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Message From the President


Our Mission – Your Success

Welcome to Arapahoe Community College and congratulations on selecting ACC to pursue your educational goals. For more than 50 years, ACC has helped students just like you achieve personal and professional aspirations. We look forward to being a part of your journey toward success!

At ACC, we are proud to offer a wide variety of innovative opportunities, including more than 100 degree and certificate programs. Whether you attend ACC to pursue a new career, upgrade your skills or plan to transfer to a four-year institution, our educational offerings and services are the first steps to providing you the skills and knowledge you need to achieve your goals. With nationally recognized faculty, small class sizes and cutting-edge technology, we are confident the education you receive at ACC is among the best you will find in Colorado.

ACC is the communities’ college. That’s why in addition to traditional college programs we offer many opportunities for lifelong learners, including continuing education for practicing professionals, customized training for industry needs, programs for seniors, and fundamental programs to help students prepare for college coursework. With convenient course times and campuses in Littleton, Parker and Castle Rock, you’re sure to find classes that will best fit your schedule and lifestyle.

In this catalog is everything you need to get started at ACC.

I am pleased to welcome you to the ACC family and wish you every success. We're glad you're here!

With warmest regards,

Diana M. Doyle, Ph.D.

The History of Arapahoe Community College

1964 - A group of Littleton residents research the need for a junior college and present their findings to local school districts. With help from community and business leaders, school officials and citizens, Littleton residents vote to establish a college.

1965 - Arapahoe Junior College was founded on May 4, 1965.

1966 - Arapahoe Junior College opens and welcomes its first 550 students.

1970 - The College joins the Colorado Community College and Occupational Education System and is renamed Arapahoe Community College (ACC).

1970 - The College becomes accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

1974 - The Main Building on the Littleton campus is completed.

1977 - An Annex to the Main Building is added.

1979 - The Colorado Gallery of the Arts opens.

1989 - The College acquires and opens the West Alamo Center in downtown Littleton near the main campus; the acquisition is renamed the ACC Art and Design Center.

2000 - ACC expands into Douglas County with the opening of the University Center at Chaparral (UCC) in Parker.

2001 - ACC completes a $13 million renovation of the Main Building on the Littleton Campus to house the Weber Center for Learning Resources (the library) and additional classrooms.

2006 - The College's reaffirmation of accreditation is received by The Higher Learning Commission

2011 - The University Center at Chaparral (UCC) is renamed the Arapahoe Community College Parker Campus.

2011 - The College expands again with the opening of the Arapahoe Community College Castle Rock Campus. The new campus offers credit and non-credit classes plus Workforce Training programs and facility rentals.

Our Door is Always Open

Arapahoe Community College is an open-door admissions institution. If you have a high school diploma, General Education Development (GED) certificate, or are not in high school and 17 years of age or older, you may be admitted. Please remember that admission does not guarantee enrollment in any specific programs and courses. You may be required to meet prerequisites designed to help you successfully complete a course of study.

Admission may be denied in accordance with the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education Board Policy BP 4-10.

Vision Statement

To be the leader in Community College education for the State of Colorado.

Mission Statement

To provide innovative and responsive educational and economic opportunities in an accessible, inclusive environment that promotes success for students, employees and the community.

ACC’s Values

Life-Long Learning — We uphold the highest academic standards and support the growth and success of each individual.

Integrity — We encourage the free exchange of ideas in an open environment that embraces honesty, respect and personal responsibility.

Community — We foster trusting relationships and respectful communication through collaboration with our students, employees and community partners.

Inclusion — We honor an open dialogue in a safe environment that respects and embraces individual differences.

Learning Outcomes for Student Enrichment and Process Improvement

Preparing learners for life success is an important commitment at Arapahoe Community College. These learning outcomes address the knowledge, skills and values that are fundamental to the personal and professional growth of our students, employees and community.

Communication — Construct, deliver, and engage in effective, knowledgeable communication for a variety of audiences and purposes.

Information Management — Identify, retrieve and synthesize information in order to think critically, reason creatively and make informed judgments.

Personal Development — Identify and continually develop one’s aptitudes and abilities in pursuit of goals.

Responsibility and Accountability — Employ personal and social accountability, recognize ethical issues, practice ethical behavior, and balance personal freedom with the interest of the community.

Quantitative Reasoning — Retrieve, interpret and evaluate information and numerical concepts to determine trends, make predictions, and develop informed opinions.

Cultural Awareness — Identify, distinguish, or express a diversity of aesthetic, cultural, and historical perspectives.

