Our Diploma Programs
The Akilah Institute’s Information Systems Diploma program prepares students to innovate and excel in the fast-growing technology industry. Students learn to use software systems and build apps or platforms to solve business problems. Partnerships with leading technology companies, such as Cisco, ensure that students graduate with the certifications necessary to land competitive jobs.
Akilah’s Hospitality Management Diploma emphasizes strong English communication and customer service skills, which are key to employment in the industry. Students master the fundamentals of tourism, lodging, food and beverage, and event planning while strengthening their understanding of hotel management and human resources. Graduates have the necessary skills to move directly into management roles.
The Akilah Institute’s Business Management & Entrepreneurship Diploma provides an in-depth understanding of how to bring a business idea to market and key business administration and management concepts. Instructors encourage innovation as students learn to make informed business decisions using data analysis, market research, and problem-solving skills. Students participate in startup competitions and graduate with the global business skills needed to establish their own ventures or join existing ones.
How We Teach: Competency-based Education
CBE is an outcomes-based, student-centered approach to learning that leads to earning a degree by proving mastery of specific competencies, rather than completing credit hours.
→ Students advance upon demonstrated mastery
→ Competencies include explicit, measurable, transferable learning objectives that empower students
→ Assessment is meaningful, and students receive timely feedback
→ Learning outcomes emphasize the creation of knowledge and the development of important skills and dispositions
Defining 'Competencies' at Akilah
Every course we teach is aligned with a specific set of core or program competencies. The core competencies span everything from digital literacy, to leadership and social responsibility, to career navigation, to self-esteem, with specific indicators to measure change.
Frequently Asked Questions
CBE, or competency-based education, is an outcomes-based, student-centered approach to learning that leads to earning a degree, diploma, or other credential by proving mastery of specific competencies, rather than completing credit hours. CBE is particularly effective for preparing graduates for the workforce because it focuses on what students know and can do.
Our curriculum effectively prepares students for the workforce because we collaborate with regional employers and industry experts to identify exactly what students need to know. Our courses are continuously updated to reflect the latest industry and workforce trends. As soon as students demonstrate they have mastered a particular concept or skill, they can advance to the next level. This way, students receive a tailored approach to learning and career preparation.
CBE is an educational approach commonly used in vocational or technical training. However, many colleges and universities, including Akilah, also use CBE to prepare their students for professional careers. Unlike most vocational or technical institutions, Akilah provides extensive supplementary training in “soft skills,” such as leadership development, career preparation, and English writing and speaking. Students are expected to master more than industry skills so they can progress rapidly in the workplace and assume management roles.
You do not need to have any experience with CBE in order to study and succeed at Akilah. The institute will ensure that students are prepared for the rigors of CBE with an initial two-month Bridge Program. The Bridge Program will focus on CBE as well as digital literacy, math, and English.
Yes, Akilah offers two-year, accredited diploma programs in Business Management & Entrepreneurship, Hospitality Management, and Information Systems.
From classroom exercises to after-hours events and trainings, Akilah provides the resources our graduates need to secure jobs and launch successful careers.
All students receive personalized career coaching in individual and group sessions. Our Careers Team helps students evaluate their skills and interests so they can set meaningful career goals. Students work individually with Talent Advocates to improve their CV and cover letters, identify potential employers, and prepare for job applications and interviews. Akilah also hosts career-readiness workshops, networking events, and an annual career fair.
Akilah works with private sector employers to develop academic programs that reflect industry needs and demands. Our students learn the latest technology, methods, and practical skills sought by employers.
“We give students exposure and access to all the job opportunities out there. But we also equip them to secure the job themselves through strong CVs, professional statements, and interview skills.”
– Hellen Konyango, Talent Advocate
→ Career Assessment
Each student completes an in-depth career action plan that outlines their career goals and identifies the steps needed to achieve them.
→ Private Sector Partners
The Careers Team works with more than 60 employer partners and government agencies to identify new job opportunities for students.
→ Application Workshop
Students receive guided assistance in filling out job applications, creating a LinkedIn profile, and writing CVs and cover letters.
→ Interview Preparation
Workshops cover interview dress code, preparing an elevator pitch, sample questions and how to answer them, and the importance of confidence and eye contact.
→ Interview & Job Placement
Students are required to complete an internship to gain practical experience in their chosen industry. Internships provide opportunities to connect with employers and can lead to job offers.