ACC Community Spotlight: Colorado Center for the Blind (CCB)

Colorado Center for the Blind building signFor several years, ACC and the Colorado Center for the Blind (CCB) have been collaborating on Shared Visions, an accessible art exhibit. This last summer the two organizations also joined forces on an exhibit held at the US National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder. The dynamics between the ACC and CCB classes seems to inspire everyone, the students, teachers, and the public!

CCB students at potter's wheels at ACCCCB students dissecting sharks at ACCAnn Cunningham, an art teacher at CCB, said that the best thing about being a part of the ACC community were the quality of our instructors. “Nathan (Abels) and Katie (Caron) are both excellent artist as well as amazing teachers. Truly, I am very impressed with both of them,” said Ann.

The CCB curriculum is expanding because of the collaboration. The Center now has new methods to explore because of the newly acquired skills of their teachers. “I also know that when I need to ask questions Katie and Nathan will be there with answers. ACC’s generous donation of a pottery wheel will enable us to continue building our skills in our pottery program,” said Ann, of the graciously fostered partnership.

CCB logoThe Colorado Center for the Blind would certainly recommend ACC to others! CCB is completely impressed with the openness and sense of adventure that ACC instructors bring to the experience. In fact, some of the teachers would love to take classes here, moving beyond just a partnership but a true relationship with ACC. The Colorado Center for the Blind and ACC Move Mountains together!

by Karen Browning, ACC Marketing Project Manager

Why I Attend ACC and Joined Phi Theta Kappa

Camila Monroe, ACC studentNowadays, we hear everywhere about the importance of diversity; community colleges are the most diverse academic population anyone will be able to find. A quick walk around our school will illustrate that: we find overachieving high schoolers, coming back students, young adults pursuing a new career, international students, Hispanics, people of color, LGBTQ activists, Republicans and Democrats, mothers, fathers, grandmothers and grandfathers…and the list goes on. The differences in backgrounds, race, gender, political affiliation and age make community colleges the environment that we would like to see along the streets. It’s an environment where all of that diversity comes together to learn. Of course big universities might also offer that variety, but in community colleges that is a sure thing; one of the reasons is that nearly every person can afford that kind of education.

Which brings me to another point: we are at school because we want to – not because our parents do. We sign up for classes because we truly expect to learn, and to apply that obtained knowledge as soon as possible, whether it is towards a job or higher levels of education. We are goal-oriented students, and we will persevere in the journey towards that goal.

I joined PTK to become the VP of Honors in Action (HiA), a position that combined two things that I have a passion for: research and community service. I started my project that summer, and I have learned and grew so much ever since. I have had experiences with community service and journalism back in my home country of Brazil, doing something similar in a completely different language and culture was beyond challenging. But I succeeded, and as a consequence I started to engage more and more every day.

The success of that project made me thirsty for more; more friends than those amazing ones I had met at PTK, more outreach of my ideas on how we could improve our community, more ways to be part of my school beyond showing up and getting good grades. After my award-winning HiA, I joined many clubs, became a chemistry, biology and economics tutor at ACC, joined the Colorado Space Grant Program, and, finally, became president of student government and of our PTK chapter. I believe PTK is not only for those who were born ready, who had all resources available; it is also an honor society for those who overcame obstacles, who do not ignore, but recognize and even celebrate their imperfections. Those are the hard-working students, who understand that a leader is not born, but built, slowly, as a consequence of the never-ending process of bettering ourselves.

by Camila Monroe

ACC Student Spotlight: Leah Porter

ACC Student Leah PorterAt ACC, Leah received lots of support from administrators, faculty, and staff. When she realized she want more than just an associate degree, she reached out to several ACC employees and was offered help in fulfilling her goals and achieving her dreams.

Leah loves that ACC is small and that everybody is very nice. She also loves that ACC has a Dean of Students, Vice Presidents, and the President of the college walking around communicating with students. “Our school doesn’t preach inclusivity, we practice it,” said Leah. ACC has become her new family.

The three most valuable benefits Leah have received from ACC are:

  • Education
  • Confidence
  • Leadership skills

Leah tells people that if you want success, there are lots of resources available to help you find your success within the school or on a national level. She also said, “ACC changed my life. At ACC, I have achieved what I thought was impossible. I received awards from ACC and the national level.” She is the honoree in the PTK’s All Colorado Team, Coca-Cola Gold Scholar, Guistwhite Scholar, and ACC’s Rising Star. ACC is proud to have Leah as part of the family.

