Student Bond Fee Fall 2017 Additional Information and FAQs – Voting Update

VOTING UPDATE:

I am excited to share that ACC students voted to support the additional building bond fee in support of the ACC Castle Rock Collaboration Campus: 63.4% yes (527), 36.6% no (304). Student fee guidelines require just a simple majority percentage of those students voting in order to pass a fee. 63.4% is well above a simple majority. I also am proud that a record number of students elected to vote – 831. At almost 10% of eligible students, this is the largest number of students to vote on a fee in at least a decade.

Let the excitement begin!
Diana M. Doyle, Ph.D.
ACC President


We are nearing a student vote concerning the proposal of an incremental student bond fee to finance the construction and operation of a new Castle Rock collaboration campus to serve Arapahoe Community College (ACC) student needs, as well as to pay for continuing maintenance and renovations of existing ACC facilities and resources.

The Castle Rock collaboration campus partially funded by this fee will include ACC instructional space, space leased by Colorado State University (CSU) with the purpose of offering courses towards bachelor’s degrees, a partnership with Douglas County Schools, and collaborative space for companies and industry to partner with ACC and CSU to offer students integrated work-specific labs and learning. The campus will allow additional educational opportunities for all ACC students through additional classroom space, labs, collaboration and ability to receive CSU instruction without traveling to Fort Collins or Pueblo. Read more about the Castle Rock Collaboration Campus and student bond fee proposal.

From our partners:

“This partnership demonstrates Colorado State’s commitment to providing added value across the state with our engagement, research, and instructional programs,” says Provost Rick Miranda. “We have been very impressed with the enthusiasm of all of the local partners there and their willingness to invite us to participate in this exciting project. We can accomplish a lot for our students and for our community together.”

EDC Chairman Matt Call contributes, “Attracting Higher Education has been a vital part of our business infrastructure plan in Castle Rock.  The Collaboration Campus is a huge win for our entire community.  Quite honestly, I’m excited as a citizen with school age kids and the opportunity to significantly bring down the cost of higher education for my kids and my neighbors.”

From our students:

“As a student with little transport or financial options, having a collaboration campus within a certain distance would allow me to pursue my degree from CSU. I currently help my grandmother with her living situation while also going to school and working a job a local bookstore nearby the school. Trying to complete my Bachelor’s Degree at the Fort Collins CSU campus would be problematic as I would be uprooting myself and replanting myself far away from support systems and responsibilities. Online options are also not conducive to my learning ability, as I need face-to-face instruction. A collaboration campus in Castle Rock would allow a student such as myself to be able to attend my school of choice without having to take away from my personal and professional responsibilities.” – Scott Bright

“As a non-traditional student and veteran I support the collaboration campus. I love the concept of having a community college and university come together to help students have education much more accessible to them.” – Daniel W. Madero

Read more from ACC students.

FAQs

When is the voting period and how do we vote?

Voting is October 17 – 19. All enrolled students who take courses at Parker, Littleton or Castle Rock and students who take courses online will be eligible to vote in the bond referendum. Students will receive an email from “donotreply@arapahoe.edu” Tuesday, October 17 with a link to a survey to complete the voting process. Each student will be required to enter their ACC Student ID number in order to vote. The Student ID number will be used to verify the student has only voted once, not to track responses. If a student votes more than one time, only their first vote will count. The link will be active until Thursday, October 19 at 11 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.

What is a passing vote?

A simple majority will count as a passing vote. For example 51% For the Fee vs 49% Against the Fee would be a passing vote.

What will this campus do for the community?

It will offer more classes and services in the Castle Rock area and provide ACC students with an opportunity to complete a CSU Bachelor’s degree without having to drive to Fort Collins or Pueblo. The collaboration campus will have dynamic collaboration space with industry to offer students hands-on workforce training opportunities not currently possible.

Where will the campus be located?

ACC has already purchased land between Castle Rock Adventist Hospital and Castle View High School. This location affords multiple collaboration opportunities for students from high school and concurrent enrollment, through partnerships with healthcare and other industries. Easy access for the community and students is available and there will be plenty of parking (unlike the current Castle Rock space!)

What will happen to the current Castle Rock location? 

The current location is leased. When the new campus is open, ACC will vacate the current space which has many limitations (only 5 classrooms, limited parking, no labs, etc.)

Will it be only students paying the cost for this new campus?
No. The City of Castle Rock is investing in the infrastructure of the campus as they value educational opportunities for their community and understand the value of an educated and trained workforce. Additionally, the current Castle Rock Campus location is leased by ACC, so ACC will be able to utilize that lease money directly on this new campus which will be owned by ACC. Other funds also will come from educational and business partners leasing space on the new campus. The student fee will allow ACC to fund a bond (think of it as getting a mortgage for a house) to be able to build the campus.
Can students utilize financial aid to pay for the fee?
Yes. Tuition and fees are financial aid eligible, so students eligible for financial aid will be able to utilize their awarded aid or scholarships to cover any fees and tuition.

