Web Developer / Web Design

AAS - Associate of Applied Science


Gaining a two-year Web Developer degree from Highline College will equip you to design and develop dynamic, data-driven websites for small to mid-size businesses. Highline works closely with the industry to ensure that students are learning the most relevant and marketable skills. Students participate in a capstone project for a small business in the community, complete an internship, and attend Emerging Technologies seminars.

Highline offers a two-year AAS Degree in Web Developer and Web Design, as well as a number of short certificates. Most classes are available online and hybrid.

Emphasis & Technologies

    • Front-end development (HTML5, CSS 3 and JavaScript).
    • Database Technologies (MySQL)
    • Web Programming (PHP)
    • JavaScript  and jQuery
    • Web Design Fundamentals
    • Content Management Systems (WordPress)
    • Mobile App Development
    • Agile Software Development, Versioning, and Project Management
    • Front end & back end programming
    • Debugging and testing
    • Animation

* The AAS Degree in Web/Database Development is not a transfer degree, with the exception of Central Washington University’s (Des Moines campus) BAS ITAM (BAS in Information Technology and Administrative Management), Highline College’s BAS in Cybersecurity and Forensics, and BAS programs available at other colleges. If you are interested in transferring to another four-year university, see the Computer Science Transfer degrees.

Learn more about certificate graduation rates and median debt of students who have completed a certificate program

Contact Rav Kang

Web & Computer Science

Office: Building 29 Room 247
Office Hours
Phone: (206) 592-3337
Email: rkang@highline.edu

By Googling “Web developer jobs in Seattle,” you will find an ample number of jobs in Seattle, WA. There are so many job opportunities on Indeed.com for Seattle website developers!

The job market in Seattle for web developers is rewarding and thriving. Web development jobs are real from small businesses and companies like Facebook, Microsoft, and Amazon!

As a graduate of Highline College, you will be fully prepared to fill new jobs in web development.

Ref: How to start a career as a Seattle Web Developer

I started the AAS in Web Development at Highline College because I wanted to get skills to get a job. I was surprised to get more than that. I met professors that were really passionate about their student’s success. This led to very interactive and meaningful classes that taught me how to apply the best practices to my job. Soon after I started the program, I found a job as a programmer thanks to the referral by one of my professors who saw my commitment to learn and achieve more every day. While working, I realized how important every lesson was. I also became part of Washington MESA, and they gave me the chance to participate in a career fair sponsored by the SHPE were I could to introduce myself to many representatives of Fortune 500 companies that attended. Currently, I work as a Software Engineer at Microsoft where I continue to apply the valuable knowledge I acquired at Highline College, the institution where I first learned how to program and to which I will always be grateful for being a key part of my journey.”

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Jennifer Bahneman

jennifer_bahneman“When I decided that I wanted to go back to school for Web Development, I researched all of the colleges within a 30 mile radius of my home. Highline’s program stood out head and shoulders above the rest. The program did not disappoint. The courses were challenging but well taught by seasoned instructors. The program included two large ‘real world’ projects which are designed to give practice coding, teach teamwork, give experience working with a client and build confidence. I would return to Highline for future classes without any hesitation, despite the 60 mile round trip drive!” Jennifer Bahneman Web Consultant

Sherzod Kutfiddinov

sherzod_kutfiddinov“I came to Highline Community College as an international student with the love of Computer Science. I started out my first quarter in 2010 with Java and web development and was amazed at how cool these classes are. Classes were interesting and assignments, although challenging, were very useful and practical. Fast-forward 2 years later, I was already getting my Associates Degree in Computer Science, but that piece of paper is nothing comparing to all the knowledge I got from all of these classes. Right before graduation, I found an internship – building a social networking site. After 6 months of doing internships, I was hired as a Software Engineer at Airbiquity Inc., which focuses on developing software for vehicles. Since then, I’ve been working with great companies like Nissan, Ford, Bosch, Panasonic, and more. Talk about a dream job.” Sherzod Kutfiddinov Software Engineer

