South Louisiana Community College’s application software development program received a boost from an $18,000 grant from Capital One Bank.

The college began the two-year associate degree program in 2014 as a way to prepare workers for the growing tech sector in Acadiana.

The program trains students in application development, game development and computer programming.

Courses are focused on teaching various programming languages such as Java, Python and C++, as well as languages like HTML used to build websites.

“With more than 23,000 software jobs being created in Acadiana by 2030, this program meets the growing and critical demand for entry-level application software developers in the workforce,” Sam Harb, SLCC dean of Business, IT and professional studies, said in a news release. “With companies like CGI, Perficient, and Enquero coming into Lafayette and bringing immediate, well-paying jobs, the benefits of this program are endless.”

The grant will help with program recruitment, certifications and programming equipment for hands-on skill development, college officials said in a news release.

“At Capital One Bank, we are committed to fostering the economic vitality of Louisiana, and we understand the critical role that community colleges, including SLCC, play in developing a strong workforce now and in the years to come,” Grant Guillotte, Southwest Louisiana market president for Capital One Bank, said in a news release.

With a median annual wage of more than $63,000 for application developers, the program is a high-wage, high-demand program, college officials said.