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.

 

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:

ACC ear plugs

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 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

In Phi Theta Kappa your potential is limitless

Tasha EsteinIf you catch a bee in glass, you’ll find the bee will hit the top of the glass a few times–trying to fly away–before stopping. If you take that same glass and flip it right side up (without removing the bee), you’ll find that the bee won’t try to fly away any more. In fact, it’s usually quite a while before the bee even realizes that he can fly to reach his full potential. We, as humans, create these same kinds of limitations for ourselves every day. We see how expansive the sky appears to be, but because we have fumbled along the way a few times and hit the glass– maybe because we were under-prepared, were told that we couldn’t do better, or it simply wasn’t the right time – we think of that small, limited glass as our best lot in life. I’m here to help you realize that the sky is the limit – there are no glass limitations except those that you set for yourself. Phi Theta Kappa can help actualize that.

For those of you that know me, hi! For those that do not, I’m Tasha Estein – Phi Theta Kappa, Sigma Phi chapter’s historian for this year. I have a secret to share with you all: I’m completely mediocre. I didn’t learn how to read until I was almost 10 years old. I had to retake my senior year of high school. And I had to wait seven years just to get into community college. I have fallen more times than I can count and I have fallen harder than I ever thought I could recover from.

When I started classes at ACC last fall, if you asked me then where I thought I would be in a year’s time–I would have had very low expectations for myself. I came to this school wanting to be invisible: to get my credits and go. I never expected to do anything that I would be proud of, and I certainly didn’t expect to be in a position where people would care who I was. In this last year, however, I have won several awards, been selected for noteworthy positions, and accomplished many things that anyone would be proud of. I will not bother you with the boring specifics, but to give you a bit of perspective: this time last week I was at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida working with NASA scientists and 40 exceptional community college students from all over the US. The real kick that I get out of those community college students? Almost all of them were Phi Theta Kappa members and some of them are even intending to run for an International Office for next year. This trend is not limited to NASA either.

Over the past year, I have attend many events, always with a large variety of students. But almost always I have found that the most exceptional people are involved with PTK. And while there are successful students outside of PTK, this organization is a culmination of the best and brightest. Why? Because if you are reading this, you have already proved to be a hardworking individual. If you are reading this, you know that PTK has something important to give to you: the ability to go farther than you ever thought you could go before–a means of becoming the person that you were meant to be.

Although we all have different backgrounds and come from different walks of life, we have joined here because deep down we want to strive for greatness. Perhaps, some of you have already realized it or perhaps some of you are where I was a year ago–when I thought I wouldn’t amount to anything. No matter where you are, it’s important to remember that you will get what you give. If you are willing to work like you did to get to this point the only way out is up. From working with PTK I have gained confidence, found life changing opportunities, made friends and memories, and had a blast while doing it.

I want to personally encourage you to learn more about Sigma Phi. You have reached the edge of the glass. From here, you only need to remember to fly. I can’t wait to see where we will go from here. Thank you.

by Tasha Estein, ACC Student

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

What I Chose When I Joined PTK

Mark D'Agosta in parkour move on ACC campus

Mark D’Agosta participating in Parkour Club at ACC.

Consequence of Choice

I never tell anyone that I think they are talented, because I believe in the golden rule. To me, every talent is a consequence of a series of choices made. The choice to train results in fitness, the choice to spend time with a loved one results in a healthy relationship, and the choice to study results in academic excellence. Yet with each action we choose, another action is left undone. In this way, the life of a college student is brimming with choices. Do I get straight As, or do I enjoy my free time? Do I spend the money for extra classes, or do I upgrade my failing car?

Luckily the decisions we make are more complex than the arithmetic of choice A or choice B. Like a great investor, a great person puts up a large investment when the return is guaranteed, yet they also make small investments that have the potential to pay out big. The strategy involved in such investments is rarely a simple matter to predict; there are risks and nothing is certain. However, good strategy involves identifying patterns, calculating odds, and making the right move.

I made a choice to join the Arapahoe Community College Sigma Phi chapter of the honor society, Phi Theta Kappa (PTK). It was not an ignorant decision, it was a calculated move based on some particular ideas gleaned from my previous career.

PTK Can Help You Stand Out In The Job Market

I have interviewed hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people, and I have to say–screening applicants is difficult. I learned three things from my experience. First, in the world of mass applicants, two extra seconds of attention make all the difference. Second, there are some triggers that attract an experienced reviewers’ eyes: anything extra! Most applications are very similar, they have the same types of information, in the same order, said the same way. If you break the pattern you get noticed. Finally, once face-to-face with applicants, the interviewers appreciate having something to ask you about. So, providing the interviewer with additional fodder for discussion can make a difference in an interview situation.

PTK Can Give You A Stronger Narrative

While being a member of Phi Theta Kappa gives me the slight edge in applying for schools, scholarships, and jobs, I find the benefit runs deeper. I chose to be involved in PTK to develop a stronger narrative and a richer college experience. When an interviewer asks me to give an example of a specific experience, I have an answer. I explain how I sat down with a Senator to address the issue of failing depleted water resources. I talk about how I initiated new systems at the college and in the community, and how my follow PTK members made those systems work. Thanks to PTK I have success stories, not because I am talented, but because I was supported by others who wanted to achieve as much as me. Interviewers love this type of response, because it predicts success. Involvement in PTK makes me look like a better applicant, because it makes me become a better applicant. Being a member of PTK gives students access to a community that is dedicated to excellence. Just to be associated with this community brings esteem, and my involvement binds me to success. This is what I chose when I joined PTK.

by Mark D’Agosta, ACC student