Thursday, November 15, 2012
Anne Arundel Community College on Wednesday offered students a lesson in driving while under the influence of alcohol and technology.
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- Tim Lemke
Thursday, November 15, 2012
After ingesting eight beers in about two hours, I should not have been behind the wheel. But there I was, swerving across the road, grazing unsuspecting pedestrians and completely ignoring the speed limit. The ride ended when I crashed into the back of a Jeep Cherokee. Thankfully, it was just a simulator. But it was enough to get a taste of the effects of driving under the influence. Drive Square partnered with Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) on Thursday to show off the simulator, which also offered ways to see the impact of texting while driving. Count AACC student Zanna Paquette among those who didn't have much success with the "drunk setting" of the simulator. "I didn't know where I was going at all," she said. "Even thought it'…
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
As first responders and community members gathered for a moment of silence on the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Anne Arundel's county executive focused on what he said he sees as the next great threat.
Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold focused his remarks at a 9/11 memorial on Tuesday on the importance of cybersecurity. "Cyberterrorism will shut down our electrical grids, shut down our air-traffic-control system, shut down our financial networks," Leopold said. "We spend $4 billion on cyberdefense in this country, which is less than what we spend on agricultural subsidies. We need to do more." He called Anne Arundel County the epicenter of national security effort to combat cyberterrorism because of U.S. Cyber Command at Fort Meade. In 2011, Patch reported on an increase in congestion around Fort Meade as thousands of new workers commuted to the area on a daily basis. And in 2012, discrepancies between how the White House …
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Anne Arundel Community College offers Jump Start classes for high school students.
College courses will soon be offered at North County High School, according to an announcement from Anne Arundel Community College (AACC). Starting in late August, AACC will offer evening classes at the high school for adults in the community as well as students who are 16 or older. Some courses will be open to eligible high school students as part of the Jump Start program, which is co-sponsored by AACC and Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS). Jump Start classes will be held this fall at the AACC campus in Arnold and at Arundel Mills in Hanover. In the spring, AACC plans to offer Jump Start classes at North County High School. For more information, visit www.aacc.edu or call 410-777-2222.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Electronic textbooks can cost students as much as 40 percent less than traditional textbooks.
When classes begin at Anne Arundel Community College this year, more students will be packing electronic books than ever before. With the rise in popularity of devices such as the Apple iPad and the Amazon Kindle Fire, purchasing electronic versions of books, or e-books, has dominated online stores like Amazon.com. Now, a form of e-books designed for education are making a splash at AACC's bookstore. Students who purchase an e-textbook instead of a traditional textbook stand to save up to 40 percent for certain courses. But to read these, they'll need to have a particular kind of device. E-Textbooks can be read on: AACC's bookstore is offering students more than 160 e-textbook titles this year, and when students begin buying books for …
Thursday, July 19, 2012
The college offers assistance in obtaining financial aid and a no-fee, no-interest payment plan that spreads tuition costs throughout the year.
Students considering classes at Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) this fall can lean on some financial aid before school starts up again. The college issued a statement Wednesday detailing its no-fee, interest-free payment plan that helps students spread the cost of tuition throughout a term. This year, the college's Board of Trustees raised tuition fees by $16 per credit hour to balance its budget. A full-time student taking 15 credit hours will see a $240 total increase per semester under these new rates. Students can apply for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by filling out a free application. AACC's financial aid staff can provide one-on-one assistance in completing these applications. Students who need financial assistance must be …
Monday, July 16, 2012
Several new programs have been added to the lineup of courses this year.
It's that time of year again. Signups for fall classes at Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) have begun for the 15-week session and the first eight-week session at the Glen Burnie Town Center (GBTC), Arnold and Arundel Mills locations. The best time to register is now, so that you can lock down your preferred time for classes. All general education courses are currently available for registration, according to a press release. "Courses that are prerequisites for many degree programs, such as science lab courses, fill up quickly, so enrolling now gives you more flexibility in obtaining the classes you need," according to the release. A few new programs are being offered this year, including: For a full list of all programs, visit aacc.…
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Dawn Lindsay was announced as Anne Arundel Community College's next president on Tuesday.
The next president of Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) is Dawn Lindsay, a Maryland native. Lindsay said she was excited to be chosen. She visited the college over the past week during the final interview process and the longer she was here, the more she wanted the job, Lindsay said. "This is a dream come true for me. I cannot tell you how happy I am," Lindsay said to a crowd Tuesday at the college. "To take this college and facilitate continued growth is something I look forward to." AACC's Board of Trustees Chairwoman Victoria Fretwell said the board unanimously chose Lindsay as the successor to current president Martha Smith at a press conference on Tuesday morning. Lindsay was selected from among 120 applicants for the position. …
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
The chairwoman of the college's Board of Trustees said a final decision on the new president will come soon.
The three finalists in Anne Arundel Community College (AACC)’s presidential search were announced Wednesday. The Board of Trustees has entered the final phase of its selection process for picking a new president to replace Martha Smith, who is set to retire in August. Smith has been the president for 18 years, the longest tenure of the five presidents since the college's founding in 1961. The finalists are: The three candidates were narrowed down from a national search that included 120 applicants. Throughout this week, the candidates will tour the Arnold campus and be interviewed again before the board makes its final determination, said AACC Board of Trustees Chairwoman Victoria Fretwell. “These meetings will be an extension of what has…
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
The college's 2013 budget calls for a tuition hike and asks for additional money from the county.
Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) is asking the County Council for $5 million more and students to pay $240 more per semester in order to balance what trustees called a bare-bones budget. The college’s 2013 budget was approved on Tuesday by the Board of Trustees. Included in the $110,621,000 budget is a tuition hike that raises the credit hour cost by $16. With that increase, a full-time student taking 15 hours of courses would pay $240 more each semester. “These are tough times,” said trustee Walter Hall. Hall, also chair of the budget committee, said the tuition hike could be a hard pill to swallow for some students. But it was necessary in order to supplement declining funding from the county. “We’re going to have to ask the …
Friday, September 23, 2011
The economic decline has led to increased enrollment at Anne Arundel Community College and at other community colleges in the state.
First-time undergraduates looking to avoid high tuition costs and older workers trying to re-tool their skills in a tough economy are flooding Maryland's community colleges for the "distinct value" of an associate degree, the institutions' leaders say. Enrollment is on the rise locally at Anne Arundel Community College (AACC). The headcount for credit students at AACC climbed from 21,752 to 25,941 from fiscal years 2008 to 2011, according to annual numbers provided by the college's spokeswoman Debbie McDaniel-Shaughney. Just in the past year at AACC, there was a 4.8 percent increase from 24,750 to 25,941 credit students. At the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) there has been a dramatic increase in enrollment in both for both …