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New strategic plan to focus on gaps in student achievement

AACC's new strategic plan addresses the achievement gap among minority students.
Shown left to right: former Campus Current editors Amber Nathan, Christina Browning and Christian Richey.

Johannes Haasbroek, Editor-in-Chief

September 30, 2020

AACC’s focus for the next four years will involve increasing student graduation rates, particularly among minorities. Dr. Mike Gavin, AACC’s vice president for learning, said the college’s new strategic plan aims to “eradicate achievement gaps” that prevent some students from finishing their...

Crime down but police stay busy opening buildings

Campus police stay busy opening buildings for faculty and staff who need access to their offices while the campuses are mostly locked down.

Johannes Haasbroek, Editor-in-Chief

September 17, 2020

Between March, when the college shut down because of the pandemic, and the start of the fall semester, AACC police responded to two accidents, two reports of destruction of property, four medical emergencies— and 1,709 requests to unlock buildings for faculty and staff who needed to get to their off...

Female officer is 1st to earn sergeant promotion

Sgt. Janene Kerpelman, left, is the first AACC police officer promoted to sergeant.

Summer Cox, Digital Editor

September 10, 2020

One of AACC’s two female police officers this summer became the first officer on the campus police force to be promoted to the rank of sergeant. Sgt. Janene Kerpelman, who came to AACC as a public safety officer in 2011, said the road to sergeant "was a lot of work. So I was very excited.”...

AACC ranks high for quality, affordability

A national ranking of community colleges by value puts AACC in the top 10%.

Johannes Haasbroek, Editor-in-Chief

September 10, 2020

AACC scored in the top 10% of U.S community colleges in a ranking by personal finance website WalletHub in August. In a comparison of 698 community colleges by quality and affordability, AACC ranked 71st. Among Maryland’s 16 community colleges, Maryland ranked sixth. Carroll Community College came in first. Wa...

AACC Board of Trustees gets 1st Hispanic member

Brig. Gen. Irene Zoppi Rodriguez is the first Hispanic member of AACC's Board of Trustees.

Johannes Haasbroek, Editor-in-Chief

September 9, 2020

A U.S. Army Reserve general became the first Hispanic member of AACC's Board of Trustees in July. Gov. Larry Hogan appointed Brig. Gen. Irene M. Zoppi Rodriguez, the director of the Army Reserve Engagement Cell, to fill one of two vacancies on the Board of Trustees. The board is composed of seven...

Campus may not fully reopen until fall 2021

Lindsey Gonzalez, a third-year transfer studies student, wears a surgical mask on AACC's campus last semester

Johannes Haasbroek, Editor-in-Chief

August 24, 2020

The majority of classes at AACC are likely to be online until the fall 2021 semester, the college announced over the summer. All fall 2020 classes will be online except for a handful of nursing and other health science courses, and a few culinary and studio arts classes with hands-on labs that faculty...

Health Sciences to hold labs and classes on campus starting June 1

Classes and labs from the School of Health Sciences will be held on campus starting June 1.

Christian Richey, Editor-in-Chief

May 28, 2020

The School of Health Sciences will hold classes and labs on campus with social distancing requirements starting June 1. President Dawn Lindsay announced Wednesday limited Health Sciences and Police Academy classes would take place in person this summer. Dan Baum, executive director of Strategic...

Young voters to opt for mail-in primary election ballots

Some AACC students say they are more likely to vote in the Maryland primary election because they can mail in their ballots.

Dacia Sain, Reporter

May 19, 2020

Maryland voters will have to choose between casting their ballots at a polling place or mailing in their votes during the state’s primary election in June. Registered voters, including AACC students who will vote for the first time this spring, received their paper ballots in the mail in early May....

Some students consider gap semester

Students who have struggled with online courses this semester say they might not enroll at AACC in the fall.

Daniel Salomón, Associate Editor

May 15, 2020

Some AACC students have said they plan to drop out of college for a semester because they do not want to take online classes. In an informal poll of 21 AACC students, nine said they are considering taking a gap semester. Twelve said they are planning to either return to AACC or enroll in a four-year...

Some fall classes will meet live with professors via Zoom

Students will have the option to take classes which meet live online.

Daniel Salomon, Associate Editor

May 8, 2020

Students registering for the fall 2020 semester can choose between online classes that meet live with their professors at certain times during the week and online courses that do not require any live communication. The fall course catalog will indicate which courses are synchronous—classes that...

County executive delivers AACC budget to county council

Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman's proposal did not include a $4 million increase AACC requested.

Christian Richey, Editor-in-Chief

May 7, 2020

Anne Arundel’s county executive on Friday proposed a budget that would give AACC $4 million less than the college requested for the next fiscal year. AACC Vice President for Learning Resources Management Melissa Beardmore said the college requested $51 million in funding from the county for FY 2021,...

Dance Company director wins Dance Educator of the Year

Dance Company Director Lynda Fitzgerald (left) won the Dance Educator of the Year award in March.

Adrianna Gonzalez, Daily Editor

May 5, 2020

AACC’s Dance Company director in March won the Maryland Dance Education Association’s top award. “I am so honored and humbled by the award,”  Lynda Fitzgerald, said of her Dance Educator of the Year honor. “It’s a lovely honor to have,” The Dance Company is the performance arm of...

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