ACCELERATE Into a New Career

Want to launch a career in IT?

Our ACCELERATE IT Workforce Development Program was launched in August 2016 through a grant from Texas Workforce Commission. The grant will allow Austin Free-Net to train 180 individuals with the CompTIA certifications they need to begin a career in Information Technology.

CompTIA A+ is the foundation of your IT career

CompTIA A+ is the preferred qualifying credential for technical support and IT operational roles. It is about much more than PC repair.

  • Candidates are better prepared to troubleshoot and problem solve.
  • Technicians understand a wide variety of issues ranging from networking and operating systems to mobile devices and security.
  • A+ supports the ability to connect users to the data they need to do their jobs regardless of the devices being used.

Network+ & Security+ ensures an IT professional has the knowledge and skills to:

  • Design and implement functional networks
  • Configure, manage, and maintain essential network devices
  • Use devices such as switches and routers to segment network traffic and create resilient networks
  • Identify benefits and drawbacks of existing network configurations
  • Implement network security, standards, and protocols
  • Troubleshoot network problems
  • Support the creation of virtualized networks
  • Detect various types of compromise and have an understanding of penetration testing and vulnerability scanning concepts
  • Install and configure identity and access services, as well as management controls
  • Install, configure, and deploy network components while assessing and troubleshooting issues to support organizational security
  • Implement and summarize risk management best practices and the business impact
  • Implement secure network architecture concepts and systems design
  • Install and configure wireless security settings and implement public key infrastructure

What types of positions can graduates expect to get hired for?


Computer Support Specialist

Computer Technician

Desktop Support Technician

Help Desk Analyst

Help Desk Technician

Information Technology Specialist (IT Specialist)

Network Technician

Support Specialist

Technical Support Specialist

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Computer Network Specialist

Network Support Specialist

Network Technical Analyst

Network Technician

Systems Specialist

Network Administrator

Network Coordinator


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 “I went from earning $10 an hour to $18 at my new job. This never would have been possible without my CompTIA A+ certification and the connections I made at the AFN’s recruiting mixers”


Meet MARIANO! Our inaugural #WhyWeAreHereWednesdays ACCELERATE student.

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Application Process

  1. Submit the online application and you will be contacted by AFN staff within 24-48 hours
  2. Once we have reviewed your application you will be contacted via email and asked to schedule an in-house general assessment
  3. After completed your general assessment you will be scheduled to participate in a phone interview
  4. If accepted into the scholarship program, you will be called and notified of class scheduling and what to expect on your first day

Program Hours

  • CompTIA IT Fundamental Course (33 hours)
  • CompTIA A+ Administration Certification (100 hours – 901 & 902)
  • CompTIA Network+ certification (60 hours)
  • CompTIA Security+ certification (62 hours)

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Night Classes: Mon – Thurs 5 PM – 9 PM

Day Classes: Mon – Thurs 10 AM – 2 PM


With new certifications, comes new opportunities!


Our ACCELERATE candidates receive one-on-one job placement assistance and meet directly with recruiters during our regular in-house recruiting mixers.


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