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Academic Experiences

Learning doesn't just happen in the classroom. At ACC, there are many ways students can enhance their academic experience. From Apprenticeships to the Writers Studio, engage in meaningful conversations and experiences, while learning from professors, peers and our communities.


ACC’s Apprenticeship programs combine customized related technical instruction with structured on-the-job training. By combining your education and paid experience with our employer partners, you'll be able to launch your career even faster.

ACC Cyber Center

Learn more about how you can defend yourself against cyber attacks and how you can enter the field of cybersecurity. ACC works directly with cybersecurity employers to design our programs and make sure you're learning skills that are in demand. Join the Cyber Club or just get the latest news on what's happening in the world of cybersecurity.

Diversity and Global Learning 

Develop cultural knowledge and awareness with a Diversity and Global Learning (DGL) Achievement Certificate. Each course in the program will help you develop critical and reflective skills so you can live and work in the diverse world around you. 

First Year Experience

Get started off on the right track at ACC through the First Year Experience program. All new students are required to participate in FYE @ ACC, which covers everything from Student Orientation to academic planning and career assessment. FYE @ ACC is fun, informative, and incredibly helpful!

Great Books

ACC is one of just six community colleges in the United States to be part of the University of Chicago’s Great Books Consortium. Engage in conversations about masterpieces of literature, history, and philosophy—and go on to earn a Great Books Achievement Certificate. This highly sought-after certificate can help you gain entry into your future top-choice college or university.

HIVE Maker Space

The HIVE MakerSpace at ACC is a space designed to spark innovation, foster collaboration and support fabrication. Bring your creativity to life with our state-of-the-art facilities and tools. Come together with staff, students, and instructors from diverse fields to explore art, design, architecture, advanced manufacturing, electronics, engineering, mathematics, rapid prototyping, robotics, rocketry, woodworking, and much more

Learning Communities

Enroll in two courses that are linked by a common theme and become part of an active Learning Community at ACC.


The Arapahoe Pinnacle is ACC’s exclusively online news publication. It is the only student-produced news publication in the Colorado Community College System. If you’re interested in writing, reporting news, or telling stories, get published and build your portfolio by getting involved with the Pinnacle.

Progenitor Art & Literary Journal

Help produce the Progenitor, ACC’s award-winning art and literary journal, or submit your prose, art, and photography to be featured right alongside other students, writers, and artists from around the world.

Research Scholars

If you are planning to transfer to a 4-year school, this is a great way to get research experience and stand out on your college applications. 

Service Learning

Enhance your academic experiences while improving your self-awareness through Service Learning at ACC. You’ll go beyond serving those in need to gaining real-world experience by engaging with community organizations.

Study Abroad

You can travel to another part of the world - and earn ACC credit - through our Study Abroad program. By living in places like Japan and Italy for one to three weeks over the summer, you’ll enhance your academic experience at ACC while you broaden your knowledge of people and the places they live.

Writers Studio

Experience the writing life and advance your own writing through classes, workshops, literary contests, festivals, author readings, and open mics.