January 27, 2015

Student Activities Sponsors Movie Trip

Student Activities and the History Department will be sponsoring a special outing for our students this Friday. We will be taking them to see the Academy Award nominated film, “The Imitation Game,” at the Cinemark Theater in Webster. This film recounts the life of computer scientist Alan Turing, who along with his team, developed the computer that helped the allies break the Enigma code during World Word II.

Right after the movie Chris Chance will lead a discussion with students about Turing and his interesting and tragic life.

This event is free for students. We will provide transportation, movie tickets, popcorn and sodas. We do ask that students RSVP by either stopping by the Student Activities Office or emailing us at studentactivites@alvincollege.edu so we can get a headcount.

Interested in Texas Tech?

Wanna become a Red Raider?

Stephanie Derkowski with Texas Tech University, will be at the Campus Café today from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Stephanie will be giving information and answering questions about Texas Tech programs and degrees.

January 23, 2015

Court Reporting Ranked Number One School

The Alvin Community College Court Reporting program was named the number one school by www.education-portal.com.

The school was recognized for its low tuition costs and wide variety of options with its Court Reporting program.

From the site:

"It is also the only school on the list that meets the minimum standards for education according to the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA). Receiving certification as a Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) from the NCRA may improve a candidate's chances of employment. The school offers a certificate and an associate's degree program."

Check out the full story. Learn more about the Court Reporting Program.

Wanna Go to Austin?

Come to Austin and learn about the legislative process during Community College Day.

January 21, 2015

Big Band Concert

The Alvin Community Band will be playing the Big Band Concert on February 7. Check it out.

January 16, 2015

ACC Faculty Member Pens Textbook

Entering college for the first time can be a stressful experience for any student. Alvin Community College Psychology and Sociology instructor Dr. Jean Raniseski recently published a new textbook for a course that prepares students for college life.

Students in the Psychology 1300 course, an student orientation program, began using the book College Success: Before, During and After this fall. Raniseski had been writing the book for more than a year.

“It focuses mostly on success skills,” she said. “They are the basic skills you have to have to be successful in college.”

Some students are required to take Psychology 1300 course in learning strategies when they first enroll at ACC.

The course covers a lot information that college students need to succeed with their education. Some of the topics taught include time management, stress management, financial issues and study skills. ACC statistics from the past five years show students who complete PSYC 1300 have higher GPAs and are more likely to graduate from college.

Raniseski’s book covers many skills such as testing, taking notes in class, time management and much more. The content is written to appeal to young students and includes engaging material such as puzzles and quizzes.

“It has a workbook component as well,” Raniseski said.

Her primary motivation for writing College Success was simply that there wasn’t a textbook on the market that was best-suited for her orientation class. The college has also used several different books in recent years.

“We couldn’t find a book we liked,” she said. “If you have the ideas and you can’t find what you want, write your own.”

She is already making changes for an upcoming second edition, which will be available to instructors teaching similar courses at other colleges. The latest version of the book may include other aspects of college life such as delivering presentations, public speaking and more. “I’m looking forward to the second edition,” she said. “I am very pleased with the content.”