ACC Faculty Spotlight: Adam Shelffo

ACC Business faculty Adam ShelffoAdam has reached his 6th year at ACC as a business faculty member. Additionally, he is a Littleton native and a proud graduate of Columbine High School. So in many ways he has always considered ACC home and is honored to serve in the community he was raised.

The best thing about being a part of the ACC community is the relationships Adam has developed with the ACC student body. “I love hearing stories from my students, whether it is my 14 year-old student talking about product placements in Twilight movies or a 60 year-old student discussing employee motivation,” said Adam. Day in and day out, he just loves getting to know each of them to better serve their needs.

He would recommend ACC to others because this is a place that allows you to grow and flourish in a safe and nurturing environment that prepares you to confront life. “I feel honored to work at ACC, where I am able to serve the needs of our students; while allowing to capitalizing on my strengths and engage my passion,” commented Adam.

Faculty get a chance to know students by name. Employees get the opportunity to cultivate their strengths as a teacher and as a person. And ACC provides a space to foster relationships with students and colleagues alike. Adam Moves Mountains!

by Karen Browning, ACC Marketing Project Manager

ACC Student Spotlight: Andrew Groom

ACC Student Andrew GroomAs an ACC student, Andrew has obtained a degree that puts him directly in line to start a specific career at a cost well below that of a four-year state school or a private college. He would definitely recommend ACC to others because the college works hard to engage with the students and incorporate their feedback as much as possible into the running of the institution. He values ACC as receiving a good quality education and views this s a huge benefit.

Andrew is also a work study employee in the Financial Aid Office. He said that working at ACC has definitely helped him integrate into the community here. “There are so many great employees who are ready and willing to help students achieve their academic goals and I have just really enjoyed being able to work alongside such an excellent team,” replied Andrew. Through his ACC student employment, he has greatly improved upon his customer service skills and has increased his cultural awareness of the many differing people and their circumstances as they look to progress through the education system.

Andrew wanted to end by saying, “ACC has everything you need to become successful as a student pursuing you academic dreams and plenty of people willing to help you. Don’t be afraid to ask.” Andrew is ACC!

by Karen Browning, ACC Marketing Project Manager

ACC Staff Spotlight: Tim Eberly

ACC IT Technician Tim EberlyTim came to school here in 2010 after losing his job. He wanted to learn something that could translate into a new career, with a new direction. His first stop, an ACC internship, then non-student hourly employee, next contract work, and finally transitioned into fulltime employment. He has been full-time now for 3 years as an Information technology Technician.

When asked about what he liked best about being a part of the ACC community, Tim replied, “It is my Community College in that I live in this community, I went to school here and I am now a part of the “community” as a whole.” He believes we are here to serve, all that choose to come here, a quality education or a quality place to work. ACC is Tim’s community.

Three most valuable benefits Tim has received from ACC: an education, a career, and a group of new friends to work with. He would highly recommend ACC if someone is in need and looking for the offerings that ACC can provide. Adding that it may not be for everyone but for those that choose ACC and take advantage of what is offered, there can be a world of opportunity.

Tim Eberly was voted as ACC’s 2016-17 Classified Employee of the Year. He will continue to Move Mountains each and every day!

by Karen Browning, ACC Marketing Project Manager

ACC Student Spotlight: Tasha Estein

ACC Student Tasha EsteinTasha started classes in the fall of 2015 and wanted to be completely invisible, take a few classes and go. Her intended goal was to have a tenuous relationship with ACC. Fortunately, ACC has so many encouraging professors that her plan failed epically. Since that time, opportunities that she would have never believed possible have come her way. “My experiences here have changed my shape and outlook on everything and helped to push me into pursuing the impossible—doing things that I would have never contemplated otherwise,” reflected Tasha.

From her words, “There is no one single thing that sets ACC apart, rather, it is entirely a culmination of the whole that makes me feel the significance of being a part of the ACC community. We have a staff that motivates and will do everything in their power to help students become successful. We have a diversity of students from different walks of life that (occasionally) only have the one thing in common: a will to become something and the drive to keep pushing forward despite the difficulties that arise when pursuing higher level education. We have a place for everyone at this school. We have a litany of different resources driving students to success if they are willing to ask for help. If I were to try to define it in fewer words, I’d say that the best part of being in the ACC community is the fact that you become a part of a community of hardworking individuals that work together as a team that benefits that community as a whole.”

ACC is full of amazing professors and administration that care about their student’s academically and personally. Everyone here is willing to push students to their full potential, when they need it, but also help build up confidence in the students that may not think that they have the skills or ability to succeed. “My experiences here have given me something that no one can take away from me: education and personal development, and I’m confident that anyone that comes to this school can experience similar if given the opportunity,” said Tasha.

