Get Your AAS Degree in Commercial Photography at ACC

Here is some exciting news-ACC will be offering an AAS degree in Commercial Photography starting Fall of 2017. This program is designed for creative individuals who want to learn the skills necessary to have a rewarding career as a commercial photographer. If you love taking pictures but want to go further, this is your chance to learn to make photographs. We want you to tap into your artistic self, but we are not about cranking out starving artists. Our curriculum has the courses that will enable you to learn the skills necessary to have a long and satisfying career as a working commercial photographer.

Photographer with camera and computers

Students gain a strong foundation in all the technical aspects of photography including exposure, lighting, composition, color theory, printing, video, and more. This program is balanced between the technical and the aesthetic skills necessary to make compelling images. There is balance between traditional and digital image making and balance between the art and business of commercial photography. Our mission is to help students enter their photographic specialty with all the skills they will need to be successful.

Specialties in the industry include consumer wedding and portrait photography, commercial advertising, corporate/industrial, and editorial/stock photography, photojournalism, fashion, architecture, automotive, sports, and nature/wildlife photography to name a few. There are opportunities to be a freelance photographer running your own business or working as a staff photographer for a business or corporation. There are a myriad of choices and we will help you discover which one is right for you.

Female photographer taking a picture of sun setting on mountainsArt fashion studio photo of beautiful elegant woman in luxury evening dress. The instructors heading the Commercial Photography Program have over fifty years of teaching experience and as professional photographers. Your instructors will be working professionals at the top of their fields and they will be teaching what they know. They bring their expertise into the classroom and share what is currently happening in the industry.

photographer journalist camera photo dslr editing edit designer photography teamwork team memories lighting shooting commercial contemporary shoot objects objective concept - stock imageNow for the best news, this program doesn’t cost tens of thousands of dollars like the private college options available in the area. Imagine graduating with a manageable amount of student debt, or being able to pay as you go with the help of financial aid. Instead of writing a whopping check each month to pay off debt, you will be able to take that money and invest it into your business! If all of this sounds exciting, find out more about starting this fall by contacting us. We are happy to answer any questions you might have. Your opportunity to have a rewarding creative career as a commercial photographer is available at ACC.

by Brad Bartholomew, ACC Photography faculty

ACC 2016-17 Student of the Year – Leah Porter

Leah PorterEarlier this spring, Arapahoe Community College student Leah Porter was selected as one of 15 nationwide Guistwhite Scholars by Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. Recipients are chosen based on academic achievement, leadership accomplishments and engagement in PTK programs. It proved to be just one of a multitude of accolades that the Malaysian native would garner during a decorated 2016-17 academic year at ACC.

Porter initially arrived in Colorado in 2001, but spent the majority of the ensuing six years traveling in and out of the country before returning to Denver as a permanent U.S. resident in 2007. She has lived in Israel, Singapore, Czech Republic (Prague) and Puerto Rico, and is fluent in five languages. However, when she enrolled at ACC in 2014, her written English and math (logarithms) competencies were not yet at the college level. Language barriers were frustrating and rendered prerequisite courses challenging. Porter, however, persevered through the adversity and was encouraged to apply for the ACC Sales Club Scholarship by Dr. Jim Boespflug while taking his Business Law class. Much to her surprise, she was selected as the recipient.

“Winning the scholarship really woke me up,” explained Porter. “It invigorated me, and I realized that I wanted more from my college experience. In fact, it motivated me to apply for an officer position in ACC’s Sigma Phi Chapter of PTK.”

She has become accustomed to overcoming obstacles, but none may be greater than the cultural adversity she has – and continues – to contend with. Porter, however, knew the path she wanted to travel, and began a new journey three years ago. Her goal: an associate degree and “cerebral” career.

“There is a socioeconomic demographic of women in Malaysia who are discouraged from advancing their intellect,” expressed Porter. “There is, unfortunately, a stigma that exists within my family because of the choices I’ve made to pursue my education.”

