AACC News: Wins national award, earns accreditation, granted scholarship


Anne Arundel Community College students are getting help in developing individual learning strategies and in strengthening their math skills as the result of the college’s Bridge to Success program, which was recently named the winner of the e.Republic’s Center for Digital Education 2012 Achievement Award in the community college category.

In addition, the Bridge to Success program’s Web site was given an honorable mention in the Best of the Web category for its ease of use for online learners.

AACC partnered with the Open University (UK), the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to develop the online project to improve college readiness and completion. By helping students figure out the way they learn best, the program helps students develop strategies to help them succeed in their classwork. The math component reduces reliance on separate developmental math courses by offering online modules that allow students to study only the areas where they need improvement.

One of the main aims of Bridge to Success is to provide an introduction to subject matter and online learning for underserved populations, nontraditional students and those making a decision to seek higher education but who are unsure of their readiness.

For information, contact Jean Runyon, dean of AACC’s Virtual Campus, at 410-777-1249.

AACC’s Public Safety Department Earns Second National Accreditation

Anne Arundel Community College’s Department of Public Safety recently became the first college or university non-sworn agency in the country to receive accreditation in the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Inc.’s new Campus Security Accreditation Program.

Chief Gary Lyle, director of the department, said AACC sought the accreditation as a way to enhance public safety within an educational setting by incorporating standards that complement those used by other public safety agencies. To earn this accreditation, AACC’s department had to develop policies and procedures that addressed 294 standards, which were measured for compliance by a CALEA assessment team. Going through the process also supports continuous organizational development and promotes professionalism as a key value in the department, Lyle added.

This new program is designed for educational campus security or public safety agencies that primarily employ non-sworn security or public safety officers. The accreditation is in effect for three years. CALEA also accredits law enforcement agencies, public safety communication departments and public safety training academies.

The department also is accredited through the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA).

Huff Insurance Supports Anne Arundel County Residents with Scholarship

Huff Insurance recently donated $5,000 to the Anne Arundel Community College Foundation in support of the W. Ray Huff Jr. Memorial Scholarship, established in memory of the late Ray Huff Jr.

Nancy and Jerry Nicklow, president and chief financial officer, respectively, of Huff Insurance, wanted to honor her father, Ray Huff Jr., by establishing the scholarship in his name in 2009. Huff represented District 31 in the Maryland House of Delegates for two terms, from 1986-1994, owned and operated his insurance company for 47 years and served in the Navy during the Korean War. The scholarship is awarded to residents of Anne Arundel County who are pursuing a degree in business and who demonstrate financial need.

Jerry Nicklow, a former student-athlete at AACC, is grateful for the opportunities afforded to him by attending the college. “Nancy and I are excited to be able to help others achieve their college aspirations and help shape the workforce of Anne Arundel County,” he said.

Apply for the W. Ray Huff Jr. Memorial Scholarship or another scholarships. To learn more about the W. Ray Huff Jr. Memorial Scholarship, to establish a scholarship or to make a donation to AACC students in need, contact the AACC Foundation Inc. at 410-777-2515.

About Anne Arundel Community College
Celebrating its 50th anniversary, 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. National and regional award-winning studies can lead to a degree, certificate, industry credential, transfer to a four-year institution or career enhancement, personal enrichment and lifelong learning.

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