Discover Healthcare Career Opportunities

Past ACC Healthcare Career Day event.

Past ACC Healthcare Career Day event.

Jobs. We all have to have one, but who wants just a job? Who doesn’t long for a career which not only pays the bills, but also gives us a sense of satisfaction at the end of the day, knowing that we made a difference in the lives of those we have touched? While there are many such career options available, for a fantastic group of people, the answer to such a yearning is found in healthcare careers. One would be hard pressed to find an industry as varied, with as many options, and which provides such a strong impact on the lives of all people as the healthcare industry.

Coming out of the worst economic recession in recent history, where many people were forced to scramble for a job which could just see them through the worst of the recession, many people are now looking to rebuild a new career, which can provide not only satisfaction, but stability. It’s no secret that the healthcare industry is one of the fastest growing and most stable today, and has been for quite some time. In fact, the healthcare industry was one of the few which seems to have been largely unaffected by the recession. Additionally, the healthcare industry as a whole will see continued growth well into 2022, with a projected growth of 29%, adding 5 million jobs, in contrast with the 11% growth of other sectors, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics. These jobs are not just confined to doctors, and nurses, but include all realms of the industry, including support staff, billing, health and wellness, laboratory, physical therapy, pharmacy, in-home care givers, CNAs, and paramedicine – especially in light of the Affordable Care Act and in large part due to the increasing number of aging U.S. citizens.

With these factors, it is no wonder why so many people think about getting into a career in healthcare. Whether you are currently working in the field or know someone who is, a current student in a healthcare degree program, or just thinking about a career in healthcare, the Arapahoe Community College Healthcare Career Day offers solutions for your needs. Leading area employers will be available to discuss current opportunities during the career fair. Representatives from Arapahoe Community College as well as four-year universities offering advanced and dual enrollment healthcare programs will be available to discuss educational options necessary to land one of these excellent opportunities. Scholarship and financial aid representatives will be present to discuss options for financing your education; and job search, resume, and interviewing assistance will be available to all job seekers who want a leg up on the competition!

This event is brought to you free of charge by the Arapahoe Community College Career and Transfer Center, and is open to all current Arapahoe Community College students and alumni, as well as future students, and the community at large! With so much to gain and nothing to lose, come and explore your options for a bright, stable, and rewarding career in the healthcare industry on Wednesday, November 4th, from 3:00 – 6:00 pm at Arapahoe Community College! 

The Healthcare Career Day not only gives you an incredible opportunity to explore a variety of healthcare professions right on your own college campus. It can also motivate you to prepare for the job application process, because you don’t want to walk into the fair empty-handed! Whether you are simply exploring your options, considering internships, or applying for a specific position, this is your chance to ensure that your resume and cover letter are polished and ready to present to potential employers. The career counselors in the Career and Transfer Center can help you create, edit, and finalize these critically important documents before you attend the Healthcare Fair. It is essential to work on your resume and cover letter well in advance of the fair so that you can produce quality products. Take advantage of our services, which are free and accessible to all ACC students and alumni! Either make an individual appointment to see a career counselor or visit us during our walk-in hours. It is best if you bring your laptop or thumb drive with your files on it so that we can work on everything during our meeting. On the day of the fair, make sure to come with plenty of copies of your resume and cover letter to hand out to potential employers as you meet with them.

The Healthcare Career Day is also an opportunity to make an outstanding impression on potential employers through physical presentation and professional, informed interactions with the people you meet. Even if you aren’t fully ready to apply for open positions, it is a chance to build your network, practice your interviewing skills, and pitch your 30 second commercial. What is a 30 second commercial, also known as the “elevator pitch”? Similar to your resume, cover letter, and eventual interview, the 30 second commercial is a marketing tool, and the subject you are selling is YOU – your experience, personal characteristics, education, skills, and strengths as they pertain to the position you are seeking. It is a short but densely packed explanation of who you are professionally that you can deliver quickly and confidently when you meet someone who could potentially hire you or connect you to someone who can. You can use your 30 second commercial anywhere you think you have a chance at a job lead – career fair, networking event, chance meeting in an elevator, even a family gathering. It is critical to prepare and practice this before you start using it, so that you feel confident and energized when you meet with and present yourself to people. There are multiple ways to approach the 30 second commercial, but a simple rubric you can follow is provided here:

I am a _____________________________________________________________________
(Professional identity:  i.e. recent physical therapist assistant graduate, medical office technology professional, etc.)

