Personalized IT

Personalized IT refers to a new way to take classes. It allows you to test out of the skills you know so you concentrate only on the skills you need.

This program is supported by the Department of Labor through a TAACCCT grant.

  • Complete the courses online at your own pace with an extensive support system including: instructor, tutoring and helpdesk resources.
  • Receive personalized academic and career coaching.
  • Earn credit for what you already know, and focus on only the new skills you want.

What is competency based education?

The competency-based education (CBE) format allows students to advance based on their ability to master skills or competencies at their own pace.  It measures learning rather than time.  Students progress by demonstrating their competence, which means they demonstrate that they have mastered the knowledge and skills required for a particular course. 

What are competencies?

Competencies are statements that describes the desired knowledge, skills, and behaviors of a student completing a course.


CompTIA A+

IT 120- CompTIA A+ Practical Applications

ELEC 186- CompTIA A+ Essentials

IT 120 and ELEC 186 are aligned with the CompTIA A+ certification which is a benchmark widely used for entry level IT jobs.  It is recommended that you complete both courses.

You will be prepared to pursue the industry certification using a testing center available on campus.

Upon successful completion of both ELEC 186 and IT 120 in one semester, students will receive (2) vouchers to attempt the A+ Certification exams.

Who should enroll?

Personalized IT students need to be highly motivated and comfortable learning independently.  The courses are not traditional, and your grade will be based solely on assessments.  Entry into a CBE course requires department approval. Students that have prior IT work experience or earned college credit are good candidates.

Getting Started

Contact Andrew Lutz to schedule an appointment or to learn more. By email at or by phone at (913) 469-8500 ext. 2213.