New BAS degree prepares students for IT careers

  • Published Friday, January 12, 2018

Published Friday, January 12, 2018

To meet the high demand for skilled employees in the information technology field, Renton Technical College now offers the state’s only Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Computer Network Architecture.

The first cohort of students in the BAS program will begin in Spring Quarter 2018. The priority application deadline for Spring Quarter is Jan. 31. Admission is selective, and students must have an associate’s degree in information technology or a related field. (Download an application.)

More than 27,000 computer network jobs are projected in the Seattle metro area by 2024. Funded by a National Science Foundation grant, the new BAS degree will prepare graduates to work as computer network architects, engineers, and network managers in a wide range of organizations and industries including corporations, nonprofit organizations, IT companies, and medical and research institutions.

The median wage for a computer and information systems manager is $73 per hour, and network support specialists can earn $35 per hour.

“The economy of the Puget Sound area runs on information and the electronic technologies that manage it,” RTC President Kevin McCarthy said. “RTC’s new BAS program will prepare our students for jobs in high-wage, in-demand fields.”

In addition to the deep technical foundation, students will gain extensive experience working in teams, making presentations, and have on-the-job training, said Stefanie McIrvin, Director of BAS programs.  

Tuition is affordable, and many courses are offered in evening or online, making the program accessible to working students.

“We’ve designed this innovative program to help our students achieve their career goals in the growing IT field,” said Vice President for Instruction Angel Reyna. “We’re committed to creating programs that ensure student succeed at RTC and beyond.”

This is RTC’s second BAS program. The College also offers a Bachelor of Applied Science in Application Development.

Learn more at http://www.rtc.edu/net-arch or request an application at bas@rtc.edu.

Tuition is affordable, and many courses are offered in evening or online, making the program accessible to working students.