2nd 4-year de­gree loom­ing at Clark St.

Web De­sign and De­vel­op­ment may be ready as soon as 2020.

Dayton Daily News - - LOCAL & STATE - By Matt Sanc­tis Staff Writer

Clark State Com­mu­nity Col­lege re­ceived ap­proval Wed­nes­day from the Ohio De­part­ment of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion, al­low­ing the col­lege to move a step closer to de­vel­op­ing its sec­ond four-year de­gree pro­gram.

Col­lege of­fi­cials said the fouryear de­gree in Web De­sign and De­vel­op­ment could be avail­able to stu­dents as early as 2020, al­though the col­lege still needs fi­nal ap­proval from the Higher Learn­ing Com­mis­sion, an in­de­pen­dent en­tity that ap­proves de­gree pro­grams in 19 states.

Clark state al­ready of­fered sep­a­rate pro­grams in new me­dia and graphic de­sign, said Jo Al­ice Blondin, Clark State’s pres­i­dent. But the new pro­gram will of­fer stu­dents skills in both de­sign and web de­vel­op­ment, she said, mak­ing them more mar­ketable to po­ten­tial em­ploy­ers. Of­ten, work­ers have a back­ground in one of those two ar­eas, but not both, she said.

The pro­posed pro­gram will pre­pare stu­dents for em­ploy­ment as web de­vel­op­ers, web de­sign­ers, front end de­vel­op­ers, and soft­ware de­vel­op­ers, ac­cord­ing to a pro­posal sub­mit­ted by Clark State.

“One of the ad­van­tages of busi­nesses hir­ing these in­di­vid­u­als is the busi­ness can get al­most a two for one,” Blondin said.

If ap­proved, the pro­gram would be the com­mu­nity col­lege’s sec­ond four-year de­gree. Clark State also re­ceived ap­proval from the ODHE in May this year for a fouryear de­gree in Man­u­fac­tur­ing Tech­nol­ogy Man­age­ment.

Scott Daw­son, as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor and pro­gram co­or­di­na­tor for Graphic De­sign and New Me­dia, helped push for and de­velop the pro­gram. He said there was a short time frame to de­velop the pro­posal, and he had to work with lo­cal com­pa­nies to make sure there was a need lo­cally. Within just a few days he said he had sup­port from more than a dozen lo­cal com­pa­nies for the pro­gram.

“It was the eas­i­est sell I had in my life,” Daw­son said.

In­for­ma­tion in the pro­posal showed a re­cent snap­shot in­di­cated there is de­mand for more than 1,400 web de­vel­op­ers in an area stretch­ing from Day­ton to Colum­bus. That field is ex­pected to grow by 11 per­cent over the next decade.

Daw­son said he worked with Di­ane Roux, an as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor in com­puter soft­ware de­vel­op­ment, to pull the pro­gram to­gether. He said they worked with lo­cal busi­nesses to see what kinds of skills are needed lo­cally.

“We just ask com­pa­nies what they want and that’s what we give them,” Daw­son said. “That’s our for­mula.” Con­tact this re­porter at 937-3280355 or email Matt.Sanc­tis@ cox­inc.com.

ERIC HIGGENBOTHAM / STAFF

Clark State is mov­ing for­ward with a new bach­e­lor’s de­gree pro­gram, the sec­ond since a change al­lowed com­mu­nity col­leges to of­fer bach­e­lors pro­grams.

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