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Did you know there are more than 1,200 tech businesses within a 10-mile radius of Cascadia's campus?

You can earn a certificate and enter the workforce or stack certificates towards a two-year degree. Whatever direction you choose, you’ll be working on a career track that’s in high-demand in the Puget Sound region, with employers willing to pay top dollar for skilled workers.

“I applaud Cascadia’s approach to teaching. Cascadia’s students benefit from a learning environment that mirrors what industry experts expect while instilling a lifelong love of learning.”    Sue Ambler, President and CEO, Workforce Development Council Snohomish County

 Attend an information session to learn more about our programs and the job offers our graduates are receiving:

Information Sessions offered at Cascadia

4:00-5:00 pm in Room CC1-250

 August 28

 

At Cascadia, we specialize in three professional/technical career tracks: 

  • Environmental Technologies and Sustainable Practices (ETSP)
  • Networking Infrastructure Technology (NIT)
  • Web Applications Programming (WEB)

 

Environmental Technologies and Sustainable Practices (ETSP)

 

Professional Technical ETSP Degrees


Associate in Applied Science Degree in
Environmental Technologies and Sustainable Practices - Business Emphasis 

About

The Associate in Applied Science Degree in Environmental Technologies and Sustainable Practices - Business Emphasis is a technical transfer degree that covers both the practical and scientific basis for measuring, monitoring, and recommending actions to reduce and innovate energy use, and applications in commercial settings.

The renewable energy industry is a rapidly emerging field that promises a more environmentally sensitive, globally conscientious way of life for everyone on our planet. Governments and businesses in this state and around the world are clamoring for professionals who can pioneer innovative pathways in this relatively uncharted territory. In this exciting time, our world is redesigning how we consume energy. Students in this program will have the chance to be a part of that innovation as professional practitioners as well as in roles as informed consumers and political citizens.

Upon successful completion of this degree a student will be able to:

  • Understand patterns and make connections among different disciplines and schools of knowledge and to integrate studies with personal experience.
  • Learn actively and gain comprehensive understanding; to think critically, creatively, and reflectively in order to solve problems; to communicate with clarity and originality for personal growth and productive work; and to interact in diverse and complex environments and complicated, dynamic, and ambiguous situations
  • Address savings and spending using terms and tools applicable in the commercial arena
  • Design and execute environmentally sensitive and sustainable practices

Degree Requirements

Total minimum credits required for this degree: 99.

As with all of our professional and technical transfer degrees, this degree can be earned as a traditional two-year degree or by "stacking" certificates toward the degree.

Cascadia's AAS degrees include the same collegiate math, English, and human relations courses as the associate degrees that prepare you for transfer to a four-year college.

For a printable version of the degree requirements, see the Environmental Technologies and Sustainable Practices Business Emphasis degree sheet.


Associate in Applied Science Degree in
Environmental Technologies and Sustainable Practices - Technology Emphasis 

About

The Associate in Applied Science Degree in Environmental Technologies and Sustainable Practices - Technology Emphasis is a technical degree that covers both the practical and scientific basis for measuring, monitoring, and recommending actions to reduce and innovate energy use and applications in commercial settings.

The renewable energy industry is a rapidly emerging field that promises a more environmentally sensitive, globally conscientious way of life for everyone on our planet. Governments and businesses in this state and around the world are clamoring for professionals who can pioneer innovative pathways in this relatively uncharted territory. In this exciting time, our world is redesigning how we consume energy. Students in this program will have the chance to be a part of that innovation as professional practitioners as well as in roles as informed consumers and political citizens.

Upon successful completion of this degree a student will be able to:

  • Understand patterns and make connections among different disciplines and schools of knowledge and to integrate studies with personal experience.
  • Learn actively and gain comprehensive understanding; to think critically, creatively, and reflectively in order to solve problems; to communicate with clarity and originality for personal growth and productive work; and to interact in diverse and complex environments and complicated, dynamic, and ambiguous situations
  • Address savings and spending using terms and tools applicable in the commercial arena
  • Design and execute environmentally sensitive and sustainable practices

Degree Requirements

Total minimum credits required for this degree:105

As with all of our professional and technical transfer degrees, this degree can be earned as a traditional two-year degree or by "stacking" certificates toward the degree.

Cascadia's AAS degrees include the same collegiate math, English, and human relations courses as the associate degrees that prepare you for transfer to a four-year college.

