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Competency-Based Education (CBE)

STC’s Competency Based-Education (CBE) enables students to complete a certificate, associate or bachelor’s degree at an affordable price and in significantly less time. CBE terms are only seven weeks long and students progress through courses at their own pace.

If a course is finished early, students have the option of enrolling in another course during the same 7-week term at no extra cost. Plus, students may receive college credit toward the completion of their degree for qualifying previous work, education, and military training.

Our CBE degree programs have already produced hundreds of graduates who have benefited directly from course content that is designed around competencies needed in today’s competitive job market.

Academic Programs with CBE Courses:

  • Bachelor of Applied Technology in Computer and Information Technologies
  • Bachelor of Applied Technology in Medical and Health Services Management
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Organizational Leadership
  • Bachelor of Applied Technology in Operations Management
  • Associate of Applied Science in Child Development and Early Childhood
  • Accounting Clerk Certificate
  • Public Services Assistant Certificate
  • Information and Network Systems Certificate
  • Computer Applications Specialist Certificate

Coming Spring 2024

  • Construction Supervision
  • Heating, Ventilation, A/C & Refrigeration
  • Electrician Technology

Benefits of CBE

For details on tuition and fees, the cost of attendance or ways to pay for college, please see the following:
Tuition and Fees | Cost of Attendance | Paying for College

Your Experience Turns into College Credit.

CBE Term vs Traditional Term

  • 7-week Term (CBE)
  • 16 Week Term (Fall/Spring)

Available 100% Online

Stay Connected

It’s learning tailor-made to harmonize with students’ busy work and family lives. Because programs are 100-percent online, it doesn’t matter if students are local, remote, or even stationed abroad on active duty. 

What Our Graduates Say

The MHSM program really taught me how to work as a team, and gave me a great understanding of what it is like to work in a healthcare environment. Most importantly, it gave me what I needed to progress in my career and education. I have since then earned a master’s degree at the University of Texas Pan-American and continue to make strides in career advancement.

Jeremy Roman, MHSM

Graduated from this program in December of 2016 and went on to become employed as an account manager for a leading IT/cable infrastructure firm soon after. I'm now pursuing an MBA from Western Governors University.

Frank Alaniz, CITP

I grew as much as I could with the education I had. I started looking at my options of returning to college, and discovered that STC now has bachelor’s programs. Online classes allowed me to go to school and raise a family. I earned my Bachelor’s of Applied Technology in Technology Management from STC.

Elvira Alonzo, TMGT

When I first entered South Texas College as a dual credit student in high school I always thought that I was just going to complete my associate degree and then be done with it, but I found myself entering this BASOL program that was actually very good for me and now I'm doing my master's degree.

Cynthia Hernandez, BASOL

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