Why Choose Webmaster Certificate at CLC?
• Learn from award winining faculty in both graphic design and application development.
• With a heavy focus on applied learning, you’ll be proficient at each skill. Hands-on labs will allow you to use what you learn in class and apply it to real-world problems.
• Instructors with industry experience will help you get beyond the theory and understand workplace project management.
• Career opportunities exist in a wide variety of industry sectors.
• Learn in a fun, easy-going environment and showcase your work to your classmates.
Fall Semester – 1st Year
APPD 1115 Database Design Fundamentals (3 cr)
APPD 2150 Internship (3 cr) OR APPD 2155 Special Project (3 cr)
GDES 1105 Concepts of Design (3 cr)
Total – 12 credits
Spring Semester – 1st Year
APPD 2132 Cross-Platform Android/iOS/Windows Development (3 cr)
GDES 1146 Video Graphics (3 cr)
Total – 12 credits
Graduation Requirement: 24 credits
Career Description: Webmasters are responsible for: • maintaining websites for clients and businesses • ensuring that web servers, hardware and software are operating accurately • designing websites • generating and revising web pages • deciding what kind of computer will hold a web site’s information • deciding and managing web hosting services. The role is responsible for designing, coding and modifying websites, from layout to function and according to a client’s specifications. Students will learn to create visually appealing sites that feature user-friendly design and clear navigation. The national median annual Webmaster salary is $72,851, as of 2017, with a range usually between $62,305-$83,729. However actual salaries can vary widely depending on a variety of factors.
Graduates will be able to:
- Select appropriate software tools to achieve affective web design solutions;
- Communicate design concepts at various stages of web development;
- Proficiently use software programming techniques and skills to create websites;
- Design, implement, and manage databases for ecommerce.
Special Program Requirements:
In addition to the program requirements listed above, students must meet the following conditions in order to graduate:
- College Cumulative GPA Requirement: Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of credits attempted and completed at CLC must be at least 2.0;
- College Technical Core GPA Requirement: Cumulative GPA of credits attempted and completed towards the technical core of the diploma or degree must be at least 2.0;
- Residency Requirement: students must complete 25% of their credits at Central Lakes College.
- Webmaster Certificate students are required to purchase an Apple Macintosh laptop with the Adobe Creative Cloud software. See latest requirement through bookstore website.
Career Opportunities: This program will prepare students to: • maintain websites for clients and businesses • ensure that web servers, hardware and software are operating accurately • design websites • generate and revise web pages • decide what kind of computer will hold a web site’s information. The role is responsible for designing, coding and modifying websites, from layout to function and according to a client’s specifications. Students will learn to create visually appealing sites that feature user-friendly design and clear navigation. The national median annual Webmaster salary is $72,851, as of 2017, with a range usually between $62,305-$83,729. However actual salaries can vary widely depending on a variety of factors.
Career Titles: Webmaster, Web Developer, Web Designer, Website Manager, Website Programmer
Graphic Design Instructor
Leon Dahlvang graduated from Staples Technical College and became a teaching assistant in the Computer Graphics department from 1985-89. He then worked at Connecting Point Computer Center/EdTech as a telephone support specialist for the graphics industry. He assisted in designs of brochures other promotional pieces for retail and education clients. In 1992, Leon was hired as a design/support person for the graphic design department at the Print House in Willmar, MN. Leon returned to teaching at Central Lakes College in 1996 and has enjoyed teaching students using technology for the creative marketplace.
Computer Technology Instructor
Sam Espana has a wide range of work experience in the Information Technology (IT) industry. He’s held roles such as a systems analyst, systems/database administrator, programmer analyst, senior IT project manager, and Lean-Six Sigma Black Belt in Healthcare-IT (UnitedHealth Group, Regions Hospital). He’s taught computer courses as adjunct faculty at Dakota County Technical College since 1999. He also taught computer curriculum at Metropolitan State University and at Ridgewater College. He joined the team at CLC in 2015. Espana graduated from Winona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. He earned a Master of Science in Software Engineering from the University of St. Thomas. Today, he’s working toward his doctorate degree in Information Security at Nova Southeastern University. His areas of interests include healthcare IT, cybersecurity, database management, networking, cloud computing, mobile application development and computer curriculum development. Outside of the classroom, Espana enjoys volunteering, outdoor activities and traveling.