Student Services at ACC that won’t cost you a thing!

ACC students in writing centerArapahoe Community College is the perfect place to begin – or continue – your journey towards Moving Mountains with your academic and career goals.

ACC offers an affordable education (lowest tuition among state-funded schools) with instructors who are experts in their field. Classes are available online and at our campuses in Littleton, Parker and Castle Rock. We’re close to home, and our small class sizes allow students to receive individual attention.

Our Career & Transfer Center provides guidance for students looking to continue their education beyond ACC. In fact, we offer guaranteed transfer programs to all four-year Colorado public institutions. Transfer fairs and employment expos, as well as job/career exploration events, are held during the fall and spring semesters. Peer tutoring services, as well as math and writing support centers, are offered at no cost to students. Academic Advising provides one-on-one assistance with course selection and the registration process as students develop their personalized plan for one of seven degree pathways.

Students can get involved with clubs and organizations as they acclimate to college life. Our honor societies and student government foster leadership skills and provide opportunities for scholarly growth. The Student Success Center facilitates a variety of tools and enrichment workshops to hone time-management and study skills.

ACC is committed to supporting veterans and military-connected students, and has been named as a Military-Friendly School. Student Access Services can assist with permanent or temporary accommodations, and on-campus counseling services are available through the Student Engagement Center. ACC also introduced the Elevate program in 2016, providing students with intellectual and developmental disabilities the opportunity to pursue higher education.

The Library & Learning Commons offers the optimal environment for individual research or group study sessions. Our Fitness Center is open Monday – Saturday, providing a welcoming facility complete with treadmills, spin bikes, free weights, locker rooms and contemporary recreational amenities. ACC also has a fully-accredited childcare center on site, providing students, employees and members of the community with a clean, healthy and nurturing environment for little ones throughout the fall, spring and summer semesters.

ACC is partnering with Colorado State University and the Douglas County School District on the new Castle Rock Collaboration Campus. Students can now complete their associate degree or certification in its entirety at the recently-renovated Parker Campus. Brand new, state-of-the-art science labs at the Littleton Campus will deliver the best in experiential and collaborative learning.

Our faculty and staff are dedicated to providing innovative and responsive educational and economic opportunities in an accessible, inclusive environment that promotes success for students, employees and members of the south metro Denver communities.

Whether you’re a prospective, current or transfer student, you’ll find the education and resources you need to Move Mountains at ACC and beyond.

by Jeff Duggan, ACC Communications Coordinator

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

Arapahoe Community College will host Start Now! enrollment expo on July 22

Start Now Orientation 2017Arapahoe Community College will offer an opportunity for anyone to begin the process of enrolling in Fall 2017 classes with its Start Now! orientation and registration event on Saturday, July 22, from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Littleton and Parker campuses.

Start Now! will provide all students who have applied to ACC – but are not yet registered – with the opportunity to complete new student orientation and free English/math assessment testing while receiving assistance with career/academic advising, financial aid and registration during this one-day session. Refreshments will be available.

The event will include tours of the College, and staff will be on hand to help answer any questions you may have about ACC’s programs, beginning your college career, and paying for college. Please bring your 2015 tax forms if you are interested in free assistance with completing the FAFSA.

Nursing simulation activityAttendees at the Parker campus – where students can now complete their Associate of Arts / Associate of Science degrees in their entirety – can tour the newly-remodeled science labs and classrooms designed to maximize experiential and collaborative learning. Parker-area students can now study natural sciences, math, health, and computer science closer to home.

At ACC, we offer both quality and value. ACC has nearly 100 associate degree and certificate programs, and credits are guaranteed to transfer into Colorado’s four-year public institutions. Our instructors are experts in their field, and classes are available both online and at our campuses in Littleton, Parker and Castle Rock.

RSVP now for Start Now! at Littleton or Parker. Don’t forget to have test scores and/or high school transcripts ready when you RSVP. For more information about Start Now!, or to apply for admission to ACC, please contact Student Recruitment and Outreach at acc.info@arapahoe.edu or 303.797.5637.

