ACC Distinguished Faculty 2018-2019 Profile: Chris McKellips

Chris McKellipsDepartment
English

Years teaching at ACC
7…the first five I was an adjunct, and the last two as full-time faculty.

Total number of years teaching
15 total, including part-time, full-time, high school and college.

Undergraduate degree
Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Minnesota (but my first year of college was completed at Rainy River Community College). Then attended University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN) to complete secondary teacher prep program.

Graduate degree
M.Ed. in Adult Education from Colorado State University.

Honors & awards
Well, I won a bubblegum blowing contest against the students when I taught high school English at the American School in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Also, I was awarded All-College Instructor of the Year in 2013-14 (Liberal Arts and Professional Programs).

Current committee work
Curriculum Committee (this is my 2nd year), Program Chair of CCR/AAA, State Discipline Co-Chair of AAA, Professional Development Advisory Board, Elevate Advisory Board, Campus Redesign, IEC, Pathways Academic Mapping Group.

Fun fact about me
From the roof of the house I grew up in, I could see Canada, and I would go back and forth across the border weekly. Also, I’m not sure how many banjos I have.

My most memorable moment at ACC
One of our class readings in CCR 092 is set in a coal mining town. Students in the class were voicing what they knew about coal, and their disgust with it being dirty energy, etc. I told them that all their electricity here in Denver comes from coal, train cars of it each day, and they were surprised. I went into detail: “You couldn’t charge your cell phones without coal, couldn’t blow-dry your hair or keep your soda cold; we wouldn’t have these lights on if it weren’t for coal.” And as if on cue, all the lights on the first floor went out and we were in a windowless room in pitch black darkness. After a second, everyone began laughing, assuming it was something I had engineered. In reality, it was our building’s safety system clicking into gear due to a fire scare on the third floor; in a few minutes, we all had to leave the building. Perfectly timed!

Congratulations, Chris McKellips, one of ACC’s Distinguished Faculty for 2018-2019!

Discover Your Pathway at ACC

Discover ACC! Save the Date. Friday,  Oct. 19 - 9:30am-1:30pm - ACC Littleton CampusExplore 7 guided pathways to your future during our “Discover Your Pathways” breakout sessions at Discover ACC! on Friday, October 19 from 9:30am – 1:30pm at ACC’s Littleton campus. High school students, guidance counselors, and other chaperones, RSVP today for Discover ACC!

With over 100 degrees and certificates to choose from, our pathways can help you find a focus, stay on track, and take you one step closer to achieving your dream. Take a deeper look into these pathways by choosing 2 breakout sessions that fit your interests.

ACC Pathways

  • Arts, Communication & Design
    • Architectural Engineering
    • Art History Transfer
    • Commercial Photography
    • Communication Transfer
    • Interior Design
    • Journalism & Contemporary Media
    • Multimedia Graphic Design & Illustration
    • Music Audio Technology
    • Music Transfer
    • Studio Art Transfer
  • Business
    • Accounting
    • Business Transfer
    • Construction Management
    • Retail Management
    • Business Administration
  • Global, Human & Social Studies
    • Anthropology Transfer
    • Economics Transfer
    • French Transfer
    • History Transfer
    • Philosophy Transfer
    • Political Science Transfer
    • Psychology (AA) Transfer
    • Sociology Transfer
    • Spanish Transfer
  • Health
    • Emergency Medical Services
    • Health Information Technology
    • Medical Laboratory Technology
    • Medical Office Technology / Medical Assistant
    • Mortuary Science
    • Nurse Aide (CNA)
    • Nursing
    • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Math & Sciences
    • Biology Transfer
    • Chemistry Transfer
    • Fermentation Sciences Transfer
    • Geography Transfer
    • Geology Transfer
    • Mathematics Transfer
    • Physics Transfer
    • Pre-Engineering Transfer
    • Psychology (AS) Transfer
  • Public Services
    • Criminal Justice Career or Transfer
    • Early Childhood Teacher Education Transfer
    • Elementary Teacher Education Transfer
    • Emergency Service Administration (BAS)
    • Law Enforcement Academy
    • Paralegal / Legal Assistant
  • Technology
    • Automotive Service Technology
    • Computer Information Systems
    • Game Design and Development
    • Computer Network Technology
    • Engineering Graphics Technology

