National College launches new degree program

Residents in the area seeking a career in information technology will soon have more options available thanks to a new associate degree program in software development and engineering. The Parkersburg Campus of National College (; 304-699-3005) will launch this new program in December in addition to the two recently added programs in network administration and cybersecurity.

“To give students more options in a field that is growing and high in demand, National College continuously evaluates the latest career trends,” said Tom Jackson, National College’s institutional director of IT programs. “This is how we are able to stay on top of the needs of our workforce and add to or modify our career-training programs.”

The software development and engineering degree program will prepare graduates for careers in programming and software development and related disciplines. The curriculum features a hands-on approach through which students will learn problem-solving skills and techniques that can be applied to a broad range of applications. It covers software and Web engineering, relational databases, operating systems, computer networks, and distributed systems. JAVA and Linux, as well as object-oriented programming techniques, are also included in the program. Through National College’s membership in the Microsoft IT Academy and the CompTIA Academy, students will be assured of curricula that are in-step with professional certifications relevant to the 21st century workforce.

The program additions come as a result of National College’s evolution to university status. This fall, National College’s Parkersburg Campus will become American National University, and the new IT programs will transition seamlessly into bachelor’s level programs offered at the University’s flagship campus in Salem, Virginia or through American National University Online. Through its partner institution, University of Fairfax, graduates will also be able to continue their education at the master’s and doctoral levels as well.

All programs benefit from the hallmarks of the National College educational approach: small class sizes, individual attention, and instructors with real-world experience who teach the skills needed in today’s workforce. Tuition-free refresher courses and lifetime access to the university’s online research library allow graduates to keep their skills up-to-date, while lifetime access to National College’s 30-campus network of career centers gives graduates a ready resource when they wish to seek new employment opportunities.

Prospective students seeking more information about the software development and engineering program at National College should contact 888-956-2732, visit the campus at 110 Park Center Drive, or send an email to