Parker Campus Construction – Final Update

If you haven’t been to our Parker campus lately, you are in for a surprise. The 2nd floor remodel is complete and we now have cutting edge science labs, lab prep space and a new student space. This will allow us to offer more courses and programs in Parker. Check out photos of the new labs and student area below.

Science Labs and Equipment

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Parker Student LoungeParker student spaceParker Student lounge - tablesParker student spaceThank you to everyone who worked and went to class at the ACC Parker campus during the construction phase. We hope you’ll enjoy the new classrooms and student area as much as we do.

Student Bond Fee Status

UPDATE

The Student Bond Fee has passed. All ACC students will pay the $2.80 building fee per credit hour whether enrolled in person or via online courses at any of the three ACC campuses.

Notice

This is to notify all enrolled students of Arapahoe Community College that an extension of the current building fee ($2.80 per credit) is being proposed to be collected from all ACC students enrolled in person or via online courses at any of the three ACC campuses.  Currently the fee is only paid by students enrolled in courses at the Littleton campus. If approved, it would be effective July 1, 2017 and the fee would be collected from all students for the first time fall academic term 2017. The fee will still be $2.80 per credit.

Proposed Ballot Language

Students enrolled on the Littleton campus currently pay a $2.80 per credit building fee.  Shall the current building fee of $2.80 be collected from all ACC students (online, Parker, Castle Rock and Littleton campus) students?

Authorization

Per the Arapahoe Community College Institutional Fee Plan and Colorado Community College System Board Policy 4-20 (Student Tuition & Fees/Scholarships) this fee will go to a vote of Arapahoe Community College Students via ACC student email accounts beginning April 17, 2017.

Fee Purpose

The purpose of the fee is pay towards bonds that previously funded the acquisition/creation of student space, and for current upkeep, furniture, utilities, renovations for student space and equipment, and resources for students. The monies collected shall be used only to pay the bond or for the acquisition, installation, maintenance, and equipment to support and enhance student spaces.

Explanation of the Fee

The building fee was first voted by students to maintain and provide resources and renovations for student spaces and resources. These include student spaces, club and organization space, equipment, furniture for student usage, studying and other online and in-person resources for students. At the time the fee was voted on by students (in the late 1990’s), the Littleton campus was the only ACC campus. Since this time, ACC has added two additional campuses, Parker and Castle Rock. Students at these campuses also enjoy student spaces and resources, but are not currently assessed the building fee.  Online students have full access to all campuses and spaces, and enjoy resources online that serve them as ACC students, from tutoring, library, access to assistance from college staff, and other amenities as an ACC students.

Fee Assessment

This $2.80 fee is per enrolled credit per academic term.

ACC Parker Campus Remodel Update

Our Parker Campus remodel is progressing with great success! Our students will soon be enjoying state-of-the-art science labs, a beautiful new student lounge area, and innovative classrooms to enhance experiential and collaborative learning.

Here’s what we’ve been busy working on:

  • Office, restroom and classroom “finishes”…including ceiling grids, drywall, plumbing, painting and lighting
  • Overhead rough-end completions for mechanical, electrical and plumbing
  • Wet / dry lab prep areas
  • Electric panel & transformer relocation
  • Boiler room / glycol system / hydronic piping
  • Rubber-sheet flooring in the labs (complete with heat-welded seams)
  • Removal of acoustic ceiling fixture and addition of a student lounge skylight
  • Revamped HVAC and ductwork systems

Take a look at our progress!

Parker Remodel construction crew at work

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Parker Campus Construction Updates

If you have been to our Parker campus lately, you know that we’re busily working on the new science labs. Construction has begun and the dust is flying. Here are some photos to show you our progress.

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Make sure to watch our blog for more updates and photos from construction! We’re excited to share them with you!

