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From stellar students to dedicated staff — these are the stories that redefine us.

Non-Traditional Students Gain a Traditional Diploma

Feature Story — In October the most recent crop of AACC’s School of Continuing Education and Workforce Development students celebrated its 20th Maryland High School Diploma Student Recognition Ceremony. That night 49 people walked on to a stage and off toward a brighter future with a diploma in hand.

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Rise Above Hate Vigil Raises Spirits

Feature — As the sun set, the voices rose at AACC’s “Rise Above Hate” vigil. They rose with the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Maya Angelou and the reflections of various campus and community leaders at the Thursday, Sept. 7 event attended by around 100 students, staff, faculty and friends of the college.

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Scottish Culinary Visit a Success

Feature — What do rhubarb, tomatoes and soft shell crabs have in common? Not much, but they all were ingredients in the second Atlantic Cup cook-off between Anne Arundel Community College and City of Glasgow College.

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Writing His Own Story (and Code)

Feature — You could say Stephen Sala had good reason to believe the Coast Guard would be his career. “My father, my grandfather and my grandfather’s father were all in the Coast Guard,” he said. “It was always my goal to do the same.”

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Natallia Okhrimenko: Commitment. Excellence. Community.

Feature — When she came to the United States from Ukraine five years ago, Natallia Okhrimenko thought that, along with a new address, she also would take the opportunity to start a new career. Her father worked his entire life in the restaurant business, often taking her on the job when she was a small girl. “I was always wondering what it looks like to work in hospitality,” she said. “When I came here, I decided to try.”

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William Knott: Foundation. Quality. Advancement.

William Knott likes working with food. So much in fact, the Anne Arundel Community College Hotel, Culinary Arts, and Tourism Institute grad has made it not only his career, but also a hobby.

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Roots. Confidence. Value.

Alex Orellana’s love for cooking came from a childhood in his El Salvadorian grandmother’s kitchen. So for him, food has long been synonymous with family.

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Mentorship. Support. Growth.

As a military latchkey kid experimenting in the kitchen, Ricky Rice loved every step of the process. “I thought I’d be a food critic someday because I loved to eat so much, but I channeled that into cooking instead,” he said.

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How AACC Professor’s Passion For Science Has Made it Accessible – and Fun!

AACC physics and physical science professor Jason Barbour has hundreds, if not thousands of “students” who have never set foot in his classroom. Once or twice per year for the last six years, families and children fill the AACC Kauffman Theater for Science Night. Barbour and biology professor Greg Schrader don tie-dye lab coats and colorful hats as they perform some lively experiments with liquid nitrogen, a bed of nails, balloons and more.

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Team. Family. Professional.

When Kurt Peter attended Lynchburg College to play lacrosse and earn a sports management and business degree, he thought he was moving far from his high school summers in a country club kitchen. Turns out it was just a pause.

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Passion for Food and Family

If there’s one thing the Westin Annapolis Hotel chefs have in common, it’s a long-held passion for food -- and AACC's Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism program.

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Culinary Program Ranks Top 20 on National List

AACC’s Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism Institute was named one of the 50 Best Culinary Schools in the U.S. by Best Choice Schools. At number 14 on the 2016 list, HCAT rose above numerous, more well-known culinary schools including Johnson & Wales University College of Culinary Arts.

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AACC Earns National Diversity Award for Second Year

Anne Arundel Community College recently received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award for the second year in a row. The 2016 award comes from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

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Music to Her Tastebuds

Five years ago, if you had told Carrie Svoboda she’d be making a fig and apple tarte tartin with orange spiced ice cream and raspberry sauce for a three Michelin star chef in Scotland, she would’t have believed you. Learn how the former music teacher’s decision to finally pursue her first passion for baking transported her to a once-in-a-lifetime competition in Scotland after enrolling in AACC’s award-winning HCAT program.

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Sean Urbantke, Assistant Professor Performing Arts

How a childhood fascination with model trains led him to the stage

As a kid, Sean Urbantke liked model trains and the model landscapes that were built for them. That translated to increased interest in the set designs created as backdrops for television shows and movies. Later, when looking for a way to incorporate that interest into a career, he discovered theatrical design.

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AACC/AACPS Science Day 2016

Life lessons mix with science for students from Annapolis, Germantown and Georgetown East elementary schools at AACC Science Day.

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Nicole Williams, Coordinator and Professor of Human Services

Busy making change and not slowing down.

Caitlyn Jenner's transition, immigration, police as friend or foe... they're just some of the tough, and possibly uncomfortable, conversations tackled at " Meeting of the Minds," a discussion group hosted by the AACC Social Justice Collaborative this past semester.

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AACC Partnership with AACPS Helps Students Earn College Certificate

Thanks to a strong partnership with Anne Arundel County Public Schools, nine North County High students earned a certificate in transportation, logistics and cargo security from Anne Arundel Community College before walking across their own high school graduation stage. Armed with 18 college credits, the program’s first cohort joined a growing number of students aiming to save money on tuition while completing their degrees in less time – which also means a faster path to a good paying job.

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