South Louisiana Community College will start a new degree program this fall in application software development.

The program will train students for careers as database programmers, Web developers, software technicians and software testers. The timing of the program’s launch comes as the demand for software developers is expected to increase 22 percent by 2022, according to information provided by SLCC.

“The timing of this program is perfect as information technology grows in Acadiana,” Willie Smith, vice chancellor for economic and workforce development at SLCC, said in a news release. “Graduates will be well-prepared for software development and programming jobs right here in Acadiana.”

Two new technology companies recently announced plans to open offices in Lafayette in the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Research Park — down the street from the college.

Earlier this week, California-based Enquero announced plans to open a technology center in the research park and its jobs will offer average salaries of $64,300.

Another tech company, CGI, plans to open in a temporary location sometime later this year and create jobs with an average pay of $55,000.

The Louisiana Board of Regents recently approved the new program at SLCC, and the college is waiting final approval from its accrediting agency. Students who complete the program will be job-ready and also be prepared to earn a higher degree, Sam Harb, SLCC’s dean of business, information technology and professional students, said in the news release.