Computing and Software Development


Located just outside of Seattle, Washington, Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) now offers an associate degree and applied bachelor's degree in computing and software development. These high-demand degrees prepare individuals to work as software developers or software engineers for large and small companies in surrounding tech hub cities like Seattle, Redmond and Bellevue. Students gain beginning and advanced skills in front-end and back-end programing knowledge including designing, coding, implementing and maintaining applications, websites, and database systems. Many of our part-time faculty are currently working in local tech companies as a software engineer, program manager, or senior manager and they bring their industry experiences from companies like Microsoft, Tableau, and Amazon into our classroom.

Class Schedule

Lake Washington Institute of Technology does not offer every course each quarter. It is the student's responsibility to consult the Class Schedule and work out an individual schedule with an advisor or counselor. Any developmental coursework a student might be required to complete may increase the program length.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the associate degree is open to all students. Admission to the applied bachelor's degree is competitive. Please read the following sections on admissions requirements for applied bachelors and associate degrees in Computing and Software Development for detailed information.

At LWTech, we welcome all students as an open enrollment college and we are committed to your inclusion at the college. The Computing and Software Development program of study leads to an industry or specific employers that may require a full or partial background check as well as a drug test before you start the job.

Please know LWTech is committed to your inclusion at the college and you can talk with an advisor about alternative options that may be similar to this program.

Applied Bachelor's Degree

Students will be able to transfer to the applied bachelor's degree with an associate degree in LWTech's Computing and Software Development, or a comparable degree from a community or technical college, or with the Computer Science DTA/MRP. Classes include Big Data, cloud computing, algorithm & data structure, database modeling & design, mobile application development, and more. 88% of our first cohort has a job placement before graduating. Learn more about applied bachelor's degree in Computing and Software Development.

Information Sessions

Associate Degree

The associate transfer degree in Computing and Software Development prepares students for entry-level work in application or web development, computer system engineering, software QA engineering, and for LWTech's applied bachelor's degree. Students may earn an Applied Associate in Science Transfer degree at LWTech.

Our alumni work in dozens of local tech companies like Microsoft, T-Mobile, and as software professionals and hold positions like software engineer, QA engineer, project manager across Puget Sound and Northwest regions. Our students come from very diverse backgrounds domestically and internationally. We also have many students come to our program for career advancement or professional development while working full-time in tech companies. We encourage our students to start thinking about their career early and our curriculum is designed with that in mind. We also routinely hold Tech Talks to get students exposed to industry people. Please see more details below.

Entry into this program requires completion of LWTech's admissions application.


The LWTech Foundation offers scholarships, with application periods twice a year. Eligible BAS students may apply for Emerging Software Leader Scholarship, awarding five students $5,000/per person each year.

Tech Talk Series

Computing and Software Development presents Tech Talk Series. Keynote and guest lecturers from experts in tech companies, like Microsoft, Tableau, are invited to present on topics that provide invaluable real-world insight and industry practices into critical topics like machine learning, UX research, resume writing etc.

Check out upcoming and past series lectures.

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