Navarro College, in conjunction with local business and industry, will offer a software development certificate beginning this fall semester.

The initiative will assist students in expanding their programming skills under the newly created Fast Track Software Development Program.

This first nine-month Fast-Track program begins Aug. 27 and will consist of 11 academic computer science courses equaling 37-semester hours with the courses taught online sequentially over two 16-week semesters ending May 6.

A competitive screening process will be used to select the 25 most qualified candidates for the program. Preference will be made to those interested students who hold a bachelorís degree, but students with at least an associateís degree also will be eligible for acceptance.

Upon successful completion of the program, students are guaranteed an interview for employment at the newly established Corsicana offices of Northrop Grumman - a $30 billion global defense and technology company whose 122,000 employees provide innovative systems, products and solutions in information and services, electronics, aerospace and shipbuilding to government and commercial customers worldwide.

Five information sessions have been set to answer questions by eligible candidates, with all sessions at 6:30 p.m. The session dates are June 18 at the Navarro College Cook Education Center Atrium on the Corsicana campus; June 19 at the Navarro College Waxahachie campus, Room 155B; June 20 at the Navarro College Mexia South Campus; June 21 at the Navarro College Midlothian campus; and July 11 at the Navarro College Cook Education Center Atrium on the Corsicana campus.

To participate in the program, interested students must apply to Navarro College and complete the screening process.

For more information, contact Katy Long, Navarro College administrative assistant for business and technology, at or (903) 875-7572.