Accelerated Programmer Training

APT is an exciting opportunity for students interested in learning computer programming. The Department of Labor (DOL) and Austin Community College have launched a pilot Competency Based Education (CBE) program in accelerated training for programmers. CBE is a hot topic in higher education these days; particularly as the country searches for ways to improve college affordability and more accurately measure student learning. The most important characteristic of competency-based education is that it measures learning rather than time. Students progress by demonstrating their competence, which means they demonstrate  that they have mastered the knowledge and skills (called competencies) required for a particular course. So, competency-based learning allows us to hold learning constant and let time vary.FEATURES INCLUDE:
  • Rolling start and end dates: As of August 26, 2013 students have been able to initiate coursework at the 16, 12 and 8 week start dates. In some cases; because of prior experience or self study, a student may move through the modules in far less than the standard semester — and begin another course.
  • Support - APT Program participants can elect to be paired with an APT Student Support Specialist to sustain motivation.
  • We respect the demands on your time and work to support you in that context.
  • A student can go as fast as they are willing and able to go through the work.
  • Faculty will maintain office hours during which you may contact them with questions or comments.


APT formatted courses, through the Fall of 2015

Spring 2015ITSC 2335  Application Problem SolvingITSE1330 Introduction to C# ProgrammingITSE 1359 Intro to Scripting Language: PythonITSW 1307 Intro to Database: AccessITSE 2358 Intro to Database AdministrationITSE 1392 Special Topic: Automated Software TestingUXUI 1471 Prototyping 1 UXUI 1472 UI Design 1 Fall 2015ITSE 1303 Intro to MySQLITSY-1300 Fundamentals of Information Security   Fall 2014INEW 2338 Advanced Java Programming: Visual  ITSE 1394 Special Topics: Ruby on RailsITSE 1394 Special Topics: J QueryITSE 1356 Extensible Markup Language ITSC 2339 Personal Computer Help Desk ITSE 1450 System Analysis and Design: Project ManagementITSE 1391 Special Topics: Software TestingITSE 1393 Special Topics: Mobile AppsITMT 1400 Implementing and Supporting Windows 7 & 8 Spring 2014ITSW 1304 Intro to SpreadsheetITSE 1345 Intro to Oracle PL/SQLITSE 2402 Intermediate Web ProgrammingITSC 1307 Unix Operating SystemCOSC 1337 Programming Fundamentals II C++ITSE 2317 Java Programming IntermediateITSE 1331 Intro to Visual Basic  Fall 2013 COSC 1301 Intro to ComputingCOSC 1336 Programing Fundamentals I / Python ITSE 2309 Database Programming Oracle3 ITSE 1411 Webpage ProgrammingITNW 1325 Fundamentals of Network TechnologyITSE 1401 Web Design Tools All modules apply to the Degree plan for AAS in Computer Programming and will be applicable to the certificate tracks in JAVA, C++ and Database programming.

APT: a pilot program in accelerated training for programmers. What this means to you is that you can learn from your own place—at anytime of day, or night, best suited to you. This program is not for everyone. If you feel you have the maturity and self-discipline to follow the lessons and do the work in your own time, visit the APT Program website to learn more.  These courses are distance-learning courses, which you can move through as quickly as your previous work experience and knowledge will allow.  

Built into the courses are opportunities to demonstrate competencies from the start. We are looking for people who have been in the workforce for years and have more knowledge than credentials.  We are looking for people motivated to advance their careers and are offering them an opportunity to begin a new set of courses as quickly as once a month if need be. We are also very interested in helping our returning Veteran’s quickly get the training they need for gratifying employment.

We continue to work with area industry experts to create course materials relevant to their needs, to assure industry,and you, that on day one you will arrive on the job fully prepared.