What kind of classes will be offered in Castle Rock on the new campus?

The campus will have courses that are guaranteed to transfer and programs leading to industry certifications. English, Math, Science courses including lab courses, Health, Business, Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. There will be classes that will transfer directly into CSU programs that will allow students the opportunity to achieve their four-year bachelor’s degree without ever having to leave the greater Castle Rock area.

How will this new campus increase the value of my degree?

The entire state of Colorado is watching how this Collaboration Campus develops. The CSU and ACC partnership, along with the early opportunities for Douglas County School District students is a model program. This puts ACC in the spotlight and highlights the quality of education you are already receiving as a current ACC student. This increases both the reputation and the value of your degree. CSU recognizes that ACC is preparing top-performing transfer students and is willing to partner to make sure you can continue your educational pathway with CSU to attain your goals.

Innovative workplace partnerships that will offer student’s hands on work experiences will also increase the value of your current degree. Industry and employers are looking for ways to enhance the talent pipeline to fulfill employment needs, and these same employers will be offering opportunities for ACC students to be the best prepared for any future opportunities.

How much will CSU charge for tuition?

That is undetermined right now, but CSU is working out their tuition structure for this campus. CSU is committed to providing affordable educational opportunities to the community. ACC and CSU are collaborating to make admissions, advising, financial aid and the transition from ACC to CSU a seamless process for students. However – you can count on savings in time and money by not having to drive to Pueblo or Fort Collins to be in a CSU classroom.

CSU has not set a tuition for degree completion at the Collaboration Campus, but is in the process of determining what the structure will look like. CSU is proud to have the lowest tuition of all Colorado doctorial research universities, and like ACC, CSU is committed to providing the greatest level of access and opportunity for students, residents and businesses in the community. By working together to provide a seamless transfer process, savings will come to students in the form of a clear pathway to graduation, no cost to relocate and local employment opportunities to provide financial sources for investing in your educational goals.

Furthermore, it is CSU’s vision to be a resource for lifelong learning. The goal is to engage with students beyond graduation whether that is through an alumni network, non-credit or certificate course offerings, access to webinars and lecture series for free or a football viewing party. We hope to connect and provide value beyond degree attainment.

The time to plan your transfer is NOW!

Fall Transfer Fair 2017 bannerSo you think you might transfer? I talk to students all the time who say they’re interested in transferring, but they don’t want to start planning. Not yet. Not now. They don’t have time to think about it now, or plan for it now, and decide on it now. But…what if you don’t have time not to plan now?! Students who plan their transfer from the beginning are more likely to experience a smooth, seamless transfer. Ask yourself the questions below to get yourself off to a great start here at ACC and beyond.

Questions to Ask Yourself

  • What is your career path? Decide whether you’d like to pursue a Liberal Arts & Sciences degree (such as English, Biology, or Psychology) versus an engineering, nursing, business, music or computer science degree. The earlier you decide your path, the more time and money you can save!
  • What is your timeline? Determine when you will complete your Associate’s degree and when you plan to transfer to a 4-year institution.
  • How will your credits transfer? Meet with your 2-year advisor and an Admissions Counselor at the school of your choice to understand how your credits will transfer from the 2-year program to your school of choice.

Learn about the transfer process  – NOW!

Want to know more about how your credits will transfer? Want to learn about the admissions process and financial aid process at the 4-year university? Get answers to these questions at the upcoming FALL TRANSFER FAIR! Wednesday, October 4th from 10:30am – 1:30pm in the Summit Room of the Littleton campus.

by Shari Culver, ACC Career and Transfer Counselor

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

Fermentation Science Program on Tap for Fall 2016

Biology faculty Jessica Blatecky with homemade kombucha

Biology faculty Jessica Blatecky with homemade kombucha

Beginning in Fall 2016, ACC students will have the option to enroll in a new Associate of Science (A.S.) degree in Fermentation Sciences. The program launches with its first fermentation-specific course, FER 101: Craft Beer Brewing.

Colorado continues to be at the forefront of the craft beer industry, ranking first in the country in terms of economic impact per capita (Brewers Association). A report conducted by the CU Leads School of Business notes a 178 percent growth in the number of breweries in the state since the recession ended in 2009.  This 2014 report further explains, “Craft breweries, and especially brewpubs, are inherently labor intensive, making the economic impacts fundamentally local.”

Indeed, as the brewing market has grown in Colorado, so has the industry’s demand for well-educated professionals who are knowledgeable in the field.  The malting process, the selection and management of yeast, the hop products, and the various possible sources of contamination – it’s all very science intensive, and the quality and consistency of a product is dependent on accurately implementing this science.

To ensure that graduates from ACC’s new associates program have a foundational understanding of such processes, the degree includes basic coursework in biology, chemistry, and physics. The two fermentation-specific courses are designed with direct, practical application in mind. There are also no science prerequisites for the two fermentation-specific courses, so anyone who is driven to learn about the science and art behind fermenting is encouraged to enroll.

