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2017 Students Stories

ACC Student Spotlight: Bethany Camacho

Bethany Camacho's dream is to run her own medical practice, but first, she needs practice. Camacho and more than 30 other American Career College-Los Angeles optical technician students volunteered in November at the three-day Care Harbor LA health fair....

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ACC-Ontario Welcomes 59 New VN Graduates at November Pinning Ceremony

Nearly 60 students and their loved ones gathered in the American Career College-Ontario atrium this November to celebrate the joint ceremony of the weekday and evening/weekend vocational nursing cohorts. Latoya Franklin, ACC-Ontario’s director...

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ACC Students Get Early Taste of Holiday Season at Annual 'Pie-Giving' Event

Nearly 300 American Career College students got a slice of the holidays at the annual "Pie Giving" event this November. ACC-Los Angeles and ACC-Ontario campuses hosted the annual pie-give-away event on Nov. 16. Students were able...

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ACC-Orange County PTA Students Checks Out Cutting-Edge of Prosthetic Technology

Physical therapy assistant students at American Career College-Orange County got a glimpse of the future this November with a in-class demonstration of the latest artificial limbs and prosthetics being developed. The PTA students met and spoke with Madonna...

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ACC Campuses Show Off Halloween Spirit

Students and staff at all the American Career College campuses had spooktacular Halloween celebrations this season. At ACC-Long Beach, medical assisting students came in during the weekend to decorate the halls with Harry Potter-themed signs and colors....

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ACC-Lynwood Hosts Its Largest Turnout For VN Capping and Pinning Ceremony

As the July 2017 vocational nursing cohort from American Career College-Lynwood prepared to take the next step in its journey, class speaker Pilar Camarena took time to reflect on how far they had already come. Camarena noted that she and her...

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American Career College Hosts Nearly 900 Graduates at 2017 Fall Commencement

After dropping out of high school, Wendy Perez Esteban wasn't sure what options were left for her. "I was really lost and I didn't know what to do in my life. I had lost hope that I was going to accomplish something," she said. On...

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ACC Student Spotlight: Esther Shepphard

While many of Esther Shepphard's American Career Collegeo ccupational therapy assistant classmates posed for selfies or chatted after the chort's pinning ceremony, Shepphard went around the room holding a blue shirt and a pen. She handed...

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ACC-Orange County' Third OTA Cohort Celebrates Move Into Clinical Fieldwork

Nearly a decade after suffering a spinal injury, Walter Escamilla still thanks his occupational therapy team as much possible. “What they’re doing with their career, their profession, it touches so many lives. It touched my life,” Escamilla...

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ACC-Orange County PTA Makes Their Presence Known at Annual Conference

Physical therapy assistant students from American Career College had people seeing red at a recent conference in San Diego. Nearly 40 ACC-Orange County PTA students in matching red polo shirts took to the halls of the San Diego Convention Center...

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ACC-Los Angeles Celebrates 30 Students at September 2017 ADN Pinning

American Career College’s third associate degree in nursing cohort celebrated the next milestone in their career at their pinning September 16 at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center. “We are so proud of our nursing students and graduates...

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Janice Lwin, Tina Pham Present Posters at California PT Association Conference

Tina Pham, a physical therapy assistant (PTA) student from American Career College-Orange County, presented her first case study poster at the recent California Physical Therapy Association conference. Posters are selected by the association...

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ACC-Orange County Kicks Off September With Physical Therapy Assistant Pinning

American Career College pinning ceremonies can be an emotional experience for students, parents and loved ones. Even program directors. Despite having attended several pinning ceremonies as an instructor, ACC-Orange County...

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ACC-Los Angeles Ends Summer Semester With Inspiration Day Celebration

Thanks to Student Services, American Career College-Los Angeles ended summer the same way it started the summer — with a party. More than 100 students at ACC-Los Angeles got together for Inspiration Day this August, to mark the end of the summer semester and...

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ACC-Ontario Honors 32 Vocational Nursing Graduates at August 2017 Pinning

More than 250 family and friends cheered on 32 vocational nursing (VN) program graduates at American Career College-Ontario in August 2017. Graduate Cedric Mitchell shared encouraging words with his fellow graduates before the group was led in the Florence...

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ACC-Lynwood Celebrates First VNEW Cohort Moving Into Clinical Phase

This August, American Career College-Lynwood’s vocational nursing program held a capping ceremony for its first evening-weekend cohort. “This VN capping ceremony was incredibly special as it was our inaugural VNEW class that started in April...

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ACC-Los Angeles Student Services Adds Some Color to Busy Day at School

Student Services at American Career College-Los Angeles hosted a ‘Color Shop’ activity as part of the Summer Celebration for its student population. "Our color shop was a way to help reduce stress in the busy lives of our...

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ACC-Orange County VN Students Check Out Latest 'Body Worlds' Exhibit

Who says field trips are for grade school? Recently, vocational nursing students from American Career College-Orange County took a trip to the California ScienCenter to explore the new Body Worlds exhibit. The exhibit features “real human bodies...

