The TAB Program

Save money and earn a Bachelor of Applied Technology degree (BAT) in Computer and Information Technologies through the Texas Affordable Baccalaureate program (TAB). Start by earning an AAS in Computer Programming at Austin Community College, then have all your classes transfer to South Texas College, where you can complete your studies online, in a competency-based program, at a fraction of the cost of traditional, in-class programs.


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Get your bachelor degree through ACC and South Texas College

Save money. Start at Austin Community College, then transfer to South Texas College. Graduate with a Bachelor of Applied Technology (BAT) in Computer and Information Technologies, then enter the workforce or go on to graduate school.

Potential Careers

  • Computer Network Architect
  • Computer & Information System Manager
  • Network & Computer Systems Administrator
  • Database Administrator
  • Web Administrator

Competency-Based Education

Competency-based education (CBE) allows students to accelerate 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.


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.

The APT program at ACC offers CBE courses in Computer Programming, Computer User Support, Database Administration, and Web Development.

How to get started

You need to be admitted to the program to take the accelerated classes. Although you are able to view courses in the Semester schedule, the APT sections are “locked” and enrollment is handled by the Student Support Specialist of Department Chair and only for students admitted to the program.

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Department Chair
Mary Kohls
[email protected]
(512) 223-3185