The President of Sigma Phi, Porter garnered Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Gold Scholar recognition earlier this spring. She is ACC Student Government’s representative on the State Student Advisory Committee (SSAC), as well as the student representative on the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education (SBCCOE). Porter earned Distinguished Officer acclaim at this year’s PTK Colorado/Wyoming Spring Regional Convention and was named to the PTK All-Colorado Academic Team in March. In 2016, she attended the PTK Honors Institute, served as Sigma Phi Vice President (Honors in Action Project), attended the Emily Griffith Symposium and founded ACC’s first student book club. Porter has also served on the President’s Student Advisory Council and Diversity Committee.

“My experience at ACC has been so valuable. The integrated, institution-wide support at the College has enabled me to establish not just my educational pathway, but confidence in myself,” said Porter. “The faculty and staff, as well as the opportunities, at ACC are amazing. My educational journey extends beyond just my life. ACC has helped change the lives of my daughters, who now have college aspirations.”

Porter has moved mountains at ACC with great fervor, and she approaches each challenge as an opportunity to expand her horizons. Her global voyages have since subsided, but her academic endeavors are well underway. She has been named ACC’s 2016-17 Student of the Year and will serve as one of three student speakers at the College’s 50th commencement on May 10 when she graduates with her associate degree in Business Administration. Porter, who plans to pursue bachelor’s and master’s degrees, wants to attain a career in higher education, serving as an advocate for aspiring female students both locally and around the world.

by Jeff Duggan, ACC Communications Coordinator

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

Parker remodel - storage spaceParker remodel - electrical workParker remodel ceilingParker remodel - construction workers in actionParker Remodel - construction teamby Jeff Duggan, ACC Communications Coordinator

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.

FAKE NEWS: What is it? Hows does it affect democracy? How do we avoid it?

Hot Topics logoPlease join us for what promises to be a timely forum on an issue of importance to us as citizens of a democracy.

When: Thursday, March 9th, at 1:00pm
Where: ACC Littleton Campus Library on the 2nd floor of the Main Building.

The format for the event is informal. Our three speakers will provide brief comments on the issue followed by a Q and A for the remainder of the session.

First, Mr. Vincent Carroll will discuss fake news from a journalist’s perspective. Mr. Carroll has been writing commentary on public policy and politics in Colorado for 35 years, after several reporting and editing stints in other states. He was editorial page editor at the Rocky Mountain News for many years until that newspaper’s demise in 2009, when he moved to The Denver Post. When Mr. Carroll retired from full-time journalism in 2016, he was editorial page editor of The Post. He continues to write columns for the paper. Mr. Carroll is the recipient of many writing awards for editorials and columns, as well as a 2014 inductee into the Denver Press Club Hall of Fame.

Next, Mr. Ted Belteau will discuss the impact of fake news on a flourishing democracy.  Mr. Belteau has been an educator for 30 years and is currently an Educational Consultant and a member of the ACLU Speakers’ Bureau. He sees the world as a place that must be safeguarded for future generations and believes strongly that the similarities shared by all members of our society are much stronger than the differences that some use to separate us. Mr. Belteau’s philosophy is quite simple: “love all, serve all.”

The third panelist is our own Ann Priestman, Head Reference and Archives Librarian here at ACC. Ms. Priestman will share tips for becoming a more discerning reader in an era of incredibly inaccurate, widely disseminated, “news.”

Finally, there will be ample time for you, our guests, to ask questions and share your observations. Please join us as we investigate “fake news.”

by Mary Carr, Department Chair – Anthropology, Economics, Political Science & Sociology

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!

Why You Should Attend ACC’s Transfer Fair

ACC Spring Transfer Fair 2016So, you decided to start your college career at ACC to save a little and get a great education while doing so. You want to transfer to a 4-year university, but you’re not really sure where to start! ACC is hosting the Spring Transfer Fair on Wednesday, February 22nd from 10:30am – 1:30pm in the Summit Room on the Littleton Campus. Here’s why you should attend!