Along with our pathways, you’ll get a chance to connect with college resources, meet ACC students and staff, explore degree and certificate options, and learn more about ACC. You’ll also get the opportunity to learn about the services ACC provides students and alumni, including career counseling and assessments, academic advising, employment services and career fairs. Plus, every senior will be entered for a chance to win an ACC scholarship!

See the agenda and learn more about Discover ACC!

ACC Distinguished Faculty 2018-2019 Profile: Doc Viola

Doc Viola, ACC Automotive Service Technology facultyDepartment
Automotive Service Technology

Years teaching at ACC
10

Total number of years teaching
10

Undergraduate degree (please list school)
AAS in Automotive Service Technology – ACC

Professional honors & credentials
ASE Master Certified (A1-A8), ASE Advanced Level Specialist in Engine Performance (L1), General Motors Master Certified in Electrical/Electronics, Mechanical/Body Systems, Automatic Transmissions, Manual Transmissions and Engine Performance. SkillsUSA Advisor of the Year (2012-13).

Fun fact about me
I love to golf.

My most memorable moment at ACC
One of my first years at ACC, our Auto Tech students had a competition with the high school classes to see who could collect the most for the Thanksgiving canned food drive. It got very competitive and borderline out of hand. The college students ended up losing, but between the two groups, we donated numerous pallets of food to the Littleton food pantry. We donated so much food that Littleton could not house all of it at their pantry and had to re-donate some to other local food pantries.

Congratulations, Doc Viola, one of ACC’s Distinguished Faculty for 2018-2019!

Join the Early Childhood Education community TODAY!

Teacher with students doing a craft Arapahoe Community College (ACC) is looking for:

  • Assistant Classroom Teachers for full-time employment at our Child Development Center
  • Current ACC students for work study jobs at the CDC while going to school
  • New students excited to join this profession and enroll in our Early Childhood Education program

Early Childhood Education (ECE) is a rewarding and challenging career. Research continually demonstrates the importance of high quality early childhood programs which support children’s growth and development in all areas of life in the first 8 years. During these years the foundation is set for future social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. One of the most important influences in these early years is the child’s teacher.

Currently there is a shortage of well-prepared early childhood professionals in the U.S. according to the U.S. Labor Statistics. Colorado predicts an increase between 33-43% through 2025* – you can enter a highly sought after career!

* Colorado Workforce Development Council, colorado.gov/pacific/cwdc/colorado-talent-pipeline-report

Our Child Development Center (CDC) is a NAEYC accredited, high quality preschool and child care center that offers an affordable, safe, and stimulating environment for young children. We accept children 18 months to 6 years of age. Parents are ACC students, staff, faculty, and community members. Our philosophy is hands-on learning with positive interactions, accepting that children are at different developmental stages and have unique talents, needs and capabilities. We provide an inclusive environment that offers opportunities for individualized learning through a variety of developmentally appropriate and enticing activities that stimulate curiosity and exploration. The goal of the ACC CDC is to provide children with a nurturing environment where they have the opportunity to develop their problem solving skills, learn to interact with their peers, and develop a strong educational base that gives them a solid foundation for lifelong learning and success. ACC offers high pay, competitive benefits, top-rated facilities, and a convenient location.

Our ECE Program partners with the CDC to allow ECE students to observe the program and practices. The program provides a strong foundation for students entering early care and education, as well as other careers. ACC offers:

  • Associate of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Teacher Education
  • Certificate in Early Childhood Teacher
  • Certificate in Early Childhood Director
  • Certificate in Infant/Toddler Nursery Supervisor
  • As well as ongoing professional development for those currently in the ECE field

To learn more about CDC job opportunities visit arapahoe.edu/jobs or talk with Pam Didusch, CDC Director at pamela.didusch@arapahoe.edu.

