Student Services at ACC that won’t cost you a thing!

ACC students in writing centerArapahoe Community College is the perfect place to begin – or continue – your journey towards Moving Mountains with your academic and career goals.

ACC offers an affordable education (lowest tuition among state-funded schools) with instructors who are experts in their field. Classes are available online and at our campuses in Littleton, Parker and Castle Rock. We’re close to home, and our small class sizes allow students to receive individual attention.

Our Career & Transfer Center provides guidance for students looking to continue their education beyond ACC. In fact, we offer guaranteed transfer programs to all four-year Colorado public institutions. Transfer fairs and employment expos, as well as job/career exploration events, are held during the fall and spring semesters. Peer tutoring services, as well as math and writing support centers, are offered at no cost to students. Academic Advising provides one-on-one assistance with course selection and the registration process as students develop their personalized plan for one of seven degree pathways.

Students can get involved with clubs and organizations as they acclimate to college life. Our honor societies and student government foster leadership skills and provide opportunities for scholarly growth. The Student Success Center facilitates a variety of tools and enrichment workshops to hone time-management and study skills.

ACC is committed to supporting veterans and military-connected students, and has been named as a Military-Friendly School. Student Access Services can assist with permanent or temporary accommodations, and on-campus counseling services are available through the Student Engagement Center. ACC also introduced the Elevate program in 2016, providing students with intellectual and developmental disabilities the opportunity to pursue higher education.

The Library & Learning Commons offers the optimal environment for individual research or group study sessions. Our Fitness Center is open Monday – Saturday, providing a welcoming facility complete with treadmills, spin bikes, free weights, locker rooms and contemporary recreational amenities. ACC also has a fully-accredited childcare center on site, providing students, employees and members of the community with a clean, healthy and nurturing environment for little ones throughout the fall, spring and summer semesters.

ACC is partnering with Colorado State University and the Douglas County School District on the new Castle Rock Collaboration Campus. Students can now complete their associate degree or certification in its entirety at the recently-renovated Parker Campus. Brand new, state-of-the-art science labs at the Littleton Campus will deliver the best in experiential and collaborative learning.

Our faculty and staff are dedicated to providing innovative and responsive educational and economic opportunities in an accessible, inclusive environment that promotes success for students, employees and members of the south metro Denver communities.

Whether you’re a prospective, current or transfer student, you’ll find the education and resources you need to Move Mountains at ACC and beyond.

by Jeff Duggan, ACC Communications Coordinator

Staff Spotlight: Jennifer Dena, Disability Services / Student Life

Jennifer Dena, ACC Student Support Specialist

Jennifer Dena, ACC Student Support Specialist

Hi!  My name is Jennifer Dena.

I have a pretty unique role at ACC. My official title is Student Support Specialist; I split my time between the Disability Services office (65%) and the Student Life office (35%). In Disability Services, I serve as a Specialist: determining students’ eligibility to receive support services, certifying that documentation of a disability is complete and appropriate, resolving conflicts that arise throughout the semester, acting as an advocate when needed, making referrals to appropriate services, and maintaining student records. In the Student Life office: I coordinate New Student Orientation for incoming students and their families; assist in the preparation of orientation events and materials; follow up with incoming students through phone calls, e-mails and/or other communication methods; and oversee the creation and implementation of various activities and events offered through the Student Life office. It is a well-rounded position, which gives me a lot of variety, and an opportunity to work with lots of different people around campus.

If you are interested in receiving accommodation services through Disability Services, schedule an intake appointment with one of our specialists as soon as possible. We will discuss options with you and collaboratively determine your accommodation needs. Every student is different and what works for one student may not work for another, so in Disability Services, we make decisions on an individual case-by-case basis.

Our mission is to collaborate with members of the ACC campus community to assist in providing student support services to create a learning environment that promotes access and encourages success for all students.

To request accommodations, contact the Disability Services office to schedule an appointment, disability.services@arapahoe.edu or 303.797.5937. The time needed for implementation of services can vary based on the services requested.

