One of the first things you may notice is the construction on campus as we prepare for the fall 2021 opening of our new Health Sciences and Biology building. This will be a multiyear project and we are well underway. Learn more about this exciting new educational facility and how it will meet the academic needs of our students.
This fall we introduced “Fields of Interest” to first-time students entering AACC. We reorganized all of our academic degrees and certificates, enabling students to explore general areas of study that appeal to them. This restructured approach allows students to earn credits across degrees while exploring career options. It also ensures that students don’t lose valuable time or money while still having the opportunity to explore and determine their academic path.
Every year I have the opportunity to work with new student leadership. Many community colleges support having a student voice on their board, but AACC is one of a few community colleges that provides our student trustee with full voting privileges. I welcome, and look forward to working with, our newest board member, Caleb Schaeffer. He is a graduate of our Massage Therapy program and is an aspiring nurse. Schaeffer's primarily role on the board is to be the student voice on issues related to budget and policy.
Many people associate going back to school with the fall. We offer several different start times and it is not too late to consider our 13-week, eight-week and online course offerings. If you have considered taking classes, starting a degree or finishing a credential, now is a great time. I encourage you to explore our website and learn all that AACC has to offer. Better yet, come visit us in person. We will be happy to show you around. Who knows? Maybe you will discover a field of interest that helps you redefine yourself.
Dr. Dawn Lindsay