“So…a degree in beer?!” you ask. Not quite!

Fermentation refers to a metabolic process through which yeasts or bacteria convert carbohydrates to alcohol and carbon dioxide. While beer, wine, and liquors are all made through fermentation, the process is not limited to making libations.

The list of food products made through fermentation processes is extensive and includes: cheese, yogurt, kefir, kombucha, tempeh, kimchi, sauerkraut, and other pickled vegetables. Many such products are chock-full of probiotics, or good bacteria. Due to the widely- publicized benefits of probiotics on gut health and physical well-being, there has been a tremendous spike in the consumption of fermented products.

Take kombucha, as one example of the growth in these “functional foods.” Who would have thought we’d see the day when a bacteria-and-yeast fermented tea would be commonplace in your typical grocer?!  According to a 2015 market report, there was a nearly fivefold increase in global kombucha sales from 2013 to 2015, to about $600 million a year. Sales are projected to hit $1.8 billion by 2020 (MicroMarket Monitor, 2015). This is a trend that far exceeds that established by your typical fad diet!

Students who fulfill the requirements for the A.S. degree and wish to further their education will be eligible to transfer to Colorado State University’s B.S. in Fermentation Science and Technology program.

Those not interested in pursuing an associates degree may opt to enroll in an individual fermentation course with their own personal development in mind.  If you have an interest in the health benefits of fermented food products, or have ever wanted to learn how to prepare your own kombucha or yogurts at home, then FER 203: Fermented Foods Sciences would be a perfect fit.

Maybe you’d like to learn how to better your home-brewing techniques or simply wish to gain a deeper appreciation for the expansive variety of beer styles and the different ingredients and processes that lead to this diversity.  If that’s you, then we hope you’ll join us for FER 101 this fall.  We are excited to have partnered with Breckenridge Brewery and have some field trips in store to their impressive facility just down the street!

by Jessica Blatecky, Biology Faculty

Build Your Future – Transfer Tips and Resources

Have you considered where you will transfer?

It is never too early to start researching 4-year universities! Exploring your options earlier will help you make educated choices about your classes here at ACC. Take time to consider what you are looking for in a 4-year institution. Check out the list below to help determine what factors are important to you when it comes to picking the right university for you!

Examples of Factors to Consider When Researching Schools

  • Program of Study – Consider if the college offers programs that will help you achieve your career goals.
  • School Size – Would you prefer a large or small school?
  • Class Size – How large do you like your classes to be?
  • Support Programs – Does the college offer programs to help you stay in school?
  • Transfer of Credit – How will my community college credits transfer?
  • City and Neighborhood – Do you prefer a city or a small town?
  • Campus Culture – When visiting each college, get a feel for its personality?  Does it match yours?
  • Distance from Home – How close would you like to live to your family?
  • Extracurricular Activities – Do you have activities in your life that you can’t live without?
  • Religious Affiliation – Depending on your religious beliefs, you may be interested in looking at a college affiliated with your religious background.
  • Cost of Attendance (COA) – While a college may appear more expensive, what will the final cost be after receiving financial aid and scholarships?
  • Financial Aid Options – Does the college have special financial aid options to help you pay for college?  Payment plans? Guaranteed COA?
  • Outside Learning Opportunities – Does the college offer internships, externships, study abroad opportunities or service learning opportunities?

Things to Consider When Transferring to a 4 Year School

  • Understand all applicable dates and deadlines.
  • Transferring mid-year can result in less financial aid and fewer course choices.
  • Completing your associates degree has benefits:
  • ACC may have a guaranteed transfer degree or a transfer agreement in your area of study.
  • Less expensive in the long run to finish your associates degree before transferring.
  • Credits completed at an institution of higher education in the state of Colorado are good for 10 years.
  • Students must earn a ‘C’ or better for courses to be accepted for transfer.

Are you ready to learn more about your transfer opportunities?

Join us for the Fall Transfer Fair on Tuesday, October 20, from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room. Visit with over 35 local and national universities to learn more about their programs and how your credits may transfer.

Come get transfer information, free pizza, and try your luck at the prize wheel!

List of attending colleges
Transfer Fair flyer
Other upcoming Transfer events, sponsored by the Transfer Club:
MSU-Denver Lunch & Learn
Oct. 28, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
2nd Floor Lounge – Main Building, ACC-Littleton Campus
Join us for lunch and an information session about the transfer process.  Hear from a panel of students who transferred from ACC and other institutions to MSU Denver. (Lunch provided.)

Colorado School of Mines Campus Visit
Nov. 13, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Tour Mines and listen to an advising information session. Meet at ACC at 9:45 a.m. to carpool. Advanced RSVP required.
Contact Rae Brendecke at rae.brendecke@arapahoe.edu, 303.797.5705 to RSVP by 11/10.

For more information on any of these events, or to request accommodations, contact Rae Brendecke at rae.brendecke@arapahoe.edu, 303.797.5705.