General Professional Programs


Learn to Fly Drones Safely and Legally!

Become a sUAS Pilot
This spring ACC Workforce and Community Programs will launch a drone pilot training program. Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS or drone) technology is transforming the face of business. Get on the mailing list now to learn more about the classes being offered to prepare you for the FAA Remote Pilot test, or learn more about drones through the Introduction to sUAS class.

Call now. Classes will fill quickly! 303.797.5722

Equine Training and Management

FREE Info Session • Equine Open House

  • Wednesday, April 18, 6-7 p.m., Littleton Campus
  • Learn about the program and talk with the instructor.
  • Refreshments provided.
  • Reservations required by submitting our form or calling 303.797.5722
  • Registration confirmation, room location, and a parking pass will be provided via email a few days prior to the event.

Basic Horsemanship: How to Train and Care for Your Horse

Designed for the novice horse owner. Explore what you need to know to be successful with your horse. Discuss the fundamentals of horse ownership, learn to care for the horse, and create a training program that meets your needs and the well-being needs of the horse. Topics covered include:

  • General horse care
  • Vet care
  • Wound management
  • Brand inspection, emergency safety, trailers
  • Hoof care
  • Nutrition
  • Tack and riding styles
  • Behavior and conformation
  • Training groundwork, round pen and arena work
  • Activities and career opportunities dealing with horses

Tue, Jan 16-Apr 10, 7:45-9:15 p.m., 13 wks   Littleton Campus
HRSM 2042S01-80062                                $179 closed

Equine Internships

Gain professional experience in equine training and management through internships in the equine industry. Instructor approves placements and works closely with intern and sponsor. This program is not part of the certificate program but you may enroll if you want to participate in more hands-on experience within the equine industry. Days and times scheduled with the instructor. January 16 - April 16.

Add to CartHRSM1009S01-80063 20 hours a week $499
Add to CartHRSM1009S02-80064 30 hours a week $599
Add to CartHRSM1009S01-80065 40 hours a week $699

Equine Training and Management Certificate Program

Gain academic, technical, and professional skills while learning to establish safe, trusting, and responsive relationships with horses. Based on your interests, courses may be taken individually or as a series culminating in a non-credit professional certificate. All classes held on the Littleton Campus unless noted otherwise.

Damian Ficca, the lead instructor, has been teaching horse training and management for over 20 years. His teaching career began as a part-time instructor for the University of Nevada, University of California Davis, and Flathead Valley Community College. 15 years ago he transitioned to full-time teaching in Colorado beginning at Front Range Community College within the professional development and workforce training division and then currently at Arapahoe Community College with the same division.  He is a Denver native who has bred, trained, and worked horses throughout the western United States. He is one of a select group of individuals who specialize in traditional western training, with roots in the Spanish, California, and Nevada horse training methods. He received his Bachelor of Science in Education degree from the University of Nevada and a Career Certificate in Animal Care Specialist from Ashworth College.

All classes held on the Littleton Campus unless noted otherwise.

Nervous and Cardiovascular System

This course covers the equine brain, cranial nerves, spine, autonomic nervous system, major vascular patterns, heart, blood vessels, lymph system and bone marrow as well as diseases and injuries related to these two systems.

Add to CartMon/Wed, Jan 8-Feb 26, 6-7:30 p.m., 7 wks Littleton Campus
HRSM1034S01-80069                                     $199, plus book


This course will cover drug classifications, composition, therapeutics, metabolism, absorption, excretion, interaction, toxicology and drug testing.

Add to CartMon/Wed, Jan 8-Feb 26, 7:45-9:15 p.m., 7 wks Littleton Campus
HRSM1036S01-80070                                         $199, plus book

Equine Hair, Skin, Eyes and Ears

This course covers a more in-depth orientation to the functions, anatomy and diseases related to equine hair, skin, eyes and ears. *Class begins on a Wednesday.