For a printable version of the degree requirements, see the Environmental Technologies and Sustainable Practices Technology Emphasis degree sheet.


  Associate in Applied Science Degree in
Environmental Technologies and Sustainable Practices - Water Quality Emphasis 

About

The Associate in Applied Science degree in Environmental Technologies and Sustainable Practices: Water Quality Emphasis is a comprehensive technical degree that introduces students to the functions, operation, and management of systems and facilities that supply water, treat and deliver potable water, treat wastewater and control stormwater. It includes topics related to new and existing technologies, laws and regulations, professional roles and responsibilities, and the relationship between water quality and sustainability.

A growing population will increase demands for water and wastewater treatment services. Individuals with formal schooling in water quality and wastewater technology will have an edge over other job seekers and in employment advancement because of the increasing complexity of the technology.

Typically, it may take five or more years to train a person to be a fully competent operator using traditional on-the-job training methods. This program will help jump start the process. At completion of this program students will have the skills needed to become a valuable team member in any organization.

Upon successful completion of this degree a student will be able to:

  • Understand patterns and make connections among different disciplines and schools of knowledge and to integrate studies with personal experience
  • Learn actively and gain comprehensive understanding; to think critically, creatively and reflectively in order to solve problems; to communicate with clarity and originality for personal growth and productive work; and to interact in diverse and complex environments and complicated, dynamic and ambiguous situations
  • Address savings and spending using terms and tools applicable in the commercial arena
  • Design and execute environmentally sensitive and sustainable practices

Degree Requirements

Total minimum credits required for this degree: 92

As with all of our professional and technical transfer degrees, this degree can be earned as a traditional two-year degree or by "stacking" certificates toward the degree.

Cascadia's AAS degrees include the same collegiate math, English, and human relations courses as the associate degrees that prepare you for transfer to a four-year college.

For a printable version of the degree requirements see the Environmental Technology and sustainable Practices Water Quality Emphasis degree sheet.


 

Professional Technical ETSP Certificates


Community Energy Specialist Certificate 

About

The Community Energy Specialist Certificate program will prepare you to serve the growing industry need for community energy system specialists. As energy costs continue to go up and renewable energy technology becomes increasingly efficient and more affordable, the community, commercial, and residential demands for professionals trained in design and implementation of community energy systems is growing rapidly.

Students will gain the knowledge and skills required to analyze, design, propose, specify and configure, community energy systems that meet the energy production, power distribution, energy efficiency, performance and reliability needs of communities and customers.

As professionals in the field, graduates of this program will deal with the integration of energy efficiency audits, smart power distribution, conventional energy systems and renewable energy systems. They will work alongside architects and construction specialists to incorporate energy efficient design and systems into new and existing communities and buildings. They will act as consultants in designing and assessing community energy systems, meeting the continuously evolving industry regulations and codes, and leveraging the new renewable energy technology incentives and initiatives.

Certificate requirements

Total minimum credits required: 55-60

For a printable version of the certificate requirements, see the Community Energy Specialist certificate sheet.

Gainful Employment Disclosures for this program


Energy Audit Specialist Certificate 

About

The Energy Audit Specialist Certificate program will prepare you to enter the rapidly growing field of energy auditing. It will assist you to obtain entry-level employment in the area of energy auditing. Students completing this certificate will be qualified to conduct energy audits in residences, multi-family housing, and commercial settings.

Certificate Requirements

Total minimum credits required: 32

For a printable version of the certificate requirements, see the Energy Audit Specialist certificate sheet.

Gainful Employment Disclosures for this program


Energy Management Specialist Certificate 

About

The Energy Management Specialist Certificate prepares the student to enter the rapidly emerging field of energy management, with an emphasis on employment in careers including energy auditor, energy analyst, building technician, resource conservation manager, efficiency manager, measurement and verification technician, and system technician.

Energy management specialists emphasize energy conservation and efficiency while working in the evaluation, planning, design, installation, and maintenance of a wide range of energy-related systems and processes in new and existing commercial and residential buildings.

Upon successful completion of this certificate a student will be able to:

  • Learn actively and gain comprehensive understanding; to think critically, creatively, and reflectively in order to solve problems; to communicate with clarity and originality for personal growth and productive work; and to interact in diverse and complex environments and complicated, dynamic, and ambiguous situations
  • Work in the evaluation, planning, design, installation, and maintenance of a wide range of energy-related systems and processes in new and existing commercial and residential buildings

Certificate Requirements

Total minimum credits required: 64-68

For a printable version of the certificate requirements, see the Energy Management Specialist certificate sheet.

