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.

Construction on the ACC Littleton Campus

You may have noticed that it is a little noisy on ACC’s Littleton campus this summer. That’s because we’re making tons of improvements to enhance your education. Our 3rd floor is under construction and they are making a ton of progress!

Remember the science labs…

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3rd floor main building - student space 1 3rd floor main building - student space 2 3rd floor main building - student space 3These areas are being remodeled. We’re building brand new science labs for biology, chemistry, microbiology, mortuary science, medical laboratory technology, phlebotomy, anatomy and physiology, astronomy and more. These labs will include modern facilities and work spaces for students, not to mention nearby prep space, storage and more collaborative student work areas.

We will also be updating restrooms, a few offices and our student spaces. Here’s a look at the scope of the work area for this remodel.

ACC Littleton - main building - 3rd floor scope of workTo make all of this happen we need to make some noise and a bit of a mess. Check out our progress during the demolition phase of our remodel.

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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.

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

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.

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

Updates from IT

As you begin a new semester at ACC, you may have some questions about our technology on and off campus. We’ve prepared a list of tips, instructions and contact information to help you get off to a great start and ready to Move Mountains!Wireless Access instructions

Wireless Printing

Contact IT to get instructions for Printing from Wireless Network for more information on how you can submit simple print jobs to a select group of printers on campus. Please also note that print quotas will be reset by the start of Spring semester. Other information on quotas may be found in the student handbook.

Office 365 Install on Personal Computer

All ACC students are eligible to install Microsoft Office 365 on a personal laptop or desktop they own. To access and install Office 365 navigate your web browser to the ACC portal and log on. Click on the “Student tab” and look for an area with links to installing Office 365. This is a great suite of applications to use as you work through your studies at ACC.

Email Spam & Phishing – Being Vigilant

  • Students are hit with Spam and Phishing messages every day. New messages are deceptive and are getting craftier by the second. When in doubt, verify you were expecting an attachment before opening by contacting the person that sent the message. It is not uncommon to see phishing emails include legitimate signatures of people you know in an effort to get you to open the message.
  • Know that IT will NEVER ask you to click on a link and provide us with your personal information when you interact with us.
  • When in doubt please ask. Our campus community does a great job of identifying dangerous spam. It’s an effort that requires everyone.

IT Contact Information and Hours of Operation

For questions related to your computer lab user account or accessing technology services on campus please contact the ACC IT Help Desk using the contact information below.

  • ACC IT Help Desk Phone
    • On Campus – call extension 3199
    • Off Campus – call (303) 797-5700 extension 1283199
  • ACC IT Help Desk Hours of Operation (when class is in session)
    • Monday – Thursday 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    • Friday 7 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • ACC Open Lab Hours of Operation (when class is in session)
    • Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    • Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    • Saturday 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

For questions about problems accessing the myACC portal please contact:

  • Always Available
  • 1 (888) 800-9198

Celebrating Democracy

There is another big change in the US of A: a new President. ACC is celebrating democracy in America by getting together for Diversity Dialogues on Monday, January 23 at 1pm in M2720, Littleton campus. Whatever your feelings are about our new President, stop by and engage in a discussion. Diversity Dialogues are a great space designed to allow students, staff, and community members to come together to share their thoughts in a safe environment. If you can’t stop by today, Student Life hosts weekly Diversity Dialogues. Check the schedule for one that works for you.

This year in politics has been one to remember and will definitely go down in the history books. It has been controversial and has raised a lot of questions within our country. When things like this happen, young adults are hesitant to reveal their own views and state what they are truly thinking. We are often told that our votes don’t matter or our views and opinions don’t matter. But I think that is totally backwards.

As upper-education students, I believe that we all have the right to express our own feelings and opinions. In addition to having the right, it is our civic duty. We are the future of the United States (yes, I know that sounds cheesy and you’ve heard it a million times before, but it’s true!). We should all be able to express what we think on a subject, no matter what said subject is. It allows for great conversations and debates, which eventually leads to learning. And that learning leads to us being more sensitive and aware of the world around us.

That is what I like about ACC. It is an open space to share your opinions. Sure, it may cause some debates (some more heated than others), but, hey, that’s the fun part! I am lucky enough to be a journalism major in this very interesting time in America and last semester, my class talked extensively on the subject of politics. My class was divided when it came to talking about the election and it led to multiple passionate debates between class members. And let me tell you, I learned more from those debates than I did in my entire high school civics class. Politics is a fact of life, so you might as well embrace it with open arms and learn from it!

Whether you like President Trump or not, you are able to express your opinions on him. And that is truly what democracy is.

by Ashlyn Stetzel, ACC Journalism Major