Add to CartMon/Wed, Feb 28-Apr 16*, 6-7:30 p.m., 7 wks Littleton Campus
HRSM1023S01-80071                                         $199, plus book

Equine Special Topics

Presentations and guest speakers on a variety of topics related to horsemanship, horse training, health care, hoof care, nutrition, and management will be offered. Course covers seasonal as well as timely topics.

Add to CartTue, Jan 9-Apr 10, 6-7:30 p.m., 7 wks Littleton Campus
HRSM1002S01-80072                          $199, plus book

Respiratory System

This course covers topics related to the equine respiratory system such as the nasal cavity, nasopharynx, larynx, trachea, and lungs. *Class begins on a Wednesday.

Add to CartMon/Wed, Feb 28-Apr 16*, 7:45-9:15 p.m., 7 wks  Littleton Campus
HRSM2011S01-80073                                             $199, plus book

Horse Training and Horsemanship Lab

Gain hands-on practice in the skills and methods for ground handling babies, yearlings and older horses; green broke training; retraining and finishing horses. Students must complete an average of 10 hours of lab work and 4 hours of independent study weekly. *Days and times scheduled with the instructor. Sessions held at barns throughout the region.

Add to CartJan 8-Apr 16*, Locations arranged with instructor
HRSM1010S01-80074                        $399

Essential Skills for Administrative Professionals

Essentials for New Leaders

Margie Adams
Administrative professionals have to juggle it all - managing everyone’s projects and schedules, communicating to diverse groups, and dealing with daily conflicts. This course combines four Vital Learning courses packed with practical tools, interactive exercises and fun activities that will inspire these important influencers in your company.

Participants will leave with the skills to:

  • Create a climate of open communication
  • Design clear and concise messages
  • Encourage team member participation
  • Define well-planned and clearly stated objectives before approaching upper management
  • Understand different communications styles
  • Recognize conflict and handle it quickly and effectively
  • Face tough situations while preserving company culture

Takeaway tools include:

  • Four workbooks to refer to anytime
  • Vital Boost App with bi-weekly practice exercises
  • Worksheets to use back at work
  • Weekly blog with practical tips and tools

Meet Your Instructor

Margie Adams is the owner of Emerge Approach. With over 29 years of leadership experience, the key to Margie’s impact on businesses, not-for-profits and schools has been her pragmatic approach. Her ability to integrate strategy, culture and leadership have won her accolades from employees, customers and colleagues. Her experience, combined with Vital Learning’s award-winning curriculum will ensure a fun, interactive day with tools that participants can use daily.

Wed, Apr 25, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.          Littleton Campus
BUSI 2029S01-80280                              $169 closed

Event Management

Event Management Certificate

Designed for working adults, this fast track evening program prepares you to manage events with ease and at a professional level.

Program Features:

  • Taught by experienced event planners
  • Practical hands-on curriculum
  • High quality, experiential education
  • Fast track for working adults

Designed For:

  • People interested in learning more about event planning in a hands-on environment
  • Working professionals who are looking to change career fields to event planning
  • Entry-level event professionals seeking additional skills and knowledge

Meet Your Instructor:

Carol Lathrop earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Metropolitan State University of Denver. Before she joined ACC, she served as an Affiliate Faculty in the Hospitality, Travel and Events Department at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She has over 20 years’ experience managing all types of events. Carol’s talent lies in event design and production for corporations, non-profits, weddings and social clients.

This program has two sessions. Session I classes meet Wednesday evenings from February 7 through May 9, 2018 from 6-9 p.m. (No classes the week of March 12 due to spring break.) Class sessions will be held at the Littleton Campus. Session II will meet Wednesday evenings from June 6 through September 5, 2018, with no class on the July 4th holiday.

Session 1

  • Learn how to design your own event plan by applying event planning basics and best practices
  • Learn what it takes to be successful in this industry
  • Event basics
  • Operations and Logistics
  • Volunteer and Staff Management
  • Introduction of Event Marketing
  • Budgeting and Sponsorships

In order to be successful in this program you must possess knowledge of basic PC applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. You will need access to a computer during the program which is necessary for classroom readings, discussions, and assignments. Successful completion of the certificate program requires full participation in Session I (13 weeks) and Session II (13 weeks) along with 24 hours of volunteer time at events.

