BAS in Emergency Service Administration – A Student Perspective

Conner Cunningham and familyWhy did you decide on the BAS in ESA?

To me, choosing a BAS in Emergency Service Administration was a no brainer. I had just completed my AAS in Criminal Justice and one of my instructors informed me the ESA program was starting this semester. I looked into the program and decided it would help me reach my career goals. With the Emergency Service field being one of the most competitive, and I think having a degree in leadership, management will set me apart from other candidates for new positions or promotions.

Why did you choose ACC?

I actually graduated from high school early in 2011 and went to school in Utah. After a year, I took an academic deferment to serve a religious mission in Romania. When I got home I thought I’d move back to Utah. Instead, I asked a girl I met abroad to marry me and she said yes. Naturally, my education was placed on the back burner.

In 2016 we decided I needed to go back to school so I could pursue a career in Law Enforcement. The only catch was I couldn’t attend class on campus since I was working full-time. I scouted several colleges across the Denver metro area and settled on ACC because of its low cost tuition, numerous online programs and scholarship opportunities.

What do you want to do after you get your Bachelor’s degree?

After I finish my Bachelor’s degree I plan on applying for positions in the FBI or DEA. I speak Romanian fluently and there are field offices for government bureaus in Bucharest. I hope my education, professional experience and linguistics skills can land me the job. If that falls through, I want to promote to supervisory levels at my current agency and work on an impact or cyber-crime team.

What do you like most about the program?

My favorite part of the program is the diversity among classmates and courses. Unlike other programs which are targeted towards a niche group of academics, i.e. Literature, Chemistry, Economics, Political Science, Aquatic Macramé, Emergency Service Administration covers all facets of the field including Law Enforcement, Fire, EMS, Disaster Preparation and Response, National Park Services, Corrections, etc. This means that courses are sprinkled with Firefighters, Police Officers, Nurses and EMTs resulting in proactive discussions and interesting, challenging assignments.

Are you able to find a balance between school and those other priorities?

So far, I have been able to balance school with family, work and hobbies. The course load can be extensive at times, but this isn’t my first rodeo and I know how to budget my time. Also, most of the concepts I’m learning are applicable to my current work assignment so I’m enthusiastic about learning and completing the courses.

Would you recommend the program to others and why/why not?

I highly recommend this program to anyone who plans on, or is currently working in, Emergency Services. I know from personal experience that in the 11th hour you can end up being the most senior team member or heading a special assignment when your direct supervisor isn’t around. This program teaches you the necessary skills to take on an active leadership role when the position is thrust upon you or you’ve been managing employees for years.

Learn more about ACC’s BAS in Emergency Service Administration at our BAS Open House & Celebration on Thursday, April 4th from 5-7pm in the Summit Room at the Littleton Campus. You’ll also have a chance at a $1000 scholarship just for attending.

by Conner Cunningham, ACC Student

Students Shine at ACC Parker

Visit ACC Parker where passion meets opportunity and students shine in the classroom and beyond.

Whether you are a first time or returning student, we have a passionate staff to help you Move Mountains!

We’ve also been told we are very fun and have a reputation for doling out copious amounts of coffee and cookies (and sometimes fresh fruit).

But enough about us, let’s hear about our students! Enjoy some words of wisdom from our Fall 2015 ACC Parker Student Spotlight Rosalyn Klasinksi and take a peek at some of our programs and offerings that let our students shine!

Fall 2015 ACC Student Spotlight Rosalyn Klasinski

Fall 2015 Student Spotlight Rosalyn Klasinski

Fall 2015 Student Spotlight Rosalyn Klasinski

Professor Shannon Roybal nominated Rosalyn for ACC Parker Student Spotlight and highlighted her contributions to the classroom, dedication to learning, and compassion and work in the larger community. Professor Roybal shared that Rosalyn is an inspiration and stated “our class is made better with her presence, as are any of the students who are lucky enough to have such a gentle, warm-hearted, dedicated person at their side.”

Rosalyn wrote:
 “After many years of being out of school, I have returned to earn my teaching degree in Special Education.  My Advisor, instructors and staff at both the Littleton and Parker ACC campuses have been most helpful in making me feel special and important in support of my goal to return to college.  Both the in-classroom and online classes I have taken so far have been a fun, challenging yet rewarding experience.  My advice to new students is to move forward toward your goals one day at a time.  Life will throw curve balls at you as you pursue your dreams, but keep going anyway.  You are worth achieving your dreams! “

Rosalyn, we are proud of your hard work at ACC and beyond!

Check out our photos below for glimpse of our students that shine at ACC Parker.

BIO 202 students Penny Jackman and Deidra Stewart conducting experiments during their hematology lab.

BIO 202 students Penny Jackman and Deidra Stewart conducting experiments during their hematology lab.

EMT students get ready for an evening of ambulance work and simulations.

EMT students get ready for an evening of ambulance work and simulations.

CNA students Halana Causey and Bynkha Dene taking vitals as they prepare for practicals and state certification.

CNA students Halana Causey and Bynkha Dene taking vitals as they prepare for practicals and state certification.

Want to learn more and see how you can shine with ACC?
Call 303.734.4822 or email and be sure to check out our ACC Parker website for the latest information on course offerings and events.

