BAS in Emergency Service Administration – A Student Perspective

Conner Cunningham and familyWhy did you decide on the BAS in ESA?

To me, choosing a BAS in Emergency Service Administration was a no brainer. I had just completed my AAS in Criminal Justice and one of my instructors informed me the ESA program was starting this semester. I looked into the program and decided it would help me reach my career goals. With the Emergency Service field being one of the most competitive, and I think having a degree in leadership, management will set me apart from other candidates for new positions or promotions.

Why did you choose ACC?

I actually graduated from high school early in 2011 and went to school in Utah. After a year, I took an academic deferment to serve a religious mission in Romania. When I got home I thought I’d move back to Utah. Instead, I asked a girl I met abroad to marry me and she said yes. Naturally, my education was placed on the back burner.

In 2016 we decided I needed to go back to school so I could pursue a career in Law Enforcement. The only catch was I couldn’t attend class on campus since I was working full-time. I scouted several colleges across the Denver metro area and settled on ACC because of its low cost tuition, numerous online programs and scholarship opportunities.

What do you want to do after you get your Bachelor’s degree?

After I finish my Bachelor’s degree I plan on applying for positions in the FBI or DEA. I speak Romanian fluently and there are field offices for government bureaus in Bucharest. I hope my education, professional experience and linguistics skills can land me the job. If that falls through, I want to promote to supervisory levels at my current agency and work on an impact or cyber-crime team.

What do you like most about the program?

My favorite part of the program is the diversity among classmates and courses. Unlike other programs which are targeted towards a niche group of academics, i.e. Literature, Chemistry, Economics, Political Science, Aquatic Macramé, Emergency Service Administration covers all facets of the field including Law Enforcement, Fire, EMS, Disaster Preparation and Response, National Park Services, Corrections, etc. This means that courses are sprinkled with Firefighters, Police Officers, Nurses and EMTs resulting in proactive discussions and interesting, challenging assignments.

Are you able to find a balance between school and those other priorities?

So far, I have been able to balance school with family, work and hobbies. The course load can be extensive at times, but this isn’t my first rodeo and I know how to budget my time. Also, most of the concepts I’m learning are applicable to my current work assignment so I’m enthusiastic about learning and completing the courses.

Would you recommend the program to others and why/why not?

I highly recommend this program to anyone who plans on, or is currently working in, Emergency Services. I know from personal experience that in the 11th hour you can end up being the most senior team member or heading a special assignment when your direct supervisor isn’t around. This program teaches you the necessary skills to take on an active leadership role when the position is thrust upon you or you’ve been managing employees for years.

Learn more about ACC’s BAS in Emergency Service Administration at our BAS Open House & Celebration on Thursday, April 4th from 5-7pm in the Summit Room at the Littleton Campus. You’ll also have a chance at a $1000 scholarship just for attending.

by Conner Cunningham, ACC Student

International Education Day

International Education Day at the Colorado State CapitolThe Arapahoe Community College, along with several higher education institutions, participated in the International Education Day on February 13th at the Colorado State Capitol. Sponsored by StudyColorado, an initiative partnered with over twenty colleges in the state that is designed to promote Colorado as a higher education destination, this event was the first of its kind in Denver. We had a very productive conversation with legislators about the significant economic and cultural contributions of international education to our state. There are nearly 12,000 international students enrolled in our colleges and universities, and they bring about $460 million annually to the Colorado economy, averaging to $38,333 per student. Lucy Daberkow at the CapitolLucy Daberkow, International Recruitment & Retention Specialist, had this to say about the experience: “What a fantastic opportunity to highlight the importance of international education in our state. The state legislators present during the event gave a standing ovation to the international students representing their colleges and universities and thanked them for choosing Colorado as their study destination.”

 

by Lucy Daberkow, ACC International Student Recruitment and Retention Specialist

Celebrating Open Education Week

OE Week conversation cartoonMarch 4-8 is Open Education Week, a week to celebrate open educational resources, tools, and practices that embrace the spirit of open sharing and open access to education worldwide.

Student Government, our ACC Library and Learning Commons, and our Open Educational Resources (OER) Committee are joining together to celebrate Open Education and spread the word about Open Educational Resources (OER) across campus.

What are Open Educational Resources?

According to the Hewlett Foundation, “Open educational resources (OER) are teaching, learning and research materials in any medium – digital or otherwise – that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions.”

OER materials are available through several respected repositories. One of the best known sources for OER is OpenStax at Rice University in Texas. OpenStax publishes peer-reviewed, open-license textbooks that are free and accessible. Another source for open, peer-reviewed textbooks is SUNY Textbooks (OST) from the State University of New York (SUNY); OST offers peer-reviewed, open texts that can be easily adopted and customized. British Columbia offers  BCcampus OpenEd, which has 270 open, customizable resources available on their site. The materials available through these repositories have a Creative Commons License that allows for open use. For more information, please check out our ACC OER  Research Guide.

Open Educational Resources (OER) save students money on textbooks, increase textbook usage, and support inclusivity since OER materials are fully accessible. OER materials are up-to-date and designed specifically for a course, so they are engaging and help promote student success!

According to a study of 32 community colleges by Achieving the Dream, a national nonprofit network of leaders in community college reform, students found OER textbooks “accessible, relevant and engaging.”

Student Government is sponsoring info tables about OER during Open Education Week. Also look for a video in D2L in which students talk about their experiences and enthusiasm for classes using OER.

by Josie Mills, ACC Associate Vice President for Instruction