With demonstrated skills/experience in 3-4 areas related to the target position:
1.
2.
3.

In: (industries:  higher education, public, private sector)

I bring strengths in:
1.
2.
3.

Close strong
“I am seeking an entry level accounting position in the health care industry. Do you know of any opportunities that might be a good fit? Do you have any suggestions of who I might speak with about career opportunities?”

Finally, dress smart, as if you are walking into an interview. It is not uncommon for students to be interviewed on the spot by the employer, so be ready for anything! If you look and act the part you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. And, be sure to peruse all the employers at the fair if you can, and not just one or two. You never know what you might discover, because when you approach an event like this with confidence, determination, and an open mind, anything is possible!

Start your child’s education off right at ACC’s newly remodeled Child Development Center

Classroom at ACC's Child Development Center

Teacher Ms. Helen sharing her pet duck, “Quackers,” with her Pre-K classroom.

The group of toddlers giggle in delight as the teacher reads the interactive book, “Press Here,” about a magical dot that multiplies, changes color, and expands. Each child has a colored dot sticker on their hand they press when prompted. The children are learning to follow directions, numbers, colors, and size, all in a fun, playful manner. On the playground, a group of three boys are working to build sand ramps with PVC pipes. When two boys begin arguing because they want the same piece, the teacher helps them problem solve a solution. They are learning engineering, verbal, social, and problem-solving skills.

The Child Development Center at Arapahoe Community College is child care that provides quality early learning experiences for young children of ACC students, faculty, staff, and families in the community. A NAEYC (National Association for the Education for Young Children) accredited center, the school provides care and learning Monday through Friday, 7:30am to 5:30pm for children ages 18 months to Pre-Kindergarten and we are expanding!  As part of this expansion, we have undergone some exciting changes as the North Building has been renovated to incorporate improved services for children, families, staff, and students.

  • A safer, more secure center. There is now restricted access via the new entrance on the East side of the building. Only parents, staff, Early Childhood Education (ECE) faculty and students will be able to access the center. Child Care drop off parking spots are located in Lot B only for a quicker, safer entrance for small children. All ACC staff, faculty, and students in these programs have passed background checks. All other visitors will need to enter the East entrance, check into the office and show a picture id.
  • Observation rooms. Each classroom now has an area to observe the children and teachers. Both ECE students and parents will be able to view what is going on in the classrooms through the “one way” glass. Dimmers on the lights allow more or less visibility.
  • New classrooms as well as center layout. To expand access as well as improve services, we have done some rearranging of classrooms and offices. We will eventually have a total of 5 classrooms, an indoor gym/activity room, ECE faculty offices, and two adult ECE classrooms.

Along with our newly renovated facility, here are a couple of important facts about our services:

  • We offer 2, 3, or 5 full-day Schedules. Children need to arrive by 9:00am daily to start their day and enjoy breakfast with their friends. Children need routine and a consistent start time helps maximize learning opportunities.
  • We serve healthy, family-style breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack daily at no extra cost.
  • We offer Child Care Stipends for ACC students and alumni who are continuing to a 4-year, accredited institution. Stipends are competitive; applications are due in July and awarded for both Fall and Spring Semesters.
  • We accept a limited number of CCAP slots for currently enrolled ACC students.

If you are interested in learning more about our program and the services we offer or to schedule a tour, please give me a call at 303-797-5678 or visit the ACC Child Development Center web page.

Kimberly Steele, Director

Build Your Future – Transfer Tips and Resources

Have you considered where you will transfer?

