8 Reasons to Choose Community College

ACC Communication Students

ACC Communication Students

Community college is “one of America’s best-kept secrets” according to Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden. In the past, the stigma surrounding attending community colleges has overshadowed its strengths, but that’s beginning to change. Community colleges have a three-pronged mission: prepare students for transfer to four-year institutions, provide vocational training, and serve the community through continuing education efforts. It’s through the accomplishment of this mission that community colleges succeed, but there are several reasons to enroll that make attending community college a great choice.

  1. Lower costs
    As the cost of higher education continually increases, the prospect of attending a traditional four-year institution is out of reach for many. But as US high school graduation rates improve, more people are choosing to attend community college to efficiently begin their college careers. On average, community college tuition costs 90% less than four-year for-profit institutions, and 84% less than four-year non-profit schools.
  2. Flexibility
    Community colleges are designed for people from varied backgrounds. Flexible course schedules meet the needs of part-time and full-time students, such as classes offered in the daytime and evening. Online courses make pursuing secondary education more accessible with classes you can take from home or at the office.
  3. Two-year degrees, certificates and continuing to a four-year institution
    Some community colleges offer bachelor’s degrees independently or with a four-year institution. This helps to bring higher education opportunities to more students, especially nontraditional students who may not be able to travel to a four-year institution to pursue an advanced degree. At Arapahoe Community College, we offer nearly 100 degree and certificate programs to help you succeed.
  4. Small classes
    Class sizes tend to be small, which means one-on-one interaction with the teacher, the opportunity to have questions answered in class, and more meaningful relationships with classmates. Smaller classes enable teachers to adapt lessons to the needs of the class, which can promote more productive lessons.
  5. Dedicated teachers
    Community college instructors have traditionally dedicated minimal time to research and scholarship and have instead focused on teaching. This gives the benefit of having instructors who are entirely focused on what is taught in the classroom without having to spend their time producing articles for scholarly journals.
  6. Adaptive course offerings
    Community colleges adapt their curriculum to the needs of their communities.  For example, many community colleges began offering high-tech coursework as early as 2000 to meet the demand for this type of education. Enrolling in classes to improve your workplace skills in technology and computers will increase your employability.
  7. Variety of programs
    A key to success at college is studying a course that interests you so you remain engaged and passionate about your studies. The degree and certificate programs at ACC cover a wide range of academic, business and technical fields of study at affordable tuition rates so you can pursue your passions without going broke.
  8. Activities outside the classroom
    A key element of the four-year college experience is activities beyond in-class education. Student Life at Arapahoe Community College coordinates activities and events such as movie showings, guest speakers and music performances. Participating in clubs and organizations can expand your network while enriching your college experience. At ACC, we also offer community resources such as community education, fitness center, daycare, and a library to benefit the community, even those not enrolled in the college.
ACC Nusing Students volunteering for Project C.U.R.E.

ACC Nusing Students volunteering for Project C.U.R.E.

The community college experience is not to be overlooked. In addition to the tremendous tuition savings, community college is an excellent choice to pursue a degree, certificate or to improve your skills in an area of your choice. With more people learning about all that community colleges have to offer, they may not be one of America’s best-kept secrets for long.

 

 

Sources:

Community College Education. By: Clapp, Marlene, Research Starters: Education (Online Edition), 2015

http://www.aol.com/article/2015/11/05/dr-jill-biden-explains-why-community-college-is-one/21259058/

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/30/education/30collegeweb.html
The % in this post are from the NY Times piece: “At public 2-year colleges, the average tuition was $2527. This compares to four year for profit schools where the average tuition is 15661. Average tuition at a four-year non-profit was 21,324.”

http://headsupamerica.us/

https://www.arapahoe.edu/

How Does Our Political Process Compare to Other Countries?

Comparative Government posterAlready tired of the media’s 24/7 coverage of a presidential election that is still nearly a year away?

Sick of paid political ads and phone calls?

Our U.S. presidential election cycle is an incredible two years long. How do other countries choose their leaders? Do they take two years* and spend vast amounts of money?

Come find out…enroll in POS 225, Comparative Government, on Thursdays this spring from 1:00-2:15PM in Room 4130.

* Hint: Great Britain elects their Prime Minister in SIX WEEKS! Imagine – six weeks, beginning to end.

Our Comparative Government course not only addresses alternate methods of choosing leaders but looks at systems of governance, structure, policy development, political socialization and culture for nine key countries in the world today (including China, Great Britain, Germany, Iran, and Russia). Learn to apply political concepts in your every day life to evaluate developments in the world around you…Please join us in POS 225!

For more information about this course and other great Political Science courses, please visit our Political Science page.

by Mary Carr, Chair, Department of Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, and Sociology

Tips for a Healthy Breakfast

Anthony Shaw, ACC Student

ACC Student Anthony Shaw

Unless you live under a rock, someone’s probably told you at least once in your life that breakfast is the most important meal of the day; it’s true. That doesn’t mean whatever you put in your body that morning is essential. Our bodies need certain types of fuels to help launch us through the day, certain fuels that will go uncredited in all of your future success. Erica Giovinazzo, MS, RD, a nutritionist at Clay Health Club in NYC recommends aiming for a combination of protein, good carbohydrates, and fibers for a well-balanced breakfast.