Gainful Employment Disclosures for this program

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Networking Infrastructure Technology (NIT)

 

Professional Technical NIT Degrees


 

Associate in Applied Science Degree in Networking Infrastructure Technology

About

The Associate in Applied Science Degree in Networking Infrastructure Technology is a technical degree that prepares students to successfully design, implement, and maintain an organization’s hardware and software network infrastructure.

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Networking Infrastructure Technology prepares you for a career in networking with an emphasis on infrastructure development. This program is designed to meet current industry demands in the field of information technology. Throughout the degree, you will successfully work both independently and as part of a team to design, implement, and maintain an organization’s hardware and software network infrastructure.

Upon successful completion of this degree a student will be able to:

  • Acquire and understand the fundamentals of networking, hardware and software, and how to support and maintain computers and networking equipment
  • Learn actively and gain comprehensive understanding; to think critically, creatively, and reflectively in order to solve problems; to communicate with clarity and originality for personal growth and productive work; and to interact in diverse and complex environments and complicated, dynamic, and ambiguous situations
  • Evaluate how to design network architecture strategies and implement networking technologies to build data infrastructures
  • Obtain and apply virtualization and application infrastructure skill sets to integrate best practices for network administration by utilizing innovative technologies

Degree Requirements

Total minimum credits required: 100

As with all of our professional and technical transfer degrees, this degree can be earned as a traditional two-year degree or by "stacking" certificates toward the degree.

Cascadia's AAS degrees include the same collegiate math, English, and human relations courses as the associate degrees that prepare you for transfer to a four-year college.

For a printable version of the degree requirements, see the Networking Infrastructure Technology degree sheet.


 

Professional Technical NIT Certificates


Applications Infrastructure Certificate 

About

With the Applications Infrastructure Certificate you will learn to build, manage, and support application services in data network environments.  You will develop and deploy integrated application solutions within LANs and across WANs enterprise level core network systems.  Ensure connectivity for end users and server environments is provided for a sustainable level of service to business applications.  Practice facilitating operational framework with others to deliver processes and standards.  Implement delivery systems, systems management, policies and security solutions for network applications.  Understand a variety of different network configurations supporting IT solutions for business practices.

Certificate Requirements

Total minimum credits required: 43

For a printable version of the certificate requirements, see the Applications Infrastructure Engineer Certificate sheet.

Gainful Employment Disclosures for this program


Server Administrator Certificate

About

With the Server Administrator Certificate you will learn the foundational skills necessary to support data networks.  Troubleshoot and repair computer systems for end users.  Design and implement a variety of network infrastructures.  Design, install, configure and optimize server environments to provide high availability for data networks.  Develop procedures and processes to manage server security and integrity for data centers.  Plan logical network designs for multiple site topologies.  Practice building networks with routing and switching equipment.  Implement and control data communication with routing protocols and securities in LAN and WAN infrastructures.  Learn how to work in group environments by managing and facilitating projects. 

Certificate Requirements

Total minimum credits required: 40

For a printable version of the certificate requirements, see the Server Administator certificate sheet.

Gainful Employment Disclosures for this program


Virtualization Engineer Certificate

About

With the Virtualization Engineer Certificate you will learn the virtualization technologies for application, desktop, server, and routing and switching network infrastructures. Design virtual networks to support cloud environments.  Create virtualization strategies for dynamic IT business solutions.  Practice a multitude of virtualization solutions for physical and virtual infrastructures.  Build highly available virtual environments for remote desktops and application connectivity, as well as server farm capacity planning and storage solutions.  Understand the concepts and best practices for virtualizing IT entities to lower cost and environmental impact.  Improve the efficiency and high availability of IT resources.  Utilize industry solutions to maintain and monitor virtualizaiton on enterprise level networks.

Certificate Requirements

Total minimum credits required: 38

For a printable version of the certificate requirements, see the Virtualization Engineer certificate sheet.

Gainful Employment Disclosures for this program

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Web Applications Programming (WEB)

 

Professional Technical WEB Degrees


Associate in Applied Science Degree in Web Application Programming Technology - 
Programming Emphasis

About

The Associate in Applied Science Degree is a technical transfer degree in Web Application Programming Technology. It prepares students for a career as a web developer. The degree provides an emphasis on either programming or web technologies.