The three most valuable benefits that Tasha has received from ACC are a second chance at education, confidence, and a direction in life worth fighting for. She did not anticipate being successful by any stretch of the imagination. It wasn’t until she started taking classes here that she found her confidence to grow. “Through experiences with the inspirational staff that supported me and pushed me forward I found myself questioning my low expectations,” she thought. Tasha went from undeclared to a science major, won awards, scholarships, attended national leadership and physic conferences, and even went to NASA last semester. She will continue to grow and develop and continue to hone the direction she wants to go in. Tasha is ACC!

by Karen Browning, ACC Marketing Project Manager

ACC Instructor Spotlight: Laura Kjosen

Laura KjosenLaura has been teaching at ACC for eighteen years. Her discipline is in English composition and literature, while also tutoring at the ACC Writing Center. The main reasons she has taught at ACC for so long are the rewarding professional relationships with colleagues and our fantastic, inspiring students.

She observes how important it is that different services of the college all work together to help students succeed. As an instructor, Laura can count on the many college services that ACC offers, such as the librarians, tutoring, advisors, Veterans Services, and Student Life to help her students achieve their goals.

The opportunity to work with a diverse body of students, is just one of the many benefits Laura has experienced here at ACC. The availability of professional development opportunities offered by the college and the opportunity to work a flexible schedule that has allowed Laura to raise her two sons while working at ACC are the reasons why she values ACC. “It has been my privilege over these past several years to work with the professional staff and faculty at ACC, and it has been a joy to see so many students grow as learners and progress in their career goals,” said Laura.

To fellow professionals, she would say that ACC is a rewarding environment in which to teach. To parents and students, she would say that ACC is a great place to explore different interests and possible career paths. ACC is a place for students to gain confidence and work towards goals in a supportive environment. Laura is ACC!

by Karen Browning, ACC Marketing Project Manager

ACC Student Spotlight – Jason Tempest

John Tempest, ACC studentJason is getting an associate of arts in psychology and plans to transfer and continue down the psychology path. His primary coursework was taken at the ACC Parker campus. He appreciated the friendly staff at ACC and particularly the Parker Campus helped him in a variety of ways. When the day to day problems arose, the ACC staff was always willing to pitch in and help solve those everyday issues – they are so helpful. Jason is also thankful for the Financial Aid Office and Academic Advising department to keep him on track towards his degree and future goals.

Besides the staff, Jason also thinks very highly of the faculty at ACC. “The wonderful teachers have given me much insight into organization, writing, editing, and psychology basics.” The goals of the ACC learning outcomes are to prepare learners for life success. These outcomes address the knowledge, skills, and values that are fundamental to the personal and professional growth of students, employees, and community. Jason has experienced these outcomes firsthand.

To end with some final thoughts from Jason, “I believe the connections I have made here will no doubt go beyond my academic stay here at ACC.” Move Mountains, Jason!

by Karen Browning, Marketing Project Manager

Explore our Pathways at the ACC Degree Showcase

Degree Showcase 2017 - Wednesday, March 29 from 4:30-7:30pm. ACC Littleton Campus - Summit RoomAre you considering ACC or a current student, unsure of what your path should be or maybe you just want to explore your options? Check out our pathways and find the degree or certificate that’s right for you at our Degree Showcase on Wednesday, March 29 from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the Summit Room at ACC’s Littleton campus.

Learn about everything from applying to ACC, attending school here and paying for your education. This event is open to the public but be sure to RSVP so we know you’re coming!

The schedule of events include:

  • 4:30 – 4:45 p.m. Check-In (Summit Room)
  • 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. Degree Showcase (Summit Room) – feel free to stop by anytime and explore various pathways and get some refreshments.
  • 5:30 – 6:20 p.m. Presentation (Waring Theatre) – Get to know ACC, advising while you are here, paying for college, Career and Transfer services, some overall really valuable information.
  • 7:20 – 7:30 p.m. Giveaways – Enter a drawing to win a 2017-18 academic year scholarship, $100 Bookstore/Café gift cards, $250 bookstore gift card for current students, and lots of swag too!

The Degree Showcase will offer information from all the following areas:

ARTS, COMMUNICATION & DESIGN

  • Architectural Engineering
  • Art History Transfer
  • Communication Transfer
  • English Transfer
  • Interior Design
  • Journalism and Contemporary Media
  • Graphic Design and Illustration
  • Music Audio Technology
  • Music Transfer
  • Photography
  • Studio Art Transfer

BUSINESS

  • Accounting
  • Business Transfer
  • Business Administration
  • General
  • Entrepreneurship
  • International Business/Foreign Language
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Construction Management
  • Economics Transfer
  • Retail Management

GLOBAL, HUMAN & SOCIAL STUDIES

  • Anthropology Transfer
  • French Transfer
  • History Transfer
  • Philosophy Transfer
  • Political Science Transfer
  • Psychology Transfer
  • Sociology Transfer
  • Spanish Transfer