To learn more about enrolling in our ECE program, visit arapahoe.edu/ece or talk with Kristin Habicht, ECE Department Chair at kristin.habicht@arapahoe.edu.

Join one of the most rewarding professions and start Moving Mountains!

by Pam Didusch and Kristin Habicht

International Recruitment and Enrollment Specialist, Lucy Daberkow, attends 2018 NAFSA Conference

International Recruitment and Enrollment Specialist, Lucy DaberkowIn our ongoing efforts for internationalization, Lucy Daberkow represented Arapahoe Community College (ACC) at the annual NAFSA conference in Philadelphia, PA. NAFSA: Association of International Educators is the world’s largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education and exchange. This conference is the premier event for international educators and presents an opportunity to learn about the latest information in a variety of topics such as immigration policies, marketing and recruiting on a global scale, and how to develop more interculturally-competent educators.

The 2018 annual conference theme, “Diverse Voices, Shared Commitment,” and according to NAFSA, “highlights the value and power of diverse voices that lead to more authentic collaborations and speak to alternative narratives that challenge our old ideas and make us think about new solutions and opportunities.” Some of the most noteworthy speakers presented workshops such as “Expanding your Toolkit for Intercultural Development”, “Building a Successful International Peer Mentor Program”, and “Using Cultural Analysis for Predicting and Handling Cross Cultural Misunderstanding.” In addition, one very well-received event included a presentation by renowned scientist and TV personality, Bill Nye. His presentation focused on the importance of science and technology in education, as well as the need for a more comprehensive space-exploration program and increased efforts to combat our changing climate.

The conference attracted thousands of participants from around the globe and presented an excellent learning and networking opportunity, which undoubtedly serves to increase ACC’s standing in the international educational arena.

We encourage international students who would like to study at an American college to apply to ACC. We offer nearly 100 degree and certificate programs with options to transfer to a variety of four-year universities throughout the state of Colorado and beyond. We have small class sizes, welcoming faculty, a safe college environment, and accessible public transportation. If you are an international transfer student in the US, our application deadline is July 15. For more information on our school and the international application process visit arapahoe.edu/international-students or call 303.797.5904 to schedule an appointment.

by Lucy Daberkow, ACC International Recruitment and Enrollment Specialist

Sterling Silva: Camila’s Story

Camila Silva MonroeCamila Silva Monroe will graduate with her Associate of Science (Chemistry transfer major) degree from Arapahoe Community College in May 2018.

The second of four children in her family, Monroe is originally from Brazil, specifically the rural town of Estiva in the state of Minas Gerais. At the age of 17, she moved to Sao Paolo to attend college upon finishing high school at Conego Francisco Stella State School. Monroe would go on to work as a journalist in Brazil for five years before making the decision to relocate to the United States.

“I worked as an entertainment journalist and movie critic, and I was a freelance writer for Brazil’s foremost science magazine,” Monroe explained. “I came to the U.S. in January 2013 as an au pair to live with an amazing American host family in Littleton – just five minutes from ACC. I wanted to rethink my career choices and learn English.”

Monroe relocated alone. She hoped immersing herself into the new culture without a network of support would accelerate a successful transition and a fresh start. In January 2016, she enrolled at ACC.

“I have always been very dedicated to my education,” explains Monroe. “Books were always a way for me to escape a complicated life growing up in Brazil. When I told my parents I was returning to school to become an engineer, they were beyond excited. My mom actually told me she secretly always dreamed of having one of her children become an engineer.”

Monroe became involved with ACC’s Sigma Phi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society during her first semester on campus, earning a Letters of Humanities award that term as a Distinguished Phi Theta Kappa Officer. Subsequently, she found herself gravitating toward then-Sigma Phi President Leah Porter, whom Monroe credits for helping her look within herself to find the leader inside.

“Leah was also a non-traditional, non-U.S. born student in search of a new career,” explains Monroe. “She was not only a great inspiration to me, she’s now my best friend.”

