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ITAM Degree Offered at Walla Walla Community College

Students at Walla Walla Community College can now earn a bachelor of applied science degree in information technology and administrative management (BAS-ITAM) from Central Washington University, thanks to a new partnership between the two institutions.

The BAS-ITAM program, with specializations in administrative management, information technology, and cybersecurity, teaches students how to manage people, projects, and information. It is a full baccalaureate program that accepts any applied or technical degree that would not transfer to four-year programs otherwise.

“Students will have the flexibility of taking hybrid and online CWU courses at Walla Walla Community College and can continue to work fulltime to improve their career opportunities,” said Laurie Stehle, director of ITAM online programs at CWU. “The professors that teach on the Ellensburg campus also teach online classes, so students receive the same quality education in a location that works for them.”

ITAM at CWU is a high-demand program taught by faculty with doctorate-level degrees, industry certification, and valuable field experience. It complements existing skills with new management, or soft skills, to help students become leaders. Classes also cover business communication, project management, customer relationship management, and professional development.

“This partnership is great for the students and for the community,” said Steve VanAusdle, president of WWCC. “It gives our students more ways to access a baccalaureate degree and sets them up for success.”

The degree will be delivered online and in hybrid classes at WWCC. Fulltime students can expect to complete the degree in eight quarters. Students enrolled in the CWU program will have access to resources at both institutions. For more information, email or call 509-963-2611.

WWCC is one of the top community colleges in the nation. It was given the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence in 2013 from The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program. 

CWU is a public, four-year university in Ellensburg with centers co-located throughout Washington. It is a regional leader in providing high quality, personalized education with fully-accredited online degree programs and hundreds of courses delivered online each quarter. 

Media contact: Barb Arnott, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-2841,

May 11, 2015