Shawn Trento of Idyllwild has received his Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree from Western Governors University.
The online, nonprofit university held its commencement ceremonies earlier this year to celebrate the recent graduation of more than 15,000 students from across the country.
WGU pioneered competency-based education, which measures learning rather than time spent in class. Designed to meet the needs of working adults, students study and learn on their own schedules with individualized, one-to-one faculty support. They complete courses as soon as they demonstrate they have mastered the subject matter, enabling them to move quickly through material they already know and spend more time on what they still need to learn.