Tri-Cities College develops new degree in response to shortage of computer science workers

New Computer Science Program at Columbia Basin College in Pasco: Fostering Growth in Tri-Cities’ IT Industry

Columbia Basin College in Pasco has recently received approval to develop a new program aimed at producing more IT and computer science professionals in the Tri-Cities area. The college’s proposal to offer a bachelor’s degree in computer science was approved by the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.

The addition of this program aligns with the college’s mission to meet the educational and workforce needs of its community. According to Elizabeth Burtner, assistant vice president for marketing and outreach at CBC, graduates with a bachelor’s degree in computer science will have a variety of career opportunities, including roles as software engineers, web developers, systems analysts, database administrators, network engineers, cybersecurity analysts, and IT consultants.

The next step for CBC is to seek approval from its accreditor, the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. If approved, the college hopes to have the computer science degree available to students by Fall 2025. Currently, students at CBC can pursue a bachelor’s degree in software development, but the new program will provide a more theoretical approach to the field and offer a pathway for students to pursue advanced degrees like a master’s or PhD.

Once launched, the bachelor’s degree in computer science will be the 10th baccalaureate program offered at CBC. Other bachelor’s degrees currently available at the college include Applied Management, Community Health, Cyber Security

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