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A Class of Their Own

Our Stories — Midshipman, Community College Students Learn Russian Together — AACC’s Morgan Hinrichsen took a Russian course last year just because she needed more credits to be full time. Though the beginning was less than auspicious, Hinrichsen discovered a fondness for the language – a fondness that landed her at the Naval Academy for four weeks.

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New Student-Athlete Success Coordinator Helps Students on and off the Field

Wingspan — Fall 2019 — Trey Anderson, AACC's new student athlete success coordinator, understands the challenges of handling the multiple commitments that come with being a student and an athlete. His experience as student and coach makes this new Riverhawk Athletics Department position a natural fit.

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Sabbatical Achievements

Wingspan — Fall 2019 — Sabbaticals allow AACC faculty to further pursue their professional expertise and passions and revitalize their teaching with advanced skills and experiences. Afterward, they bring what they learned back to the classroom to the benefit of their students.

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Cyber Pilot Program Offers Big Benefits

Wingspan — Fall 2019 — One new student is a Coast Guard veteran, another is an event manager and yet another is re-entering the workforce after raising children. Now they’re all part of the first cohort for the Community College Cyber Pilot Program: Scholarship for Service at AACC.

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Helping Student Businesses Soar

Wingspan — Fall 2019 — Small business owner and AACC student Heidi Pena knew a lot about interior design, but she wasn’t sure how to bridge the gap between her passion and a viable business.

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Finding a True Calling: from Assigning the News to Making it

Wingspan — Fall 2019 — Tiffany Boykin, Ph.D., Esq., AACC's dean of student engagement, was on track to the job of her dreams. She was studying for a master’s degree, aiming to become on-air talent after three years on the assignment desk of a Baltimore television news station.

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Becoming a Licensed Drone Pilot

Our Stories — Since starting his business three years ago while studying business at AACC, Nick Kiraly, owner and operator of Annapolis Ascents says he’s witnessing a major technological shift. “It's really an amazing time in the world right now with the rise of drones. I can't help but feel like we are writing history,” explains Kiraly.

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A Theme of Learning

Our Stories — Between classes, students could be on their phones, listening to music or doing homework alone, but in some classrooms, students chat and get to know each other and work together on assignments. The difference? Learning communities.

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Embracing Your Passions

Our Stories — Growing up with a family captivated by engineering and music, it’s not surprising Matthew Barzal embraced those interests as his own. So much so, that after spending the last two years studying Secondary Education with a focus in Spanish, he included Electrical Engineering in his list of majors at AACC.

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AACC Student Awarded Anna and John Dragun Memorial Scholarship

Our Stories — “The one question on my mind when preparing for college was how am I going to afford this?” wondered AACC alumnus, Chris Swift. Working full time and attending the college, Swift was thankful to be awarded the Anna and John Dragun Memorial Scholarship while at AACC.

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2018 Valedictorian Reflects on Time at AACC

Our Stories — Class of 2018 Valedictorian Olumide Fagboyegun didn’t plan on moving to Maryland from Nigeria at age 15, but to his surprise, it was one of the best decisions he ever made. After two years of high school in Maryland, Fagboyegun’s journey brought him to AACC where he excelled academically. “It would be an understatement to say that AACC has not had a profound impact on my outlook on life, on my ideology, and on both my professional and personal life,” said Fagboyegun.

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Dance Company's 30th Anniversary

Our Stories — Starting a career is never easy. Starting a career in dance may be even more difficult, but the AACC Dance Company has seen its alumni do just that. In celebration of the company’s 30th anniversary, many of these alumni will waltz back onto campus to perform in the Alumni Concert at 2 p.m. May 4.

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Helping Moms and Dads Earn Another Title – College Graduate

Wingspan — Spring 2019 — Free, quality child care sounds too good to be true. But for qualified Anne Arundel Community College students, it’s part of an initiative to help students with the full-time role of mom or dad earn their degree.

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Former AACC President Honored as President Emeritus

Wingspan — Spring 2019 — Dr. Martha A. Smith, president of AACC from 1994 to 2012, was awarded the status of president emeritus by unanimous vote from the college’s board of trustees in November.

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Veteran's Student President

Wingspan — Spring 2019 — As AACC’s chapter president of Student Veterans of America, Shanelle Jones works to make sure student-veterans feel welcome, supported and encouraged from their first experiences at AACC. “It’s hard to go far without help,” she said. “‘Self-made doesn’t exist. You can’t thrive without a community.”

