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    Anne Arundel Community College
   
 
  Sep 20, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Catalog

Academic Support Services



Academic Advising

Academic advisors at the Arnold, Arundel Mills (AMIL), Glen Burnie Town Center (GBTC), and the Ft. Meade Army Education Center (FTM) locations provide students with a continuous process of clarification and evaluation of their life goals, academic plans, and choice of appropriate course work for degree completion and transfer planning. Continuing students can schedule, reschedule or cancel an Arnold, AMIL, or GBTC appointment to meet with their academic advisor via OASIS (AACC’s Online Advising Scheduling Information System in MyAACC). For more information, please visit www.aacc.edu/advising/file/OASIS.pdf.

For information visit Advising Services or Transfer Services.

Career Services

Career services provides a variety of resources to assist students in making vocational and career decisions. These resources are free and include:

  1. Career Counseling and Career Assessments to asist in making appropriate vocational and career decisions based on realistic self-knowledge of interests, abilities and values, and the realities of the world of work;
  2. A Career and Transfer Resource Center (CTRC) offering information on occupations, job trends, career development and planning, resume-writing, interviewing skills, job searching, transfer colleges and universities and open hours through the CTRC Success Express.
  3. FOCUS-2, an online career and educational planning tool designed to help you explore your values, interests, personality and skills, and their relation to possible majors and careers.

For more information visit Career Services.

Employment Services

Employment Services focuses on a variety of employment-related resources for students seeking part- and full-time employment while attending college or after completing their studies. These resources are free and include:

  1. Advice and support on job search strategies, resume writing and job interviewing. Students can access the virtual resume website powered by Optimal Resume and construct an online resume for dissemination to various employers;
  2. On-campus interviewing, employer recruiting at job fairs, classroom presentations by employers; and
  3. An online job site, AACC Job Connection at www.collegecentral.com/aacc is available to AACC students and Alumni and allows employers to post available jobs. Students can access the site and post resumes as well as search and apply for jobs.

For information visit Employment Services.

Disability Support Services (DSS)

The college is an Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)/Title 504 compliant institution (Please see the College’s ADA policy). College facilities provide barrier-free access through lifts, ramps and elevators at strategic locations, curb cuts which accommodate wheelchairs and marked parking spaces reserved for the disabled.

Students with a disability must self-identify to DSS staff to receive assistance with admissions, registration, orientation, class selection, transfer assistance, placement testing or other aspects of student life. College policy ensures that reasonable accommodations will be provided to all qualified individuals.

Certification of a disability may be established by secondary school records such as a complete IEP or 504 plan, medical records, psychological evaluation reports, rehabilitation records or other documentation deemed recent and appropriate, to allow DSS staff to make the necessary decisions regarding accommodations. Should the information not be comprehensive or is inadequate, completion of a Disability Verification Form by a certified professional clinician may be required.

Equipment and services that may be provided include sign language interpreters, extended tutoring hours, books in alternative format, audio recording of lectures, amplification systems, note takers, wheelchair tables, print enlargers, voice recognition software, screen readers software, Kurzweil reader software and testing accommodations.

Call Disability Support Services, 410-777-1411 or Maryland Relay 711, at least 72 hours in advance to request most special accommodations. For sign language interpreters, books in alternative format or assistive technology, 30-day advance notice is required. Accommodations requested after these deadlines cannot be guaranteed by the beginning of a term.

For other services and equipment arrangements to be in place by the first day of classes, adequate planning time is required and students are urged to contact the DSS office as soon as possible at 410-777-2306, 410-777-2307, on Maryland Relay 711, or outside Maryland at 800-735-2258. Students with Maryland state-issued handicapped parking tags may use parking spaces designated for the physically disabled. Information on all DSS policies and procedures is available from Counseling, Advising and Retention Services at 410-777-2306 via dss@aacc.edu or visit Disability Support Services.

Click here to view a video about Disability Support Services at AACC.

Personal Counseling Services

Personal Counseling Services allows students to speak individually with Masters/Doctoral level licensed clinical counselors about an issue of concern that may lead to academic difficulties. Services are time-limited to a maximum of three 50-minute visits and are provided without charge to currently registered AACC students. Counselors provide personal counseling and make referrals for continued counseling or other community-based resources as necessary. In addition to appointments, counseling services offers a variety of wellness workshops.  Emergency services are also offered in accordance with the College’s Emergency Response Plan. To make an appointment with a counselor, call 410-777-7111.

For information, including an extensive list of self-help resources, visit Counseling Services.

Testing and Assessment Services

The Testing Department administers a variety of exams to support student success including placement, make-up, certifications and other proctored exams. The office also administers exams for classroom and distance learning courses. For more information visit Testing and Assessment Services.

Certiport Certification testing, specifically the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exams, require test vouchers from Certiport’s website (www.certiport.com) and pre-registration in the Testing office.

For more Certiport information on test content and test vouchers, visit: www.certiport.com.

The office also provides proctoring services for Other School Tests (OST) for individuals or groups as well as accommodations for students with documented disabilities. Students requesting testing accommodations must communicate first with Disability Support Services.

Transfer Services

Transfer Services is committed to assisting students in creating the best transfer possible by offering a variety of services. The Career and Transfer Resource Center (CTRC) offers information about U.S. educational institutions, college major data books, handouts describing Maryland public institutions general education distributions and other pertinent information, and information on scholarships and financial aid.  A Transfer College Fair is held twice a year in the fall and spring semesters. These are supplemented throughout the year by visitation of four year college personnel.

For more information including links to transfer decision making sites and for access to ARTSYS, the University System of Maryland’s (USM) web-based system designed to support development of a transfer plan visit Transfer Services.

