Academic Related Courses (ACA)

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  • CPCC’s ACA classes will help you improve your study habits.
  • ACA 111, 120, 121 and 122 are only eight weeks in length. ACA 118 is a full semester class.
  • Classes are offered at all CPCC campuses and online.
  • ACA 111, 120, 121 and 122 provide 1 credit hour. ACA 122 is 2 contact hours per week.
  • ACA 118 is 2 credit hours with 3 contact hours per week.

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ACA 111: College Student Success

This course introduces the College’s physical, academic, and social environment and promotes the personal development essential for success. Topics include campus facilities and resources; policies, procedures, and programs; study skills; and life management issues such as health, self-esteem, motivation, goal-setting, diversity, and communication. Upon completion, students should be able to function effectively within the college environment to meet their educational objectives.

ACA 118: College Study Skills

This course covers skills and strategies designed to improve study behaviors. Topics include time management, note taking, test taking, memory techniques, active reading strategies, critical thinking, communication skills, learning styles, and other strategies for effective learning. Upon completion, students should be able to apply appropriate study strategies and techniques to the development of an effective study plan.

ACA 120: Career Assessment

This course provides the information and strategies necessary to develop clear personal, academic, and professional goals. Topics include personality styles, goal setting, various college curricula, career choices, and campus leadership development. Upon completion, students should be able to clearly state their personal, academic, and professional goals and have a feasible plan of action to achieve those goals.

ACA 121: Managing a Team

This course focuses on the process of the individual with an awareness of the reality in the collective teamwork approach for the workplace emphasizing process-orientation. The topics include how teams work, team effectiveness, team-building techniques, positive thinking, and leadership principles. Upon completion, student should be able to demonstrate an understanding of how teamwork strengthens ownership, involvement, and responsibility in the workplace.

ACA 122: College Transfer Success

This course provides information and strategies necessary to develop clear academic and professional goals beyond the community college experience. Topics include the CAA, college culture, career exploration, gathering information on senior institutions, strategic planning, critical thinking, and communications skills for a successful academic transition.  Upon completion, students should be able to develop an academic plan to transition successfully to senior institutions. This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement for transferability as a premajor and/or elective course requirement.