AACC news: Awards in culinary and military, and new software of paralegals

AACC Awarded 2014 Military Friendly Schools Designation

Victory Media, a media organization for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named Anne Arundel Community College to the coveted 2014 Military Friendly Schools list, which honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

The Military Friendly Schools Web site includes the list and tools to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences. Victory Media selected the 1,868 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list for exhibiting leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience, stating that these schools have world-class programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility and other services to those who served.

“AACC is well recognized for an institutional commitment to serving those who serve,” said Jean Runyon, associate vice president for learning advancement and the virtual campus, who oversees military programs. “By being named this year to the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools, Anne Arundel Community College has achieved this recognition for the fifth consecutive year.”

One special feature at AACC is its Military and Veterans Resource Center where active, reserve and retired members of the military, veterans and their families can obtain additional information or resources about attending college, as well as gather informally. AACC is committed to serving the military, veterans, reservists and their dependents. It is a participating member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC), a consortium of 1,550 colleges and universities dedicated to providing educational opportunities for service members and their families, and also participates in GoArmyEd, the Air Force’s General Education Mobile (GEM) initiative, the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) and Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA). The college offers a variety of services at the Fort Meade Army Education Center for soldiers and their families and accepts military credits for transfer into AACC programs.

Now in its fifth year, the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide approved for Veterans Administration tuition funding.

AACC Culinary Chef and Student Earn Awards at Culinary Competition

An instructor and a student in Anne Arundel Community College’s Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism Institute (HCAT) received culinary awards in an American Culinary Federation-sanctioned culinary competition at Stratford University hosted by the Greater Baltimore Chefs Association and Nation’s Capital Chefs Association.

HCAT Chef John Johnson of Pasadena won first place in the Contemporary Category with his “Maryland’s Summer Bounty”-themed entrée plate featuring baked rockfish with crab mousseline and vin blanc sauce, succotash of a sweet corn medley and lima bean puree, grilled summer squash, citrus tomatoes and corn bread. Each competitor had one hour to prepare four plates of their signature dish while being evaluated on taste, nutritional value, presentation, organization and sanitation. Chef Johnson scored a high silver medal with his entry.

HCAT student Christopher Wroblewski of Bowie won third place in the Mystery Basket category. Each competitor received the same basket of different foods and had to incorporate them into their menu. They then had three hours to prepare a four-course meal of four plates each. Competitors were scored on their creativity, taste, menu development, organization and sanitation. Wroblewski competed against industry professional chefs and earned a bronze medal for his efforts.

HCAT students Karen Eaton of Annapolis, Stephanie Silva of Belcamp and Jessica Numbers of Bel Air volunteered and assisted with the ACF competition.

AACC’s HCAT offerings include Associate of Applied Science degrees in Hotel/Restaurant Management with options in Baking and Pastry Arts, Culinary Arts and Hospitality Business and credit certificates in Baking and Pastry Arts, Culinary Arts, Event Planning and Catering, Hotel/Lodging Management and Restaurant Cooking Skills. Lifelong learning programs include both food preparation and training in various cuisine styles. For information, call 410-777-2398, visit HCAT’s Web site or visit HCAT’s Facebook page.

AACC Paralegal Studies Students Learn on New Legal Software

Students in Anne Arundel Community College’s Paralegal Studies program are working this fall with new legal editing software that allows users to compose any legal document in Microsoft Word, then by pushing a button, to see – within seconds – the unnecessary words they can remove for a clearer, more concise document.

The WordRake editing software was designed by Gary Kinder, an attorney who has taught more than 1,000 writing programs to the country’s most prestigious law firms. The technology behind WordRake is backed by six U.S. patents, so no other software can spot and highlight useless words for legal professionals, said Jim Figel, WordRake CEO. The software, launched in July 2012, also is easy to use for anyone familiar with Microsoft Word and track changes, without additional training, he said.

Barry J. Dalnekoff, an attorney who teaches the AACC program’s required course on law office technology, saw the software demonstrated by Figel and Kinder at the annual American Bar Association Tech Show in April. For the past few years, Dalnekoff has worked with various software vendors to bring the latest technology to the paralegal program, so he recognized WordRake’s benefits. He worked with WordRake officials to arrange for enough software for the 21 computer-station lab and copies for instructor familiarization, as well as technical support.

Peter M. Wirig, associate professor and interim department chair of the Legal Studies Institute, said having WordRake available gives AACC students an advantage in competing for jobs where workers are expected to be familiar with the latest software and procedures. Figel said WordRake already is used in thousands of law firms and other businesses around the globe.

AACC offers American Bar Association-approved Paralegal Studies Associate of Applied Science degree and certificate programs with options in Business, General Practice, Litigation and Nurse Paralegal (a certificate for people with a nursing degree) and a Law and Jurisprudence Associate of Arts transfer degree for students planning to pursue a bachelor’s degree in jurisprudence, and ultimately earn a law degree.

For information about AACC’s programs, call 410-777-7323 or visit the legal studies Web site.

About Anne Arundel Community College
Anne Arundel Community College is an award-winning, fully accredited public two-year institution serving approximately 53,000 students each year through classes offered at more than 100 sites in Anne Arundel County or online. AACC offers national and regional studies leading to a degree, certificate, industry credential, transfer to a four-year institution or career enhancement, personal enrichment and lifelong learning.

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