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ACC Spotlight: Marie Margarett Angeles

If the Student Occupational Therapy Association group from American Career College-Orange County holds an event, Marie Margarett Angeles will likely be there. She probably helped organized it. In October, Angeles is being recognized...

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ACC-Ontario Pins 55 VN Graduates in May

Double the grads, double the fun. Two vocational nursing cohorts from American Career College-Ontario joined forces this May for an extra joyous graduation ceremony. More than 50 grads crowded the stage in their bright, white uniforms, taking up six rows...

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28 ACC-OC VN Graduates Take Next Step

On June 1, the American Career College-Orange County campus welcomed more than 130 guests to witness the time-honored tradition of the vocational nurse pinning. "The Career Services department partnered with the VN faculty and staff to provide this wonderful...

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ACC-LA Kicks Off the Summer Celebration

It's always good to be flexible as a healthcare worker. It just doesn't normally earn you an ice cream. At American Career College-Los Angeles, more than 150 students this June participated in the Summer Celebration Kick-Off, as classes...

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ACC Student Spotlight: Cathryn Pyle

Cathryn Pyle enrolled at American Career College to set a good example for her son. She had worked as a certified nursing assistant for six years but felt it was time to return to school and improve her career potential. "I'm studying to be...

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Nearly 170 ACC Students Roll Up Their Sleeves on World Blood Donor Day 2017

World Blood Donor Day drew more than interest from American Career College students this June. With help from LifeStream Blood Bank, ACC students on two campuses donated more than 125 units of blood during a two-day campaign to help keep a ready...

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ACC-OC Medical Billing Cohort Gets Real-Life Lessons from Working Professionals

Medical billing and coding students do a lot of work with computers, but sometimes they’re the ones getting their buttons pushed. During a recent professional development field trip, MBC students from American Career College-Orange County learned...

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ACC-Orange County Helps Defeat Child Poverty By a Nose

This May, American Career College students showed that silliness for the sake of philanthropy is always “right on the nose.” From May 22-26, the ACC-Orange County campus supported the National Red Nose Day event by donning red noses to help...

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ACC Student Spotlight: Yolanda Galang

What interested you in the Physical Therapist Assistant program? I volunteered at a skilled nursing facility and it just interested me how the PTAs and the PTs — the whole rehab staff — they were able to bring hope to these patients of getting...

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200 Students 'Pop' Into ACC-Los Angeles Student Services Open House

The Student Services department at American Career College-Los Angeles hosted a "popular" open house this May. More than 200 guests explored the Student Services center over two days to learn about the department. Plus, each student...

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ACC-Los Angeles Welcomes 14 New ADN Graduates at April 2017 Pinning Ceremony

After 12 years as a licensed vocational nurse, Detric Cofield was ready to take the next step. On April 22, he and 13 other American Career College-Los Angeles students did just that when they graduated with an associate degree in nursing (ADN). Cofield...

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ACC-Orange County Turns Teacher Appreciation Day Into Banner Event

The American Career College-Orange County campus celebrated Teacher Appreciation Day this May with a lunch and dinner potluck provided by the administration. "Student ambassadors created two large banners signed by students and staff thanking the teachers for...

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Inspire Club Springs Into Action at ACC-Long Beach

American Career College-Long Beach kicked off the spring season with an Inspire Club luncheon and some motivating words from alumni and current students. More than a dozen students and staff crowded into ACC-Long Beach’s mezzanine as Student...

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ACC-LA Gets Festive for Cinco de Mayo

Nearly 200 students at American Career College-Los Angeles took time from their day to celebrate Cinco de Mayo on campus. Student Services provided the music and snacks out on the first floor patio and encouraged students to sign up for the Salsa...

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ACC-Long Beach Students Mark Teacher Appreciation Week 2017 With Scrapbooks

Students are usually the ones hitting the books, but on Teacher Appreciation Day this May, the instructors at American Career College-Long Beach got a very special reading assignment. Led by the program ambassadors, students at ACC-Long...

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ACC Student Spotlight: Christina San Martin

As a single mother, Christina San Martin's inspiration to do well in school seems obvious. Until you discover how competitive she is. "My group of classmates, we work together and we challenge each other. We're very competitive so I don't want...

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ACC-OC’s OTA Students Make Heroic Effort For Occupational Therapy Month

You don't have to be a super hero to make a difference, but it doesn't hurt to dress like one now and then. For $2, students and associates at ACC-Orange County on April 13 got to show off their fundraising superpowers by representing their favorite...

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ACC-Ontario Medical Billing Cohort Visits Loma Linda University Medical Center

Twenty-five students from American Career College-Ontario this April took a field trip to Loma Linda University Medical Center to see first-hand how medical billing and coding fits into a hospital’s operations. The class witnessed the...

