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2018-2019 Arapahoe Community College Catalog 
2018-2019 Arapahoe Community College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

About ACC

Message from the President

Our Mission – Your Success

ACC President Diana M. Doyle, Ph.D.Welcome to Arapahoe Community College and congratulations on selecting ACC to pursue your educational goals. For more than 50 years, ACC has helped students just like you achieve personal and professional aspirations. We look forward to being a part of your journey toward success!

At ACC, we are proud to offer a wide variety of innovative opportunities, including more than 100 degree and certificate programs. Whether you attend ACC to pursue a new career, upgrade your skills or plan to transfer to a four-year institution, our educational offerings and services are the first steps to providing you the skills and knowledge you need to achieve your goals. With nationally recognized faculty, small class sizes and cutting-edge technology, we are confident the education you receive at ACC is among the best you will find in Colorado.

ACC is the communities’ college. That’s why in addition to traditional college programs we offer many opportunities for lifelong learners, including continuing education for practicing professionals, customized training for industry needs, programs for seniors, and fundamental programs to help students prepare for college coursework. With convenient course times and campuses in Littleton, Parker and Castle Rock, you’re sure to find classes that will best fit your schedule and lifestyle.

In this catalog is everything you need to get started at ACC.

I am pleased to welcome you to the ACC family and wish you every success. We’re glad you’re here!

With warmest regards,

Diana M. Doyle, Ph.D.

The History of Arapahoe Community College

1964 - A group of Littleton residents research the need for a junior college and present their findings to local school districts. With help from community and business leaders, school officials and citizens, Littleton residents vote to establish a college.

1965 - Arapahoe Junior College is founded on May 4, 1965.

1966 - Arapahoe Junior College opens and welcomes its first 550 students.

1970 - The College joins the Colorado Community College and Occupational Education System and is renamed Arapahoe Community College (ACC).

1970 - The College becomes accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

1974 - The Main Building on the Littleton campus is completed.

1977 - An Annex to the Main Building is added.

1979 - The Colorado Gallery of the Arts opens.

1989 - The College acquires and opens the West Alamo Center in downtown Littleton near the main campus; the acquisition is renamed the ACC Art and Design Center.

2000 - ACC expands into Douglas County with the opening of the University Center at Chaparral (UCC) in Parker.

2001 - ACC completes a $13 million renovation of the Main Building on the Littleton Campus to house the Weber Center for Learning Resources (the library) and additional classrooms.

2006 - The College’s reaffirmation of accreditation is received by The Higher Learning Commission

2011 - The University Center at Chaparral (UCC) is renamed the Arapahoe Community College Parker Campus.

2011 - The College expands again with the opening of the Arapahoe Community College Castle Rock Campus. The new campus offers credit and noncredit classes plus Workforce Training programs and facility rentals.

2017 - The College’s reaffirmation of accreditation is received by The Higher Learning Commission

Our Door is Always Open

Arapahoe Community College is an open-door admissions institution. If you have a high school diploma, General Education Development (GED) certificate, or are not in high school and 17 years of age or older, you may be admitted. Please remember that admission does not guarantee enrollment in any specific programs and courses. You may be required to meet prerequisites designed to help you successfully complete a course of study. Admission may be denied in accordance with the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education Board Policy BP 4-10.

Vision Statement

To be the leader in Community College education in the State of Colorado.

Mission Statement

To provide innovative and responsive educational and economic opportunities in an accessible, inclusive environment that promotes success for students, employees and the community.

Values Statement

Life-Long Learning We uphold the highest academic standards and support the growth and success of each individual.

Integrity We encourage the free exchange of ideas in an open environment that embraces honesty, respect and personal responsibility.

Community We foster trusting relationships and respectful communication through collaboration with our students, employees and community partners.

Inclusion We honor an open dialogue in a safe environment that respects and embraces individual differences.

ACC Institutional Student Learning Outcomes

Preparing learners for life success is an important commitment at Arapahoe Community College. These learning outcomes address the knowledge, skills and values that are fundamental to the personal and professional growth of our students, employees and community.

Communication — Construct, deliver, and engage in effective, knowledgeable communication for a variety of audiences and purposes.

Information Management — Identify, retrieve and synthesize information in order to think critically, reason creatively and make informed judgments.