Carbohydrates are the most important source of energy for the body. The digestive system changes carbohydrates into glucose (blood sugar). The body uses this sugar for energy for the cells, tissues and organs. Anything that doesn’t come from an animal contains carbs so they aren’t hard to find. It gets tricky when searching for the good carbs. The first place not to look is in any foods with “added sugar” or “white” grains (i.e. white bread), those are bad carbs.

Whole grains are safe carbs because they are high in fiber which makes for a healthier digestive system. They also help stabilize blood sugar; diabetes can wait another day. They are loaded with vitamins and minerals that help boost nutrient density. Another pro is that they are slow digesting, keeping us satisfied longer—preventing any chances of overeating later in the day. A couple of easily accessible suggestions for this part of your balanced breakfast would be two slices of buttered whole wheat toast or a serving of oatmeal.

The next type of fuel that should be added to the morning routine is protein. Adding protein to the morning meal will satiate one’s appetite and keeps the mind free of potential candidates for lunch time and geared more towards future ambitions. A simple way to get this essential macronutrient is from any sort of meat, preferably white meats like turkey or chicken. Red meats are good for you, but too much red meat can cause a drastic increase in your cholesterol levels. Another good way to get protein is in eggs. The egg whites are loaded with protein, and if you take out the yolk (heavily equipped with fats), then it’s strictly protein consumption. Egg whites are also sold by the carton at the grocery store.

Fibers are underrated. Fiber helps assist in digestion and prevent constipation. Basically, fibers allow the food consumed to continuously move through the body. There are two types of fibers; soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber lures water and transforms it to gel during digestion. As a result, this slows digestive activity. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing for the body because soluble fibers aid lower cholesterol and in turn, prevent heart disease. Soluble fibers can be found in any kind of oat, nut, or bean. The other type of fiber is insoluble and those perform opposing duties by speeding up the digestion process. These fibers can be found in any vegetable or fruit. For the sake of this article, applying insoluble fiber to that morning meal will be more beneficial, a fresh orange should get the job done.

A side-note to keep in mind, for those who want to get all three nutrients into one packed source then Granola is your go-to. Dousing some milk (or almond/cashew milk) on a serving of granola will corral approximately 40 grams of carbohydrates, 6 grams of protein, and 4 grams of fiber; plenty of energy to help make it to lunch time.

A nice simple, nutrient-dense breakfast will give a person that jolt start to the day and won’t provoke an “afternoon crash” by the time lunch rolls around. Combining carbs with protein to the morning regiment will eliminate the distraction of being hungry and energize the body. Don’t forget to include fibers too because they help strengthen the digestive system. Incorporating these three essential nutrients into the start of your day will do wonders for you.

by Anthony Shaw, ACC Student

Finals Week Activities and Services

We know finals can be really stressful. We’re here to help you make it through with your sanity and a decent grade. We’ve gathered all of our activities and services available into one place for your convenience.

Littleton Campus

Library & Learning Commons

Therapy Dogs - October 2015

De-stressing with the Therapy Dogs in the ACC Library & Learning Commons

  • December 7, 8, 9, & 10, the Library & Learning Commons will be offering “study snacks” throughout the morning and evening.
  • December 7, 8, 9, & 10, the Library & Learning Commons will remain open until 10 p.m. for you night owls.
  • CANCELLED: December 9th, the stress-relief therapy dogs will be here from noon to 2:00 p.m.

Student Success Center

Peer Tutors are here to help with final exams, papers, and projects up until Dec 15. Drop-in hours are Mondays – Wednesdays 10 am – 6 pm, Thursdays 10 am – 5 pm. Other days/times may be arranged for appointments by calling 303-797-5824.

Math Support Center

Extended hours: December 4 and 11 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Student Life

Soup & Stress Relief

Soup and Stress Relief

Soup and Stress Relief

Dec. 8 and 9 at 11 a.m.
Second Floor Atrium 
Don’t take finals on an empty stomach…let ACC do the cooking. Enjoy complimentary soup, salad and bread beginning at 11:00 a.m. both days in the Second Floor Atrium.

PJs With Santa

December 11 at 6 p.m. in the Summit Room

Enjoy an evening of holiday cheer with dinner, dessert and storytelling.  Festivities will include fun and games for children, as well as a special appearance by Santa Claus himself.

Admission is $3 for kids and $4 for adults.  Please purchase tickets in advance at the Student Life Office (Room M2820).

ACC Parker Campus

December 7-15
Finals Week Coffee Bar

The semester is wrapping up. Free coffee tea and snacks will be available for during finals week. Refuel and warm up before or after your big test! You are going to do great!

ACC Castle Rock Campus

December 7-15
Free coffee, tea and hot chocolate bar and snacks will be available finals week. Refuel and warm up before or after your big test!