ACC Student Spotlight: Andrew Groom

ACC Student Andrew GroomAs an ACC student, Andrew has obtained a degree that puts him directly in line to start a specific career at a cost well below that of a four-year state school or a private college. He would definitely recommend ACC to others because the college works hard to engage with the students and incorporate their feedback as much as possible into the running of the institution. He values ACC as receiving a good quality education and views this s a huge benefit.

Andrew is also a work study employee in the Financial Aid Office. He said that working at ACC has definitely helped him integrate into the community here. “There are so many great employees who are ready and willing to help students achieve their academic goals and I have just really enjoyed being able to work alongside such an excellent team,” replied Andrew. Through his ACC student employment, he has greatly improved upon his customer service skills and has increased his cultural awareness of the many differing people and their circumstances as they look to progress through the education system.

Andrew wanted to end by saying, “ACC has everything you need to become successful as a student pursuing you academic dreams and plenty of people willing to help you. Don’t be afraid to ask.” Andrew is ACC!

by Karen Browning, ACC Marketing Project Manager

Abraham: An ACC “Success Tori”

Tori AbrahamThere was a time when Arapahoe Community College student Tori Abraham wasn’t certain about how to move forward with her academic and career aspirations.

Now, not only is she on target to graduate from ACC this May (Associate of Arts in Psychology), she’s already moving mountains in the lives of youngsters throughout the south metro Denver area.

The Mountain Vista High School graduate, who began attending ACC in August of 2014, currently works as a Registered Behavioral Technician (RBT) at Trumpet Behavioral Health in Centennial, and also as a nanny for two different families.

“Not all children are fortunate enough to have a strong support system,” stated Abraham.  “I feel like it’s more beneficial to build strong youth rather than to mend adults. I love brightening the lives of children and seeing them smile. It’s very fulfilling to watch their lives improve and see them grow.”

Abraham has taken three courses with ACC Psychology Faculty Allison Hagood, looking forward to each and every class session. She credits Hagood with advancing her interest and passion for psychology, alluding to how the Abnormal Psychology course in particular has been instrumental in giving her perspective about obstacles that others – as well as she herself – may encounter.

“Tori is a delight to have in class,” said Hagood. “She’s thoughtful and engaged, both with her professors and with other students. I am looking forward to the great things she’s going to accomplish in the future.”

Abraham praised her younger sister, Ellie, for being influential in her success at ACC. “She, unlike myself, has always been passionate about school,” Abraham said about Ellie, who will be attending CU Denver next fall. “Ellie has been such an inspiration for me ever since I first enrolled at ACC nearly three years ago. I’ve grown into a student who loves to learn. I’ve had great professors and I’m passionate about Psychology. I’ve been able to succeed at ACC like I never dreamed possible.”

Abraham is a recipient of both the Thom Sorensen Psychology Scholarship and the All-American Scholarship, and was inducted into ACC’s Sigma Phi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society in the fall of 2015. Earlier this spring, Abraham was named to the PTK All-Colorado Academic Team.

“I’m very proud to have been part of PTK,” said Abraham. “It’s been exciting to be a part of something so prestigious, and it has opened so many doors for me.”

Abraham will transfer to CU Boulder next fall to pursue her bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She aspires to work in the field of clinical psychology with a specialization in youth counseling.

by Jeff Duggan, ACC Communications Coordinator

ACC Parker: Connecting Passion with Opportunity

Parker Campus Cookies with the Manager

ACC Parker Campus Cookies with the Parker Campus Manager, Gwen Young

Day or night, our ACC Parker Campus bustles with activity. Early birds arrive at 8am while night owls work late into the night. With offerings to pursue a variety of certificates and Associates degrees, you can connect your passion to opportunity at our ACC Parker Campus. We have the talent and drive to help you meet your goals, regardless of what career and academic path you pursue. With a variety of student services, Guaranteed Transfer Courses and exciting new course offerings, our ACC Parker Campus staff can help you Move Mountains at the right place and right time for you!

Whether you are studying Business, Early Childhood Education, Computer Information Science or are taking electives for your degree plan, you’ll find ACC Parker to be a great spot to grow and learn.

ACC Parker - Pizza with the President

Pizza with the President at ACC’s Parker Campus

Our ACC Parker Campus is growing too! We are happy to offer more Health and Science offerings, preparing students and community members to thrive within the growing health care and science fields. With offerings such as Emergency Medical Technician Certification, Medical Terminology, Certified Nursing Assistant, Human Nutrition, Human Anatomy and Physiology, and Pathophysiology, you can pave your path with our classroom to career courses.

Stay tuned for more Health and Sciences offerings as our ACC Parker Campus expands. Renovations will begin next year and will include more space for specialty programs, labs, and study areas!

