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.

myACC Update Tips

You may have noticed that myACC was upgraded on Sunday, March 12, 2017. Along with the upgrade we gave it a makeover to help make the things you use most easier to find and get to quickly.

The Dashboard

The new dashboard will be the first page you see. Depending on your role at ACC, you’ll be able to do things like: access your course(s), check your grades, check your email, enter grades, submit time/leave requests and a few other items that you use regularly.

The Pages

In addition to accessing services from the dashboard, you can also select a page on the top menu that suits your needs. These pages will look similar to the old myACC, but we’ve cleaned them up to make it easier to find what you need there as well. Are you seeing a theme?

Tips / troubleshooting

With every technology update, there are bound to be a few glitches along the way. We are working to fix any issues that arise as quickly as possible in order to not disrupt your ability to learn or work.

That being said, a quick trick to try if you are encountering issues is to clear your cache. Some of you may have never attempted this before, so we’ll walk you through it.

First, determine which browser you are using. Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, and Safari are the most common. Follow the instructions below for the browser you are using.

Internet Explorer

  1. Click on the Gear Icon in the top right corner of the page.
  2. Select “Tools,” then “Safety” and then “Delete Browsing History”
  3. Make sure “Temporary Internet Files” and “Cookies” are checked. You may also want to check the box to “Preserve Favorites website data” so you won’t lose that information.
  4. Click “delete.”

If you have IE 11, you can also try clearing your cache through the developer tools.

  1. Click on the Gear Icon once again.
  2. Click on “F12 developer tools.”
  3. In that window, you can then select “Cache” and then “Clear browser cache.”
  4. Confirm and you are all set.

Chrome

  1. Click the 3 vertical dots in the upper right corner of your screen.
  2. Select “More Tools” and then “Clear browsing data.”
  3. Make sure “Cookies and other site and plugin data” and “Cached images and files” are selected.
  4. Click on “Clear browsing data.”

Firefox

  1. Click on the 3 horizontal lines in the upper right corner of your screen.
  2. Click on “Preferences.”
  3. Select “Advanced” in the menu on the left.
  4. Select “Network” in the top menu under “Advanced.”
  5. The second option should be for “Cached Web Content,” click “Clear Now” on the right in that section.

Safari

  1. Click on “Safari” in the upper left side of the screen.
  2. Click on “Preferences” in the menu.
  3. Click on “Privacy” in the menu.
  4. Click on “Manage Website Data.”
  5. Once that loads, click on “Remove All” and then “Remove Now.”

If you have a browser we didn’t mention or a version that isn’t quite the same as these instructions and you need more guidance, check out PC Mag’s, “How to Clear Your Cache on Any Browser” article.

You could also try logging out and back in again. Sometimes this is enough to clear your cache and help prompt those items to correct themselves.

Help

We’re here to help you, so please let us know if you are encountering issues. If you can’t login or access something you need, please contact the helpdesk or our Admissions office.

Helpdesk: 1.888.800.9198

ACC Admissions: 303.797.5621 or admissions@arapahoe.edu.

If you wish to leave feedback about the new myACC, login and click on the Feedback Survey link at the top of the Dashboard.

Cross-departmental Collaboration Builds Job Skills at ACC

Are you looking for a college that will give you real world, unique experiences working not only cross-departmentally, but also with other colleges? ACC takes pride in giving our students the opportunity to learn in a multitude of ways, thus increasing their job skills and their confidence in those skills.

One recent project allowed biology students to work with the University of Denver and our own multimedia, graphic design and illustration students to create work that was both scientifically and visually compelling.

Dr. Nia Bauer, ACC Biology Faculty:

To increase scientific literacy, problem solving skills, student interest and success in STEM courses, ACC Biology students are being exposed to a real-world hands-on research experience. Engaging students in a meaningful research experience early in their academic careers can have lasting implications for both initial student success and long-term development of a community of innovative, problem solving citizens.

Through a partnership with Randall Cohrs, Ph.D., Department of Neurology at the University of Denver, ACC BIO 111 students are working on a research project to map possible promoter regions in the Varicella Zoster Virus DNA, responsible for Chickenpox and Shingles.  These regions will help researchers understand how the virus become activated and latent (deactivated). Ultimately, this information could lead to the design of treatment for chickenpox and shingles.

I believe that this is where education is going, away from canned labs to more open-ended projects that allow students to understand how science is really done.  Since we did things a bit ‘differently’ this year in BIO 111 labs, I was looking for a way to visually represent the project that was more engaging than just words in a lab.  This is why I asked Tom to help fulfill this vision and his class did an outstanding job!

Tom DeMoulin, ACC Multimedia, Graphic Design and Illustration Department Chair:

A cross-department faculty collaboration between the Biology and Multimedia/Graphic Design departments provided advanced opportunities for students in both departments last semester.

In the fall of 2015, Biology 111 students were to embark on an undergraduate research project in collaboration with a University of Denver researcher.  This ongoing work allows ACC students to map the Varicella Zoster Virus DNA, responsible for Chickenpox and Shingles, looking specifically for regions that activate and de-activate the virus. Dr. Bauer wanted a visually dynamic tool to engage BIO 111 students from the outset. Nia reached out to me and my students to create a unique, animated introduction to the process. 

