New Software Development Apprenticeship Program Announced At HCC – About Your Online Magazine

HOWARD COUNTY, MD – Howard Community College introduced a software development learning program in partnership with NewWave, a full-service information technology, business services and data management company based in Elkridge. The program will train apprentices for positions in software development, computer systems engineering and data engineering.

Howard Community College unveiled the new learning program during this week’s National Learning Week, a national celebration in support of internships established by the U.S. Department of Labor.

“The Howard Community College and NewWave learning program paves the way in the IT industry,” said Vignesh Rajan, vice president of engineering solutions and Microsoft at NewWave and an adjunct professor at Howard Community College. “This gives students a chance to win while learning, while allowing NewWave design training that gives professionals the skills they need to lead the company.”

Software development apprentices complete 3,000 hours of paid training and instruction at Howard Community College in two years. As students obtain technical certifications during the program, their salaries increase. Students will receive at least two Microsoft Certified Professional Certifications for Microsoft Azure.

“Software development apprentices will graduate from the program with a powerful set of technology skills and experience that will benefit NewWave and the IT industry,” said Minah Woo, associate vice president of continuing education and workforce development at Howard Community College.

Software development apprentices are trained for the following positions:

  • Software developers use their knowledge of computer science and coding to create or modify software and applications to meet customer specifications. His work includes software coding, application design and development of data solutions.
  • Computer system engineers manage software development using their coding knowledge to facilitate work between developers, engineers and customers. They mainly maintain work processes and ensure that projects meet customer and industry standards, but they also contribute to all stages of software development.
  • Data engineers ensure that the resources required by software developers and customers work correctly. They specialize in database architectures, storage solutions, data analysis and other data-based products.

“Howard Community College attracts talented students, so we are excited to partner with the college for a program that benefits both students and NewWave,” said Rajan. “Rare in the IT industry, the apprenticeship program can be customized to reflect changes in technology and create a flexible talent pool, critical to NewWave’s success in the future.”

In addition to software development, Howard Community College partners with local companies to offer internships in biomedical engineering technology; construction management; heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration; information and electrical technology.

Howard Community College will accept applications for the software development internship from 9 to 30 November. The information sessions will be held on November 11 and 19, from 6 pm to 7 pm. For more information visit

Paula Fonseca