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Happy Anniversaries to Us!

Wingspan — Spring 2019 — We're celebrating anniversaries for our Turkey Trot, Dance Company and our Department of Architecture and Interior Design.

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Disney Visits AACC!

Wingspan — Spring 2019 — The most magical place on earth last year – at least temporarily – was AACC!

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AACC Expanding Workforce Programs to Address Community Needs

Wingspan — Spring 2019 — AACC will construct the Clauson Center for Innovation and Skilled Trades to address the growing need for skilled workers in our community with a scheduled opening in 2021.

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AACC was the Spark to their Success

Wingspan — Spring 2019 — Larry Cate and Dan Mathias have shared many experiences since the days of grabbing a chili cheese dog between morning classes at Chesapeake High School and afternoon math class at AACC. But some of the biggest things they’ve shared have been the successes and failures along the way after starting Absolute Fire Protection 30 years ago while still seniors in college.

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Center for the Study of Local Issues Survey and Results

Wingspan — Spring 2019 — “What is the most important problem facing Anne Arundel County?” AACC students working at the Center for the Study of Local Issues asked county residents this question during its semiannual survey last fall.

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Provoking Artist Visits AACC

Wingspan — Spring 2019 — Last fall, AACC welcomed Ken Gonzales-Day as the visiting artist where he discussed his work and experience as an artist.

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John Rosso: Relationships at the Foundation of Business

Our Stories — John Rosso started Rosso Commercial Real Estate Services in 2016, but his journey to that moment began years earlier at Anne Arundel Community College. A friend from the college set up the initial meeting that led to Rosso’s position with Murphy-Hogan Commercial Real Estate/The Hogan Companies, which launched his career in real estate.

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AACC Helps Student Fulfill Lifelong Dream

Our Stories — Heather Howe's love of baking heated up in AACC’s Baking and Pastry program. But even after earning two associate degrees — one in Hotel/Restaurant Management and another in Business Management — her appetite for learning wasn’t satisfied.

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AACC Professor Wins Maryland State Arts Council Award

Wingspan — Fall 2018 — The Maryland State Arts Council recently awarded the 2018 Individual Artist Awards to Matt Moore, chair of AACC’s Visual Arts and Humanities department, along with 78 Maryland artists.

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ECAP: College During High School

Wingspan — Fall 2018 — Last year, high school student Sarah Noble found herself on staff at a college newspaper, mastering AP style, InDesign, and photojournalism. “I was worried they wouldn’t accept a 16-year-old in to the tightly knit newsroom. But after the first day was over I felt like I belonged,” said the 2018 Broadneck High School graduate.

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Guiding Students Toward Success

Wingspan — Fall 2018 — AACC initiatives help students navigate a positive first year experience. AACC’s strategic plan, “Engagement Matters: Pathways to Completion,” included recommendations from 20 teams and the hard work of many people.

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Homerun!

Wingspan — Fall 2018 — Students win big in Business Pitch Competition; Hatchery redesign embraces maker space. What do a drone footage company, bakery, a food coach and carpenter have in common? They’re a few of the nine local businesses whose entrepreneurs received seed funding from AACC's $100,000 Business Pitch Competition.

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Nearly $1 Million in Private Scholarships Awarded

Wingspan — Fall 2018 — Need continues to grow despite state support. The AACC Foundation Inc. faces a new challenge with the advent of the Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship, which the Maryland General Assembly passed and Gov. Larry Hogan signed into law in the spring.

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Non-Traditional Students Gain a Traditional Diploma

Our Stories — 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

Our Stories — 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

Our Stories — 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)

Our Stories — 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.

Our Stories — 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.

Our Stories — 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.

Our Stories — 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.

Our Stories — 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!

Our Stories — 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.

Our Stories — 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

Our Stories — 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

Our Stories — 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

Our Stories — 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

Our Stories — Five years ago, if you had told Carrie Svoboda she’d be making a fig and apple tarte Tatin with orange spiced ice cream and raspberry sauce for a three Michelin star chef in Scotland, she wouldn'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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How a childhood fascination with model trains led to the stage

Our Stories — 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

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

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Busy making change and not slowing down.

Our Stories — 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

Our Stories — 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.

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