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2021-2022 Catalog SVC 
2021-2022 Catalog SVC [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Information Management and Data Science, AAS

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Skagit Valley College will be offering a new forward-thinking, interdisciplinary program that will allow students to serve as a contractor, consult for businesses, or get an entry level job in the area of information management and data science. The Information Management & Data Science (IMDS) program will focus on preparing students to lead and thrive in a cloud-driven industry and determine, analyze, and communicate relevant information and data in a variety of workplace settings. IMDS is an interdisciplinary and technologically forward-thinking two-year degree focusing on the theory, organization, and process of data collection, transmission, analysis, and utilization. IMDS focuses on four broad areas:

  1. Professional communication
  2. Business leadership
  3. Decision making
  4. Systems design, development, operations

Content includes information classification and organization; information storage and processing; communications; systems planning and design; human interfacing and use analysis; database development; information policy analysis; and related aspects of hardware, software, economics, social factors, and capacity. Students will acquire invaluable experience in teamwork, decision making, leadership, and develop a growth mindset right along with learning essential technology skills.

Sample Career Options

Data science and analytics continue to raise demand in the market, and there are concerns that the future workforce is dangerously behind demand. Companies expect their employees and contractors to be able to effectively analyze data and information. The national average salary for experienced data-related engineers is approximately $135,164 USD/year which is 9% above the national salary average. Approximately $109,745 USD/year is the average salary for data-related engineers in the State of Washington, which is 12% below the national data-related engineer average. The average salary for Data Analysts Salaries in Washington State based on salaries estimated from 81 employees, users and past and present job advertisements on Indeed in the past 36 months as of June 6, 2019 is $71,623 USD/year.

  • Data Analysts salaries for a candidate with less than one year of experience is estimated at approximately $54,100 USD/year and approximately $60,300 USD/year for prospective employees with 1 to 5 years of experience. 
  • Computer and Information Systems, Database administration, and Technical Writing have an average annual wage between $62,563 to $157,980.

Degree Intent and Transfer Options

Upon completion, Workforce degrees and/or certificates are intended to give students the skills needed to move directly into employment. While these degrees are not intended to transfer to a university, students will be eligible to apply for admissions to Skagit Valley College’s Bachelor of Applied Science - Applied Management (BASAM) degree  and in some cases, could transfer to other schools. If you are interested in continuing your education by entering a bachelor’s degree program, please work closely with your Academic Advisor and Department Chair.

Program Map

Program Maps are an integral part of the Planning Guide. Each Program Map includes a recommended quarterly sequence of courses for a full-time student to earn this degree within two years. The courses align with the appropriate number of credits to meet degree requirements and is designed to help you create an individualized, customized Educational Plan, required of all SVC students. Please consult with an SVC Advisor to schedule courses and develop your personal Educational Plan.

90 credits

First Year

Second Year

Total Credits: 15

Winter Quarter

Total Credits: 15

Total Credits: 15

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