Web application developers design, create, and test new applications, beginning by analyzing client or project requirements. During development they act as skilled problem solvers and clear communicators. Web application programmers work in cross-functional teams; design and create user interfaces; write client and server code conforming to industry standards; utilize development frameworks, web services, and databases; accurately estimate their time-on-task; manage their portion of a project; and clearly document their work. Upon successful completion of this degree a student will be able to:

  • Apply critical thinking and logical reasoning to design and technical problems in web development generally, with a focus on their area of emphasis
  • Communicate effectively as web development professionals, interacting with clients and collaborating within development teams.
  • Develop solid visual and logical design skills, paying close attention to detail, current standards, application usability, and security
  • Design, produce, and test new web applications to be visually appealing and function effectively to meet users’ needs
  • Assess and select application frameworks and development methodologies appropriate to the particular project scope

Degree Requirements

Total minimum credits required: 96-101

As with all of our professional and technical transfer degrees, this degree can be earned as a traditional two-year degree or by "stacking" certificates toward the degree.

Cascadia's AAS degrees include the same collegiate math, English, and human relations courses as the associate degrees that prepare you for transfer to a four-year college.

For a printable version of the degree requirements, see the Web Application Programming Technology - Programming Emphasis degree sheet.

 


 

Associate in Applied Science Degree in Web Application Programming Technology - 
Web Emphasis

About

The Associate in Applied Science Degree is a technical transfer degree in Web Application Programming Technology. Itprepares students for a career as a web developer. The degree provides an emphasis on either programming or web technologies.

Web application developers design, create, and test new applications, beginning by analyzing client or project requirements. During development they act as skilled problem solvers and clear communicators. Web application programmers work in cross-functional teams; design and create user interfaces; write client and server code conforming to industry standards; utilize development frameworks, web services, and databases; accurately estimate their time-on-task; manage their portion of a project; and clearly document their work. Upon successful completion of this degree a student will be able to:

  • Apply critical thinking and logical reasoning to design and technical problems in web development generally, with a focus on their area of emphasis
  • Communicate effectively as web development professionals, interacting with clients and collaborating within development teams.
  • Develop solid visual and logical design skills, paying close attention to detail, current standards, application usability, and security
  • Design, produce, and test new web applications to be visually appealing and function effectively to meet users’ needs
  • Assess and select application frameworks and development methodologies appropriate to the particular project scope

Degree Requirements

Total minimum credits required: 100-105

As with all of our professional and technical transfer degrees, this degree can be earned as a traditional two-year degree or by "stacking" certificates toward the degree.

Cascadia's AAS degrees include the same collegiate math, English, and human relations courses as the associate degrees that prepare you for transfer to a four-year college.

For a printable version of the degree requirements, see the Web Application Programming Technology - Web Emphasis degree sheet.


Associate in Applied Science Degree in Web Application Programming Technology - Mobile Emphasis

The associate in applied science (AAS) degree in web application programming technology prepares students for a career as a web developer.  The degree provides an emphasis on either programming, mobile or web technologies.

Web application developers design, create, and test new applications, beginning by analyzing client or project requirements.  During development they act as skilled problem solvers and clear communicators.  Web application programmers work in cross-functional teams; design and create user interfaces; write client and server code conforming to industry standards; utilize development frameworks, web services, and databases; accurately estimate their time-on-task; manage their portion of a project; and clearly develop their work.  Upon successful completion of this degree a student will be able to:

  • Apply critical thinking and logical reasoning to design and technical problems in web development generally, with a focus on their area of emphasis
  • Communicate effectively as web development professionals, interacting with clients and collaborating within development teams
  • Develop solid visual and logical design skills, paying close attention to detail, current standards, application usability, and security
  • Design, produce, and test new web and mobile applications to be visually appealing and function effectively to meet users' needs
  • Assess and select application frameworks and development methodologies appropriate to the particular project scope

Degree Requirements

Total minimum credits required:  106

As with all of our professional and technical transfer degrees, this degree can be earned as a traditional two-year degree or by "stacking" certificates toward the degree.

Cascadia's AAS degrees include the same collegiate math, English, and human relations courses as the associate degrees that prepare you for transfer to a four-year college.

For a printable version of the degree requirements, see the Web Application Programming Technology - Mobile Emphasis degree sheet. 


