As of mid-2015, Google Play and the Apple App Store each offered more than 1.5 million mobile apps for users like you, according to Statista, an online Statistics Portal. Pocketgamer.biz says that developers are submitting more than 1,000 apps to Apple per day! Ridgewater students will now be part of the action!
Mobile applications do everything from editing photos, mind mapping and tracking health habits to entertaining users with games and sports and sharing news updates. It seems as if there is an app for everything!
Well, not yet.
Students at Ridgewater College will launch a new Mobile Application Development Associate of Applied Science degree this month – so there’s sure to be some great new apps coming out in the next two years.
Students will gain competitive skills for the application design job market, working for a company as a developer or being a freelancer, meeting the needs of small companies in the area.
Larry Handlin, grant manager for the Rural Information Technology Alliance (RITA), has been instrumental in pulling together this new, exciting program. The grant at Ridgewater has expanded and modernized Ridgewater’s Computer Systems Technology (CST) program as well as the related Multimedia Design Technology program.
All Ridgewater CST credentials, including the new ones, are available in both Hutchinson and Willmar. All required courses are available online or hybrid, where students learn online from home but come to campus for hands-on lab experience, but the majority of course work can be done remotely online.
“We are so excited to add the Mobile App program for this fall, and in so doing, responding to student interests and requests in an exciting industry that is booming with opportunities. As a user of several mobile apps myself, I can’t wait to test some of the great ideas our students come up with,” said Mike Kutzke, Ridgewater dean of technical programs.
Mobile Application Development AAS Degree – 60 credits