It is never too early to start researching 4-year universities! Exploring your options earlier will help you make educated choices about your classes here at ACC. Take time to consider what you are looking for in a 4-year institution. Check out the list below to help determine what factors are important to you when it comes to picking the right university for you!

Examples of Factors to Consider When Researching Schools

  • Program of Study – Consider if the college offers programs that will help you achieve your career goals.
  • School Size – Would you prefer a large or small school?
  • Class Size – How large do you like your classes to be?
  • Support Programs – Does the college offer programs to help you stay in school?
  • Transfer of Credit – How will my community college credits transfer?
  • City and Neighborhood – Do you prefer a city or a small town?
  • Campus Culture – When visiting each college, get a feel for its personality?  Does it match yours?
  • Distance from Home – How close would you like to live to your family?
  • Extracurricular Activities – Do you have activities in your life that you can’t live without?
  • Religious Affiliation – Depending on your religious beliefs, you may be interested in looking at a college affiliated with your religious background.
  • Cost of Attendance (COA) – While a college may appear more expensive, what will the final cost be after receiving financial aid and scholarships?
  • Financial Aid Options – Does the college have special financial aid options to help you pay for college?  Payment plans? Guaranteed COA?
  • Outside Learning Opportunities – Does the college offer internships, externships, study abroad opportunities or service learning opportunities?

Things to Consider When Transferring to a 4 Year School

  • Understand all applicable dates and deadlines.
  • Transferring mid-year can result in less financial aid and fewer course choices.
  • Completing your associates degree has benefits:
  • ACC may have a guaranteed transfer degree or a transfer agreement in your area of study.
  • Less expensive in the long run to finish your associates degree before transferring.
  • Credits completed at an institution of higher education in the state of Colorado are good for 10 years.
  • Students must earn a ‘C’ or better for courses to be accepted for transfer.

Are you ready to learn more about your transfer opportunities?

Join us for the Fall Transfer Fair on Tuesday, October 20, from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room. Visit with over 35 local and national universities to learn more about their programs and how your credits may transfer.

Come get transfer information, free pizza, and try your luck at the prize wheel!

List of attending colleges
Transfer Fair flyer
Other upcoming Transfer events, sponsored by the Transfer Club:
MSU-Denver Lunch & Learn
Oct. 28, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
2nd Floor Lounge – Main Building, ACC-Littleton Campus
Join us for lunch and an information session about the transfer process.  Hear from a panel of students who transferred from ACC and other institutions to MSU Denver. (Lunch provided.)

Colorado School of Mines Campus Visit
Nov. 13, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Tour Mines and listen to an advising information session. Meet at ACC at 9:45 a.m. to carpool. Advanced RSVP required.
Contact Rae Brendecke at rae.brendecke@arapahoe.edu, 303.797.5705 to RSVP by 11/10.

For more information on any of these events, or to request accommodations, contact Rae Brendecke at rae.brendecke@arapahoe.edu, 303.797.5705.

Manage Your Future in Event Management

Event Management has become one of the most desired career choices for students of all ages. Whether a new grad right out of college pursing his or her passion of event coordination, or an experienced employee looking to make a career transition, the Event Management program is designed to provide the skills and experience necessary for all students looking to enter the field.

The program provides a comprehensive look into all dimensions of event planning: event funding, PR, advertising, marketing and sales, volunteer and staff management, and operations and logistics. The course also covers specialized areas of event management. Some examples include: wedding planning, conventions, arenas and sporting events, and event management for non-profits.

An invaluable piece of the course is the section pertaining to owning your own event management company. As our society becomes increasingly more entrepreneurial, programs that focus on business development skills become exponentially important.

Essential to becoming a successful business owner, and event manager, is the ability to communicate and collaborate with clients. As a result, the program is heavily focused on relationship building, networking and honing of communication skills. Through networking events, internship and volunteer opportunities, students are able to meet and learn from industry leaders.