Appointments can be scheduled at the Littleton Campus Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm.  You can also schedule an appointment to meet with me at the Parker campus, Tuesdays from 2pm-4pm, or the Castle Rock campus, Wednesdays 3pm-5pm.

Want to know a little secret? We will be changing our department name from Disability Services to Student Access Services during the summer.

I look forward to meeting you soon!

by Jennifer Dena, ACC Student Support Specialist

8 Reasons to Choose Community College

ACC Communication Students

ACC Communication Students

Community college is “one of America’s best-kept secrets” according to Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden. In the past, the stigma surrounding attending community colleges has overshadowed its strengths, but that’s beginning to change. Community colleges have a three-pronged mission: prepare students for transfer to four-year institutions, provide vocational training, and serve the community through continuing education efforts. It’s through the accomplishment of this mission that community colleges succeed, but there are several reasons to enroll that make attending community college a great choice.

  1. Lower costs
    As the cost of higher education continually increases, the prospect of attending a traditional four-year institution is out of reach for many. But as US high school graduation rates improve, more people are choosing to attend community college to efficiently begin their college careers. On average, community college tuition costs 90% less than four-year for-profit institutions, and 84% less than four-year non-profit schools.
  2. Flexibility
    Community colleges are designed for people from varied backgrounds. Flexible course schedules meet the needs of part-time and full-time students, such as classes offered in the daytime and evening. Online courses make pursuing secondary education more accessible with classes you can take from home or at the office.
  3. Two-year degrees, certificates and continuing to a four-year institution
    Some community colleges offer bachelor’s degrees independently or with a four-year institution. This helps to bring higher education opportunities to more students, especially nontraditional students who may not be able to travel to a four-year institution to pursue an advanced degree. At Arapahoe Community College, we offer nearly 100 degree and certificate programs to help you succeed.
  4. Small classes
    Class sizes tend to be small, which means one-on-one interaction with the teacher, the opportunity to have questions answered in class, and more meaningful relationships with classmates. Smaller classes enable teachers to adapt lessons to the needs of the class, which can promote more productive lessons.
  5. Dedicated teachers
    Community college instructors have traditionally dedicated minimal time to research and scholarship and have instead focused on teaching. This gives the benefit of having instructors who are entirely focused on what is taught in the classroom without having to spend their time producing articles for scholarly journals.
  6. Adaptive course offerings
    Community colleges adapt their curriculum to the needs of their communities.  For example, many community colleges began offering high-tech coursework as early as 2000 to meet the demand for this type of education. Enrolling in classes to improve your workplace skills in technology and computers will increase your employability.
  7. Variety of programs
    A key to success at college is studying a course that interests you so you remain engaged and passionate about your studies. The degree and certificate programs at ACC cover a wide range of academic, business and technical fields of study at affordable tuition rates so you can pursue your passions without going broke.
  8. Activities outside the classroom
    A key element of the four-year college experience is activities beyond in-class education. Student Life at Arapahoe Community College coordinates activities and events such as movie showings, guest speakers and music performances. Participating in clubs and organizations can expand your network while enriching your college experience. At ACC, we also offer community resources such as community education, fitness center, daycare, and a library to benefit the community, even those not enrolled in the college.
ACC Nusing Students volunteering for Project C.U.R.E.

ACC Nusing Students volunteering for Project C.U.R.E.

The community college experience is not to be overlooked. In addition to the tremendous tuition savings, community college is an excellent choice to pursue a degree, certificate or to improve your skills in an area of your choice. With more people learning about all that community colleges have to offer, they may not be one of America’s best-kept secrets for long.

 

 

Sources:

Community College Education. By: Clapp, Marlene, Research Starters: Education (Online Edition), 2015

http://www.aol.com/article/2015/11/05/dr-jill-biden-explains-why-community-college-is-one/21259058/

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/30/education/30collegeweb.html
The % in this post are from the NY Times piece: “At public 2-year colleges, the average tuition was $2527. This compares to four year for profit schools where the average tuition is 15661. Average tuition at a four-year non-profit was 21,324.”

http://headsupamerica.us/

https://www.arapahoe.edu/