2016 Community Stories

ACC-LA Collects 1,500 Cans for Food Drive

American Career College-Los Angeles held a non-perishable food drive during November and collected 1,505 items (on a goal of 1,000) for the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. “Thanks to the support of students, faculty and staff we were able to exceed...

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ACC-Orange County Shows Its Support at 2016 Lung Force Walk-a-Thon Fundraiser

Respiratory therapy (RT) students from American Career College-Orange County joined hundreds of individuals who came out to support people with lung cancer at the annual Lung Force Walk-a-Thon in Irvine. "It was a great turn out from our campus and as...

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ACC Graduate and Clinical Partner Spotlight: Nathan Mitchell, Pulse Cardiology

Nathan Mitchell had a successful career in business and marketing, but decided he wanted a degree in a healthcare field to take his career to the next level. Mitchell is now Practice Administrator for Pulse Cardiology in San Bernardino County, and an...

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ACC Veterans Day 2016 Spotlight: What Being a Veteran Means to Me

Many of our American Career College faculty, associates, students and graduates have served in our US military. This Veteran's Day 2016, we wanted to thank all veterans for their service and sacrifice for the safety of our country. We asked some...

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ACC Faculty Spotlight: David Alfaro

David Alfaro doesn’t run the Surgical Technology program at American Career College-Los Angeles like the military, but it’s close. “There is no gray area in what we do in the (operating room),” Alfaro said. “If you don’t...

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ACC-Long Beach Massage Therapy Helps 'Quench the Fire'

For the second year in a row, massage therapy students from American Career College-Long Beach participated at the annual "Quench the Fire" fundraiser in Van Nuys. Eight students assisted more than 100 fundraiser participants from...

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American Career College Welcomes Debbie Jones as Executive Director for Orange County Campus

Please welcome Debbie Jones as the new executive director for American Career College-Orange County! Jones has more than 15 years of leadership experience in higher education including leading public non-profit and private colleges. As executive director...

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ACC Clinical Partner Spotlight: Northeast Community Clinic

Northeast Community Clinic is a nonprofit organization with 12 locations throughout Los Angeles County. A new clinic is being opened in Sun Valley and another location in Wilmington is adding a dental clinic. Services offered at other clinics include...

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ACC-Long Beach Hosts First Dental Clinic

The dental team at American Career College-Long Beach hosted the inaugural dental clinic for students and their families this September. Led by dental assisting program director Monique Navarro, 30 people received free dental work from three...

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ACC-Ontario Massage Therapy Cohort Lends A Hand To WCU Students

Massage therapy students from American Career College-Ontario were on-hand this July to offer free chair massages to nursing students after midterms. About 200 West Coast University-Ontario students stopped by the lobby on Stress...

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ACC Instructor NeCole Ethridge Helps Car Crash Victims Before Rescue Crews Arrive

What started out as a day with the family ended up being much more for NeCole Ethridge. Ethridge, the ATI/NCLEX success coordinator at American Career College-Lynwood and a licensed vocational nurse, was returning home from a weekend outing when...

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ACC Associate Spotlight: Kara Mirarchi

By any definition, Kara Mirarchi is a hands-on instructor. As the Massage Therapy program director at American Career College-Long Beach, Mirarchi has spent countless hours teaching the various styles and techniques students will need in...

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ACC-OC Students Help Seniors Get 'CarFit'

Everybody wants to fit in — especially behind the wheel. This June, the occupational therapy assistant and physical therapist assistant departments at American Career College-Orange County helped make sure seniors had the proper "CarFit,"...

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ACC-Los Angeles Dental Assisting Cohort Volunteers at MEND Clinic on First Day

At ACC-Los Angeles, Alma Perez took her entire dental assisting class on their first day for some hands-on training. Students volunteered at the MEND Dental Clinic in the San Fernando Valley, performing for the first time many of the same tasks they...

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ACC-Long Beach Holds Summer Blood Drive with American Red Cross

Students and faculty at American Career College-Long Beach donated more than 30 units during a Red Cross blood drive this June. "We collected 35 total units which will save up to 105 lives," Amy Papageorges, a senior account manager with American...

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ACC Community Outreach Offers Free 'Soft Skills' Workshop for High Schoolers

You might have seen American Career College’s Community Outreach team at health fairs, career fairs and other events, but did you know that ACC offers free soft-skill training to high school students? “It’s a service...

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Heather Thomas Named OTA Program Director at ACC-Orange County

Heather Thomas, Ph.D., OTR/L, has been named Program Director for American Career College-Orange County’s Occupational Therapy Assistant (Associate of Occupational Science) Program. She has served as the Curriculum Coordinator and Associate Professor...

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Celebrate Nurses Week 2016

National Nurses Week is May 6-12 and we at American Career College wanted to take a moment to thank our nursing students, nursing faculty and associates and our community partners. We appreciate all of our nurses and future nurses for helping take care...

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ACC-LA Blood Drive Draws 120 Donors

More than 120 students at American Career College-Los Angeles registered as donors at a blood drive on April 19. Valentina Aslanyan, an academic retention specialist at ACC-Los Angeles, said the event was "very successful," adding that...

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ACC Graduate Facilitates Surg Tech Instrument Donation to OC Program

The Surgical Technologist program at American Career College-Orange County now has even more of the latest instruments for students, thanks to a donation facilitated by one of our graduates. Scripps Green Hospital in La Jolla donated more than 1,000...

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Chris Turen Named Executive Director for ACC-Los Angeles  

Welcome Chris Turen as the new executive director for American Career College-Los Angeles! Turen has more than 20 years of leadership experience in higher education including launching and growing career-focused colleges, building strategic partnerships...

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ACC-Lynwood Students Decorate 110 Easter Baskets for Pediatric Patients

Spring has sprung at American Career College-Lynwood!  Students and staff at ACC-Lynwood held a Spring Fling Easter basket challenge and the response was incredible. Thanks to the generosity of the students at our ACC-Lynwood campus, 110 Easter...

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Bike Share Program Rolls Out Next Door to ACC-Long Beach Campus

The city of Long Beach unveiled its new bike sharing program on March 10 and — luckily for American Career College-Long Beach — it’s just steps from campus. "It’s kind of exciting because right outside our campus was the first...

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ACC-Long Beach Programs Participate at Khmer Mother-Daughter Conference

The Medical Assistant and Massage Therapy programs of American Career College-Long Beach participated in the Khmer Parent Association's Mother and Daughter Conference at the St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach on Feb. 20. Kara Mirarchi, the ACC-Long...

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Associate Spotlight: NeCole Ethridge

For NeCole Ethridge, being the ATI/NCLEX success coordinator isn’t just a job — it’s a calling…as in students are always calling her, freaking out over the "big test." “They usually call me, ‘NeCole, I’m nervous....

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ACC-Ontario Students See Nearly 400 Patients at Lion’s Club ‘Friends in Sight’

Nearly 400 patients were seen by American Career College optical tech students during an eyescreening event in San Bernardino this February. Optical Technician Program Director Anthony Alaniz helped direct the 13 ACC-Ontario student volunteers as...

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ACC-Ontario Helps Out 200 People With Blood Drive and Bone Marrow Screening

It's not every day you can save lives on your lunch break — but that's exactly what happened during a blood drive and marrow screening at American Career College-Ontario this January. More than 75 blood donors registered —...

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Tribute to Service: Agie Madrid

When Agie Madrid began working with American Career College, there was only one campus and a handful of employees. Madrid's desk was between "the controller, the accountant and the IT guy," which gave her a ringside seat to the school's day-to-day...

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