She graduated in May 2017 and is transferring to CU Denver for her Bachelor’s in Business Management. Her new goal is to pursue a Master’s Degree in Higher Education to inspire others the way she has been inspired. “My experience at ACC is beyond wonderful,” said Leah. She will continue to Move Mountains!

by Karen Browning, ACC Marketing Project Manager

ACC Littleton Campus Construction Update – December 2017

As the fall semester draws to a close, we are also getting closer to completing our 3rd floor remodel and bringing you state-of-the-art science labs and new student lounge/study space.

Take a look at our progress!

We have walls (and ceilings)! Ceiling and wall structures in place Construction workers drywalling bio labs Ceiling pipes and tile structure Construction workers continue to drywall the bio labs  Lab pipes More wall and ceiling structure in place Wall ready for drywall. Student study space flooring adjustments 3rd Floor science lab hallway in progress Structural support walls ready for drywallFurniture is going in!

Plastic entry to construction zoneCabinets in place in a bio labCabinets waiting to be placed into labs and classroomsMore lab/classroom furniture ready to be placedConstruction worker putting in lab furnitureConstruction worker moving furniture into placeFurniture in science lab/classroomOur construction team is hard at work to complete the 3rd floor remodel. We appreciate your patience during the remodel as we make improvements around ACC to help you Move Mountains!

ACC Faculty Spotlight: Adam Shelffo

ACC Business faculty Adam ShelffoAdam has reached his 6th year at ACC as a business faculty member. Additionally, he is a Littleton native and a proud graduate of Columbine High School. So in many ways he has always considered ACC home and is honored to serve in the community he was raised.

The best thing about being a part of the ACC community is the relationships Adam has developed with the ACC student body. “I love hearing stories from my students, whether it is my 14 year-old student talking about product placements in Twilight movies or a 60 year-old student discussing employee motivation,” said Adam. Day in and day out, he just loves getting to know each of them to better serve their needs.

He would recommend ACC to others because this is a place that allows you to grow and flourish in a safe and nurturing environment that prepares you to confront life. “I feel honored to work at ACC, where I am able to serve the needs of our students; while allowing to capitalizing on my strengths and engage my passion,” commented Adam.

Faculty get a chance to know students by name. Employees get the opportunity to cultivate their strengths as a teacher and as a person. And ACC provides a space to foster relationships with students and colleagues alike. Adam Moves Mountains!

by Karen Browning, ACC Marketing Project Manager

ViTaL Team Volunteers at Project Homeless Connect

On September 19, 2017, ACC’s ViTaL team joined together with the College Diversity and Inclusivity Project (CDIP) and ACC’s Student Life department to volunteer at Project Homeless Connect, a one-day free resource fair that provides services to the homeless individuals and families in need. In total, 10 ACC students, faculty, and staff volunteered alongside over 800 volunteers from across the city to serve at this event.

Project Homeless Connect volunteers wait to be paired with clients attending Project Homeless Connect.

Project Homeless Connect volunteers wait to be paired with clients attending Project Homeless Connect.

Project Homeless Connect offered an array of services including ID services, housing services, resume workshops, clothing banks, vision check, healthcare, veterans services, childcare, and pet care.

Lunch was provided for anyone who attended this event.

Lunch was provided for anyone who attended this event.

Massages were one of the services for the clients.

Massages were one of the services for the clients.

Many clients applied for a library card at the event.

Many clients applied for a library card at the event.

Here are some of the amazing results from the one day of service:

  • 69 people were hired on the spot
  • 130 people received assistance with their legal questions
  • 145 people created résumés
  • 178 people attended the onsite job fair
  • 180 people received medical screenings, along with HIV, liver function, and diabetes tests, as appropriate
  • 199 pets were vaccinated, spayed, or neutered
  • 255 people received haircuts and 205 received massages
  • 450 people learned about or enrolled in Denver Human Services benefit

Project Homeless Connect served over 1,300 people that day and changed the lives of both the volunteers and those served. Perhaps the most important word in its title is the word “Connect.”