Stay tuned, too, for updates on our ACC Parker Campus expansion and renovations!

ACC Parker. Where passion meets opportunity.

by Stephanie Flores, ACC Parker staff

ACC EMS Instructors – Touching Lives, Inspiring Others

“Education is the key to success in life, and teachers make a lasting impact in the lives of their students.” –Solomon Ortiz

ACC EMS Students during joint simulation activity.

ACC EMS Students during joint simulation activity.

Every teacher I have encountered in my 19 years of life, has had some sort of impact in my life for various reasons. But up until college no one has impacted me the way my instructors, Bill, Peter and Jordan have. I’m not entirely sure as to why, maybe it’s because of their passion for EMS or maybe because they just impact everyone they meet. Whatever the reason is, I’m glad I’ve met them. Not only have they impacted me in my career, but also in my personal life. I have always been very interested in the medical field, but I didn’t necessarily have someone to look up to, now I have three. Jordan inspires me and pushes me to become better as an EMT since day one. She was intimidating because well, I am very shy, but she’s made sure that I broke that and made sure that I felt confident in the things I do as a student. I remember one day she implied to our lab class that she was going to make sure we were efficient EMTs once we were done with this program. One week left of the program and she is absolutely right. 3 months ago, I would have never thought I would be able to think outside the box to save a life, now thanks to her I am positive our lab will have no issues in the future. Jordan is young, she’s only 20 years old, but that girl sure knows exactly what she is doing; and she doesn’t play around when she is out in that ambulance providing care for her patients. I hope to stay in contact with her after we are done with the program, because I still have so much to learn from her; not only that, but she is such a great motivator, she sure knows how to push us to our limit to ensure that we know how to handle pressure. Now I know that out there in the field I will be prepared to control my adrenaline for each call thanks to her.

Peter is the type of guy who speaks the truth whether we want to hear it or not, but he doesn’t do it to hurt us, he does it to make sure that we become better. Peter was very intimidating when I met him, heck he still is intimidating today. See I am not the one to participate in class, nor be put on the spotlight; but he wasn’t going to budge and he was expecting us to participate as much as we could. There were many times I wanted to just run out of the classroom because I felt like I was his target. Not the case at all, he just want us to come out of our little shells and learn to communicate our ideas and thoughts with each other. He has helped me a lot with my stage fright, and he too has made me think outside the box. He has made sure I have spoken enough during class, that now I am sure to speak my mind in a professional matter that will come in handy once I’m out in the field. When I did my clinical rides, I thought there is just no way I’ll be able to talk with these people who are really experienced in EMS. But honestly thanks to the class Peter gave us, I was able to ask all the right questions whether it was about documentation, or about certain calls; I was able to actually understand dispatch way better after our radio communications lab. Peter went out of his way to ensure that we were understanding absolutely everything we were learning in his class would be accurate and related to what we would see out in the field. 124 has taught me so much, and I believe it had to do with who was teaching it. I hope Peter stays teaching that class because he has a lot to bring to the table. He knows how to make it a very interactive class, and he also cares a lot about our careers; whether we are EMTs, Firefighters, or Police officers. He makes sure we understand how everything works in EMS, and will point us in the right direction. And I appreciate what he has done in my life because of that I was able to grow in my career as a future EMT.

Bill Spialek, ACC EMS Department Chair

Bill Spialek, ACC EMS Department Chair

And as always the best is saved for last. Where do I begin expressing the impact Bill has done in my life. Put it this way,  Bill is like my Paramedic step dad. He has taught me way too much that sometimes I’m amazed at how far I’ve come thanks to him. Not only is he a great instructor, he makes has ensured that we are comprehending the material and also makes sure we become great EMTs one day. Everyone knows him, and I finally understand why, it’s because not only is he a great Paramedic, but also because he is such a great human being. When I started the course I thought what the heck am I doing here, I thought maybe being an EMT isn’t for me, but now I am sure that it is thanks to him. Out of every single instructor I have had, Bill is the one I look up to the most. When he walks by I think wow, one day I want to be like him. And not just me, many of my classmates have also said that. It’s because we know that it takes a lot to teach student, and even more so training someone to save lives. He has the courage like I haven’t seen before, because maybe he has wanted to throw the towel in and give up, but because of his passion for EMS is the reason why this EMT program has became better. Talking to an EMT tech at PSL, who actually went through the program before Bill took over was so glad to hear how improved the program has become. I gave her a breakdown of the program Bill has designed and she said there is no doubt that my instructor knows exactly what he is doing, and she can also sense that he is sending prepared and honest EMT student out there. I agree with her, Bill has put so much into this program, which allows us to have quality training compared. From the uniform to morbid humor, from the communication to the skills; no one else could train us the way we have been trained by Bill without being so passionate about what they do. I am glad I am making it to the end of this program a better and improved human being, someone who is prepared to go out and make my instructors proud. My classmates and I are so thankful for being part of the ACC EMT program. Great people and great professionals receiving quality learning all start in the classroom, it all starts with a great and honest instructor with such passion about EMS.


Spialek, William –Program Director/Instructor
Brehm, Jordan –Lab Instructor
Rousseau, Peter -124 Instructor
Cesaro, Dana -EMT
ACC EMT 121 -Program

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