Monroe began her leadership journey in Phi Theta Kappa as the Vice President of Research. Her involvement in the chapter’s Honors in Action projects has been substantial, with awareness projects ranging from groundwater scarcity to elderly depression/suicide. In fact, Monroe led Sigma Phi to a national top-ten finish for “Distinguished Honors in Action Project” at the 2017 annual Phi Theta Kappa convention while serving in the capacity of Vice President of Honors in Action.

Language never proved to be a barrier for Monroe when she came to the U.S. The cost of international-student tuition, however, has been challenging. In fact, Monroe and her older sister still, to this day, provide monetary support for their parents during a time of economic crisis in her homeland. Thankfully, she says, ACC has provided her with many opportunities to overcome the financial obstacles.

“I have received several thousand dollars in scholarships at ACC, and I am so grateful. I’ve also benefitted from having a great on-campus job as a tutor in the Student Success Center and the Biology 111 Study Lab.” Monroe says.

She served as the president of both Sigma Phi and the ACC Student Government Association during the 2017-18 academic year. Monroe is a member of the President’s Student Advisory Council and the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) honor society, and is active with the ACC division of the Colorado Space Grant Program.

Selected as a member of the 2017-18 Phi Theta Kappa All-Colorado Academic Team, Monroe also earned prestigious Guistwhite and New Century Transfer Pathway scholarships this spring. One of just 15 nationwide Guistwhite Scholars, Monroe earned a $5,000 scholarship for baccalaureate studies. Winners of the Guistwhite Scholarship are selected based on academic excellence, leadership accomplishments and engagement in Phi Theta Kappa programs. Monroe also received a $2,250 scholarship for being selected as a New Century Transfer Pathway Scholar. Only one winner from each state is chosen for the honor, with selection being based on academic accomplishments, leadership, activities, and extension of intellectual talents beyond the classroom.

In April 2018, Monroe was selected as one of two ACC Rising Stars. The annual CCCS Rising Star awards are designed to recognize the outstanding contributions of students who exemplify the best in service and leadership at their institution. Monroe went on to earn Distinguished Chapter Officer recognition at Phi Theta Kappa’s 2018 annual convention later that month, an honor bestowed upon just 30 of several thousand officers.

“Camila leads Sigma Phi meetings with energy, efficiency and grace,” stated Shari Culver, Sigma Phi Co-Advisor and Career & Transfer Counselor at ACC. “She is accomplished, bright, diligent and resilient.”

Monroe plans to transfer to Colorado State University to study Chemical and Biological Engineering. She aspires to change the way our society creates and consumes food via safer research and development of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). During the summer of 2018, she will participate in the Rocky Mountain Sustainability and Science Network Summer Academy, where a select group of attendees work to address regional sustainability issues throughout the intermountain west.

“During my time as a writer in Brazil, I found it fascinating to learn about how genetic evolution was a factor in our dietary habits,” says Monroe, who conducts research as a community scientist in the Denver Museum of Nature & Science’s Genetics of Taste lab, “We need scientists who are able to properly communicate with the general public and have a solid background of bioethics. I want to become a responsible, thoughtful scientist.”

Monroe praises ACC’s faculty, staff and Sigma Phi advisors for helping her to become a successful student and a strong leader.

“I’ve received so much support with challenges both in and out of the classroom,” Monroe said. “ACC is a place filled with people who help you become the leader you need to be – you just need to reach out.”

by Jeff Duggan, ACC Communications Coordinator

Student Access Services at ACC – What it is and how to utilize it

Student Access Services (SAS) at ACC is the office dedicated to providing services for students in need of accommodations so that they can be successful in their education. Our SAS team works with every department on campus to encourage and celebrate accessibility, accountability and self-advocacy.