ACC student Olivia Perkovich explains how she felt after serving at the event:

“Project Homeless was an ultimate success! I had a blast being able to help my community by making a difference by creating hygiene bags for all homeless around Denver. It made me feel great to know I could help contribute and it is so awesome to work with a group of people who are all so oriented, helpful and kind to put in an event of this sort together for our community and for the ones who need it most. Nothing feels better then to give back to those in need! This was definitely an event I will remember and I can’t wait to do it again!”

ACC Director of Student Life Dan Balski along with nine other ACC students, faculty and staff volunteered at Project Homeless Connect.

ACC Director of Student Life Dan Balski along with nine other ACC students, faculty and staff volunteered at Project Homeless Connect.

The blue bear watched over the events.

The blue bear watched over the events.

We hope many more ACC students and entire departments will come join us at this important event next year!

by Josie Mills, Ph.D., ACC English faculty

Workforce and Community Programs – How to Find the Non-Credit Courses You Want

We’ve got great news! We’ve merged our Community Education and Workforce Training programs to bring you Workforce and Community Programs!

What does this mean for you? We now have one section, a one-stop-shop, for you to get the non-credit courses that are right for you. Whether you want to cultivate a new hobby, refresh your job skills or learn new skills entirely, we can help. Visit arapahoe.edu/wcp.

When you get there, you’ll be presented with three options:

  1. Professional and Career Programs
  2. Personal Enrichment Programs
  3. Customized and Contract Training Programs

Professional and Career Programs

woman working at computerThese are courses designed to help you improve your job skills and employability. These courses can give you an edge to get that job or that promotion. Here are the types of courses we offer for Professional and Career Programs:

  • Adult education programs
    • GED preparation
    • Math, Writing and Grammar Refresher courses.
  • Au Pair Education information
  • Business
    • Business Start-up
    • Communication and Management
    • Sales and Marketing
    • Essential Computer Skills
    • Networking and Communications
    • Programming and Web Development
    • Gaming and App Development
  • Career Focus
    • Career Exploration
    • Job Search
  • General Professional programs
    • Basic Mediation
    • Equine Training and Management
    • WordPress Web Design
    • Event Management
    • Floral Design
    • Microsoft Office
    • Social Media and Marketing
  • Health Care
    • Emergency Medical Services
    • Medical Coding and Billing
    • Paramedic and Nursing Refresher Course
  • Information Technology (IT)
    • Accounting Software
    • Adobe Creative Suite/Cloud
    • Database Management and Security
  • Languages
    • Chinese
    • English as a Second Language
    • French
    • German
    • Spanish
  • Manufacturing and Logistics
    • Lean Academy
  • Teacher Education
    • Classroom Management

Personal Enrichment programs

Multi-generational family portraitThese courses will allow you to indulge your interests and cultivate new hobbies or continue your lifelong learning journey. If you are familiar with our Community Education program of the past, this is very similar. Here are the types of courses we offer for Personal Enrichment Programs:

  • Arts and Humanities
    • Astronomy
    • Calligraphy
    • Collage
    • Clock Repair
    • Drawing
    • Genealogy and Heritage
    • Jewelry
    • Music
    • Needle Arts
    • Painting
    • Photography
    • Welding
    • Theater
  • Citizenship
  • Computer Applications
    • Microsoft Office Programs
    • Essential Computer Skills
  • Equine Training
  • Health and Wellness
    • Body Care
    • Healing
    • CPR and First Aid
    • Dance
    • Fitness
  • Home and Garden
    • Electricity
    • Interior Decorating
    • Home Building, Buying and Selling
    • Welding
    • Gardening
  • Language and Culture
  • Personal Finance and Real Estate
    • Estate Planning
    • Investment Property
    • Retirement Success
  • Recreation
    • Motorcycle Training
    • Driving
  • Youth College
    • Test Prep
    • Online High School

Customized Training Programs

Our Customized Training programs allow businesses to boost the skills of their employees. Work with our Workforce and Community Programs team to build trainings specifically for your employees and the needs of your company. We’ll help you analyze your needs and design, develop, implement, and assess your training to ensure its success.

We also offer many online options in case you can’t make it to our campuses or partner locations. We’re excited to bring you these courses and more in the future! If you need any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us at 303.797.5722 or workforce@arapahoe.edu.

ACC Student Spotlight: Andrew Groom

ACC Student Andrew GroomAs an ACC student, Andrew has obtained a degree that puts him directly in line to start a specific career at a cost well below that of a four-year state school or a private college. He would definitely recommend ACC to others because the college works hard to engage with the students and incorporate their feedback as much as possible into the running of the institution. He values ACC as receiving a good quality education and views this s a huge benefit.

