The APT Program
The Accelerated Programmer Training (APT) program was created with funding from a Department of Labor TAACCCT grant and was designed to speed entry into tech careers. Students have the flexibility to study and accelerate their course completion and earn credits for prior knowledge.
The program is for full-time working professionals, students balancing work and school and it is particularly beneficial to military veterans as well as unemployed and underemployed adults who have previous technical knowledge or interest. Students will receive guidance from the department’s Computer Support Specialists. Tutoring is available. Students also receive career services support upon completion of their degree.
Competency-based education (CBE) allows students to accelerate through courses toward a degree or certificate. CBE focuses on content mastery, rather than semester-based completion. This means students can apply their prior learning to move through courses as fast as they are able to show mastery of content.
Ideal CBE student
The ideal CBE student is self-disciplined, able work independently, and can complete coursework online. CBE is especially beneficial to students who need a flexible schedule to earn their degree around family or work obligations.
CBE at ACC
Austin Community College has initiated rolling start dates so that, if desired, students can begin new APT courses much sooner than the traditional model of waiting for the next semester to begin.
How to get started
Students may register for the APT courses but need to be advised by the department’s Computer Support Specialist.