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Computer Info Tech Web Program

What does a Web Developer do?

Web Developers are responsible for creating, planning, building, and maintaining
Web Sites. Their clients range from large Corporations and Organizations to
Small business and even Individuals. The needs of their clients vary greatly, but
all clients have a single purpose and that is to convey their need to the masses
who use the Internet.

Web Developers must have knowledge and skill in a variety of areas with
a strong understanding of how to combine new technologies with creative
innovations. It is a mixture of science and art with purpose. The demands on the
Web Developer are as changing as the technology that drives the Internet. As
such, it is paramount for Web Developers to continually educate themselves on
the latest technologies to keep pace.

What skills do you need?

It is essential for Web Developers to have excellent visual and verbal
communications skills. Developers need to listen closely to client's ideas and
visions and to capture that essence in a Web Site. It is also essential for Web
Developers to understand that the web is not print and to be able to convey that
concept to the client. It is your collaborative effort to produce Web Sites that
optimize the opportunity the Internet provides. The Internet is a new medium.

What will you need to know?

Web Developers must have a strong understanding and skill-set which
encompasses several web languages and concepts.

The most basic and predominant language of the Internet is hypertext markup
language (HTML) -- that is the glue that holds data together. The presentation
of data is provided by the language of cascading style sheets (CSS). The
Concept of "Separation of Data and Presentation" is required for sound Web
Development.

In addition to the concept of "Separation of Data and Presentation" is the
understanding of "Progressive Enhancement", which allows Web Sites to expand
from basic operation to enhanced functionality. Thus, Web Developers should
both understand the "Why" as well as "How" to implement Client-Side languages
and programming languages for the Web, such as PHP and ASP.Net.

What are the working conditions?

Web Developers can fill many types of positions, from meeting with clients to
writing code and everything in between. Some may work for firms that focus
their skills on specific tasks while others may work for themselves embracing the
entire gamut of Web Development -- the range of work is extensive.

The work is always creative, demanding, and fast paced. The success of a
Web Site, and ultimately the success of the Web Developer, is based upon
performance, developing novel ideas, and creating new and exciting ways to get
the client's needs across to the widest possible customer audience. It is a very
demanding, but immensely satisfying and well paying profession.

What certificates and degrees can you get from LCC for a career on the Web?

The CIT Web program offers the Web Developer Certificate (Curriculum Code 0843) that is only 16 credits, which leads to the E-Business Certificate (Curriculum Code 0845) which is 32 credits, that will also lead to the E-Business Associate Degree (Curriculum Code 0839) which is 60 credits.

Who do you contact for more information?

Rebecca Lawson - 159.51 West Campus - lawsonr@lcc.edu - (517) 483-1552

Dennis Pipper - 159.50 West Campus - pipperd@lcc.edu - (517) 483-1558

Computer Information Technologies

Computer Information Technologies
West Campus, M103.4
Phone: (517) 267-6406
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