Danville Community College (DCC) students Jeremiah Goode and Dayshawn Singletary announced the launch of their new mobile game development company late last semester.
The company, called Elusive LLC, was created as a natural evolution of the students’ shared interest in gaming and mobile application development and design.
Goode and Singletary joined DCC’s campus after graduating from Galileo Magnet High School in Danville.
“Having the ability to make something that other people and I can enjoy sparked my interest in game development as a career choice,” Goode said.
Both Goode and Singletary said that what led them to DCC was its Information Systems Technology (IST) – Gaming and Mobile Application Development Specialization associate degree program.
Singletary added that the amount of people playing app-based games earned his attention when deciding on a focus area for his career.
According to statista.com, approximately half of all internet traffic was accounted for by mobile apps alone in 2017. That usage is projected to increase sevenfold by 2021.
Gaming and mobile app development also promises to be both lucrative and in greater demand in the coming years, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) stating that jobs in this field will likely increase by 24 percent by 2026, leading to approximately 302,500 new jobs.
With plans to graduate in May, both Goode and Singletary intend to transfer to a four-year university and continue developing new mobile games under the Elusive LLC brand.
DCC Associate Professor of IST Cassandra Satterfield leads the gaming and mobile application development program at the college.
“This degree program offers students the capability to develop mobile apps and level game design,” Satterfield said. “The students learn the actual code on the back end in languages like Java and C#. They learn the concepts of market trends in both types of application development. This program gives students the opportunity not only to learn concepts of good user interface (UI) dealing with mobile apps and games, but also to see the programming language used. I keep the courses up to date with a working advisory committee that offers support in the curriculum and marketplace trends. In the long term, I see this professional sector evolving into other UI development, not only for entertainment, but also in the world of simulation and virtual reality.”
Danville Community College is a two-year institution of higher education under the state-wide Virginia Community College System. DCC’s service region includes the city of Danville, Pittsylvania County and Halifax County.
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