The goals of the Event Management program are to increase the students’ knowledge and understanding of the industry, provide them the tools to confidently create and execute an event, and to connect them with internship and career opportunities within the field. As the course progresses, it is the students’ responsibility to stay abreast industry trends, news and developments and becomes experts in the industry.

One of the benefits of Workforce Training and the Event Management program is the real world experience provided to students. An industry that is based solely around “doing,” requires constant hands on projects. The ability to learn the material is only as beneficial as the ability to apply it to an actual event. Through this program, students are continuously challenged to create, communicate and execute skillfully prepared event experiences.

By the end of the course, students will have a personal event portfolio, have made industry contacts, and have grown their networks. Because, as it was said by English philosopher, Alfred North Whitehead, “no one who achieves success does so without the help of others.”

 

 

Welcome to the College Diversity & Inclusivity Project!

I’d like to share some exciting news about a site license that Arapahoe Community College purchased called Kurzweil 3000. This software is FREE to all students, staff, and faculty. Kurzweil 3000 can meet the needs of English Language Learners by offering multi-sensory support, opportunities to hear authentic text across all subject areas, pronunciation and vocabulary instruction, fluency training, multiple exposures to the same text, note-taking features that improve comprehension, writing and proofreading, and independent access to material. The translation features in text or audio have a plethora of language options. If you would like to be registered to use this software on your computer, please contact eLearning by calling 303.797.5080 or emailing elearning@arapahoe.edu.

How To videos: https://www.kurzweiledu.com/help/how-to-videos/how-to-videos.html.
Using Technology as a Solution for English Language Learners in Higher Education White Paper: https://www.kurzweiledu.com/files/kurzweil-3000-ell-higher-ed.pdf.

Enthusiastically,

Rachel Weir
Disability Services, Assistant Director
College Diversity & Inclusivity Project, Chair

Astronomical Events – Fall 2015

There are many interesting things happening in the night sky this fall. Here is a quick guide to them:

September 13, 2015 at 12:55am MST: There will be a Partial Solar Eclipse, only visible near the South Pole. This is unfortunate for us, as it will not be visible here at ACC.

September 23, 2015: This is the autumnal equinox. On this day everywhere has 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness. Neither the northern nor the southern hemisphere is more tilted towards the Sun. For the first time in 6 months, the sun is rising on the South Pole and for the first time in 6 months the sun is setting on the North Pole. There is a wives tale that on this day an egg can be balanced on its end. While, this is true for this day, it is also true for every other day, if you are talented at balancing things.

September 27, 2015 at 8:48am MST: There will be a Total Lunar Eclipse. If it is night at your location at this time then the eclipse will be visible. The entire process takes about 5 hours, but will only be obvious for 3 hours.

October 1, 2015: It is possible the Comet C/2013 US10 Catalina will be visible to the naked eye. It will continue to brighten over the next month.

October 21 & 22, 2015: The Orionids Meteor Shower will occur with up to 20 meteors per hour. While these days are the peak, the full shower runs from October 2nd until November 7th. These showers are caused by the left over dust grains from Hailey’s Comet. The shower will appear to originate from Orion, but can be seen in the whole sky.

Nov 5 & 6, 2015: The Taurids Meteor Shower will occur with up to 10 meteors per hour. While these days are the peak, the full shower runs from September 7th until December 10th. These showers are caused by the left over dust grains from two objects Asteroid 2004TG10 and Comet 2P Encke. The shower will appear to originate from Taurus, but can be seen in the whole sky.

Nov 13 & 14, 2015: The Leonids Meteor Shower will occur with up to 15 meteors per hour. While these days are the peak, the full shower runs from November 6th until November 30th. These showers are caused by the left over dust grains from Tempel-Tuttle. The shower will appear to originate from Leo, but can be seen in the whole sky.