Services offered by SAS include:

  • Classroom accommodations
  • Test accommodations
  • Specialized orientations for support services
  • Self-advocacy training and ADAAA/Section 504 information
  • Curriculum materials in alternate formats
  • Referrals for resources such as tutoring, career services or other support services as necessary

Accommodations that SAS provides include:

  • Alternative text format
    • Electronic: PDF or Kurzweil
    • Braille, DAISY
  • Interpreting / Captioning
    • Sign Language
    • Real Time Captioning
  • Ergonomic Furniture
    • Adjustable Table
    • Ergonomic Seating
    • Ergonomic Keyboard, Mouse
  • Note Taker

*You are encouraged to request these accommodations at least 3-4 weeks before your first day of class.

Are you eligible for services?

If you are a registered ACC student with a disability, you qualify for accommodations. This can be a permanent condition or temporary (like breaking your arm and needing help with notes).

Be sure to follow our checklist to make sure you are on track with the steps you need to become an ACC student. It is important to complete as many of these steps as possible prior to meeting with a SAS specialist.

You’ll need to take a few additional steps to set up your accommodations, remembering to begin this process at least 4 weeks before the beginning of classes, if possible.  If you can’t gather your documentation or complete your intake form ahead of time, please come in anyway.

  1. Schedule an appointment with a SAS specialist. You can make your appointment by stopping by room M2720 at the Littleton campus, calling 303.797.5730 or requesting an appointment online. It can take up to a week to set-up your appointment, so plan accordingly.
  2. Fill out an Intake Form (PDF or online) before your scheduled appointment. This will give us an idea of what types of accommodations you need and what services we can provide to make your time at ACC as successful as possible.
  3. Bring or send recent documentation of a disability to SAS prior to your intake appointment.
  4. Meet with your SAS specialist and obtain an Accommodation Letter.
  5. Meet with your instructors and give them a copy of your Accommodation Letter.

It is important that you request your accommodations before classes start. This will get you off to the best possible start and ensure your success in your classes. Setting up accommodations can take some time and you don’t want to get behind.

Leia requests Accommodations video

You also need to be sure to set up testing accommodations with your instructor and the ACC Testing Center at least 7 days ahead of each test. Our instructors and Testing Center staff want to work with you to give you the best environment for testing for you, but they need time to make the necessary testing arrangements.

Chewy at the Testing Center

A disability doesn’t need to keep you from achieving your goals. Let our SAS specialists help you create an atmosphere where it is easier for you to learn and complete your studies. Learn how to advocate for yourself and your needs so you can get the help you need to accomplish your goals and Move Mountains!

Our SAS specialists are here to help. Contact them today in M2720 at the Littleton campus, email sas@arapahoe.edu or call 303.797.5730 (voice/TTY).

Financial Aid – Types of Aid and Deadlines

2017 ACC scholarship luncheon - recipients and staffDo you need help paying for college? Did you know that there in financial aid available from the government and from ACC that can help you with those college costs, such as: tuition and fees, books, supplies, and living expenses?

Your first step to getting funding for college is to apply for financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Make sure you have this completed by March 1, 2018 to get priority on aid and scholarships!

If you aren’t sure what this is or how to apply, take advantage of our free FAFSA labs every Monday from 1-6pm at our Littleton campus. These are open to anyone (not just ACC students). Our experts will help walk you through the process of applying for financial aid and make it a little less intimidating.

You’ll need a few items to be able to complete it:

  • Driver’s license number
  • Social Security Number or Alien Registration Number
  • Federal tax returns from 2016
  • W-2s and any other records of money earned such as child support received, interest income, and veterans non-education benefits
  • Bank statements and records of investments such as stocks, bonds, 529 plans, and investment homes
  • Records of untaxed income (workers compensation and disability benefits)
  • FSA ID if you have already created one
  • If you are a dependent, you’ll need your parents’ information.

There a several different types of aid you could be awarded:

  • Grants – this includes both federal and state grants. These are gifts and do not need to be repaid.
  • Scholarships – this type of aid comes from donors and companies hoping to help you achieve your goals. Scholarships don’t have to be repaid either! Apply for numerous ACC scholarships and private scholarships that you may qualify for. It takes some research, but it will be wealth worth the extra money to help you pay for school. ACC priority deadline for scholarships is March 1!
  • Student Loans – loans can help you pay for college, but don’t forget they have to be paid back, plus interest.
  • Work Study – work study gives you the chance to work on-campus for up to 20 hours a week. Build your resume and earn money for school at the same time.
  • Veteran’s Benefits – ACC is a certified Military Friendly School and will work with you to get the benefits you have earned from your time in the military.

