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2017 Community Stories

ACC Instructors Use Care Harbor Health Fair to Teach Valuable Lessons

One of the best things about bringing her American Career College dental assisting students to large community health events, said Sarah Rodriguez, is it's a learning experience — mostly for her. Rodriguez, a dental assisting instructor at ACC-Los...


ACC-Orange County OTA Students Help Special Olympics Athletes Go For Gold

Occupational therapy assistant students from American Career College-Orange County helped Special Olympic athletes reach for the gold at the 2017 Fall Games this November. The group of OTA students volunteered in three different areas: helping serve meals...


ACC-Orange County Students Help Raise Money For Lung Cancer Research

About 25 students and five faculty members from American Career College-Orange County participated at the Lung Force Walk on Nov. 4. “We had respiratory students from multiple classes, along with vocational nursing instructors and students who volunteered,”...


ACC-Los Angeles Students Volunteer at Glendale Health Festival

Students from the optical technician program at American Career College-Los Angeles had the opportunity to help their local community at the Glendale Health Festival this November. Held at Pacific Edison Community Center, the Glendale Health Festival...


ACC Massage Therapy Students Lend a Hand at Alzheimer’s Walk in Long Beach

Students of the massage therapy program at American Career College-Long Beach had the opportunity to volunteer at the 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer's by providing free massages to those participating in the fundraiser. Throughout the morning, the ACC students...


ACC-Orange County Dental Assisting Students Volunteer at Westminster Clinic

Nearly 20 dental assisting students and staff from American Career College-Orange County participated at a free health fair this October. “I am very proud to say that the doctors, staff and the head of the fair, Dr. Timothy Bui, were very, very...


ACC Students, Programs Donate 4,500 Items For Back-to-School Supply Drive

When it comes to donations of school supplies, American Career College is fully stocked. All ACC campuses worked together this August to participate in a school supply drive that generated more than 4,500 items to benefit local schools and organizations....


ACC-OC OTA Students Visit Anaheim School for Backpack Awareness Day

Most people don’t think of a backpack as being unsafe, but when you consider the dangers it can cause to your back when used improperly, it is actually a commonly ignored pain point. Volunteers from the American Career College-Orange County Student...


ACC-Orange County OTA Students Have a Super Day Volunteering in Santa Ana

You don't need a cape to be a superhero, but it never hurts. This August, more than 20 occupational therapy assistant students from American Career College-Orange County helped children at the Child Abuse Prevention Center’s Summer Celebration dress...


ACC-Lynwood Students Help St. Francis Medical Center Exceed Blood Drive Goals

At American Career College-Lynwood, students are saving lives well before graduation. In June, students in the medical assistant classes participated in St. Francis Medical Center’s quarterly blood drive. The participation of ACC students helped...


ACC-OC Dental Assisting Students Get 'Two Thumbs Up' at Lestonnac Free Clinic

American Career College students are always willing to help their community — morning, noon and night. On June 3, three ACC-Orange County dental assisting students volunteered at a Lestonnac Free Clinic and helped provide dental fillings, cleanings...


ACC Faculty Spotlight: Keith Brar, RN

One of the best parts about being a nurse, according to Keith Brar, is “seeing that satisfaction on your patient’s face.” And as one of American Career College’s vocational nursing instructors, Brar also likes seeing that same...


ACC-Long Beach Massage Therapy Students Lend a Hand at Gang Conference

More than 20 massage therapy students from American Career College-Long Beach practiced their own version of community outreach at a recent gang conference this May. “We massaged more than 200 people in two days of chair massage at the Gang Prevention...


ACC-Long Beach Marches In Pride Parade

The American Career College-Long Beach showed its true colors on May 21 at the 34th annual Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride Festival. More than 30 students, staff and instructors from ACC-Long Beach took to the streets for the parade, which kicked off...


ACC-Orange County OTA Students Finish Busy April at Wheelchair Sport Festival

This April the occupational therapy assistant student association at American Career College-Orange County capped a month of fundraising by volunteering at the Triumph Foundation Wheelchair Sport Festival. At the festival, the OTA students worked the...


ACC Associate Spotlight: GraceAnn Clark

GraceAnn Clark loves to hear three words from her students. "My three favorite words are, 'You were right,'" Clark said before a recent Inspire Club meeting at American Career College-Long Beach. "I feel like the best part of my job is when students come...


ACC-Los Angeles Staff Volunteer During Read Across America Day

American Career College-Los Angeles was invited by nearby Frank Del Olmo Elementary School to participate in the annual Read Across America program. In celebration of Read Across America’s 20th anniversary and Dr. Seuss’ birthday, the theme...


ACC Raises $50,000 for American Heart Association at Heart Walk 2017

More than 400 people from American Career College showed up at Angel Stadium to increase awareness about stoke and heart disease and to support the American Heart Association. "It was really quite amazing to see our students, faculty, and staff collaborate...


ACC-Ontario Dental Students Volunteer Services At Corona-Norco USD Event

Fourteen dental assisting students from American Career College-Ontario braved the cold one early Saturday morning in January to help out the north Riverside community. Students arrived at River Heights Intermediate School by 6 a.m. to help prepare for...


ACC-Long Beach Students Meet Mayor at 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade

For the third consecutive year, massage therapy students from American Career College volunteered their services to the community during the Martin Luther King Jr. parade in Long Beach, California. The massage therapy students worked on more than 100...


ACC Dental Assisting Students Volunteer at Care Harbor 2017

More than 30 dental assisting students from two American Career College locations helped out at the 2017 Care Harbor in Los Angeles this January. ACC-Los Angeles instructor Alma Perez has brought her dental assisting students to the large health fair...


OTA Program Volunteers at Rose Parade

The new year started off rosy for the occupational therapy assistant program at American Career College. Seventeen people from ACC’s OTA program, including six faculty members, volunteered to help complete a 2017 Rose Parade float for the Occupational...


Dr. Susan Condie Named VN Program Director at ACC-Orange County

Susan Condie, PhD, RN, CNS, PHN, ACNS-BC, CNE, NE-BC, CHEP, has been named program director for American Career College-Orange County’s vocational nursing program. Previously, Dr. Condie served as associate dean of nursing academics and as an associate...


ACC-Lynwood Collects More than 90 Toys for Annual St. Francis Holiday Donation

More than 90 toys were collected at American Career College-Lynwood and provided to St. Francis Medical Center for their annual holiday toy drive. "Students and staff gave from their hearts to gather the latest and greatest toys for the children of the...


ACC-Long Beach Donates 119 Toys for Firefighter's 'Spark of Love' Program

American Career College-Long Beach helped celebrate the holiday season by providing more than 100 toys to the Long Beach Fire Department's "Spark of Love" program. "Our students, faculty and staff donated 119 toys to the fire station," ACC-Long Beach...


ACC-Los Angeles MA Students Make Blankets for the Homeless

Medical assistant students from American Career College-Los Angeles made and distributed blankets to people living on the streets this holiday season. Azalia Ryckman, an ACC-Los Angeles medical assistant student in Mary-Sue McPetrie’s morning class,...


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