My Motion Graphics class, MGD 143, took up the challenge as I incorporated this project into the course’s curriculum for a month of the term. Acting as both the client and technical advisor, Dr. Bauer was interviewed on multiple occasions by the Motion Graphics class to ensure both technical accuracy and her satisfaction with the project’s direction. The five-minute animation was delivered on time in a relatively short turnaround of five weeks and has subsequently been used in multiple sections of General Biology 111.

View the video of this project on ACC’s YouTube Channel.

Money, Elections, and Government

Washington DC skyline view with Lincoln Memorial, Washington

Washington DC skyline view with Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument and US Capitol Building at night

Are you curious about how elections work in the US and how they impact our economy? For example, did you know that the real GDP (Gross Domestic Product) generally increases 24 months prior to an election and falls 21 months after?

We are excited to share an exciting opportunity with you for the Fall 2016 semester: a learning community between ECO 201, Principles of Macroeconomics and POS 111, American Government focused on the Presidential Elections.

While enrolled in these learning community-specific courses, you will learn about how the US government and the US economy works, specifically during and surrounding this election season. You will research and discuss public opinion and citizen participation, political parties, interest groups, the electoral process, and the structure and functions of the national government in POS 111, while you explore the interrelationships among household, business, and government sectors, saving and investment decisions, unemployment, inflation, national income accounting, taxing and spending policies, the limits of the market and government, public choice theory, the Federal Reserve System, money and banking, and international trade in ECO 201.

Wondering how those big campaign budgets impact the economy or why there is so much debate about the next Supreme Court Justice and who gets to appoint the justices? This learning community will allow you to really scrutinize how our government and our economy are interrelated.

Are you ready to delve into the realm of politics and elections? All you have to do to take these linked courses is enroll in ECO 201, section 301, CRN 24621 and POS 111, section 301, CRN 24690.

Some key points to consider include:

  • You must enroll in both classes at the same time.
  • Classes meet on Monday/Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
  • Both classes are in a hybrid format, which means they share a class time slot.
  • Hybrid also means that half the course work is completed outside class…much of this is online.
  • You will receive separate grades for ECO 201 and POS 111 and are expected to do all of the coursework for both classes.

If you have any questions, please contact Mary Carr – Chair, Department of Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, and Sociology or Tami Bertelsen – Economics Department Lead.

The Web(site) We Weave: What is Important to You on a College Website

Navigating your way to and through college can be a daunting task. The college website shouldn’t make it more difficult. With this in mind, we’d love to get your feedback regarding what is most important for you on a college website. Your input will help us continue to improve what we offer on our website and how you navigate to those items. If you have additional feedback, please email us at marketing@arapahoe.edu.

Please select the items that are most important to you on a college website:
If other, what:

Thank you so much for your participation. With your help, we can keep Moving Mountains toward a better, user-friendly website.

ACC’s Web Team

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!

Finding a Balance – Work/Life/School/Holidays

Union Station, Denver, CO

Union Station during the holidays, Denver, CO

Let’s face it…this time of the year can be stressful. Between finals, holiday parties, work, and family, it can be hard to stay calm and stress-free through the holiday season.

We’ve put together a quick list of things you can do to keep the stress at a minimum and enjoy the holidays.

  1. Make a schedule and stick to it.
    Getting everything done can be daunting. If you plan your time wisely, you can avoid a lot of unnecessary stress. Plot a schedule of time for studying, holiday shopping, whatever you need to get done. Plan in small blocks to ensure you don’t get fatigued in any one area, or you may find your motivation wavers.
  2. Shop online
    Shopping online will allow you to check prices, find deals and save travel time going from store to store. Many online stores have free shipping deals as well. Take it one step further and ask family members to make a wish list. There are many online wish list tools like Amazon, Target, Walmart, and more that are free and easy to use. This will alleviate some of the stress of trying to find the perfect gift. You’ll know what they want and can build off of that if you want to get creative beyond that.
  3. Break you study sessions into smaller chunks
    By breaking your study sessions into small blocks, you’ll be able to review the material without it getting overwhelming. Just make sure you start early enough to get through it all.
  4. Don’t over-commit
    Just because you get invited to 17 holiday parties, doesn’t mean you have to go to all 17. Pick the ones that work for your schedule and won’t cause undue stress. Pick one or two where maybe you’ll see more of your friends and family so you can get more bang for your buck, so to speak. People will understand if you can’t make it to everything, especially if you let them know in advance and are sincere.
  5. Don’t forget to schedule downtime
    You need to recharge both your mind and your body. Schedule time to relax, read, workout, bake or whatever eases your mind and recharges your battery. You need to take time to take care of yourself so you don’t get bogged down by your responsibilities. It’s all about keeping your stress low, so do what makes you happy.
  6. Take time off
    Do you have vacation time stacking up? Use it. Just a few hours here and there can make a big difference. If you aren’t in retail, the holiday season tends to get a bit quieter, so you won’t be as stressed taking those hours off. If you are in retail or a job that is busier during the holidays, be smart about planning your work/school/holiday schedule. It can be tempting to put in those extra hours, just be sure you can fit it into your schedule.

Remember, take it one task at a time and don’t get overwhelmed. Ask for help when you need it and you’ll get through the holidays and even have some fun while this season.

What are your tricks to balancing your responsibilities this time of year?

by Jess Horning, Digital Content Administrator, ACC Marketing & Web

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!