The Computer Studies Department at Santa Rosa Junior College is offering an accelerated version of the Web Fundamentals certificate during the Spring 2018 semester.

Two out of the three classes required for this certificate will be taught in boot-camp style, and the third one can be taken next semester. This boot camp will substantially reduce the time for acquiring the certificate and being ready to start a career to under a year.

During the Spring 2018 semester, students learn the foundational skills needed to begin a career as a client-side web developer. They are trained in the modern languages and tools used to create responsive and dynamically-generated web and mobile sites through hands-on projects.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the 2016 median pay for web developers at $66,130 per year, and the job growth in this field for the next decade was estimated at 13 percent faster than the average job outlook.

The first core course, Web Development 1 (CS50A), is offered over eight weeks, and covers HTML5 and CSS3. The second one, Web Development 2 (CS50B), will be offered subsequently over the next eight weeks, covering frameworks and content management systems, including Bootstrap and WordPress. The next core course in this sequence, Web Development 3 (CS50C), is offered every Fall and Spring semester over a 17-week period. Students taking the accelerated boot-camp model will be able to complete the SRJC Web Fundamentals certificate in only two semesters.

“Prior programming experience isn’t required, but students will need lots of tenacity and a passion for building cool stuff,” said instructor Ethan Wilde, the program coordinator.

Open registration for all non-matriculated new, returning or continuing students begins on Dec. 11. Spring 2018 classes begin on Jan. 17.