Parker Campus Construction – New Labs

2017 is a big year at the ACC Parker campus! We’re gearing up to recreate our space and add new state-of-the-art science labs and work space. Construction is set to start in early February 2017. All of these updates mean we’ll be able to offer more classes, but also that it will be a construction zone this semester. Check out what’s to come!

Awesome things to come:

  • Innovative classrooms with state of the art technology to create a collaborative learning experience.
  • High tech science labs with flexible configurations to accommodate several different scenarios (wet lab, dry lab, prep areas, group discoveries, individual explorations – all things cool and science-related).
  • State-of-the-art lounge area for students to feel like part of the Parker community / ACC community / student community, all in one learning commons space.
  • Administration collaborative offices to create cohesion of shared ideas and expansion of experiential learning.
  • More course selections to finish your degree in your community.
  • Complete A.A.S. degree!

A few things to keep in mind:

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ACC ear plugs will be available to help you make it through any noise.

  • Construction will start the first part of February. We’ve got ear plugs on hand for those noisy days!
  • Parking spaces will be more limited. If your goal is to get 10,000 steps in a day, you’ll be on your way!
  • Intermittent electrical outages. Remember to save your work often!
  • Limited second floor bathroom accessibility. Don’t worry, the first floor will still be up and running!
  • We got a positivity pole to share your thoughts on what you are most excited about for the new science labs and we’re fully staffed if you have any question or concerns during this exciting time.

If you have any questions or need accommodations, please contact the ACC Parker campus at 303.734.4822 or parkercampus@arapahoe.edu.

ACC Invoices and Small Payments are now Digital

ACC is Moving Mountains

We’re making it easier for our students to succeed with a brand new, integrated system that ensures full user friendliness and modern capabilities.

Changes that have occurred:

Effective September 15, 2016, ACC will be using monthly Electronic invoicing and no longer producing physical bills. These bills will be produced on the 15th of every month, rather than 2 to 3 times per semester. The Electronic invoices provide detailed listing of charges, expected Financial Aid, Courses, and options for remittance of payment.

Electronic invoices are produced for ALL students with a balance – even if you have a 3rd party committed to paying for your tuition or if you have signed up for a payment plan through Nelnet Business Solutions.

Why is ACC moving towards Electronic Invoices?

Electronic Invoices provide a more accurate, more frequent and timely bill. It’s a greater convenience for students and is easy to locate. It also helps track payments from 3rd parties and tracks the enrollment status (as well as any affiliated Financial Aid) that a student may possess. And system records are more capable as an electronic standard versus the traditional US Mail.

Where can I find my Transaction History?

Electronic invoices will be housed in myACC – 6 easy steps to access:

  1. Log in to myACC.
  2. Click on the “Student Finance” tab.
  3. Find the “Billing Statement” box.
  4. Click on “View Monthly Statements or Billing Notices.”
  5. Click on the “Click here for credit card payments and/or historical account statements at ACC.”
  6. Find the “Your Bills” box and click on “Banner Sched Inv S…”
    Students will receive an email notification when Electronic invoices are published and available for viewing.

And Moving Towards the Future!

With an efficient new way for you to purchase parking passes, pay for replacement student ID cards and to take care of your testing center fees!

A New Way to Pay:

ACC is catching up with the world’s most modern marketing advancements by introducing our own electronic ‘Shopping Cart’ onto the ACC website. An easier and more simplified way for students to pay for individual or multiple services that ACC offers. Not only is this method more efficient, it’s also effective and fast!

