult regularly with IT leaders in our region and they endorse this program.”

    “Secure software development, and cyber security in general, are critical components of today’s IT infrastructure,” said Steve Shirley, vice president of information technology and chief information officer for Parkview Medical Center and a member of the advisory board for PCC’s CIS program. “Combined with the strong curriculum and outstanding instructional staff at PCC, the new BAS degree in secure software development will give graduates significant opportunities in today’s IT environment.”

    PCC has built a comprehensive information technology program that offers multiple specialties, including systems administration and cyber security, for thousands of dollars less than the cost of a four-year school.

    “No matter what part of IT you want to work in, we have a pathway for it,” said Sherman.

    As part of a collaborative Hispanic-Serving Institution grant with Colorado State University-Pueblo and Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs, PCC’s cyber security program will receive $668,508 over five years from the National Science Foundation. With that funding, the school will be able to offer scholarships, strengthen its transfer agreement with CSU-Pueblo, purchase new technology, participate in National Cyber League competitions and build its Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-Tech) program with Cañon City, Pueblo County and Centennial high schools. 

    PCC also hopes to launch an eSports program in the next academic year. 

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    Founded in 1933, Pueblo Community College is a premier teaching institution focused on providing academic and service excellence to help its students acquire the 21st Century skills needed to better their lives. An educational and technological leader, PCC fosters economic development and utilizes strong partnerships in the communities it serves through its Pueblo, Fremont and Southwest campuses.