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ACC Hosts Dual Credit Orientation

ACC Hosts Dual Credit Orientation

Those who teach Dual Credit courses have to walk a fine line every day between working in a high school environment while teaching a college course.

Keeping attendance, progress reports, schedule changes and dealing with parents at high school is different from college, said instructors at the Alvin Community College Dual Credit Orientation on August 20.

“When those students walk into your classroom, they are in a college course,” said Leigh Ann Moore, ACC English instructor. “They are no longer in high school.”

Moore was one of several speakers during the second annual Dual Credit Orientation. More than 60 teachers from from Alvin, Danbury and Pearland ISDs attended the orientation to prepare for the upcoming school year.

The orientation was funded by a $1,000 Innovative Initiative grant from the ACC Foundation.

The orientation included seminars on the roles of the instructors, syllabus procedures, online software platforms and more. Other topics such as classroom expectations and the responsibilities of students also were discussed as part of the program.

More than a quarter of ACC’s students attend classes through Dual Credit.

“Students in this community have a wonderful opportunity to get a jump start on their college education while still in high school,” said ACC President Dr. Christal Albrecht.

Dr. Albrecht also asked the Dual Credit teachers for input into how to improve their courses for their students.

“I look forward to having the opportunity to hearing from you about ideas that you may have,” she said. “It is so important.”

Dual Credit Director Akilah Martin told the teachers that the orientation will hopefully bring everyone together to make sure their efforts in the classroom are meeting college standards.

“We will have a lot of information for you and we are here to answer any questions,” she said.

In addition to class procedures, the teachers also received a lot of information about the education software platform BlackBoard, which is used for classroom instruction and online courses. Distance Education Director Dena Coots spoke with the instructors about updates to the software, added user options, enrollment changes and new online courses.

Uses for the program vary as some teachers will use it primarily to communicate with students while others will use it to disseminate class materials, Coots said.

“This is a very extensive tool,” she said. “Please use it for what you need.”

ACC has more than 1,300 Dual Credit students and the program continues to grow. The orientation will ensure that students are receiving the same education at their high school that they would at the ACC campus, Dr. Albrecht said.

“You’re helping to mold these students into being real college students while they’re in high school,” she said. “It’s a great opportunity.”

For more information about Dual Credit, visit www.alvincollege.edu/DualCredit.aspx or call 281-756-3726.

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9/29/2014

September 29, 2014

The Fine Arts Gallery will host an exhibit of the works of William Jones from September 29 to October 24. There will be a reception on October 1 in the Fine Arts Gallery. For more information call 281-756-3605.

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10/1/2014

October 1, 2014

The Student Government Association will have its monthly meeting on October 1 at 12:30 p.m. in the Texas Room. Call 281-756-3686 for more information.

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10/7/2014

October 7, 2014

Speakers representing both the Democratic and Republican parties will present their views on local politics during the Red/Blue Summit on October 7 at 7 p.m. in the Nolan Ryan Center. For more information call 281-756-3551.

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10/10/2014

October 10, 2014

The deadline to apply for graduation in the fall will be October 10. To apply call 281-756-3500.

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10/11/2014

October 11-18, 2014

The ACC Drama Department will perform the classic play Moon Over Buffalo from October 11-18 at the ACC Theatre. Performances on October 11 and 16-18 will be at 8 p.m. There will be a 2:30 p.m. performance on October 12. Purchase tickets at www.alvincollege.edu/drama/theatreseason or call 281-756-3606.

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10/16/2014

October 16, 2014

Registration for the second, 8-week fall mini semester will end on October 16. For more information call 281-756-3500.

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10/23/2014

October 23, 2014

ACC Allied Health programs will offer free screenings and information during the annual Fall Fitness Fair on October 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the S Building. For more information call 281-756-5660.

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10/25/2014

October 25, 2014

ACC will host the 39th annual Fall Festival on October 25 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the campus grounds. There will be many fun activities for kids including games, food and other activities. For more information call 281-756-3686.

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10/26/2014

October 26, 2014

The ACC Wind Ensemble will have its annual fall concert on October 26 at 3:30 p.m. in the Theatre. For more information call 281-756-3588.

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10/28/2014

October 28, 2014

The ACC Board of Regents will have their monthly meeting on October 28 at 7 p.m. in the Nolan Ryan Center. Call 281-756-3500 for more information.

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10/29/2014

October 29, 2014

Registration for the 2015 spring semesters will open on October 29 and close on January 13. Classes begin on January 20. For more information call 281-756-3500.

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