Diversity Statement

We respect, understand, and embrace the differences and similarities among our students, staff, faculty and the community we proudly serve. As a community, ACC encourages the richness of diversity and values the dignity of all persons. We strive to foster an equal and positive learning environment that reflects the diverse nature of the people of Colorado and the nation.
August 22, 2012


Institutional Accreditation

Arapahoe Community College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Commission can be reached at 312.263.0456. Web address:

ACC Program Accreditations

The following programs hold accreditation and / or approval as listed:

Automotive Service Technology, National Automotive Technician Education Foundation Inc. (NATEF)

Certified Nursing Assistant, Colorado State Board of Nursing

Early Childhood Education, National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

Emergency Medical Technician, Colorado State Department of Health, Emergency Medical Services Division

Health Information Technology, American Health Information Management Association

Interior Design, National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA)

Law Enforcement Academy, Colorado P.O.S.T. (Peace Officer Standard and Training Board)

Paralegal, American Bar Association

Medical Laboratory Technology, National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences

Mortuary Science, American Board of Funeral Service Education

Nursing (Registered), The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. and The Colorado State Board of Nursing

Pharmacy Technician, American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP)

Physical Therapist Assistant, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education

Addresses and phone numbers for these accrediting agencies are listed within the description of each specific degree or certificate.

Academic Calendar

SUMMER SEMESTER 2015 (201610)

5.26.15 - 8.03.15



Mar 16-May 17

Summer registration for all students

May 23-25

Memorial Day Holiday - College Closed: No Services Available


May 26

Maymester Begins

June 7

Maymester Ends

June 12 (noon)

Grading Deadline for Maymester Classes


May 18-May 24

Last Minute Registration

May 23-25

Memorial Day Holiday - College Closed: No Services Available

May 26


June 8


June 30

Graduation Application Deadline for Summer Semester

July 4

Independence Day – College Closed: No Services Available

Aug. 2

Last day of 8-week classes

Aug. 3

Last day of 10-week classes, End of Summer semester

Aug. 6 (noon)

Grading Deadline for 8 and 10-week classes






May 26 - June 7


10-week classes

May 26 - August 3


8-week classes

June 8 - August 2

Maymester courses that meet on Monday will have to schedule extra time during the term due to the Memorial Day holiday.

Classes that meet on Friday will have to schedule extra time during the term due to the July 4 holiday (excluding Maymester classes).

FALL SEMESTER 2015 (201620)

8.24.15 - 12.15.15

April 1 - Aug. 16

Fall registration for all students

Aug. 17 - 23

Last Minute Registration

Aug. 24


Sept. 5-Sept. 6

Labor Day holiday – CLASSES NOT IN SESSION: Most Administrative Services Not Available

Sept. 7

Labor Day holiday – College Closed:No Services Available

Oct. 12

Columbus Day – College Open – Classes in Session

Oct. 31

Graduation Application Deadline for the Fall Semester

Nov. 11

Veteran’s Day – College Open – Classes in Session

Nov. 28-Nov. 29

Fall Break, CLASSES NOT IN SESSION, offices open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Nov. 27

Thanksgiving – College closed: No Services Available

Nov. 28

Fall Break – CLASSES NOT IN SESSION, offices open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Nov. 29 - Nov. 30

Fall Break – CLASSES NOT IN SESSION, Most Administrative Services Not Available

Dec. 15 (Tue.)

Last day of classes, end of Fall Semester

Dec. 18 (noon)

Grading Deadline

Dec. 25 - Jan. 1

Holiday Season – College Closed: No Services Available

Jan 4 (Mon.)

College re-opens





15-week classes

August 24 - December 15

Classes that meet on Saturday will have to schedule extra time during the term due to the Labor Day holiday.

SPRING SEMESTER 2016 (201630)

1.19.16 - 5.10.16

Nov. 2 - Jan. 10

Spring registration for all students

Jan. 11 - 18

Last Minute Registration

Jan. 18

Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday – College open

Jan. 19 (Tue.)


Feb 15

President’s Day – College Open, classes in session

Mar. 14 - 20

Spring Break – CLASSES NOT IN SESSION, offices open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Mar. 15

Graduation Application Deadline Date for the Spring Semester

May 10 (Tue.)

Last Day of Classes – End of Spring semester

May 13 (noon)

Grading Deadline

May 16






15-week session

January 19 - May 10

Telephone Directory

Littleton Campus Main Switchboard



303.797.5700 x9

Admissions and Records


Advising Center


Art and Design Center


Assessment / Testing Center




Campus Police Dept


Career and Transfer Center


Cashier’s Office


Castle Rock Campus


Child Development Center


Community and Workforce Programs


Community Education Non-Credit


Disability Services


Fitness Facilities


Financial Aid






Hope/Lifetime Learning Tax Credit (1098T)


Human Resources and Employment




Parker Campus


President’s Cabinet




Vice President of Administrative Services


Vice President of Instruction


Vice President of Student Affairs


Chief Financial Officer


School of Arts, Humanities, Business and Technology


School of Health, Mathematics, and Sciences


School of Legal, Communications, and Social Sciences


Student Affairs


Student Math Support Center


Student Recruitment and Outreach


Student Success Center


Student Writing Center


TTY Users Relay Colorado


Veteran Services Center


Workforce Training


Video Relay Services (VRS) Videophones


Art and Design Center AAD4000


Open Computer Lab AM1650