Spring registration has started.  Give us a call at 303-734-4822 or visit us online, and let us help you connect your passion with opportunity!

Together, we can Move Mountains!
Team Parker

Start your child’s education off right at ACC’s newly remodeled Child Development Center

Classroom at ACC's Child Development Center

Teacher Ms. Helen sharing her pet duck, “Quackers,” with her Pre-K classroom.

The group of toddlers giggle in delight as the teacher reads the interactive book, “Press Here,” about a magical dot that multiplies, changes color, and expands. Each child has a colored dot sticker on their hand they press when prompted. The children are learning to follow directions, numbers, colors, and size, all in a fun, playful manner. On the playground, a group of three boys are working to build sand ramps with PVC pipes. When two boys begin arguing because they want the same piece, the teacher helps them problem solve a solution. They are learning engineering, verbal, social, and problem-solving skills.

The Child Development Center at Arapahoe Community College is child care that provides quality early learning experiences for young children of ACC students, faculty, staff, and families in the community. A NAEYC (National Association for the Education for Young Children) accredited center, the school provides care and learning Monday through Friday, 7:30am to 5:30pm for children ages 18 months to Pre-Kindergarten and we are expanding!  As part of this expansion, we have undergone some exciting changes as the North Building has been renovated to incorporate improved services for children, families, staff, and students.

  • A safer, more secure center. There is now restricted access via the new entrance on the East side of the building. Only parents, staff, Early Childhood Education (ECE) faculty and students will be able to access the center. Child Care drop off parking spots are located in Lot B only for a quicker, safer entrance for small children. All ACC staff, faculty, and students in these programs have passed background checks. All other visitors will need to enter the East entrance, check into the office and show a picture id.
  • Observation rooms. Each classroom now has an area to observe the children and teachers. Both ECE students and parents will be able to view what is going on in the classrooms through the “one way” glass. Dimmers on the lights allow more or less visibility.
  • New classrooms as well as center layout. To expand access as well as improve services, we have done some rearranging of classrooms and offices. We will eventually have a total of 5 classrooms, an indoor gym/activity room, ECE faculty offices, and two adult ECE classrooms.

Along with our newly renovated facility, here are a couple of important facts about our services:

  • We offer 2, 3, or 5 full-day Schedules. Children need to arrive by 9:00am daily to start their day and enjoy breakfast with their friends. Children need routine and a consistent start time helps maximize learning opportunities.
  • We serve healthy, family-style breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack daily at no extra cost.
  • We offer Child Care Stipends for ACC students and alumni who are continuing to a 4-year, accredited institution. Stipends are competitive; applications are due in July and awarded for both Fall and Spring Semesters.
  • We accept a limited number of CCAP slots for currently enrolled ACC students.

If you are interested in learning more about our program and the services we offer or to schedule a tour, please give me a call at 303-797-5678 or visit the ACC Child Development Center web page.

Kimberly Steele, Director

Manage Your Future in Event Management

Event Management has become one of the most desired career choices for students of all ages. Whether a new grad right out of college pursing his or her passion of event coordination, or an experienced employee looking to make a career transition, the Event Management program is designed to provide the skills and experience necessary for all students looking to enter the field.

The program provides a comprehensive look into all dimensions of event planning: event funding, PR, advertising, marketing and sales, volunteer and staff management, and operations and logistics. The course also covers specialized areas of event management. Some examples include: wedding planning, conventions, arenas and sporting events, and event management for non-profits.

An invaluable piece of the course is the section pertaining to owning your own event management company. As our society becomes increasingly more entrepreneurial, programs that focus on business development skills become exponentially important.

Essential to becoming a successful business owner, and event manager, is the ability to communicate and collaborate with clients. As a result, the program is heavily focused on relationship building, networking and honing of communication skills. Through networking events, internship and volunteer opportunities, students are able to meet and learn from industry leaders.

The goals of the Event Management program are to increase the students’ knowledge and understanding of the industry, provide them the tools to confidently create and execute an event, and to connect them with internship and career opportunities within the field. As the course progresses, it is the students’ responsibility to stay abreast industry trends, news and developments and becomes experts in the industry.

One of the benefits of Workforce Training and the Event Management program is the real world experience provided to students. An industry that is based solely around “doing,” requires constant hands on projects. The ability to learn the material is only as beneficial as the ability to apply it to an actual event. Through this program, students are continuously challenged to create, communicate and execute skillfully prepared event experiences.

By the end of the course, students will have a personal event portfolio, have made industry contacts, and have grown their networks. Because, as it was said by English philosopher, Alfred North Whitehead, “no one who achieves success does so without the help of others.”