Tutoring Services

The Tutoring Office provides individualized, small group, and Smarthinking online tutoring in numerous subject areas with flexible timeframes and locations. The office also provides support in a variety of open lab environments including:

  • Business/Accounting Lab at the Arnold campus.
  • SASP Walk-in Tutoring for SASP participants.
  • Math Labs at the Arnold and Arundel Mills locations.
  • The Learning Assistance Center, located at the Arnold campus and the Glen Burnie Town Center offers open lab assistance and a place for students to meet with tutors individually or in small groups.

All tutoring services are free of charge.

For hours of operation or more information, please visit Tutoring Services.

Other College Tutoring Labs

Math Lab

The Math lab offers professional and peer tutoring in various levels of mathematics, including arithmetic, basic math, trigonometry, business math, statistics, algebra and calculus.

Math labs are located on the Arnold campus in Library Room 102 and at Arundel Mills in Room 206.

For more information, please vist Tutoring Services.

Reading Lab

The reading lab provides:

  • Help for enrolled credit and noncredit AACC students.
  • Support in reading comprehension, study skills and critical thinking.
  • Practice for reading course assessments and reassessments.
  • Individualized skill instruction in topics such as test taking strategies, organizational skills and note taking.
  • Academic skill support.

For more information visit Tutoring Services.

Science Tutoring and Open Labs

Science Tutoring Center (STC) - Tutoring by faculty members is available in the Science Tutoring Center (STC), Room 5 of the Dragun Science Building. Tutoring is available on a walk-in basis, whenever the STC is open. No appointment is necessary. For more information visit Tutoring Services.

Online Science Tutoring Center (OSTC) - Online tutoring is available for certain science courses through the Online Science Tutoring Center (OSTC). Features of the OSTC include chat sessions, frequently asked questions, website links and review materials.

Student Achievement and Success Program (SASP)

The Student Achievement and Success Program (SASP) is an academic support program designed to increase the academic success, graduation and transfer of students who may be the first in their immediate family to attend college, low income, underprepared for college, minority, or military veteran. Services include up to $1000 scholarships to eligible students; one-on-one relationships with advisors, mentors, tutors, peers and community supporters; individualized educational plans developed with advisors; regular academic monitoring, mentoring, walk-in tutoring, workshops, four-year college visits, cultural activities and referrals to other college support services to enhance academic success.  Additionally, SASP offers summer bridge programs, a program targeting the needs of black males; a program for first-time students with developmental requirements; and resources for military veterans and their families.

For more information, visit us in LBRY 129, call 40-777-2530, or visit our website: www.aacc.edu/sasp/

Summer Bridge Programs

During the summer, the Student Achievement and Success Program (SASP), in conjunction with faculty and staff, conducts a free, two-week Summer Bridge Program with African American themes, Adelante Hispanic Summer Bridge Program, FYE Bridge Program for new  students with two developmental course requirements, and  Summer Bridge at AMIL. All summer programs are aimed at easing the transition to college and connecting students to support resources.

For more information, visit us in LBRY 129, call 410-777-2530, or visit our website: www.aacc.edu/sasp/

Black Male Initiative (BMI)

The Black Male Initiative (BMI) addresses the needs and challenges that black male students attending Anne Arundel Community College face.  It aims to build community and connect students with support services and resources.  Services include $500 incentive scholarships; monthly roundtable forums; leadership retreat; annual summit; network opportunities with AACC professional staff, administration and faculty.

For information call 410-777-2549, visit LBRY 129, or visit our website: www.aacc.edu/sasp/bmi.cfm

First Year Experience (FYE)

First Year Experience (FYE) is a year-long program for first-time students who enter the college with two or more developmental course requirements.  The program provides a supportive and caring environment to enhance academic skills utilizing faculty-led lab sessions, academic success coaches and proactive academic monitoring for those who desire to build a foundation for success.

For information call 410-777-2530, visit LBRY 129, or visit our website: www.aacc.edu/sasp/fye.cfm

Military Veteran Resource Center (MVRC)

The Military Veteran Resource Center (MVRC) offers support and assistance to veterans transitioning back into the civilian world.  The center helps veterans complete their education; connect veterans with community services and advocates for the development of new services.  The Military Support Advisor serves as the initial point of contact for new and continuing military, veterans and their families.

For information call 410-777-4838, visit LBRY 112, or visit our website: www.aacc.edu/military

Supplemental Instruction (SI) and Virtual Supplemental Instruction (VSI)

This service is offered for a number of required courses in science, mathematics, business and social science. Students enrolled in courses with the SI service may attend from one to three study and review sessions a week conducted by a trained student leader who has already successfully passed the course and who attends classes again with enrolled students. Students are strongly encouraged to work with advisors to identify required courses in their areas of study with the SI service.

For more information, visit Supplemental Instruction Services

Writing Center and Virtual Writing Center

With locations on the first floor of Truxal Library (LBRY 136) and at Arundel Mills (AMIL 204), AACC’s Writing Center provides support for all AACC students by offering one-on-one writing assistance on a walk-in basis. English department faculty members help students prepare written assignments in all subjects and understand errors on graded papers. They also can provide additional training in grammar, punctuation, and usage, as well as assisting with transfer essays. Hours, FAQs and Additional Resources are available at the Writing Center and Virtual Writing Center.

Live online writing assistance is available to all AACC students. Through AACC’s Virtual Writing Center, students can schedule and attend one-on-one, online, synchronous and voice-interactive sessions with AACC Writing Center faculty or Research Librarians.

More information can be found at the Writing Center and Virtual Writng Center.

View these videos: about AACC’s Writing Centers, about the Virtual Writing Center and a First-Look at the Virtual Writing Center.