Taking a look at how the world is advancing at a tremendously fast pace and the traditional ways of doing things are all being replaced by digital technologies, getting a good education in IT ( Information Technology) can possibly be one of the best investments you will make in yourself.
I stressed the word ‘good’ above not to make it look fancy, but to emphasize how important it is in the context of getting an IT education. This is because, the IT industry is highly technical and practical, thus it is very likely you will have a hell of a time in whatever field you find yourself if you lack the requisite level of knowledge and skills.
Luckily, there a few numbers of IT educational institutions here in Ghana that have professional training courses as well as the environment and facilities needed to get you equipped with the skills you need to succeed in the industry. In the consequent chapters, I will be doing a comparison on two such; IPMC and DWTA.
Who they are
IPMC stands for Intercom Programming and Manufacturing Company. Started in 1992, it is considered as one of the largest and oldest IT institutions in the country. They have a series of branches spread across the country with standard facilities and good staff. They also have a wide array of professional courses ranging from Web Design to Secretariatship. They have done quite a good job of graduating a large number of IT professionals have gone on to become successful.
For Devworld Tech Academy ( DWTA), we are located at Ashaley Botwe School Junction, Accra. We believe in imparting not only knowledge into our students but the practical as well as soft skills needed for success. We do this by teaching all concepts in a very practical and project-oriented approach while giving them mentorship to make them well-grounded. Head on to our About Page to find out more about us.
IPMC has grouped its courses into three categories namely; Corporate Courses, Professional Courses, and Undergraduate Courses.
- Corporate Courses
These are courses designed to help the corporate class upgrade their knowledge and skills to stay competitive and thus assist them to climb up the corporate ladder faster.
Courses under these are:
- AI and Machine Learning
- Big Data
- Cyber Security
2. Professional Courses
The professional courses are tailored to nurture anyone aspiring to make a career in the IT industry into an IT professional. They have divided this category into three subcategories being; Certificate, Diploma, and Short.
The Professional Certificate IT Courses helps one to learn from their best IT trainers, get practical hands-on IT training in their modern labs, complemented by real-world industry visits to boost up your confidence for stepping into the corporate world. Course offered are:
- Database Technology
- Graphic Design and Web Development
- Software Engineering
- Systems Engineering
The Diploma Category does not significantly differ from the Professional one. They both have the same courses and structure. The only difference is the value of the certificate and the duration of the course.
The Short Courses category as its name suggests contains courses with a very short duration. The courses under this category are;
- Accounting with IT
- AI and Machine Learning
- Big Data Analytics
- Cyber Security
- Digital Marketing
- MS Office for Business
- Software Programming
3. Undergraduate Programs
This category includes Study Abroad programs in which students get the chance to study in countries like India. It also includes the option where students can obtain degrees from the UK. Being an NCC Education Accredited Partner C candidates, students can study in their home countries and obtain admission to the final year of IT degree (BSc. (Hons) Business Computing & Information Systems) at their NCC partner universities. Courses under this category are:
- Level 3 Diploma in Computing (L3DC)
- Level 4 Diploma in Business (L4DB)
- Level 4 Diploma in Business Information Technology (L4DBIT)
- Level 4 Diploma in Computing (L4DC)
- Level 5 Diploma in Business (L5DB)
- Level 5 Diploma in Business Information Technology (L5DBIT)
- Level 5 Diploma in Computing (L5DC)
- Sc. (Hons) Business Computing & Information Systems
- Sc. (Hons) Computing
Devworld Tech Academy
At DevWorld Tech Academy, our courses are structured with a little twist to have the kind of impact we desire. The courses are broken down into three categories. These are the Certificate Courses, Diploma Courses, and Advanced Diploma.
The certificate courses are the starting point at DWTA. There are five faculties under this category with a wide range of well-structured courses that are tailored to set you up properly.
It, however, does not offer some of the courses offered in the Diploma and Professional Diploma.
It has two to three sessions per year which lasts three months each. The faculties are as follows:
- Faculty of Artificial Intelligence, Data Science & Cloud Computing
This houses courses like Algorithms, Big Data, Cloud Computing, etc
- Faculty of Game, Software, Mobile and Game Design.
This includes courses like Game Design and Development,
Software Design and Development, Android App Development, etc.
- Faculty of Programming, Cyber Security and Computer Ethics.