Personal Development — Identify and continually develop one’s aptitudes and abilities in pursuit of goals.

Responsibility and Accountability — Employ personal and social accountability, recognize ethical issues, practice ethical behavior, and balance personal freedom with the interest of the community.

Quantitative Reasoning — Retrieve, interpret and evaluate information and numerical concepts to determine trends, make predictions, and develop informed opinions.

Cultural Awareness — Identify, distinguish, or express a diversity of aesthetic, cultural, and historical perspectives.

Diversity Statement

We respect, understand, and embrace the differences and similarities among our students, staff, faculty and the community we proudly serve. As a community, ACC encourages the richness of diversity and values the dignity of all persons. We strive to foster an equal and positive learning environment that reflects the diverse nature of the people of Colorado and the nation.

August 22, 2012


Institutional Accreditation

Arapahoe Community College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Commission can be reached at 312.263.0456. Web address: www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org.

ACC Program Accreditations

The following programs hold accreditation and / or approval as listed:

  • Automotive Service Technology, National Automotive Technician Education Foundation Inc. (NATEF)
  • Certified Nursing Assistant, Colorado State Board of Nursing
  • Early Childhood Education, National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
  • Emergency Medical Technician, Colorado State Department of Health, Emergency Medical Services Division
  • Health Information Technology, American Health Information Management Association
  • Interior Design, National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA)
  • Law Enforcement Academy, Colorado P.O.S.T. (Peace Officer Standard and Training Board)
  • Paralegal, American Bar Association
  • Medical Laboratory Technology, National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
  • Mortuary Science, American Board of Funeral Service Education
  • Nursing (Registered), The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. and The Colorado State Board of Nursing
  • Pharmacy Technician, American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP)
  • Physical Therapist Assistant, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education

Addresses and phone numbers for these accrediting agencies are listed within the description of each specific degree or certificate.

Academic Calendar 2018-2019

Summer Semester 2018 (201910): May 29 - August 6

Mar 6 - May 20 Summer registration for all students
May 26 - May 28 Memorial Day Holiday - College Closed: No Services Available


June 15 (noon) Grading Deadline for Maymester Classes

Regular Summer Semester

May 27 - May 29 Memorial Day Holiday - College Closed: No Services Available
June 30 Graduation Application Deadline for the Summer Semester
July 4 Independence Day - College Closed: No Services Available
August 5 Last day of 8-week classes
August 6 Last day of 10-week classes, End of Summer semester
August 9 (noon) Grading Deadline for 8-week and 10-week classes
Maymester May 29 - June 10
10 week classes May 29 - August 6
8 week classes June 11 - August 5

Maymester courses that meet on Monday will have to schedule extra time during the term due to the Memorial Day holiday.

Summer Classes that meet on Wednesday will have to schedule extra time during the term due to the July 4 holiday.

Fall Semester 2018 (201920): August 20 - December 11

March 20 - August 12 Fall registration for all students
September 3 Labor Day holiday - College Closed: No Services Available
October 9 Fall Professional Development Day; CLASSES NOT IN SESSION; Limited Administrative Services Available.
October 31 Graduation Application Deadline for the Fall Semester
November 10 - 11 Veteran’s Day - College Open - Classes in Session
November 19 - 25 Fall Break, CLASSES NOT IN SESSION, offices open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
November 22 Thanksgiving - College closed: No Services Available
December 11 Last day of classes, end of Fall Semester
December 14 Grading Deadline at noon
December 25 - January 1 Holiday Season - College Closed: No Services Available
January 2  College re-opens
15-week classes August 20 - December 11

Classes that meet on Saturday will have to schedule extra time during the term due to the Labor Day holiday.

Spring Semester 2019 (201930): January 22 - May 14

November 6 - January 13 Spring registration for all students
January 21 Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday - College open
February 18 President’s Day - College Open, classes in session
March 18 - 24 Spring Break - CLASSES NOT IN SESSION, offices open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
March 15 Graduation Application Deadline Date for the Spring Semester
April 2 Spring Professional Development Day; CLASSES NOT IN SESSION; Limited Administrative Services Available
May 14 Last Day of Classes - End of Spring Semester
May 17 (noon) Grading Deadline
15-week session January 22 - May 14