Dec 13 & 14, 2015: The Geminids Meteor Shower will occur with up to 120 meteors per hour. While these days are the peak, the full shower runs from December 7th until December 17th. These showers are caused by the left over dust grains from the asteroid 3200 Phaethon. The shower will appear to originate from Gemini, but can be seen in the whole sky.

Dec 22, 2015: The Ursids Meteor Shower will occur with up to 10 meteors per hour. While these days are the peak, the full shower runs from December 17th until December 25th. These showers are caused by the left over dust grains from the comet Tuttle. The shower will appear to originate from Ursa Minor (the Little Dipper), but can be seen in the whole sky.

December 22, 2015: This is the winter solstice. The Southern Hemisphere is the most tilted towards the Sun and the Northern Hemisphere is most tilted away from the Sun. This means the Northern Hemisphere will have its longest night and the Southern Hemisphere will have its longest day.

Enjoy the Sky!
Jennifer Jones
ACC Astronomy Faculty

What does your social media say about you?

Have you ever stopped to ponder what your social media style actually says about you? Have you stopped to think about how each social media platform you use is a way to market yourself to the world? If not, it may be time to rethink how you use social media.

Social media is constantly growing and evolving, which means we have to take action to ensure we are presenting ourselves as authentically (and professionally) as possible. In a survey conducted by CareerBuilder, 43% of employers are using social media to further research potential employees. 51% of those employers have not hired someone based on items they have posted on social media. (CareerBuilder)

With more employers turning to social media to research potential employees, it makes sense that we need to do more to market ourselves as we want future employers to see us. Make conscience efforts to:

  • Use appropriate spelling/grammar
  • Post about things that interest you
  • Be creative
  • Toot your own horn (talk about your accomplishments)
  • Acknowledge others’ accomplishments

Think twice before:

  • Posting about your weekend shenanigan’s (alcohol, drug-related)
  • Using poor grammar/spelling to save time
  • Bad-mouthing your current/past company/co-workers
  • Being too negative
  • Posting racy content

Think less of your social media as an online diary that the whole world can see and more as an opportunity to present yourself as you want future employers to see you. It sounds cheesy, but if you wouldn’t want your grandma/grandpa to see your posts, why are you posting them?

It’s time to step away from using social media as a place to vent about the trials and tribulations of your daily life and see it’s potential. Social media can help you:

  • Connect with other professionals
  • Showcase your creativity
  • Showcase your accomplishments
  • Market yourself to potential employers/clients
  • Let others see your personality

I’ve seen people get apartments, houses, jobs, significant others and more through their social connections. I love when my connections post articles, reviews, publications that let me know where their passions lie. I learn something new from social media everyday. I also tend to hide people whose grammar/spelling is consistently awful, people who are always negative, and those who constantly post things that I would get in trouble for viewing at work if people happened to walk by and see.

Take your social media to the next level and let people know who you are, what you are passionate about and why you are a rock star!

You Can Move Mountains at ACC

The Rockies. The Rockies are at your doorstep and they’re here to stay. Time can’t move them. Shape them, yes, but not move them.

At their campuses in Littleton, Parker and Castle Rock, Colorado, the faculty at Arapahoe Community College are inspiring their students to do just that: move them. A metaphor, absolutely. But its is something wonderful about what they want for you: they want you to move mountains, to succeed beyond your dreams. And it makes sense.

We move mountains to hire a faculty that cares about each and every student. Not just great teachers, but professors who really care. You might hear that from other colleges but at ACC you can count on it. It’s what makes us unique.You can expect rigorous academics combined with an overwhelming desire to see you succeed. Classes are small. Personal attention is the rule.

No matter which direction you choose, an associate degree, transfer credits, certificates, or workforce training, we will jump-start you like no other college. Our name means something in the community and beyond. We are known for our culture of achievement and you will be a part of it. We have a commitment to the future and you will be a part of it. We know you can do this.

With ACC as your rock and your willingness to learn, you will be successful beyond your expectations. You will be proud of what you’ve achieved and you should be. You will have moved mountains.

Arapahoe Community College. Move Mountains.