  • Get Connected with the 4-Year Representative – The earlier you connect with the 4-year university, the more effective you will be in your ACC education. Make sure that the courses you’re taking now will fit into the Bachelor’s degree you’re considering.
  • Ask Questions! Use the opportunity to find out more about programs offered, scholarships available, study abroad opportunities, internship possibilities and more.
  • Meet with over 40 different universities – Have you wondered about the difference between attending MSU or CU Denver? Have you looked into living in Boulder or Fort Collins? This is your chance to compare a variety of institutions and programs and opportunities at the same place and time!
  • Earn prizes and eat pizza – Come hungry and ready to win. Universities are giving away their cool swag and Student Life has generously donated pizza for participating students.

Did you know? The top eight schools ACC students transfer to:

  • Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • University of Colorado – Denver
  • Colorado State University
  • University of Colorado – Boulder
  • Regis University
  • University of Colorado – Colorado Springs
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • Colorado Christian University

Find out why ACC students succeed at these schools! All these universities will be at the transfer fair, and more! In addition to Colorado universities, there will be some from Nebraska, Wyoming, New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona.

Upon enrolling, almost half ACC students identify that they intend to transfer as part of their goals. The best way to make that happen is by planning in advance for a seamless transfer. Let the Career and Transfer Center assist you. You can always check out what is new in Transfer Services online, including the visitation schedule of our four-year partners who would love to enroll ACC students!

Please contact the Career and Transfer Center at 303-797-5805, careers@arapahoe.edu, M2010, Littleton campus.

by Wendy Winter-Searcy, Career & Transfer Center Director and Shari Culver, Career and Transfer Counselor

ACC’s ViTaL Team and Community help students at Sheridan High School

Beginning in December 2016, the ACC community donated hundreds of school supplies, peanut butters, toothpastes, and toothbrushes towards a donation drive for underprivileged students at Sheridan High School. During the Spring 2017 semester in a Service Learning session at the All-Instruction Meeting, faculty and staff distributed these donations into 45 backpacks. Adding to that count, 18 extra backpacks were filled with even more donations one night in January with several moms and their young kids from Colorado Academy. The delivered backpacks to Sheridan High School helped ACC enrich its partnership with this concurrent enrollment school that has 85% of their students in poverty. Thanks again to everyone at ACC for your time and donations for these local kids in need and potential ACC students!

Diana Hornick and Josie Mills with filled backpacks

ViTaL Team members (Diana Hornick and Josie Mills) getting ready to deliver backpacks to Sheridan High School.

 

ACC Fitness Center Membership Updates

ACC Fitness Center cardio and weight machines

ACC Fitness Center cardio and weight machines

Welcome back to campus and 2017!

Many of you may have New Year fitness resolutions. The ACC Fitness Center staff members are here to help you toward your goals.

Beginning in February, we will offer a Healthy Living series, covering topics such as stress reduction, fitness in 20 minutes, healthy eating, and healthy home and well as an opportunity to learn to play Pickleball.

As we move into 2017, a different policy for employee memberships will be implemented. The details for this are as follows:

  • ACC employees, both full-time and part-time, who would like to use the ACC Fitness Center facilities will be asked to purchase a membership. The rate will be $40 for a four-month timeframe (that’s just $10 per month!). Get a discount if you pay for a full year membership – 1 year is $100.
  • With the purchased membership, extra programming such as listed above will be offered at no additional cost.
  • The FitPass option will continue as we have had it in the past with a $40 fee to purchase the pass. You can purchase the FitPass without purchasing a Fitness Center membership.
  • Employees will no longer need to bring an Employee ID as a means to check into the Fitness Center. Instead, a Fitness Center ID will be issued at the time of purchasing the membership and will be obtained at the Admissions and Records office as a patron ID. This ID will allow check in to the Fitness Center using the member check in computers, not the student check in computer and will be tied to membership data. As a convenience, these patron ID cards may be left in the Fitness Center to facilitate ease of checking in for workouts.
New yoga room

New yoga room

This new policy will be implemented on Monday, February 6. Membership paperwork, payments and IDs may be completed prior to that date at the Fitness Center desk. The ACC Fitness Center employees strive to provide a clean and safe facility for all of our students, employees and community members. The new fees for staff will help us purchase new equipment and add programs.

We hope to see you in 2017!

by Perri Cunningham, ACC Fitness Center Director