Energize your schedule with CCA’s fitness classes

fitness-imageSummer gifts us with longer and warmer days, often boosting our energy through the roof. We encourage students to use the summer semester to blast through some classes to save money and time, but why not use the additional summer-fueled energy to get into better shape as well?

Fitness within reach

CCA offers a personal instructor program as well as a variety of Physical Education classes. But for those that just want to break up their day with a fitness class or two, there are several options available, without ever having to leave campus.  Whether you’re looking to tone and strengthen with aerobic circuit training; upping your intensity with Zumba; or relaxing body and mind with yoga, there are several one-credit classes to get you to where you want to be, physically. Continue reading »

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Five ways to ease stress without leaving campus

destress-blogIt’s that time of year again, the one that promises looming deadlines, research papers and finals just around the corner. Along with the close of the semester comes an undesirable, yet expected companion… stress.

Though stress can act as a motivator to get everything done in a limited time, it also wrecks havoc on your body and mind. Luckily, there are many activities that can be done right on campus to help ease stress. Rather than carving out time to de-stress, work it into your study agenda.

Reinvigorate and meditate

Meditation has been said to be one of the best ways to alleviate stress. The deep, rhythmic breathing slows down the heart rate, relaxes muscles and allows the mind to focus. Though meditation is known to be beneficial, the practice itself takes some experience. There are many helpful websites and books available on meditation for those who want to learn more, but here are a few quick tips: Continue reading »

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This is CCA: Students are people, not numbers

chairIt had been two years since I had taken a seat in a classroom. Before CCA, my college experience took place at a large four-year institution where I felt more like a number than a person. The classrooms were lecture halls with sometimes several hundred students. I never fell in love with the college experience like so many of my high school friends – so I was nervous to return and try again.

I made my way down the hallway of CCA and found my classroom with Professor Scott Reichel. The class was English – which was always my favorite subject to study. I found a seat near the front and waited for Scott and the other students to begin to arrive. I was shocked that my class only had eight students, including myself. Continue reading »

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Five reasons to use summer semester

Summer Reading For most of my life I lived in extremely cold and snowy locations, so the lure of summer was powerful. My family was large and had limited resources so we didn’t travel or vacation – we just learned to make the best out of whatever season we happened to be in (which was usually winter).  Summer meant warmth and sunshine and lazy days off from school, and we looked forward to it with a vengeance.  Even in higher education we kicked back in the summer. At both 2-year and 4-year institutions the summer session was shorter with limited course offerings and a kind of kick-back mentality. The community colleges where I worked in the Chicago area catered to four-year students who were home working for the summer and wanted to take a course or two at their local community colleges.

But historically we haven’t really pushed our continuing students to take advantage of summer, and I think that needs to change. We work year-round, we raise our families year-round and it’s time to go to college year-round.  Here’s why: Continue reading »

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CCA’s Theatre Production: Mok’ing-bûrd to open minds and hearts

mok'ing-burd-imageUnderstanding the human experience is the key to both acceptance and harmony. CCA’s Theatre Director, Stacey D’Angelo, tackles the misconceptions of those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) through theatrical interpretation in the Spring 2015 production:
“Mok’ing-bûrd.â€�

ASD is represented as a spectrum because it is quite different in each person, with varying levels of severity. It is known to affect communication, socialization and sensory processing, and is often misunderstood by people not on the autism spectrum. Many people with ASD have an average or above average intellect, but may struggle with how they interpret social cues, experience a sensitivity to sounds, lights or even smells, and sometimes calm themselves with repetitive behaviors. Misunderstanding can often manifest itself in the form of judgment, fear or ostracizing individuals that don’t fit in.  But the antithesis to misunderstanding is education and empathy, which are both key lessons in this semester’s production. Continue reading »

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