AACC interior design students sweep competition

Anne Arundel Community College’s Interior Design students brought home the gold for the seventh consecutive year in the annual American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Maryland-ChesapeakeHome’s Annual Design Competition.

Eleven students received a record number of 12 first-place or honorable mention awards. ChesapeakeHome and ASID Maryland recognize some of the best professional and student interior design projects and concepts in the state through the annual competition. The magazine’s October-November issue and Web site contain photos of and information on winning entries. The winning AACC students, by category, are:

• Student Residential: 1st Place (Tie): Ollin S. Hart and Kristin Hart of Arnold; Honorable Mention, Merchelle Halsey of Edgewater
• Student Kitchen & Bath: 1st Place, Marcia Zercoe of Annapolis; Honorable Mention, Kathy Brady of Davidson
• Student Commercial: 1st Place, Lindon Rice of Baltimore
• Student Historic Residential: 1st Place, Deborah Terhune-Zussman of Grasonville
• Student Historic Commercial: 1st Place, Elizabeth Dasilva of Pasadena; Honorable Mention (Tie): Tara Healy of Pasadena and Marisa Wisor of Centerville
• Student Specialty/Window Treatments: 1st Place, Louisa Shelby of Crownsville; Honorable Mention, Kristin Hart of Arnold.

The awards follow news from the national ASID headquarters that out of 30 states competing in professional ASID annual design contests last year, only three states — including Maryland — had student winners. And, AACC had the greatest number of student awards in the country. The Interior Design students last year achieved a state record of seven awards.

“This is a wonderful milestone and the third time this program has achieved national standing,” said Dimi Tangires, an AACC interior design instructor and the student ASID chapter’s faculty adviser.

“The ASID industry awards are our most valuable outside assessment of what is being taught in the classroom and continue to advance our program’s reputation locally, regionally and, once again, nationally. Most of all, they motivate our students throughout the year and help set the standards that make us the most award-winning student chapter in the country.”

The college offers an Associate of Applied Science degree option in Interior Design as part of its Architecture and Interior Design program as well as an Advanced Interior Design certificate option and Interior Design certificate option. For program information, call 410-777-2442.

Converge magazine and e-Republic’s Center for Digital Education have ranked Anne Arundel Community College in the top 10 nationally among colleges of 7,500 students or more for providing exceptional technology support to students and educators.

AACC was ranked sixth in the 5th annual Digital Community Colleges Survey large college category for academic year 2008-09.

Winners received awards during the recent League for Innovation in the Community College 2009 Conference on Information Technology. The survey addressed multiple areas in digital technology, including online registration, distance learning, tutoring and advising services; technology training for students and faculty; and Web 2.0 social and collaborative capabilities.

MAY 2009 nursing grads POST 98 percent pass rate
Anne Arundel Community College graduates in the registered nursing program posted a 98 percent first-time pass rate on their licensure exams.

Entering its 42nd year, AACC’s registered nursing program was accredited by the National League for Nursing in 1970 and was the first career program established at the college. Program graduates go on to work in hospitals, clinics and medical facilities across the country and overseas. The program has biannual admissions, with classes graduating in December and May each year. For information, call 410-777-7310.

Current and prospective entrepreneurs can boost their business savvy, network and exhibit their products at the e-nnovations 2009 Mid-Atlantic entrepreneurship conference, “Gaining Competitive Advantage,” Nov. 20, at Anne Arundel Community College.

The 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. conference at the college Center for Applied Learning and Technology on the Arnold campus features Tim Koegel and Hillary Fordwich as morning and afternoon keynote speakers, breakout sessions with leading entrepreneurs, an exhibit hall for sponsors, continental breakfast and networking lunch. The conference, which is presented by the college Entrepreneurial Studies Institute with corporate sponsors, is open to students from two- and four-year colleges and universities as well as professionals.

Koegel conducts CEO boot camps nationwide to strengthen media relations, presentation and communication skills and is author of “The Exceptional Presenter, the Definitive Handbook for Showcasing Your Message.” He will discuss “The Exceptional Presenter” and participants will each receive a copy of his book by the same title.

Fordwich is president and founder of Strelmark LLC, business development consultants, and is a national expert on developing businesses, building strategic relationships and managing client relationships. She will address “building Business by Taking a Strategic Relationship Approach and Mastering the 5 Cs for Building and Maintaining Relationships.”

Presenters at the breakout sessions include David J. Leudemann, area executive and senior vice president of BB&T, “Building Banking Relationships and Financing Your Business;” and Kristen Valerio, executive director of the Chesapeake Regional Tech Council, “Making the Connection – Leveraging Your Network and Professional Organizations.”

Conference sponsorships are available. Sponsors include Amerigerian Royal Catering, Blue Heron Cleaning Services, LLC, Fields of Heather baked goods and candy and Sagitta Marketing, LLC.

Registration is limited so register early. Cost is $59; with an additional fee for exhibit space. For information call 410-777-2066 or e-mail esi@aacc.edu. The Arnold campus is at 101 College Parkway.

Ciena Learning Solutions and Anne Arundel Community College have teamed up to bring high-tech, cutting-edge new Carrier Ethernet (CE) Certification instruction to Maryland, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Dallas, Denver and seven other U.S. cities.

The training focuses on enhancing skills and knowledge of information technology staff so they can anticipate and resolve organizational networking issues. It also will help sales associates and executives expand their abilities. Participants must pass the certification test to receive CE certification.

Through membership in the Global Corporate College (GCC), AACC is offering Ciena’s CE certification courses at its Regional Higher Education Center at Arundel Mills as part of a national pilot as well as in cities around the country. The four levels of training are Associate, Professional, Consultant and Expert. Training takes place over five days and concludes with participants sitting for the official Ciena certification exam, which is also available at AACC.

Associate-level instruction, which is currently available, gives participants a firm foundation in CE standards, terms, concepts and applications. Professional certification instruction will equip participants with the skills and knowledge to configure and troubleshoot CE networks. Consultant certification instruction will focus on case studies; participants develop the analytical skills needed to design CE solutions for real-world applications. Ciena CE experts will lead the Expert certification instruction, which culminates in a hands-on test of ability. Participants will create, configure and troubleshoot a network design to demonstrate they have the skills needed to provide solutions for high-level CE service providers.

After completing associate-level training, participants can take the additional levels of certification training.

In November, training is available Nov. 2-6 at at the Regional Higher Education Center at AACC at Arundel Mills, Nov. 16-20 in Washington, D.C., and Nov. 30-Dec. 4 at AACC at Arundel Mills. December classes are available Dec. 7-11 in Chicago, Dec. 14-18 at AACC at Arundel Mills and Dec. 14-18 in Denver.

Registration is underway. For information and a list of classes, costs and other details, contact AACC’s Center for Workforce Solutions at 410-777-2732, weekdays 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.  

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