Information Technology:
Application Development

Our immersive Information Technology Application Development specialty gives you hands-on experience in today’s most relevant IT techniques. Learn foundational skills and get hands-on experience in writing and reviewing code, troubleshooting issues and ensuring application run effectively.

Summit Approach

We provide knowledge that works. Real-world career preparation and the hands-on experience employers demand without the cost of other institutions. Are you ready?

Class start is February 1, 2021.
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“In all my years of education I have never had teachers that care so much for students on a personal level, as well as their education.

— Angel Morris

“Attending Summit made me feel good and helped me take a step forward toward a new and exciting career.”

— Linus Onuoha

What does Application Development support do?

An entry-level position in Application Development is important in helping to ensure the overall integrity of the respective applications they are working on. By writing and reviewing high-quality code, an Application Developer is also able to troubleshoot any issues that arise and communicate with staff to ensure that applications continue to run effectively.

. Here are a few facts about our IT program:

The course is 20 weeks and consists of two phases

Tuition is 100% covered

Program start date is February 1, 2021

You will participate in a paid, on-the-job training/internship

Class schedule is Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m. – 3:50 p.m.

Application Development Essential Duties

  • Assists in development, testing, implementation, and support of computer programs and queries
  • Utilize knowledge of Java essentials
  • Identify, analyze, and troubleshoot issues both independently and within a team setting
  • Document procedures used within a system, including creating flowcharts
  • Communicate to staff through phone, email, or face-to-face interactions about technical topics in an easy-to-understand way

You Will Learn

After graduation, students will be able to meet the following program objectives:

  • Identify key components of Application Development such as recognizing software design patterns or defining theories of continuous integration and prepare for an entry-level position in the field
  • Show fundamental development skills with Java to read, write, and revise code accurately
  • Demonstrate applied knowledge through a portfolio of work in software development tools such as GitHub
  • Explain foundational technology in computing, IT infrastructure, basic network connectivity, database use, service management, and security risks
  • Construct basic Microsoft Office documents, spreadsheets, and presentations efficiently
  • Apply effective communication skills, both written and orally, for a variety of stakeholders
  • Model an agile, growth mindset for continuous learning


Our school is actively looking for candidates who want a new career in the fields of construction, healthcare and information technology. You will not need to make any tuition payments or take out any student loans. We work to ensure your tuition is paid for entirely by grants, scholarships, and contracts.

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  1. Watch the vocational information video
  2. Submit your application
  3. Someone from the Admissions department will contact you within 1-2 business days after your application is submitted. 


Why should you enroll at Summit?

For more information on admission requirements, campus visits, and other opportunities, visit our Admissions page.

Program Curriculum & Schedule

Weeks 1-10


Weeks 1-10 is where you will learn the foundations of Application Development as well as basic professional business skills. You will learn fundamentals of coding, IT, Microsoft Office, which helps you understand the technical side. You will also collaborate with your classmates since working in teams is critical to your success in the IT industry. This includes building your “power skills” in both written and oral communications. Class time will meet both in person as well as virtually, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m.-3:50 p.m. in Phase I.


  • Understand foundational principles and value of IT and Application Development
  • Gain familiarity with Microsoft Suites
  • Build “power skills” to communicate and collaborate effectively
  • Utilize keyboarding skills

Topics covered:

  • Communications
  • English
  • Intro to Java
  • ITIL v4
  • IT Foundations
  • MS Suites and Keyboarding Skills

Weeks 11-20


Weeks 11-20 is where we build on the foundations you learned in Phase I. You have the skills, now we put them to the test! This part of the program is designed to challenge students with a higher degree of difficulty in Application Development. We will present you with programming languages that are specific to the career. In addition to advancing your technical aptitude, you will receive career development skills to help you transition into everyday work life. You will also take part in an internship where you’ll gain practical experience with the entire process, from problem-solving to evaluating, refinement, and execution. Class time will meet both in person as well as virtually, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m.-3:50 p.m. in Phase II.

*IT Program is approved by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education
*Summit Academy reserves the right to cancel the program if the class doesn’t reach the minimum of 20 students.

Background checks: Many Companies in the IT field require background checks prior to hiring. This may include both criminal and financial. This may effect your ability to find employment after completion of your program at Summit Academy.


  • Analyze components of the back end (server side) of web applications and databases
  • Learn problem-solving techniques through collaborative efforts
  • Build “power skills” to communicate and collaborate effectively
  • Employ “theory-to-practice” through an internship experience

Topics covered:

  • Agile Methodologies
  • Career Development
  • Computer Science Principles
  • Customer Service Communications
  • Java Programming


Tuition To Change Your Future

You will have NO OUT-OF-POCKET expenses to cover tuition and no extra fees to pay. Our financial aid office is committed to administering gift aid to ensure that your tuition is covered at NO OUT-OF-POCKET expense to you. As an institution, we do not participate in the Federal and State Student Loan programs, so there are NO LOANS TO PAY BACK.


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