Western Welcome Week 2016

Western Welcome Week Volunteers 2015

Western Welcome Week Volunteers 2015

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

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

Western Welcome Week parade volunteers - 2015

Western Welcome Week parade volunteers – 2015

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

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

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

by Karen Browning

 

What does your social media say about you?

Have you ever stopped to ponder what your social media style actually says about you? Have you stopped to think about how each social media platform you use is a way to market yourself to the world? If not, it may be time to rethink how you use social media.

Social media is constantly growing and evolving, which means we have to take action to ensure we are presenting ourselves as authentically (and professionally) as possible. In a survey conducted by CareerBuilder, 43% of employers are using social media to further research potential employees. 51% of those employers have not hired someone based on items they have posted on social media. (CareerBuilder)

With more employers turning to social media to research potential employees, it makes sense that we need to do more to market ourselves as we want future employers to see us. Make conscience efforts to:

  • Use appropriate spelling/grammar
  • Post about things that interest you
  • Be creative
  • Toot your own horn (talk about your accomplishments)
  • Acknowledge others’ accomplishments

Think twice before:

  • Posting about your weekend shenanigan’s (alcohol, drug-related)
  • Using poor grammar/spelling to save time
  • Bad-mouthing your current/past company/co-workers
  • Being too negative
  • Posting racy content

Think less of your social media as an online diary that the whole world can see and more as an opportunity to present yourself as you want future employers to see you. It sounds cheesy, but if you wouldn’t want your grandma/grandpa to see your posts, why are you posting them?

It’s time to step away from using social media as a place to vent about the trials and tribulations of your daily life and see it’s potential. Social media can help you:

  • Connect with other professionals
  • Showcase your creativity
  • Showcase your accomplishments
  • Market yourself to potential employers/clients
  • Let others see your personality

I’ve seen people get apartments, houses, jobs, significant others and more through their social connections. I love when my connections post articles, reviews, publications that let me know where their passions lie. I learn something new from social media everyday. I also tend to hide people whose grammar/spelling is consistently awful, people who are always negative, and those who constantly post things that I would get in trouble for viewing at work if people happened to walk by and see.

Take your social media to the next level and let people know who you are, what you are passionate about and why you are a rock star!