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ACC-Orange County Celebrates National Peanut Butter & Jelly Day

American Career College-Orange County celebrated National PB&J Day in April by preparing and serving more than 500 sandwiches to the student population. "We had approximately 39 staff, faculty and student ambassadors making sandwiches from...

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17 ACC-Lynwood Students Enter New Phase of Vocational Nursing Program

Seventeen American Career College-Lynwood students celebrated taking the next step in their vocational nursing program on April 29 at St. Francis Medical Center. Alice Campbell, ACC-Lynwood's director of nursing, welcomed the group to St. Francis...

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ACC Student Spotlight: Angelica Vazquez

At age 18, Angelica Vazquez is the youngest student in her vocational nursing cohort. “I started (college) as soon as I could but I was pretty surprised that I was the youngest one,” Vazquez said after her American Career College-Lynwood cohort’s...

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700 New Grads Celebrate 'Brighter Future' at ACC Winter Commencement 2017

On the final day of winter, more than 700 new graduates from American Career College celebrated the change of seasons and lives at Winter Commencement 2017. Friends and family packed the stands of Citizens Business Bank Arena as graduates...

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ACC Student Spotlight: Katee Fielding

A longtime administrative assistant, Katee Fielding was tired of doing uninspiring work at minimum-wage jobs. Fielding’s boyfriend had found a job that he liked and paid well. Why couldn’t she? Fielding was ready to make a change. “We've...

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ACC-Orange County Goes Green on St. Patrick’s Day

Visitors to American Career College-Orange County on St. Patrick's Day were feeling lucky after being treated to an Irish celebration. Students enjoyed chips and green salsa, fresh lime water, gold chocolate coins and walked away with St....

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ACC-OC VN Grads Share Valentine’s Day With Friends, Family at Pinning Ceremony

The friends and families of 18 American Career College-Orange County vocational nursing graduates filled a room with faces full of smiles and tears while watching their loved ones complete their journey into the nursing profession on Valentine’s...

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ACC-Ontario VN Cohort: ‘We All Did This’

As cohort speaker, John Rowland urged his fellow vocational nursing graduates at American Career College-Ontario to reflect on how quickly some things change. "We're definitely not the same people we were 13 months ago," Rowland said. "We're smarter,...

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ACC Schools, Students Share P.R.I.D.E.

American Career College campuses got to show off its school pride this January with the launch of a new campaign to promote student values. P.R.I.D.E. at ACC now represents a combination of traits including "perseverance," "responsibility,"...

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ACC-Long Beach MA Student Wins LinkedIn Social Media Challenge

More than 30 American Career College students shared on LinkedIn what they plan to do after graduation for a chance to win a $150 gift card from Target. After all the submissions were in, ACC-Long Beach medical assistant student Jeffrey Lagasca...

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ACC Student Spotlight: Abimel Corral

Before choosing a dental assisting program, Abimel Corral talked to many different schools and asked a lot of questions — until she visited American Career College-Ontario. "Other schools, you go and you have to ask the questions and here they're...

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ACC-Orange County Celebrates Second OTA Pinning

American Career College recognized the graduation of its second occupational therapy assistant cohort at the ACC-Orange County campus on Jan. 30. “There are 30 of us in this cohort,” OTA graduate Genevieve Guzman said after the event. “We...

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ACC Student Spotlight: Brianna Garcia Gibbons

It's easy to smile when you love what you're doing. Just ask Brianna Garcia Gibbons. A dental assisting student at American Career College, Gibbons chose the Ontario campus specifically for its dental lab. She's looking forward to graduating...

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ACC Student Spotlight: Diana Esperanza Camero

As a single mother of three, Diana Esperanza Camaro doesn't have to look far for inspiration. "(My children) inspire me every single day to be better, to be better for them," she said. "As a single parent, it's tough but it's not impossible so if...

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ACC Student Spotlight: Christian Paz

Christian Paz used to work at Disneyland but didn't see any future for his job. "Working on rides, you can't really go anywhere from there and I wanted to do something more," Paz said. Now six months into his medical assistant program at American...

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ACC Student Spotlight: Maria Rivas Marlen

Maria Revis Marlin used to look in the mirror every night and every morning and tell herself "You can do this." Now, one month from graduating, the American Career College-Ontario student tells her reflection "I'm doing it." Laid...

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ACC Student Spotlight: Cassondra Norman

Cassie Norman wants to be a massage therapist so she can have the freedom to set her own schedule and pursue a job in acting. And singing. And writing. Norman has dreams of being a Broadway star and a best-selling author but knows...

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Be Sure to Enter ACC’s 2017 LinkedIn Social Media Contest

American Career College students have the opportunity to participate in a fun LinkedIn New Year’s social media contest. Please visit our official ACC LinkedIn page to participate and note the full contest rules below.  2017 GRADUATION GOALS...

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ACC Student Spotlight: Marylou Faver

While exploring career options, Marylou Faver discovered there was one place she did not want to work — behind a desk. Before enrolling at American Career College-Orange County, Faver served four years in the U.S. Navy as a yeoman in Viginia....

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