American Design Drafting Association (ADDA)
ADDA is the Premier Professional Organization for Drafters, Designers, Engineers,
Architects, Illustrators, Graphics Artists, Digital Technicians, Digital Imaging,
Visual Communications and Multimedia.
American National Standard Institute (ANSI)
The Institute oversees the creation, promulgation and use of thousands of norms and
guidelines that directly impact businesses in nearly every sector: from acoustical
devices to construction equipment, from dairy and livestock production to energy distribution,
and many more. ANSI is also actively engaged in accrediting programs that assess conformance
to standards – including globally-recognized cross-sector programs such as the ISO
9000 (quality) and ISO 14000 (environmental) management systems.
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Promotes the art, science and practice of multi-disciplinary engineering and allied
sciences around the globe. From college students and early-career engineers to project
managers, corporate executives, researchers and academic leaders, ASME's members are
as diverse as the engineering community itself. ASME serves this wide-ranging technical
community through quality programs in continuing education, training and professional
development, codes and standards, research, conferences and publications, government
relations and other forms of outreach.
American Welding Society (AWS)
The American Welding Society (AWS) was founded in 1919 as a multifaceted, nonprofit
organization with a goal to advance the science, technology and application of welding
and related joining disciplines. AWS supports welding education and technology development
to ensure a strong, competitive and exciting way of life for all Americans.
American Institute for Steel Construction (AISC)
The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), headquartered in Chicago, is
a not-for-profit technical institute and trade association established in 1921 to
serve the structural steel design community and construction industry in the United
Construction Specification Institute (CSI)
CSI is a national association of more than 13,000 volunteers, including specifiers,
architects, engineers, contractors, facility mangers, product representatives, manufacturers,
owners and others who are experts in building construction and the materials used
therein. They are dedicated to improving the communication of construction information
through: a diversified membership base of allied professionals involved in the creation
and management of the built environment, continuous development and transformation
of standards and formats, education and certification of professionals to improve
project delivery processes, and creation of practice tools to assist users throughout
the facility life-cycle.
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I moved to the United States in 2012. My English was very limited, so I decided to enroll in noncredit ESL courses in the summer of that same year. By fall of 2013 after hard work and dedication, I was ready to transition to credit ESL. The sooner I started credit ESL the better, but as a new California resident the tuition was more expensive since I had to pay out of state tuition, so I decided to wait for a year to attend credit class at AHC. AHC has great student support programs that I utilized; for example, AIM, EOPS, CAN/TRIO, and the Tutorial Center. I recommend everyone to take advantage of these services and to ask for help from your instructors when needed.
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