Andrew is also a work study employee in the Financial Aid Office. He said that working at ACC has definitely helped him integrate into the community here. “There are so many great employees who are ready and willing to help students achieve their academic goals and I have just really enjoyed being able to work alongside such an excellent team,” replied Andrew. Through his ACC student employment, he has greatly improved upon his customer service skills and has increased his cultural awareness of the many differing people and their circumstances as they look to progress through the education system.

Andrew wanted to end by saying, “ACC has everything you need to become successful as a student pursuing you academic dreams and plenty of people willing to help you. Don’t be afraid to ask.” Andrew is ACC!

by Karen Browning, ACC Marketing Project Manager

Student Services at ACC that won’t cost you a thing!

ACC students in writing centerArapahoe Community College is the perfect place to begin – or continue – your journey towards Moving Mountains with your academic and career goals.

ACC offers an affordable education (lowest tuition among state-funded schools) with instructors who are experts in their field. Classes are available online and at our campuses in Littleton, Parker and Castle Rock. We’re close to home, and our small class sizes allow students to receive individual attention.

Our Career & Transfer Center provides guidance for students looking to continue their education beyond ACC. In fact, we offer guaranteed transfer programs to all four-year Colorado public institutions. Transfer fairs and employment expos, as well as job/career exploration events, are held during the fall and spring semesters. Peer tutoring services, as well as math and writing support centers, are offered at no cost to students. Academic Advising provides one-on-one assistance with course selection and the registration process as students develop their personalized plan for one of seven degree pathways.

Students can get involved with clubs and organizations as they acclimate to college life. Our honor societies and student government foster leadership skills and provide opportunities for scholarly growth. The Student Success Center facilitates a variety of tools and enrichment workshops to hone time-management and study skills.

ACC is committed to supporting veterans and military-connected students, and has been named as a Military-Friendly School. Student Access Services can assist with permanent or temporary accommodations, and on-campus counseling services are available through the Student Engagement Center. ACC also introduced the Elevate program in 2016, providing students with intellectual and developmental disabilities the opportunity to pursue higher education.

The Library & Learning Commons offers the optimal environment for individual research or group study sessions. Our Fitness Center is open Monday – Saturday, providing a welcoming facility complete with treadmills, spin bikes, free weights, locker rooms and contemporary recreational amenities. ACC also has a fully-accredited childcare center on site, providing students, employees and members of the community with a clean, healthy and nurturing environment for little ones throughout the fall, spring and summer semesters.

ACC is partnering with Colorado State University and the Douglas County School District on the new Castle Rock Collaboration Campus. Students can now complete their associate degree or certification in its entirety at the recently-renovated Parker Campus. Brand new, state-of-the-art science labs at the Littleton Campus will deliver the best in experiential and collaborative learning.

Our faculty and staff are dedicated to providing innovative and responsive educational and economic opportunities in an accessible, inclusive environment that promotes success for students, employees and members of the south metro Denver communities.

Whether you’re a prospective, current or transfer student, you’ll find the education and resources you need to Move Mountains at ACC and beyond.

by Jeff Duggan, ACC Communications Coordinator

ACC Staff Spotlight: Tim Eberly

ACC IT Technician Tim EberlyTim came to school here in 2010 after losing his job. He wanted to learn something that could translate into a new career, with a new direction. His first stop, an ACC internship, then non-student hourly employee, next contract work, and finally transitioned into fulltime employment. He has been full-time now for 3 years as an Information technology Technician.

When asked about what he liked best about being a part of the ACC community, Tim replied, “It is my Community College in that I live in this community, I went to school here and I am now a part of the “community” as a whole.” He believes we are here to serve, all that choose to come here, a quality education or a quality place to work. ACC is Tim’s community.

Three most valuable benefits Tim has received from ACC: an education, a career, and a group of new friends to work with. He would highly recommend ACC if someone is in need and looking for the offerings that ACC can provide. Adding that it may not be for everyone but for those that choose ACC and take advantage of what is offered, there can be a world of opportunity.

Tim Eberly was voted as ACC’s 2016-17 Classified Employee of the Year. He will continue to Move Mountains each and every day!

by Karen Browning, ACC Marketing Project Manager