 

Professional Technical WEB Certificates


Computer Programming Foundations Certificate

About

This short certificate provides students with the solid foundation that's necessary to succeed in computer programming, either on the job or after they've transferred to a four-year college/university.  Students master fundamental computer programming topics, such as control structures, functions and procedural programming, object-oriented programming, sorting and searching algorithms, recursion, abstract data types (e.g., stacks and queues), linked lists, and binary trees.

 

Certificate Requirements

Total minimum credits required:  10

For a printable version of the certificate requirements, see the Computer Programming Foundations certificate sheet.


 

Database Development Certificate

About

The Database Development Certificate program provides a short introduction to database design, development, and administration. You will gain hands-on experience in:

  • Designing databases
  • Creating stored procedures
  • Managing a database server such as SQL Server or mySQL

Certificate Requirements

Total minimum credits required: 13

For a printable version of the certificate requirements, see the Database Development certificate sheet.


JavaScript Programming Certificate

About

The JavaScript Programming certificate is a short program that provides a foundation in the web technologies necessary to create and maintain web sites that use JavaScript to provide client-side functionality. The program provides the fundamental skill sets needed to work effectively with current web programming standards and tools to create high-quality, JavaScript-enabled websites.

You will gain hands-on experience in:

  • The basics of web authoring and internet publishing including HTML, image manipulation, page layout, file transfer, and internet protocols.
  • Problem solving through exploration of computer programming, variable typing and assignment, basic control structures loops, branches, functions, subprograms, and arrays.
  • Scripting using the JavaScript object model, user-defined objects, event handlers, forms, and cascading style sheets.

Certificate Requirements

Total minimum credits required: 15

For a printable version of the certificate requirements, see the JavaScript Programming certificate sheet.


Mobile App Certificate

About

The Mobile App Certificate prepares students to design and develop mobile applications for distribution through online marketplaces.  Working on collaborative teams, students use a standard development cycle to create an app for an external client.  Students gain experience in:

  • Quickly prototyping mobile app designs using HTML/CSS/JavaScript and mobile develoment frameworks like JQuery Mobile and PhoneGap
  • Refining knowledge and skills needed to work on mobile development projects including clients and team communication and version control systems
  • Developing in native platform environments
  • Publishing mobile apps in online marketplaces

Certificate Requirements

Total minimum credits required: 11

For a printable version of the certificate requirements, see the Mobile App certificate sheet.


User Interface Developer Certificate

About

The User Interface Developer Certificate is second-level program that builds upon web design and programming fundamentals. It allows you to develop interactive scripting techniques and interactive design. User Interface Developers shape our daily experience interacting with web sites and cloud-based services, like Google Docs.

You will gain hands-on experience in:

  • Web interaction design using the latest web standards: HTML/CSS, Flash/Actionscript, JQuery/Javascript, and XML/JSON/AJAX
  • Developing the skills needed to work in development teams, including peer code reviews, and design presentations
  • Web designers can learn how to develop interactive scripting techniques and web programmers can focus on interactive design

Certificate Requirements

Total minimum credits required: 16

Program Prerequisites: BIT 113 and BIT 115 or prior web design and programming experience with instructor permission.

For a printable version of the certificate requirements, see the User Interface Developer certificate sheet.


Web Applications Certificate

About

The Web Applications Certificate program provides an overview of web application development with a focus on ASP.NET and SQL Server development. This program is right for you if you have some previous programming experience and want to learn the current .NET application framework with C#. You will gain hands-on experience in:

  • Designing data-driven web applications
  • Accessing a database securely
  • Developing three-tier application architecture

Certificate Requirements

Total minimum credits required: 17

For a printable version of the certificate requirements, see the Web Applications certificate sheet.


Web Foundations Certificate

About

The Web Foundations Certificate program provides a foundation in the web technologies necessary to create and/or maintain web sites. The program provides the fundamental skill sets needed to work effectively with clients in team settings using current web standards and tools to create high-quality, easy-to-use websites.

Certificate Requirements

Total minimum credits required: 17

For a printable version of the certificate requirements, see the Web Foundations certificate sheet.

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Gainful Employment Program Disclosure 

Regulations published in the Federal Register on October 29, 2010, require institutions to report certain information about students who enrolled in Title IV eligible educational programs that lead to gainful employment (GE programs) in a recognized occupation. Those regulations also provide that institutions must disclose to prospective students certain information about the institution's GE Programs.


Information for each qualified Gainful Employment program at Cascadia is provided below.

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