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“One of the advantages of businesses hiring these individuals is the business can get almost a two for one,” Blondin said.
If approved, the program would be the community college’s second four-year degree. Clark State also received approval from the ODHE in May this year for a four-year degree in Manufacturing Technology Management.
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Scott Dawson, assistant professor and program coordinator for Graphic Design and New Media, helped push for and develop the program. He said there was a short time frame to develop the proposal, and he had to work with local companies to make sure there was a need locally. Within just a few days, he said he had support from more than a dozen local companies for the program.
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“It was the easiest sell I had in my life,” Dawson said.
Information in the proposal showed a recent snapshot indicated there is demand for more than 1,400 web developers in an area stretching from Dayton to Columbus. That field is expected to grow by 11 percent over the next decade.
Dawson said he worked with Diane Roux, an associate professor in computer software development, to pull the program together. He said they worked with local businesses to see what kinds of skills are needed locally, and built the proposal around that.
“We just ask companies what they want and that’s what we give them,” Dawson said. “That’s our formula.”