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Whatcom Community College plans to offer four-year degree in IT networking

Whatcom Community College is on track to offer a four-year information technology networking degree in the fall of 2017.

The community college received approval from the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges earlier this month to offer the bachelor’s degree program. It is currently seeking accreditation approval by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, according to a news release from the school.

The program will help address the growing demand for well-trained people in high-tech field. This particular program will include training in cloud computing, mobile technologies and industrial control systems.

WCC will work with area colleges, including Bellingham Technical College and Northwest Indian College, to provide access to students who have an associate’s degree in information technology. It will also build on programs WCC is already known for, including cybersecurity. The community college is the lead institution for CyberWatch West, a National Science Foundation regional center for cybersecurity education.