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Awards at AACC

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In 2012:

  • Anne Arundel Community College is the first higher education institution in Maryland to earn a rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. The college achieved the level of Silver from the association, culminating a three-year process for AACC.
  • Anne Arundel Community College is the leader of a 10-college consortium that received a $19.7 million grant as part of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training initiative to provide training for in-demand jobs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilary Solis said the college was selected as the lead college because of its national reputation for technology programming and instruction.
  • Anne Arundel Community College was named a “Great College to Work For” for the second consecutive year by The Chronicle of Higher Education. The college was one of 111 chosen out of 310 participants and was one of only 42 colleges and 12 community colleges named to the Great College to Work For Honor Roll.
  • For the second year in a row, Anne Arundel Community College’s Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Police Academy degree and certificate programs received a 100 percent pass rate at a recent audit by the Maryland Police and Corrections Training Commissions.
  • Jennifer Lara, a professor of education in Anne Arundel Community College’s Teacher Education and Child Care Institute, was named to the 21st Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges. The initiative, which grew out of the American Association of Community Colleges’ listening tour earlier this year, is partially funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Goals are to take a year to examine the key issues and challenges facing community colleges, redefine the mission of community colleges and come up with ways to help promote that mission so that their role in contributing to society is better understood.
  • An Anne Arundel Community College cyber forensics team won first place in the community college division and was among the top 10 teams on the leaders’ board of the U.S. Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3) Digital Forensics Challenge that drew 1,147 teams from all 50 states and 52 countries. The AACC team of Richard Clark, Dina Duncan Haines, London Orcurto and Christopher Rollins took first place. A second AACC team of Douglas Hayden, Robert Singleton, Jasper Tucker and Carly Wyman took third place.
  • Daniel Brannon, a May 2011 graduate, was one of 20 winners of a national Pearson Foundation Prize of Higher Education. He plans to use the resources from the award to help the nonprofit group he recently formed to help at-risk teens through music and the arts.
  • Three interior design students tied for first place in the 2011 MADE: In America Washington, D.C. Furniture Design Competition, capturing the BEST: Made in America Award. The winning entries of AACC students Susan Wasilewski, Nadia D. Vemuri Cataldi and Brandon P. King were showcased July 4 at the “Take Pride in America Celebration and Awards Ceremony.”
  • Three students have won national honors for a one-act play, poem and an artwork entered in the League for Innovation in the Community College’s 2010-2011 Student Literary Competition and Student Art Competition. Taking second place in the literary competition was Vincent Turpin for his one-act play titled “Whispers in the Dark.” Honorable mention went to Benjamin L. Staisloff for his poem “My God Has Blistered Feet.” Taking third place in the student art competition was Barrie Barnett for her painted portrait of her mother entitled “Bonfire of the Vanities.”

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