Tuition: $1,299 per session

Add to CartWed, Feb 7-May 9, 6-9 p.m., 13 wks     Littleton Campus
EVTP 1001S01-80076                         $1299, plus book

To register for more information call, 303-797-5722.

Floral Design Certificate

Earn a certificate in Floral Design Principles after you successfully complete the following series of courses, or you may take classes individually. Classes focus on fresh flower arranging and are taught by Crystal Oleskevich, who owns her own floral business.

Special notes about the certificate:
You have one year from initial registration to complete the program and a minimum number of students is required for each class. Your instructor will submit documentation for certification once you’ve complete all four of the required courses. Certificates are issued by Arapahoe Community College.

Introduction to Floral Design Principles Demonstration

Explore how to put flowers together using proven design principles. Get tips on purchasing fresh flowers and caring for flowers from your garden. Discuss the right tools and their care to create beautiful designs in this demonstration class.

Add to CartWed, Jan 10, 6-9 p.m.          Littleton Campus
HRTC 1013S01-80077                 $69

Add to CartWed, Feb 21, 6-9 p.m.          Littleton Campus
HRTC 1013S02-80078                 $69

Concepts and Containers

Learn to create arrangements. Discuss styles including traditional, contemporary, oriental, funky, seasonal and special events. Explore color, focal point, pop, texture, volume and size. Make an arrangement to take home, container provided. *Registration deadline January 10 and February 21.

Wed, Jan 17, 6-9 p.m.          Littleton Campus closed
HRTC 1033S01-80079          $69, $25 material fee to instructor

Wed, Feb 28, 6-9 p.m.          Littleton Campus closed
HRTC 1033S02-80080          $69, $25 material fee to instructor

Creating Style, Shape and Color

Learn to utilize shape and color to create a stylish arrangement for any occasion. Bring your own favorite vase or container and make an arrangement to take home. *Registration deadline January 17 and February 28.

Add to CartWed, Jan 24, 6-9 p.m.          Littleton Campus
HRTC 1034S01-80081          $69, $25 material fee to instructor

Add to CartWed, Mar 7, 6-9 p.m.          Littleton Campus
HRTC 1034S02-80082          $69, $25 material fee to instructor

Arrangement Workshop and Critique

The culminating workshop brings your flower arranging skills together.  Make an arrangement to take home. *Registration deadline January 24 and March 7.

Add to CartWed, Jan 31, 6-9 p.m.          Littleton Campus
HRTC 1035S01-80083          $69, $25 material fee to instructor

Add to CartWed, Mar 14, 6-9 p.m.          Littleton Campus
HRTC 1035S02-80084          $69, $25 material fee to instructor


Becoming a Professional Mediator

Trish Elledge
Calling all coaches, trainers, speakers, entrepreneurs, counselors, consultants, career re-inventors and retirees! Learn about the burgeoning field of professional mediation, how it can serve as a valuable skill set to incorporate into your career path and life. Gain a thorough introduction to the mediation world and learn what it really takes to become a successful six-figure mediator, what a day in the life of a professional mediator is like, the pros and cons of the field, job opportunities, training requirements, training resources, and more.

Add to CartMon, Apr 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m.          Littleton Campus
BUSI 1032S01-80097         $49, $8 material fee to instructor

Microsoft Office Certificates

Microsoft Excel Training Certificate

Successfully complete all three classes for either Excel or Word or both and receive 1.8 CEUs along with a certificate of completion for each series of classes you attend. Classes may also be taken individually if you do not wish to obtain the certificate.

Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2016

Enter and edit information. Create and copy simple formulas and functions. Use Cut/Copy/Paste and Drag and Drop to duplicate or reorganize data. Apply borders, shading and other formats. Sort and graph your data. Prerequisite: Windows knowledge.

