Why You Should Consider the Computer Science Degree Program at Renton
Employers and job placement firms in the Seattle area, show a
STRONG preference for a college degree from an accredited college,
combined with specific job experience. This keeps many people out of
the high tech workplace. The Computer Science Program is a two year,
accredited program at Renton Technical College (RTC), leading first
to a Certificate, and then, with the completion of 4 General
Education classes, to an Associates Degree. Students attend
full-time, 6 hours a day, 5 days a week for their 2 years. This
includes a short Summer session. Our program will give you a good
background in 5 areas of the computer field, Hardware/Networking,
Software Applications, Programming, Database, and Web Design. Our
curriculum is more than 90% compliant with what the IEEE Computer
Society has published as a model curriculum for Computer Science,
which is a strongly respected degree in the workplace. All students
in the Computer Science program will also earn a Certificate as a Applications
Developer, after successfully completing the first year of the program. We
also have an option to specialize in Medical Informatics within our Computer
Science program. As for the specific job experience, we constantly encourage
students to gain specific experience, in the Seattle area, WHILE STILL IN
SCHOOL, through the use of real-world projects, internships, and cooperative
education. At RTC, you can get a world-class education, which aims you
perfectly at the job that you want after graduation!
Our low teacher-student ratio, and the availability of instructors and peer
tutors during the entire day, helps to keep students from ever being “left
behind”. While already costing less than private colleges and universities, we
also offer financial aid and scholarships for qualified students who need help
paying for their classes.
You may enter our program either at the start of the Fall Quarter, or the start
of the Winter Quarter.
Our recent graduates are working at:
City of Renton
ParCom Internet Hosting
Redmond Technical Associates
Other Seattle and Renton area Engineering Firms
Other Seattle and Renton area Consulting Firms
Other Seattle and Renton area Aerospace Firms
Some start their own businesses after graduating!
Their job titles include:
Computer Software Engineer
Web Page Programmer/Developer
Computer Software Tester
Computer Support Specialist
Computer Systems Engineer
For more information about our program, including information about your
instructors, more detailed information about each class, and information and
links to apply for scholarships, see our Computer Science website at:
Don’t have a computer, or an Internet connection? That’s OK, go to the Renton
Technical College Library, or other Renton or Seattle area library, and ask a
librarian to show you how to connect to our website for free, right from the
If you still have questions, and want to talk to a live person, contact one of
our four instructors. Their email addresses and phone numbers are listed on the
Instructor Pages at the website listed, above. We will always respond and
answer your questions.
Why Come Here?
Diverse Student Body-
We specialize in helping students from diverse backgrounds achieve success. Our
students are literally ages 16 to 60, from various countries and cultures, with
various levels of experience. Some are changing their careers, some are
changing their lives. We welcome them all, and lead them through a structured
program for two years, teaching them what they need to know to be successful in
the computer field, and get jobs with employers in the Renton and Seattle area.
Small Class Size-
You will be with the same instructors and the same group of students for the
entire two years. The ratio is from 15 to 24 students per instructor, and will
never be any higher. Because of this, the typical student feels a tremendous
amount of support from the Instructors and the other students. It will be the
start of your own professional network of computer professional colleagues in
the field, after you graduate!
Emphasis on Hands-On Projects-
Most of our students say that they like the fact that our program places an
emphasis on hands-on projects, and always stresses the tie-in to real life
needs in the workplace.
While the quality of this program is high, the cost of this program is less
than similar programs at 4-year state institutions, and significantly cheaper
than private colleges and universities.
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