How it will work:

  1. Log onto myACC
  2. Select the “Student Finance” Tab
  3. Under “Payment Options and Refunds” click on “Pay with Credit Card – Optional Purchases”
  4. Click on “Shopping Cart” (located at the top of the Student Account Online Page) and click on “Continue Shopping”
  5. View choices and click on “View Detail” for the Parking Permit you wish to purchase
  6. Click on “Add to Shopping Cart”, click on “Checkout” when you are finished shopping. If you are finished shopping, click “Continue Checkout”
  7. Enter credit card information along with your name and address (verify email is correct)
  8. Review your information to ensure it is accurate and click on “Submit Payment”
  9. Once the “Confirmation” Page appears click on “View Printable Receipt” and print your receipt, showing you have paid

If you have any questions, please contact the ACC Cashier’s Office.

by Gail McKinney, ACC Bursar

ACC Parker Campus Community Spotlight: Jason Tempest

Jason Tempest, ACC Student

Jason Tempest, ACC Student

Each semester the ACC Parker Campus team invites faculty, staff and students to nominate students who they believe demonstrate outstanding academic, personal, professional, and/or community achievements.

Jason Tempest was selected as our Spring 2016 ACC Parker Campus Student Spotlight.  English instructor Ms. Laurie Wasmund nominated Jason and shared that he was a valued and trusted contributor in her class.  He regularly earned high marks on all his writing assignments.  But most impressively, was his willingness to approach difficult topics and boarded the conversation in the class in thoughtful and intellectual ways.  Jason’s keen sense of ethical integrity and well-developed social consciousness made us believe that he will effectively use the information he has gathered at ACC, and become a great mentor for others.

We invited Jason to share his journey and experience at ACC and our Parker Campus via a short interview.  We especially appreciated his candid and brilliant ideas and suggestions to any ACC students on how to survive and manage your college career at ACC.

How long have you attended classes at Arapahoe Community College?

I have been attending since the Fall of 2015.

How long have you taken classes at the ACC Parker Campus?

I was lucky enough to have all of my classes at the ACC Parker Campus during the Fall of 2015 and had to split half of them at the Littleton Campus for Spring of 2016.

What are you studying and why?

Here at ACC I’m working toward my AA with a designation in Psychology. This degree will help me move toward my goal of earning a Masters in Psychology. Once that is complete I can apply for a Licensed Practitioner Councilor (LPC). I look forward to owning my own practice and helping people with the use of therapeutic counseling.

How has ACC and/or the ACC Parker Campus helped you reach your personal and/or academic goals?

The friendly staff at ACC and particularly the Parker Campus have helped me in a variety of ways. Financial and Academic counseling have always been there to keep me on track. The staff have been there to help with day to day problems that arise. The wonderful teachers have given me much insight into organization, writing, editing, and psychology basics. I believe the connections I have made here will no doubt go beyond my academic stay here at ACC.

What advice would you give new students to help them succeed in the classroom and beyond?

A crucial piece of advice to any new student is to be organized. My weekly planner has been my best friend throughout this journey making sure I’m on track with readings, homework, and studying for exams. Do what works for you but find a system that keeps you organized and on track. You honestly get back what you put into your education. The more organized effort you put in your education the better the results will be. Understand that there are a wide range of resources available to you. The writing center, tutors at the Littleton campus, classmates, and the teachers themselves to name a few. Don’t be afraid to raise your hand and ask a question. Teachers are usually happy to answer them. The worst thing you can do is take back seat to your education. I felt that some students in my first math class here at ACC failed to ask critical questions about problems in class. This lead to low test scores and an overall lack of performance. I would advise every student to follow some basic guidelines. Show up every day like your degree depends on it. Take clear and detailed notes of material in class. Set aside time to study, read, and do homework. Creating a habit of scholastic achievement will tremendously help throughout your college career and transfer to life after college. For large assignments like papers and presentations create a timeline to stay on track with the assignment. Waiting until the last day to finish an assignment will create an underdeveloped paper or presentation. Sit near the front of the class and take charge in your in class lectures and discussions. Many times I have learned material by answering wrong in a class discussion. Finally, make sure to take a little bit of time for yourself. See friends, play games, get some sun, and take a short break every now and then. These activities can rejuvenate and empower you to continue with your studies. College doesn’t have to be all notes, lectures, tests, and papers. Meet those people around you and find some activities that help you grow.