ACC named 2021 Best Place for Working Parents in Austin

The Austin Community College District (ACC) was selected as a Best Place for Working Parents in a new statewide survey conducted by the Austin American-Stateman and The Best Place for Working Parents. The college was recognized for its family-friendly policies and practices it offers to support employees, specifically working parents.

“I'm proud to share that ACC has been recognized as one of Austin's best places for working parents. This is a testament to the family-friendly work policies and practices we have at ACC,” says Dr. Richard Rhodes, ACC chancellor.  “The past year has really shown us the importance and need for grace and flexibility. It's an honor to be recognized, and we will continue to explore ways in which we can best support our employees — especially our working parents.”

The Best Place for Working ParentsTM is a statewide network of business leaders supporting businesses with research-backed strategies that benefit working parents and businesses’ bottom line. 

The designation measures eligible companies based on a series of questions.ACC was recognized for its values and work to create and maintain a sustainable, safe, and healthy environment for students and employees. The college also was recognized for its multiple resources offered to working parents including: 

  • Paid healthcare coverage
  • Paid vacation and sick leave
  • Paid maternity and paternity leave
  • Private lactation rooms and refrigerator for milk storage
  • Ability to shift schedules
  • Ability to work from home

In addition to these services, ACC also partners with Deer Oaks to provide mental and physical support for all employees. Programs include: 

The Deer Oaks Maternity at Work Program: Focus on the health and well-being of the expectant or new mother and her family. Deer Oaks counselors help new mothers remain focused on workplace objectives so they can maintain healthy performance while placing extreme emphasis on the physical and mental health of mom and baby.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP):  Provides free and confidential assessments, short-term counseling, referrals, prevention, and education services for you and your dependents.

For more information on ACC’s support services for employees, visit