The computer simulation and game development program—in its sixth year at Wharton County Junior College—provides students with the knowledge and skills to create computer games and simulations.

“[Students] start off with light programming skills ... then they get into the animation and the gaming side, so they start off with some basic animation working with two-dimensional and then three-dimensional animation,” said Stephen Lyford, WCJC computer science program director.

WCJC officials are working on internship opportunities for students, and the program was recently revamped to include a capstone course in which students develop a complete game or simulation, Lyford said.

“That’s unique in that they do get to hone all of their skills in that final class, and it gives them a digital portfolio they’ll be able to present to their future employers as well,” he said.

Wharton County Junior College

14004 University Blvd., Sugar Land
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