Want to know more about the Information Technology programs at Sterling College? We are now offering a Diploma in Software Development and a Diploma in Network Administration. This interview with Milan Petrovich, VP Academic at Sterling College, will help you gain more insight as to what these programs are all about and give you more information about the industry.
What is the purpose of the Diploma in Software Development? What are the job opportunities in this field?
The purpose of this program is prepare students for employment in entry-level developer or tester roles in a range of organizational contexts, and is designed for people seeking to focus on one or more application areas, such as general Application Development, Web Development, Games Development, and Mobile Applications Development. Graduates will be positioned to enter careers as: Application Programmer, Computer Programmer, Software Developer, Mobile Application Developer, Business Application Programmer, Web Developer, Software Tester, Junior Programmer, Junior Developer, Junior Software Engineer.
What is the purpose of the Diploma in Network Administration? What are the job opportunities in this field?
The purpose of the Network Administration Diploma program is to provide students with the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills necessary for entry-level employment in the computer networking field. Graduates will be positioned to enter careers as: Network Administrator, Network Engineer, Network Support, IT Technician, IT Service Desk, Desktop Support.
Both programs start with the same core Computer Science/IT skills and then specialize into areas of programming for Software Development, and networking for Network Administration.
What makes IT a great industry to get into right now?
BC’s tech industry is one of its fastest growing sectors, increasing 6% each year. More than two thirds of BC’s tech businesses are located in the lower Mainland with the bulk of those situated in greater Vancouver. The tech industry pays 66% more than the average wage, and the median tech wage in Vancouver is $79,402 (Source CBRE).
What are the admission requirements for the IT programs?
Applicants must be a high school graduate or be a mature student of at least 19 years of age before the start of classes. International students must have English proficiency (IELTS 6.0 or take the Sterling college English Assessment).
How much is tuition? Will there be extra costs for materials such as textbooks?
Tuition breaks down as follows:
Application Fee: $100 (Domestic); $300 (int’l)
Tuition: $21,000 (Domestic- $10,500 per year); $29,000 (int’l -$14,500 per year)
Grad Fee: $50
Archive Fee: $25
Insurance Fee: $525 (int’l only)
Is the program full-time or part-time? Will I be able to work while attending in school?
The program is a full-time program. Students will be able to work while attending school. International students will be able to work up to 20 hours per week.
What is the best way to learn more about this program and find out if it’s right for me?
The best way to learn about the program is to call one of our admissions specialists at 604-638-7040 and set up an interview.
Interview conducted with Milan Petrovich, VP Academic at Sterling College.