Sunday, October 5, 2014

National Student Day

Here's a message from the manager of the AACC Book Store:

The fourth annual National Student Day is Thursday, October 9th.
Please join us in the cafeteria in the Student Union from 10AM until 2PM. 

National Student Day is a celebration of student volunteerism and social responsibility.

The event will feature tables from the following groups:

·         Office of Student Engagement
·         Service Learning
·         Student Achievement and Success Program
·         Sustainability Learning Design Team
·         Health Services
·         Internship Office
·         PepsiCo
·         AACC Dining Services
·         Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company
·         AACC Student Food Pantry

Donations will be accepted for the duration of the event on behalf of the Student Food Pantry. Anyone donating goods or making a monetary contribution will be entered into a drawing for one of two $25 American Express Gift Checks.

A list of the most commonly requested or needed items is provided below:

·         Individually packaged cereal
·         Peanut butter
·         Juice boxes
·         Canned or packaged soups with pop-tops
·         Ramen noodles or cup-o-noodles
·         Canned seafood or meats (pop-top / easy-open preferred)
·         Individually packaged fruit
·         Single-serving shelf-stable microwave meals (Hormel Compleats, etc.)
·         Granola bars, chips, crackers
·         Toiletries (toothpaste, bar soap, deodorant)

Your support is greatly appreciated!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Salisbury Admissions Information

If you're planning to transfer to Salisbury University, applications are now available for Spring 2015 and Fall 2015!
  • Application priority deadlines:
        Spring 2015 - October 1st
        Fall 2015 - March 1st

Questions about admissions requirements? Check out their transfer website.  

Want to learn more about life at Salisbury?  Be sure to attend a Saturday Open House this fall.  Register online at

September 13
October 4
November 1

For more information about the Education Department, visit or come visit with a Salisbury representative at our AACC Teacher Education Fair on Tuesday, October 14.  Visit for more details!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Get Involved on Campus!

Now that you're settled into your fall classes, check out these opportunities to get involved and make the most of your college experience!

Student Activities Fair
Wednesday, September 10
10 am – 2 pm in the Quad on the Arnold Campus

This is a great event for students who are looking to get involved. Over 40 clubs will be represented, so students can walk around and talk to students in different clubs to find out what may be a good fit for them. As you know, studies show that students who make connections and get involved on campus perform better and are more likely to graduate.  Be sure to stop by the Student Education Association table!

Student Services Resource Fair
Monday, September 15
11 am – 2 pm in the Student Union Dining Hall, Arnold Campus

This is the perfect opportunity to learn about the resources available on campus.  Offices that will participate include Student  Engagement, CARS, Health Services, HelpLink, Tutoring, Athletics, Library, Financial Aid, Child Development Center, Service Learning, Internships, Veterans Affairs, Substance Abuse Education and SASP. Students will also have the opportunity to meet the Dean of Student Services, Dr. Jacqueline Jackson, from 12 – 1.

Community Service Fair     
Tuesday, September 16
10 am – 2 pm in the Student Union Dining Hall, Arnold Campus

Another great way to get connected, help others, or find out about community resources available for you and your family!
·         Identify opportunities for service-learning projects for your courses
·         Discover service projects for your department or club
·         Meet community partners who work with our service-learning students
·         Explore volunteer opportunities that meet your interests
·         Learn about community resources for students, friends, family, and yourself

Pathways to Success Workshops
Check out these programs offered throughout the semester.  Workshop topics include everything from stress &  time management, and test-taking skills, to career exploration and choosing a major:

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Praxis I Replaced by Praxis CORE

As of September 1, 2014, the PRAXIS I exam will no longer be offered.  The Maryland State Department of Education has officially announced that the basic skills testing requirement will change from the PRAXIS I Pre-Professional Skills (PPST) tests to the PRAXIS Core Academic Skills for Educators tests. These tests are similar and cover the same three content areas: reading, writing, and math.  For a comparison of the PRAXIS I and the PRAXIS CORE, click here.  

There is no composite score for the PRAXIS CORE.  Students must achieve the following passing scores in order to meet the basic skills testing requirement for certification and completion of the AAT:

Reading - 156
Writing - 162
Math - 150

MSDE (and AACC) will also accept the following scores as successful completion of the Basic Skills requirement:

Praxis I: Composite score of 527 (prior to 9/1/2014)
SAT: 1100 on math & verbal (after April 1995) and 1000 on math & verbal (prior to April 1995)
ACT: Composite score of 24
GRE: 297 (after 9/1/2011) or 1000 (prior to 9/1/2011)

For more information about Praxis preparation, visit  We will post more resources for PRAXIS CORE as they become available.

If you have any questions, please email me at

Wednesday, July 30, 2014


If you are planning to teach in a high-need field such as science, math, special education, world languages or English as a second language (among others), and are willing to teach in a school serving low-income students, you may be eligible for the TEACH grant.

The Federal Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) grant program provides up to $4,000 per year for college students who meet eligibility requirements and commit to teaching at least four years in a high-need field in a low-income school.

Eligible programs at AACC include:

  • AAT.EDU.SEC-CHEM Secondary Education, Chemistry
  • AAT.EDU.SEC-MATH Secondary Education, Math
  • AAT.EDU.SEC-PHYS Secondary Education, Physics
  • AAT.EDU.SEC-SPA Secondary Education, Spanish
The following degree programs are eligible, but only for students planning to teach special education:
  • AAT.EDU.ELEM-ESE Elementary Education, Special Education 
  • AAT. EDU.ECE Early Childhood Education, Special Education
For eligibility information, please view the TEACH Grant Interest Form.  If you are interested, you can copy and submit the completed form to Rachel Siegenthaler in the Financial Aid Office.  

If you have any questions about the grant, please contact Jill Nagiel, TEACH Advisor, at 410-777-1962.

AACC Child Development Center Now Hiring

 Preschool Assistant/Co-Teacher
The Child Development Center on our Arnold Campus is hiring part-time Assistant Teachers (20-25 hours per week) to assist in classrooms for 2-5 year olds.

This is a great opportunity for gaining experience in a high quality early education program.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

If you're transferring to the University of Maryland, College Park, you are going to want to know about:

They have developed a great series of programs to help you manage the transition from the community college to the big University!  For details about this unique opportunity, check out