Add to CartThu, Jan 18-25, 6:30-9:30 p.m., 2 wks   Littleton Campus
COMP 1007S01-80039                 $179, includes manual

Add to CartFri, Feb 9, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.                  Parker Campus
COMP 1007SP1-80040                  $179, includes manual

Add to CartWed, Mar 21-28, 6:30-9:30 p.m., 2 wks   Littleton Campus
COMP 1007S02-80041                 $179, includes manual

Intermediate Microsoft Excel 2016

Work with multiple and large workbooks. Enter a 3D formula. Learn about outlines, subtotals, tables, and lists. Apply names to ranges. Practice advanced graphing techniques. Prerequisite: Introduction to Excel or equivalent knowledge.

Add to CartThu, Feb 1-8, 6:30-9:30 p.m., 2 wks    Littleton Campus
COMP 1008S01-80042                $179, includes manual

Add to CartFri, Feb 16, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.         Parker Campus
COMP 1008F01-68045            $179, includes manual

Add to CartThu, Apr 4-11, 6:30-9:30 p.m., 2 wks    Littleton Campus
COMP 1008S02-80044               $179, includes manual

Advanced Microsoft Excel 2016

Create and use pivot tables and charts; lookup functions and multiple workbook techniques; create and edit macros and customize toolbars. Prerequisite: Intermediate Excel or equivalent knowledge.

Thu, Feb 15-22, 6:30-9:30 p.m., 2 wks    Littleton Campus
COMP 1009S01-80045       $179, includes manual closed

Add to CartFri, Feb 23, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.          Parker Campus
COMP 1009SP1-80193                $179, includes manual

Add to CartWed, Apr 18-25, 6:30-9:30 p.m., 2 wks    Littleton Campus
COMP 1009S02-80047               $179, includes manual

Introduction to Microsoft Word 2016

This introductory course will equip new students with an overview of Word basics, providing a beginner level foundation of the application. Students will be engaged with hands on learning as they apply learned concepts to create relevant, mock work examples such as a brochure, resume table and more.

Add to CartTue, Feb 6-13, 6:30-9:30 p.m., 2 wks   Littleton Campus
COMP 1010S01-80048                $179, includes manual

Add to CartFri, Mar 23, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., 2 wks   Littleton Campus
COMP 1010S02-80049                $179, includes manual

Intermediate Microsoft Word 2016

This intermediate level course will build on the basics to expand students’ MS Word skill-set as they learn special text effects, mail merging and the key tools essential to long documents. Students will be engaged with hands on learning as they apply learned concepts to create relevant, mock work examples such as a newsletter, table of contents and more.

Add to CartTue, Feb 20-27, 6:30-9:30 p.m., 2 wks    Littleton Campus
COMP 1011S01-80050               $179, includes manual

Add to CartFri, Mar 30, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., 2 wks    Littleton Campus
COMP 1011S02-80051             $179, includes manual

Advanced Microsoft Word 2016

This advanced level course will enable students to maximize the features and uses of MS Word as they learn about sharing and securing documents, working with macros and integrating Word with Excel, PowerPoint and the Web. Students will be engaged with hands on learning as they apply learned concepts to create relevant, mock work examples.

Add to CartTue, Mar 6-13, 6:30-9:30 p.m., 2 wks    Littleton Campus
COMP 1014S01-80052              $179, includes manual

Add to CartFri, Apr 5, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 2 wks    Littleton Campus
COMP 1014S02-80053               $179, includes manual

Avoiding Death by PowerPoint

Greg Jameson
This course is designed for business professionals who give presentations, whether internally to staff members and fellow employees, or to clients or colleagues at conventions. It is more than just a course on the technical aspects of using PowerPoint, although those skills are covered. It is also more than simply learning public speaking, although those skills are covered as well. Making business presentations is a BIG deal – often resulting in investment money or project updates. In this course you are going to learn how to make killer presentations that help you get more customers or better buy-in for your proposals and projects. You will be able to practice your presentation and get feedback. A copy of the book, “Avoid Death by PowerPoint” is included in the course fees.

