Open-entry/self-paced courses are individualized and available for registration every month, year round. Your experience at BATC may be different than any other educational experience you have had. The "hands-on, competency-based" approach to learning at BATC has been proven to increase knowledge, understanding, personal motivation, and career success. If you understand the purpose of the instructional methods used at BATC, your education experience will be more successful and enjoyable. You may notice instructional differences from the traditional classes you may have taken in the past. Instructors do not just lecture and students do not just take tests. With our "hands-on, competency-based" instruction, learning occurs by working through modules designed to help you master not only the program material but also the art of how to learn. With these modules you will be given verbal and/or written instructions and then you will work on textbook readings, assignments, video/audio clips, hand-on activities, demonstrations, etc. to help you gain a greater understanding of the subject. While you work through this learning process, your instructor is there to provide feedback and guide your thinking to help you find the answer. Think of your instructors as personal tutors when you can't seem to find the answer or don't understand a concept.