ACC Alumnus Jordan Vigil

Jordan VigilFormer PTK student continues to Move Mountains

ACC alumnus Jordan Vigil, who recently graduated from MSU Denver, amassed a 4.0 GPA and was selected as a recipient of the Outstanding Business Management Student award while earning his bachelor’s degree.

Vigil, who has persevered with his educational journey despite living with the challenges of Asperger’s Syndrome, was a standout member of ACC’s Sigma Phi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society from 2013-14.

He also received the Pinnacol Foundation’s Academic Excellence award during his undergraduate career, and is now working at Computershare and Kumon learning center (Highlands Ranch – East).

“Jordan was a wonderful student during his time at ACC,” stated ACC Business Faculty Denise Lefort, who was one of Vigil’s instructors during the fall 2013 semester.  “His success is a result of perseverance and hard work, and I’m confident that he’ll continue to flourish in his future endeavors.”

by Jeff Duggan, ACC Communications Coordinator

My Experience as an ACC Student

ACC main building - Littleton CampusTwo years ago, I came to this beautiful state (Colorado) in the United States of America from my home country, Nepal. I did my Master’s in Medical Microbiology from Tribhuwan University, Kathmandu Nepal. As I was new to this state, I started search for a job opportunity. During my search online, I found a Medical Laboratory Technology course at Arapahoe Community College which I found related to my subject. Then, I applied for the MLT program, but I needed to do prerequisites for this program to fulfill its criteria. From there, I started my journey at Arapahoe Community College to complete my prerequisite courses. In January 2018, I started studying here and now my prerequisites are almost complete. After completing all my prerequisites, I will be applying for the MLT program next year. Hopefully, I will get admission and pursue my dream in the field of medicine.

In my opinion, Arapahoe Community College is great college to pursue education for a student like me, as I was new for this country with a completely different background. The best thing I like about this college is its friendly and very cooperative environment. I found all instructors and students are welcoming and helpful in all possible ways. Whenever, I get stuck in anything, I can openly ask for help without any hesitation. Similarly, the instruction at ACC is very fruitful, as the study pattern focuses on both theoretical and practical knowledge. Personally, I have improved a lot and learned many new things during my course of study.

While analyzing the difference between online and face-to face courses, as per my experience, I found both courses have their pros and cons. In online courses pros are in its flexibility with time and accessibility whenever we want. Whereas cons are not getting a response of our queries in real time and lack of peer interaction. Similarly, in face-to-face courses, the pros are that we can asks questions to our instructor in real time and can discuss the course-related problem with peers. Whereas, cons are it takes lot time for traveling. So, it all depends on us what course will be manageable in a particular time according to our needs.

Overall, as an Arapahoe Community College student, I have had a wonderful learning experience and feel proud  to be part of this prestigious institution.

by Nabina Jha, ACC student

ACC Welcomes New Group of International Students

Arapahoe Community College is proud to welcome its newest group of international students on campus! Students from China, Nepal, South Korea, Thailand, the UK, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe joined us for international student orientation and are ready to start their semester at ACC. They are part of an impressive and diverse group of international students on campus who are eager to Move Mountains. International students bring a unique perspective to our campus and in the process enhance our understanding of other cultures and global educational systems.
ACC International Students 2019
Our international students are already feeling part of the ACC community. Yao Zheng, a new student from China, had this to say about her experiences on campus: “I used to study in a language center with a partnership with ACC. When my teacher recommended ACC to me and my friends as the future college, I hadn’t realized how amazing this college is. After I met the international student advisor, I decided to study in this college because I know it’s going to be the great college of my next two years. And I came to ACC several times for visiting and getting information, the employees here are so helpful and nice.”

by Lucy Daberkow, ACC International Student Recruitment and Retention Specialist

Succeed in your Biology Courses

Did you know how many amazing resources there are to get help in your biology courses? The biology department has a study lab in the library that is staffed by ACC biology faculty to help you with your courses. This study lab room is stocked not only with instructors, but with models, microscopes, slides, and lab equipment. We can also help with scientific writing and lab reports! The main library desk also has these items if you’d like to check them out and study on your own for a couple of hours.

For those students in BIO111, our Student Success Center also has S.I. (Student Instructors) that meet throughout the week for help with that course.

These resources are entirely free and the schedules can be found online:
Biology Study Lab Schedule | Student Success Center S.I. Schedule

by Rachel Willard, ACC Biology Faculty