Add to CartTue, Feb 13-Mar 20, 6-9:30 p.m., 6 wks    Littleton Campus
COMP 1015S01-80054             $199, includes manual

Microsoft SharePoint 2016

If you are a new or an existing SharePoint user, this program will provide you with the skills you need to work within and manage SharePoint sites. Explore SharePoint versions, layouts, and navigation, list and library views. Manage sites and page content, including wiki pages. Explore forms libraries, creating InfoPath forms, and managing site columns and content types. Discover SharePoint integration with Office applications, managing SharePoint site permissions, and participating in user communities.

This is an 80 hour online program completed at your own pace. When you register, you receive six (6) months to complete this program. Cost is $795

Online Options

These are 6-week, 24 hours of instruction, online classes which begin the 2nd Wednesday of every
month. These classes are $129.

Introduction to Microsoft Word

Master the basics of the word processor PC Magazine ranked as one of the “strongest and most intelligent programs ever written.” By the time you’re done with the step-by-step lessons and hands-on activities in this course, you’ll be able to use Word confidently at home or on the job. Create, edit and save documents; explore cut, copy, paste and delete text word commands. Practice formatting and paragraph features, bullets and numbered lists; check grammar and spelling; and use the thesaurus.

Intermediate Microsoft Word

Explore styles, section breaks, and columns and how to format tables. Use graphics, draw and edit shapes, and create text boxes. Learn how to print out labels, form letters, creating indexes, and envelopes. Learn to insert different types of graphics in a document including digital photographs from your own camera, clip art images provided by Microsoft, and different types of charts such as bar, line, or pie charts. Prerequisite: Introduction to Word or equivalent knowledge.

Introduction to Microsoft Access

Take control of your data! In this course, you’ll learn how to harness the power of Microsoft Access to organize, store, edit, manage, and report on hundreds of thousands of records. Start with the basics of database concepts and structure. Build and customize tables to store data. Learn about relational databases, and see how you can use them to build forms, generate reports, and search for data with queries across thousands of records in hundreds of tables—often with just a few clicks of your mouse! Discover how to use macros to automate repetitive tasks and increase your efficiency.

Intermediate Microsoft Access

Take your skills to the next level. Build an entire database project from scratch. Track customer and order information. Using action queries, add and update key fields that allow you to build relationships among the tables. Master the steps for building complex yet easy-to-use forms to manage table data. Build crosstab and summary queries so you can access information quickly and easily. Examine how to build reports using conditional formatting to highlight key data points, and explore Visual Basic, a powerful programming language that allows you to automate simple and complex tasks. Build a navigation form to make it easy for your users to find what they need.

Social Media & Marketing

Social Media & Marketing Certificate

Successfully complete all three classes and receive a Social Media Digital Marketing Certificate. If you are not interested in the certificate and would like to take only one or two of the classes that is also available. These classes are eligible for CEU credits.

How to Use Social Networking to Boost Your Business

Carrie Gottschalk
What’s all the madness about Facebook and Twitter? These sites offer a lot more than telling people what you had for lunch. Become familiar with and learn how to use social networking to build your business quickly. Discover the top social networking sites, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube. Learn how to build your profile, what information is important to include about yourself and your business, build your friends and connections. Discover ways to connect your blogs and websites to your social sites and use them for effective marketing. Traditional marketing may be a thing of the past when you discover how easy it is to network online.

Add to CartWed, Mar 21, 6-9 p.m.          Littleton Campus
BUSI 1060S01-80098         $79, $5 material fee to instructor

Facebook Your Way to Business Success

Carrie Gottschalk
Thousands of people are joining Facebook every day not just to find old friends, but to build their businesses too. With over 400 million accounts within the Facebook community, this isn’t an opportunity that can be ignored. Whether you have a local service business, or a business that can have clients anywhere in the world, you’ll find Facebook an attractive tool to add to your marketing plans. Be successful using this tool and get personal assistance.

