iPhone and iPad App Development among MCTC’s newest Continuing Education courses

ImageAmong course listings in HTML, Java development, SQL Server Database Design and Flash, there’s a new group of Continuing Education classes offered at Minneapolis Community and Technical College: iPad and iPhone Application Design and Development.

Why offer iOS development courses? The MCTC Division of Workforce Development, Continuing Education and Customized Training offers dozens of courses in multiple programming languages—isn’t that enough?

“The technical programs that Continuing Education offers are well-defined programming languages,” said Bob Cahill, instructor for the iOS course series. “However, this is a programming language used within an interactive, intuitive device that’s dependent on usability as the outcome, so there’s a need for students to develop a specific set of skills—and then to keep developing them.”

Continuing Education offers four sequential courses in iOS development this spring. Students can pick and choose one or more classes, or complete all four for a certificate in iPhone/iPad application design and development. The first class in the series starts Saturday, Jan. 26.

“This class teaches students to create applications that meet the expectations of the users,” said Bob. “It’s best to use a device’s native programming language to create apps.” No prerequisites are required for the course, although previous programming experience is significantly helpful.

“This climate changes quickly. The classes next year will be different than the classes we’ve designed this year,” said Bob. Click here to read course descriptions.

The Division of Workforce Development, Continuing Education and Customized Training offers hundreds of noncredit night and weekend courses for adults. Enrollment at MCTC is not required to take these courses, and courses start throughout the year. Click here to learn more or to view the course catalog.

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