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ACC Hosts Dual Credit Orientation

ACC Hosts Dual Credit Orientation

Those who teach Dual Credit courses have to walk a fine line every day between working in a high school environment while teaching a college course.

Keeping attendance, progress reports, schedule changes and dealing with parents at high school is different from college, said instructors at the Alvin Community College Dual Credit Orientation on August 20.

“When those students walk into your classroom, they are in a college course,” said Leigh Ann Moore, ACC English instructor. “They are no longer in high school.”

Moore was one of several speakers during the second annual Dual Credit Orientation. More than 60 teachers from from Alvin, Danbury and Pearland ISDs attended the orientation to prepare for the upcoming school year.

The orientation was funded by a $1,000 Innovative Initiative grant from the ACC Foundation.

The orientation included seminars on the roles of the instructors, syllabus procedures, online software platforms and more. Other topics such as classroom expectations and the responsibilities of students also were discussed as part of the program.

More than a quarter of ACC’s students attend classes through Dual Credit.

“Students in this community have a wonderful opportunity to get a jump start on their college education while still in high school,” said ACC President Dr. Christal Albrecht.

Dr. Albrecht also asked the Dual Credit teachers for input into how to improve their courses for their students.

“I look forward to having the opportunity to hearing from you about ideas that you may have,” she said. “It is so important.”

Dual Credit Director Akilah Martin told the teachers that the orientation will hopefully bring everyone together to make sure their efforts in the classroom are meeting college standards.

“We will have a lot of information for you and we are here to answer any questions,” she said.

In addition to class procedures, the teachers also received a lot of information about the education software platform BlackBoard, which is used for classroom instruction and online courses. Distance Education Director Dena Coots spoke with the instructors about updates to the software, added user options, enrollment changes and new online courses.

Uses for the program vary as some teachers will use it primarily to communicate with students while others will use it to disseminate class materials, Coots said.

“This is a very extensive tool,” she said. “Please use it for what you need.”

ACC has more than 1,300 Dual Credit students and the program continues to grow. The orientation will ensure that students are receiving the same education at their high school that they would at the ACC campus, Dr. Albrecht said.

“You’re helping to mold these students into being real college students while they’re in high school,” she said. “It’s a great opportunity.”

For more information about Dual Credit, visit www.alvincollege.edu/DualCredit.aspx or call 281-756-3726.

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2/3/2015

February 3, 2015

Alvin Community College staff and students will travel to Austin for Community College Day at the Texas Legislature. Students will attend legislative sessions while also speaking with local legislators. For more information call 281-756-3500.
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2/7/2015

February 7, 2015

The Alvin Community Band will perform during the annual Big Band Concert on February 7 at 7 p.m. in the Nolan Ryan Center. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 281-756-3600.
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2/14/2015

February 14, 2015

The Alvin Community College chapter of Phi Theta Kappa will sponsor a dance on Valentine's Day to benefit the honors society. The event will be on February 14, 2015 at 8 p.m. in the Nolan Ryan Center. For more information call 281-756-3500.
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2/16/2015

February 16, 2015

Registration for the second, 8-week mini-semester in spring will open on February 16 and close on March 9. For more information call 281-756-3500 or visit www.alvincollege.edu/registration.
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2/17/2015

February 17, 2015

ACC President Dr. Christal M. Albrecht will discuss what's going on at the college and will take questions from students in the President's Forum on February 17, 2015 at 12:30 p.m. in C-227. For more information call 281-756-3686.
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2/20/2015

February 20, 2015

The Texas Community College Teachers Association will have its annual conference on February 20, 2015. There will be no day classes at ACC.
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2/26/2015

February 26, 2015

The Alvin Community College Board of Regents will have their monthly meeting on February 26, 2015 at 7 p.m. in the Nolan Ryan Center. For more information call 281-756-3500.
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3/6/2015

March 6, 2015

The deadline to apply for spring commencement will be on March 6, 2015. For more information call 281-756-3500.
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March 7-14, 2015

The Alvin Community College Drama Department will perform its spring musical, The Fantasticks, from March 7-14 at the Theatre. The musical is about a couple who fall in love, grow apart and then attempt to re-connect with each other. It is the world’s longest running musical. Performances are at 8 p.m. on March 7, 12-14. There will be a 2:30 p.m performance on March 8. For more information call 281-756-3606 or visit
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