CompTIA IT Academy

CompTIA Academy

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Kelly Caudle
Program Head, IT Academy

Get CompTIA Security Plus certified with classes at Stanly Community College’s IT Academy (SCC/ITA). We offer courses for CompTIA Security+ (SYO-601) certification.
SCC/ITA offers these courses under the umbrella of Continuing Education. These fast-paced courses are conducted online. All course materials, assessments, and labs are available through our online learning management system. Students have access to top of the line instruction and equipment.
Class Description

Frequently Asked Questions

To start the process of taking a class in the IT Academy, you must first place your name on the wait list.  This can be done by clicking on the following link and selecting the class you wish to take: 

If you wish to take multiple classes, you must sign up on the wait list for each class you wish to take.  Once your name is on the wait list, our registration technicians will register for the classes in a First In First Out manner (FIFO).  We cannot guarantee you will be enrolled in the next set of classes at the IT Academy, but we will do everything we can to enroll you in a class as quickly as possible.  Once you are enrolled, the registration technicians send an email with payment details, and it is your responsibility to pay for the class in a timely manner.  

Each course is 8 weeks (about 2 months) in length.  

Each course varies, but most of our courses will have at least one weekly meeting at a time to be determined by the instructor based on the students’ availability. These will be recorded if you are unable to attend. The rest of the material will be scheduled asynchronously. This will allow students to work in their own time, and at their own pace, which can be especially helpful for adult learners who need to balance their education with work and family responsibilities. It also provides a way for students who live far away from a school or university to participate in courses remotely. However, there will be quizzes, labs, and assignments with due dates to help you stay on track to finish the class. 

Yes, all IT Academy courses are offered in a fully online format. 

IT Academy courses start after the regular semester class start date, but typically run five sets of 8-week courses throughout the year. Please check the schedule for exact dates for the next course.

This depends on the course. For the A+: The materials will be provided free of charge through the Cisco Networking Academy. The lab environment will be provided through SCC's Netlab+. For the Security+: You will be able to access your course materials through O’Reilly at no cost to you (currently – CompTIA Security+ SY0-601 Exam Cram, 6th Edition – this will change to the new edition within the next year). You may also choose to purchase a physical copy of the book. 


Currently, we are offering courses to prepare for the CompTIA A+ and Security+. 

CompTIA discount vouchers can be obtained at any time while enrolled as a student. At checkout, you must provide eligibility information about yourself and Stanly Community College to qualify. We recommend using your student email address for the account. This verification is done through SheerID. 

This depends on the exam, but it ranges from 30% to 55% off (learn more here in the actual store). 

CompTIA discount vouchers are purchased from the CompTIA academic store ( Click on Certification Vouchers. This will allow you to purchase a voucher for a discounted price (you will not pay anything additional when you sign up for the exam through PearsonVue).