Jodie Le

jodie_le"I graduated from HCC with Certificates in Web/Database Development and Database Management. Since then, what started out as an internship has blossomed into a full-time position with the Puget Sound Educational Service District as an Application Support Technician. I can honestly say that Highline was a turning point for me. With help from the wonderful instructors, I was able to find opportunities that would have been lost otherwise. I appreciated the knowledge and expertise they provided. Hands on experience and real life projects allowed me to understand all aspects of planning, developing, implementing, and testing website applications. Through these projects, I was able to fine tune my skills. The program emphasized the importance of research and testing, which are critical in the real world. With them, you are able to grow beyond what your instructors can teach you and make yourself into a stronger, more knowledgeable employee." ~Jodie Le, Web/Database Developer

Jonathan Gardner

jonathan_gardner“The Web Database Developer program at Highline truly prepares students for web development in today's world. The materials covered build a solid, broad foundation that will prepare the student for the ever-evolving technologies of this industry. The technology taught is current and used day-to-day by leading websites in both startups and small to mid-sized businesses. There is enthusiasm among the students and staff. This is what a successful program should look like at all community colleges." ~Jonathan Gardner, Software Developer/Engineer

Karen Fall

karen_fall“I recently had the opportunity to take a position in my organization's IT department. I knew this was going to be a challenging position. I had many of the skills I needed, but still had some areas where my skills could use some improvement. I researched many programs available at several local colleges and found that Highline Community College had the best program available that would fit my schedule. I was able to complete a one-year client-side scripting certificate online. As a busy working professional and single parent, this program was exactly what I needed. I've learned valuable, current skills that I have been able to use immediately in my position and these skills will help me to be more competitive in the future." ~Karen Fall, Web/Database Developer

Shawn Seeley

shawn_seeley"The Web/Database Developer Program at Highline Community College has helped to prepare me for an opportunity to either freelance or work as an entry-level web developer. While working on my AAS, I interned at the Puget Sound Educational Service District where I was part of a web development team and contributed to numerous projects. All the skills and technologies I have learned in this program are relevant to work I will be doing. The hands on projects and team exercises are a great way to prepare you for a career in web development." ~Shawn Seeley, Web Developer

Joe Wayman

joe_wayman"After separating from the Marine Corps, I decided to make use of my benefits and enrolled at Highline Community College in their CIS program to obtain my AAS degree. I graduated in June of 2001. I owe every bit of my current success to the skills I cultivated while attending Highline and the knowledge I gained from the wonderful instructors there. After graduating, I relocated to Phoenix, AZ and was immediately able to employ my database design and SQL skills to find an excellent job as a mid-level SQL developer. Armed with the knowledge and skills gathered while attending Highline, I have had the pleasure of being able to work for several great companies and have enjoyed several opportunities for advancement even through the tough economic times and downsizing in our industry." ~Joe Wayman, Database Developer/Administrator

Brian Steadman

brian_steadman"The Highline Community College Computer Science program helped me learn the basics I needed to succeed in the field of Computer Science. The skills I learned taking courses at HCC have helped me get job offers at Microsoft, Google, and Facebook. When I graduated HCC and transferred to the University of Washington, I found that what I had learned at HCC had more than prepared me for their computer science program. The small course sizes and affordable tuition really allowed me to focus on the material I needed to succeed later in my career." ~Brian Steadman, Software Engineer

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BAS Cybersecurity

Bachelor of Applied Science in Cybersecurity and Forensics expands on Highline's already strong Computer Science and Computer Information Systems Department.


The CS/CIS department at Highline College offers a range of professional/technical programs, ranging from WebDevelopment to Network Engineer, and more.

Transfer to a 4-year school

Transfer to a 4-year school by completing a 2 year AA or AS in Computer Science. Benefits to a large institute include smaller classes and cost!

Continuing Education

Are you looking to further your existing skills? The CS/CIS department offer a range of short certificates that will provide you the skills to enhance your career.