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A STEM Success Story

NEW SOCCER STADIUM American River College’s (ARC) new soccer stadium opened in Fall 2016 and is receiving rave reviews! The soccer-only, grass facility includes a scoreboard, lights, press box, concession area, ticket booth, and more. The state of California has selected ARC to host the men’s and women’s community college state championships in Fall 2017 – a distinct honor.

ARC IN NATIONAL MATH CONTEST American River College (ARC) Math students excelled in the recent American Mathematics Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC) Student Mathematics League national competition. After the fall competition, ARC is ranked 7th nationally. The annual contest consists of two rounds: one in the fall semester and one in the spring. Each round consists of multiple-choice questions on a variety of topics in pre-calculus mathematics: algebra, geometry, trigonometry, functions, graphing, probability, combinatorics and elementary statistics. Participating in AMATYC is a prestigious academic extracurricular activity for ARC STEM students and these types of activities are helpful to students in a competitive transfer process.


t’s no easy feat coming to the United States from Iran and adjusting to a new culture and language, but even this difficult transition could not deter engineering student Bita Behziz from pursuing her dreams at American River College (ARC). In 2013, Behziz joined ARC’s MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement) program, and within a short time became a MESA Program Assistant. Because of her dedicated contribution to the program, she was one of several students invited to attend the statewide MESA Leadership Retreat in Santa Cruz, California in April 2014. She was also selected to be the sole representative of ARC MESA students at the state-wide MESA Leadership Conference in San Diego in October 2014. Her scholastic drive and aptitude also enabled her to be accepted to the NASA Community College Aerospace Program. In this she excelled and was rewarded by being flown to the Johnson Space Flight Center in Texas to continue her training. Adding to these rich experiences, Behziz participated in a research program at UC Merced last summer and studied issues facing patients with cardiovascular diseases, specifically by testing a procedure that had never before been attempted in a cardiovascular tissue engineering lab. The program concluded with a symposium where Behziz and other participants presented their research to hundreds of attendees. Behziz’s presentation led to her selection as one of five recipients of a travel scholarship enabling her to present her abstract at a conference of her choice. As a special recognition of Behziz’s achievements, she was honored with the Chancellor’s Academic Excellence Award at the 2016 Los Rios MESA Spring Reception. Presented to her by Los Rios Chancellor Brian King, this award recognizes MESA students who have truly exceptional records of academic accomplishment. Currently, Behziz is studying mechanical engineering at UC Berkeley and aiming at a career in bio-engineering or a combined vocation in electrical and mechanical engineering. Her research includes the building of devices that could expand the ability of patients with limited arm movement, in hopes that human testing of these devices could begin this spring.

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