Community Partner Spotlight: Alamance Community College
Alamance Community College (ACC) was first established in 1958 and was one of the first community colleges in the state of North Carolina. Today, over 5,000 students can choose to take traditional courses as well as biotechnology, culinary classes, medical technology, cosmetology, ESL classes and much more. ACC is ever-changing to cater to the needs of the students in the community. One of ACC’s values is inclusion, which can be seen throughout everything the college has to offer to the community and beyond.
We were able to visit the Academic and Career Readiness program at the Dillingham Campus in Burlington. At this site, a range of programs and courses are available. The cosmetology classes have a room with styling/cutting stations, hair washing stations, and manicure tables. There are also classrooms for GED classes and testing for students in all stages of the attainment process. The GED classes that ACC offers are free, but taking the test costs approximately $80. We are able to help fund the tests and lessen the financial burden on the students hoping to complete the program.
We also visited two of the ABLE classes at the campus. These classes are offered to those with intellectual or developmental disabilities and allow for students to socialize with one another but also learn important skills. We received thank you cards (pictured left) that one of the ABLE classes wrote for United Way. They also gifted us pillows from their Pillows with a Purpose program. The students stuff and sew pillows that are then delivered to the hospital for those getting out of same-day surgery.
This visit was incredibly enlightening and we are proud to call ACC a community partner! For more information on volunteer opportunities, visit here.