ACC Student Spotlight: Tasha Estein

ACC Student Tasha EsteinTasha started classes in the fall of 2015 and wanted to be completely invisible, take a few classes and go. Her intended goal was to have a tenuous relationship with ACC. Fortunately, ACC has so many encouraging professors that her plan failed epically. Since that time, opportunities that she would have never believed possible have come her way. “My experiences here have changed my shape and outlook on everything and helped to push me into pursuing the impossible—doing things that I would have never contemplated otherwise,” reflected Tasha.

From her words, “There is no one single thing that sets ACC apart, rather, it is entirely a culmination of the whole that makes me feel the significance of being a part of the ACC community. We have a staff that motivates and will do everything in their power to help students become successful. We have a diversity of students from different walks of life that (occasionally) only have the one thing in common: a will to become something and the drive to keep pushing forward despite the difficulties that arise when pursuing higher level education. We have a place for everyone at this school. We have a litany of different resources driving students to success if they are willing to ask for help. If I were to try to define it in fewer words, I’d say that the best part of being in the ACC community is the fact that you become a part of a community of hardworking individuals that work together as a team that benefits that community as a whole.”

ACC is full of amazing professors and administration that care about their student’s academically and personally. Everyone here is willing to push students to their full potential, when they need it, but also help build up confidence in the students that may not think that they have the skills or ability to succeed. “My experiences here have given me something that no one can take away from me: education and personal development, and I’m confident that anyone that comes to this school can experience similar if given the opportunity,” said Tasha.

The three most valuable benefits that Tasha has received from ACC are a second chance at education, confidence, and a direction in life worth fighting for. She did not anticipate being successful by any stretch of the imagination. It wasn’t until she started taking classes here that she found her confidence to grow. “Through experiences with the inspirational staff that supported me and pushed me forward I found myself questioning my low expectations,” she thought. Tasha went from undeclared to a science major, won awards, scholarships, attended national leadership and physic conferences, and even went to NASA last semester. She will continue to grow and develop and continue to hone the direction she wants to go in. Tasha is ACC!

by Karen Browning, ACC Marketing Project Manager

ACC Parker Campus Community Spotlight: Jason Tempest

Jason Tempest, ACC Student

Jason Tempest, ACC Student

Each semester the ACC Parker Campus team invites faculty, staff and students to nominate students who they believe demonstrate outstanding academic, personal, professional, and/or community achievements.

Jason Tempest was selected as our Spring 2016 ACC Parker Campus Student Spotlight.  English instructor Ms. Laurie Wasmund nominated Jason and shared that he was a valued and trusted contributor in her class.  He regularly earned high marks on all his writing assignments.  But most impressively, was his willingness to approach difficult topics and boarded the conversation in the class in thoughtful and intellectual ways.  Jason’s keen sense of ethical integrity and well-developed social consciousness made us believe that he will effectively use the information he has gathered at ACC, and become a great mentor for others.

We invited Jason to share his journey and experience at ACC and our Parker Campus via a short interview.  We especially appreciated his candid and brilliant ideas and suggestions to any ACC students on how to survive and manage your college career at ACC.

How long have you attended classes at Arapahoe Community College?

I have been attending since the Fall of 2015.

How long have you taken classes at the ACC Parker Campus?

I was lucky enough to have all of my classes at the ACC Parker Campus during the Fall of 2015 and had to split half of them at the Littleton Campus for Spring of 2016.

What are you studying and why?

Here at ACC I’m working toward my AA with a designation in Psychology. This degree will help me move toward my goal of earning a Masters in Psychology. Once that is complete I can apply for a Licensed Practitioner Councilor (LPC). I look forward to owning my own practice and helping people with the use of therapeutic counseling.

How has ACC and/or the ACC Parker Campus helped you reach your personal and/or academic goals?

The friendly staff at ACC and particularly the Parker Campus have helped me in a variety of ways. Financial and Academic counseling have always been there to keep me on track. The staff have been there to help with day to day problems that arise. The wonderful teachers have given me much insight into organization, writing, editing, and psychology basics. I believe the connections I have made here will no doubt go beyond my academic stay here at ACC.

What advice would you give new students to help them succeed in the classroom and beyond?

A crucial piece of advice to any new student is to be organized. My weekly planner has been my best friend throughout this journey making sure I’m on track with readings, homework, and studying for exams. Do what works for you but find a system that keeps you organized and on track. You honestly get back what you put into your education. The more organized effort you put in your education the better the results will be. Understand that there are a wide range of resources available to you. The writing center, tutors at the Littleton campus, classmates, and the teachers themselves to name a few. Don’t be afraid to raise your hand and ask a question. Teachers are usually happy to answer them. The worst thing you can do is take back seat to your education. I felt that some students in my first math class here at ACC failed to ask critical questions about problems in class. This lead to low test scores and an overall lack of performance. I would advise every student to follow some basic guidelines. Show up every day like your degree depends on it. Take clear and detailed notes of material in class. Set aside time to study, read, and do homework. Creating a habit of scholastic achievement will tremendously help throughout your college career and transfer to life after college. For large assignments like papers and presentations create a timeline to stay on track with the assignment. Waiting until the last day to finish an assignment will create an underdeveloped paper or presentation. Sit near the front of the class and take charge in your in class lectures and discussions. Many times I have learned material by answering wrong in a class discussion. Finally, make sure to take a little bit of time for yourself. See friends, play games, get some sun, and take a short break every now and then. These activities can rejuvenate and empower you to continue with your studies. College doesn’t have to be all notes, lectures, tests, and papers. Meet those people around you and find some activities that help you grow.

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