It also houses the courses; Python 3 Programming, Cyber Security, etc.
- Faculty – Digital, Graphic & Product Design
- Faculty – Digital Business, Digital Marketing, Digital Sales
Our diploma courses are tailored and well-structured to impact all the required knowledge and skills needed to graduate as highly skilled and well-rounded professionals who go out into the industry and leave an indelible imprint.
The diploma courses come with access to five levels of real-world projects that ensure that students get and develop the practical grasp of every concept being taught.
Intake sessions for the courses happen four times per year and each session lasts for three months each.
Under it are four strong faculties housing a wide range of the latest and trending courses in technology. The faculties are as follows:
- Faculty – Artificial Intelligence, Data Science & Cloud Computing
- Faculty – Game, Software, Mobile & Web Development
- Faculty – Programming, Cyber-Security, Computer Ethics
- Faculty – Digital, Graphic & Product Design
These faculties facilitate the trending courses in technology such as:
- Machine Learning
- AI Foundations and Deep Learning
- Cloud Computing
- iOS Development for Creative Entrepreneurs
- Responsive Web Design and Development
This category is for those who want to take their career game a step further. It also has four faculties like the diploma category but with more advanced courses and projects.
It lasts for five sessions and students get the chance to take up Path Projects that are in line with the career paths of the graduates; either they want to want to become a freelancer, an employee or entrepreneur. The projects are not carried out in the school but in industry, settings to make the graduates familiar with the environments.
As one can clearly see, both IPMC and DWTA have well-structured and industry-relevant courses that can help anyone with the interest to become a good IT professional. However, the stacking of the knowledge alone but rather, the know-how. And that is what at DWTA, we excel in.
Staff and Learning Facilities
IPMC has done a very good job of setting up standard facilities across the nation to help facilitate the accessibility and effective studies of IT. Their study centres are filled with state-of-the-art hardware and software coupled with experienced staff that ensure all concepts are being well taught.
Likewise, DWTA believes in creating a serene and an enabling teaching and learning environment that makes the learning and practise of the concepts learnt much more effective. Our campus at Ashaley Botwe is well equipped with all the standard requirements to teach in the field. Our staff and course facilitators are all very active in the industry, with some still working on solutions to businesses and institutions. This enables them to lecture and mentor the students with real-world examples and the concepts that are currently being used in the industry.
When it comes to the credibility of certification, IPMC’s Certifications are something to reckon with. Being affiliated with the big names in the industry such as Microsoft, Oracle, Cisco, Pearson and others, their certifications are very credible and of good standing.
At DWTA, we believe in impacting valuable, industry-relevant and hands-on practical knowledge to our students through real-world projects and mentorship. That notwithstanding, we have award Certifications that provide different job-specific training programs; they are diplomas and not degrees. They are awarded after completing an internal or external (by a third-party certification body) Professional and Technician Examinations.
Apart from certificates and diplomas awarded by us, we also offer external certification. Since our curricula is an extensive, well-thought-out merge of several world-renowned curricula from across the world, our students if they wish, can also receive external certification after passing the assessment exams.
Click here to learn more about our accreditation and certifications.
Tuition Fees and Admission Process
Much information is not available about the administration process as well as the course fees for IPMC unless you contact them.
However, for DWTA, the admission process is outlined in seven easy-to-follow steps. These are:
- Visit the Admission Requirements page and get familiar about what it will take become a student of DWTA.
- Visit and review our online courses or offline course and decide what course you want to study and at what level you want to study it.
- From there, visit the Online Applications page to apply online, or use the Contact Page to get in touch with us if you have any questions.
- Your admission will be reviewed and we will call you to discuss your admission. After that, if you are accepted, conditional acceptance will be emailed to you.
- When done, you then pay your tuition fees stated on the conditional acceptance to keep your admission spot.
- When paid, we will email you an unconditional acceptance letter proving your spot have been reserved. Also, we will inform when to come for your study starter pack.
- After all has been completed, you start your class on dates stated on your unconditional acceptance letter.
To conclude this lengthy article, one thing that should stick with anyone who reads this is that, the world is advancing at an unprecedented pace due to technology. This has made the possession of industry-relevant digital skills become more relevant and very lucrative. Many young and bright minds out there are leveraging this opportunity to secure their respective futures, and you can be the next. I have neatly laid out the best institutions here in Ghana to get your IT education. The ball now is in your court.