HEALTH

  • Exercise Health Sciences
  • Fitness Administration
  • Health and Wellness Coaching
  • Personal Trainer/Fitness Instruction
  • Health Information Technology
  • Medical Laboratory Technology
  • Mortuary Science
  • Nursing
  • Paramedicine
  • Physical Therapist Assistant

MATH AND SCIENCES

  • Biology Transfer
  • Chemistry Transfer
  • Engineering Agreement
  • Fermentation Sciences Transfer
  • Geography Transfer
  • Geology Transfer
  • Mathematics Transfer
  • Physics Transfer
  • Psychology Transfer

PUBLIC SERVICES

  • Criminal Justice Transfer
  • Early Childhood Teacher Education Transfer
  • Elementary Teacher Education Transfer
  • Law Enforcement
  • Paralegal / Legal Assistant

TECHNOLOGY

  • Automotive Service Technology
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Business
  • Programming
  • Computer Support
  • Computer Network Technology
  • CISCO
  • Cyber Security
  • Microsoft Certified Server
  • Unix/Linux Admin
  • Engineering Technologies
  • Mechanical Design
  • Game Design and Development

The degrees designated as “Transfer” are 2-year, 60-credit degree programs for students who want to transfer to a 4-year college or university to pursue a Bachelor’s degree. The transfer degrees include Guaranteed Transfer (GT) courses as well as elective classes. Students who want to transfer to a specific four-year degree program should follow the program pathway for that specific associate degree. This is known as ‘choosing a major’. Speak to an advisor to declare your program and follow your path.

The degrees without the “Transfer” designation are designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in a broad range of occupations. It continues the students’ exposure to major areas in the industry, as well as giving the student flexibility in designing a program to fit their specific needs. A full time student can complete this type of associate degree in two years. After graduation, students typically seek employment, but some transfer opportunities to 4-year institutions are available.

And if that wasn’t enough, here are 5 ways that ACC moves you forward!

  1. More savings in your pocket – Average savings of $6,290.26 when you start at ACC and transfer to a Colorado public university.
  2. More transfer options – We have over 100 visits by four-year institutions to help enroll ACC transfer students.
  3. More School-Life Balance – 94.8% student satisfaction rate – three campuses and online.
  4. More career connections – 100+ jobs on ACC Career Connect, our exclusive, web-based job, internship and volunteer posting system just for you.
  5. More admission openings – 3 days guaranteed admissions, easy online application, processed in a few days, moving you towards success.

What’s holding you back? RSVP today for a great event to learn even more about ACC!

Western Welcome Week 2016

Western Welcome Week Volunteers 2015

Western Welcome Week Volunteers 2015

We are just a couple of weeks away from Western Welcome Week! Arapahoe Community College (ACC) has a special place for the event that the City of Littleton puts on. We are sponsors, breakfast hosts, parking lot quarters, parade-goers, and festival vendors – we even provide water for the horses!

The 2016 Western Welcome Week theme is “Salute to Educators”. Each year the Western Welcome Week committee selects an individual or individuals that exemplifies the theme, as the Grand Marshal. This year there is a trio of grand marshals that represent the past, present and future of the education profession. We are honored that an ACC graduate, Hannah Sturdivant, has been selected as one of three grand marshals, serving as the future grand marshal. Sturdivant earned her Associate of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education, as well as her Early Childhood Director Certificate, at ACC. She is currently employed at Belle’s and Beau’s at the Farm in Aurora, and works with children of all ages. Hannah aspires to become a curriculum coordinator for various early childhood classrooms.

Western Welcome Week parade volunteers - 2015

Western Welcome Week parade volunteers – 2015

We have several opportunities to volunteer. ACC will host the Family Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, August 14 from 7:30 am – 11:30 am. Come and dine on all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausages, and coffee, while catching-up with friends. The kids can play FREE “Games of Old” and round up for the “Bruce Wolf Stick Horse Stampede”. The cost is $5 per person and is hosted on the ACC Littleton campus. If you would like to help serve the community breakfast, contact Jeff Duggan 303.797.5709 jeff.duggan@arapahoe.edu.

If you can’t make it on the 14th, then consider volunteering on Saturday, August 20 at the Grand Parade. The parade runs from 10 am – noon though downtown Littleton. Join the ACC parade walkers as we represent the college and Salute to Educators. After the parade, you can visit the festival and all the great vendors from around the city. If you would like to walk the parade with the ACC team, contact Karen Browning 303.797.5736 karen.browning@arapahoe.edu.

The Western Welcome Week celebrations start Friday August 12th and go through Sunday August 21st. There are plenty of activities for you and the family. Or if you are just looking to attend the celebration, check out the list of events at westernwelcomeweek.org. We hope to see you there!

by Karen Browning