Why Should You Apply for Financial Aid?

While not everyone qualifies for grant aid, many people do receive an award of some kind to help them pay for their college expenses. Whether you think you will qualify or not, it is a great idea to spend the hour or less it takes to complete your FAFSA.

Completing your FAFSA is also the first step to many scholarship applications. Many scholarships require a FAFSA. This includes many ACC scholarships. Don’t worry, even if you don’t qualify for grant aid, you may still qualify for scholarships. There is a wide variety of options available based on need, area of interest, ability, past school performance, essay-writing and more. Don’t count yourself out before you try.

You can apply for many of our ACC scholarships with just one application. Some may require additional information or essays, but getting started is easy with our online application. In general, you will only receive one scholarship from our ACC scholarships, so review them thoroughly and see what might be right for you. And if you have questions, talk to our Financial Aid Office and they can help you through the process.

That being said, it is important for you to research what other scholarships are out there. We offer a list of private scholarships as well as reputable resources for finding more that may better suit your situation and offer you additional funding.

Do not forget to take advantage of the Essay Writing Workshop on February 19 and 20 in the Library Learning Commons on the Littleton Campus.

Ready to Move Mountains?

Complete your FAFSA and ACC scholarship application by March 1! If you get overwhelmed or confused, our Financial Aid Advisors are here to help you! Contact them at 303.797.5661, finaid@arapahoe.edu or stop by M2330 at the ACC Littleton campus. Get the most money for your education by turning everything in for the priority deadline. You can do this and we’re here to help!

ACC Littleton Campus – Remodel Update – February 2018

We’re happy to tell you that our Littleton campus 3rd floor remodel is nearly complete! We have newly remodeled science labs, restrooms and student space. If you don’t remember what it looked like before, take a look.

While we have a couple of rooms left to complete, the majority of the construction is finished and our students are already utilizing these new spaces for their classes, labs and study time.

ACC Littleton 3rd Floor Science Labs

chemical storage biology classroom/lab

ACC anatomy & physiology students in class with faculty member Rachel Willard ACC anatomy & physiology students in class with faculty member Rachel Willard ACC anatomy & physiology students in class with faculty member Rachel Willard ACC cadaver lab ACC cadaver lab ACC Science classroom Another ACC science classroom ACC science lab/classroom ACC classroom/lab ACC lab equipment storage ACC biology lab ACC lab with microscopes ACC students in lab with faculty member Jenai Rutledge

ACC Littleton 3rd Floor Student Lounge

ACC 3rd floor student lounge ACC 3rd floor student loungeWe appreciate your continued patience as we make enhancements to our educational and student spaces to help you Move Mountains in your classes and toward your goals!

ACC Littleton Campus Construction Update – December 2017

As the fall semester draws to a close, we are also getting closer to completing our 3rd floor remodel and bringing you state-of-the-art science labs and new student lounge/study space.

Take a look at our progress!

We have walls (and ceilings)! Ceiling and wall structures in place Construction workers drywalling bio labs Ceiling pipes and tile structure Construction workers continue to drywall the bio labs  Lab pipes More wall and ceiling structure in place Wall ready for drywall. Student study space flooring adjustments 3rd Floor science lab hallway in progress Structural support walls ready for drywallFurniture is going in!

Plastic entry to construction zoneCabinets in place in a bio labCabinets waiting to be placed into labs and classroomsMore lab/classroom furniture ready to be placedConstruction worker putting in lab furnitureConstruction worker moving furniture into placeFurniture in science lab/classroomOur construction team is hard at work to complete the 3rd floor remodel. We appreciate your patience during the remodel as we make improvements around ACC to help you Move Mountains!