Programming Specialist Option


Computer Information Systems

Think about it. All the software we currently use wouldn't exist without the work of programming specialists. A programmer "writes" programs-or converts the design of a software program into a logical series of instructions that a computer can follow. Recently, programming specialists have also delved into software design and identifying user need.

As a student in our 18 month option, you will learn the latest techniques in software design, creation and maintenance. Expect to become fluent in the most current programming languages, and get familiar with databases like IBM DB2, MS Access, MSQL2000 and Oracle. LATI is also the only school in South Dakota to teach COBOL.

"There's a class for that!!!" We offer our students the use of a mobile mac lab, and teach mobile app development for iPad, iPhone, iPod, Android, and Windows 7 mobile devices.

In this option, you will learn by doing. Expect to spend around 80% of your time honing the skills of a programming specialist. To make sure you have the job experience you'll need, we also require a 240 hour internship.

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Successful Graduates

"I'm a software developer for Angus Palm in Watertown. I've been here for about 8 months now, and it's been a great experience. Without the help of Lake Area, however, I would not be where I am today. Before attending the college, I knew how to program to some extent, but Lake Area showed me how to enhance these skills in a way I never thought possible. They brought my programming knowledge to the next level."
Ben Armstrong
Employed at Angus Palm
Watertown, SD