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New diploma helps fill B.C. skills gap with focus on video game and software development

Students looking to get ahead in the gaming or tech industry have more options with Douglas College’s new Computing Science Diploma. The hands-on program addresses the growing skills gap local employers face as the B.C. technology sector continues to grow. 

"Computer programming and game development employment opportunities will continue to expand over the next decade within the Lower Mainland,” said Mohammad Aboofazeli, Computing Science Diploma Program Coordinator at Douglas College. “The diploma is designed to give students a foundation in computing science in a practical, hands-on environment.

Diploma graduates can enter the job market as a junior software developer in a wide range of sectors on the way to launching a career as a software engineer, information security analyst, IT manager, database administrator, video game developer and more.

Canada is the third-largest producer of video games worldwide and B.C. has a rapidly growing technology sector that expects more than 83,000 job openings in Metro Vancouver in the coming decade. In consideration of this, and following an investment by the B.C. government to expand technology course offerings, the two-year Computing Science Diploma is a natural extension of the successful one-year Computing Science Certificate.

“The diploma will ensure students are well prepared to enter the vibrant and growing technology sector in the Lower Mainland,” says Brian Chapell, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology.

As a co-op eligible program, students who choose this option will gain a further advantage after graduation by having real-world experience on their resumé.

Graduates will have the choice to transition into the workforce or transfer their credits to a B.C. research university to complete a bachelor’s degree in computing science.

The Computing Science Diploma is now accepting applications for September 2020. More information about the program can be found on the Douglas College website.



Melissa Nilan
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