Add to CartWed, Mar 28, 6-9 p.m.          Littleton Campus
BUSI 1077S01-80099        $79, $5 material fee to instructor

Introduction to Facebook Advertising: Secrets to Boost Your Likes and Views

Carrie Gottschalk
You must pay to play! Facebook has changed the way the News Feed works for users. Facebook’s organic is declining rapidly. Advertising has become an essential part of a social media marketing strategy, and knowing how to properly advertise on Facebook has become key to a business’s success. Explore the types of advertising, how and when to use each type of ad, how to identify a target audience and how to set up and create an ad on Facebook.

Add to CartWed, Apr 4, 6-9 p.m.          Littleton Campus
BUSI 1076S01-80100         $79, $5 material fee to instructor

Online Options

These are 6-week, 24 instructional hours, online classes which begin the 2nd Wednesday of every month.

Course Name Course Number Cost
Managing Customer Service ONLI 1170 $129
Professional Sales Skills ONLI 1133 $129
Effective Selling ONLI 1134 $129
Business and Marketing Writing ONLI 1240 $129
Effective Business Writing ONLI 1109 $129

WordPress Content Management Certificate

WordPress Content Management Certificate

Obtain a WordPress Content Management Certificate by successfully completing these 4 hands-on classes. Classes are small for individualized attention and must be completed this term. There are no class substitutions to receive a series certificate. Classes may also be taken individually if you do not wish to obtain the certificate. In addition to learning the basics of WordPress, you will get insight into Search Engine Optimization (SEO), website management best practices, website security and much more from an industry professional.

Website Fundamentals for WordPress

Donnie Seigler
This is the first class in the series for a certificate in WordPress Content Management. Get an overview of what WordPress is and how it can serve as a platform for you to create your website. Learn the history of WordPress and how it has evolved over time to become a complete Content Management System or CMS. Get insight into the basics of how WordPress works as well as the difference between and We will end by logging in and taking a look at the WordPress Dashboard.

Add to CartWed, Jan 24, 6-9 p.m.          Littleton Campus
COMP 1059S01-80103                 $69

Add to CartWed, Mar 28, 6-9 p.m.          Littleton Campus
COMP 1059S02-80104                $69

WordPress I

Donnie Seigler
WordPress is a Content Management System (CMS) associated most often with blogs but is gaining reputation for designing dynamic websites. In this section we will dive in to content management and learn to build Posts and Pages so you will be proficient in developing the content for your site. You will receive a wealth of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) tips and site structure techniques to ensure you get traffic to your site after launch. With this knowledge in hand you will be well on your way to creating your website.

Add to CartWed, Jan 31-Feb 7, 6-9 p.m., 2 wks Littleton Campus
COMP 1045S01-80105                        $99

Add to CartWed, Apr 4-11, 6-9 p.m., 2 wks Littleton Campus
COMP 1045S02-80106                      $99

WordPress II

Donnie Seigler
Building on what you learned in WordPress I, we will continue with content management by covering the capabilities of the WordPress Media Library and Blog Commenting sections. You will learn strategies on finding and vetting themes as well as how to install and preview them with your own content. In addition, you will learn how to create your site’s navigation menus and how to use widgets to add additional content or meta data to your site. We will conclude this section by covering the details of user management and go step-by-step through each of the WordPress settings to optimize your website.

Add to CartWed, Feb 14-28, 6-9 p.m. 3 wks      Littleton Campus
COMP 1046S01-80107                         $109

Add to CartWed, Apr 18-May 2, 6-9 p.m. 3 wks      Littleton Campus
COMP 1046S02-80108                        $109

WordPress III

Donnie Seigler
A continuation of WordPress ll, we will focus on plugins and extending the functionality of your website. You will learn how to find and vet plugins before installing them. We will install several commonly used WordPress plugins and learn how to configure them and use them to enhance your site. We will finish the series with an overview of HTML and CSS you can use to really take control of your website and make customizations above and beyond the limitations of many available themes.

Add to CartWed, Mar 7-21, 6-9 p.m., 3 wks     Littleton Campus
COMP 1047S01-80109                        $109

Add to CartWed, May 9-23, 6-9 p.m., 3 wks     Littleton Campus
COMP 1047S02-80110                        $109