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Month-in-Review: August 2019

Posted on Thu, 09/12/2019 - 2:33pm

General Assembly 2019ACC employees flooded the Austin Convention Center on September 6, 2019, for the college's annual General Assembly. Employees who attended were able to visit nearly 40 booths to learn more about various ACC departments,...

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New scholarship for Elgin veteran students

Posted on Thu, 09/12/2019 - 8:59am

Austin Community College (ACC) veteran students now have an opportunity to earn additional financial assistance for college with the new Bastrop County Veterans Educational Scholarship. The scholarship is a collaboration of Elgin Campus Student...

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September Bond Projects Update

Posted on Thu, 09/12/2019 - 8:36am

Construction crews at Highland Phase 2 and Rio Grande campuses have been hard at work this summer to make progress on the sites. Highland Campus Phase 2 constructionBy: Pamela Collier, ACC Highland Phase 2 Project Manager August was another busy...

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ACC Trustees approve expanded partnership with YMCA of Austin

Posted on Wed, 09/11/2019 - 12:37pm

The Austin Community College Board of Trustees approved an agreement to allow the YMCA of Austin to lease office space at the Highland Business Center for its administrative offices. In late 2020, the college will consolidate much of its...

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Construction begins at ACC Highland, Building 3000

Posted on Wed, 09/11/2019 - 12:20pm

Construction is underway at ACC Highland, Building 3000 (HLC 3000), the former women's Dillard's. The 185,000-square-foot building will be developed in phases. The first phase will serve as home to the new ACCTV studios and offices. The space will...

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ACC Board of Trustees September 9 Recap

Posted on Wed, 09/11/2019 - 11:44am

The Austin Community College District (ACC) Board of Trustees met for its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, September 9, 2019. Notable topics discussed include an update on the search for a director of ACC's Truth, Racial Healing &...

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ACC honors Hispanic Heritage at Díez y Seis Celebration

Posted on Tue, 09/10/2019 - 12:17pm

Austin Community College (ACC) celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with its 12th annual Díez y Seis event Monday, September 16, from noon to 1 p.m. at Eastview Campus (3401 Webberville Rd.). Former Texas Senator Gonzalo Barrientos, who served in the...

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ACC students, faculty, and staff practice best actions in an emergency

Posted on Mon, 09/09/2019 - 2:28pm

Austin Community College (ACC) practices emergency response procedures and tests its emergency notification system as part of Emergency Preparedness Week September 9 through 13.  Emergency Preparedness Week is designated for the third week of every...

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ACC and Facebook partner to launch new digital marketing series

Posted on Wed, 09/04/2019 - 4:07pm

Austin Community College (ACC) and Facebook announce a new partnership to fuel the growing entrepreneurial industry in Austin. New Digital Marketing courses at ACC prepare students who want to pursue careers in the fast-growing digital marketing...

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Notice of Public Hearing on Tax Increase

Posted on Tue, 09/03/2019 - 2:55pm

The Austin Community College District will hold two public hearings on a proposal to increase total tax revenues from properties on the tax roll in the preceding tax year by 6.6 percent. Individual taxes may increase at a greater or lesser rate, or...

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ACC’s zero-cost textbook program named finalist for Texas Star Award

Posted on Thu, 08/29/2019 - 4:57pm

The Austin Community College Z-Degree Program is recognized as one of the top performing college programs in Texas; named a finalist for the prestigious 2019 Star Award by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The Star Award program...

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Back to School Shopping: ACC grad prepares for her first day as a 4th grade teacher

Posted on Thu, 08/29/2019 - 4:15pm

Megan Whites is setting up her classroom for the first time.  “A lot of my scholars don’t come in on the first day with the supplies they need. So, I’m definitely going to stack up on those supplies.”  One of Austin ISD’s newest 4th grade teachers...

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Suiting up: Daniel Tully splits time between fighting fires and selling homes

Posted on Wed, 08/28/2019 - 11:45am

Sirens scream overhead as Daniel Tully tugs on his boots and grabs his helmet. He always envisioned a career serving his community.  “I never know what my day will be. One call could be to a pool, the next could be in a field, fighting a grass fire...

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ACC Study: Ending straight-ticket voting will lead to fatigue

Posted on Wed, 08/28/2019 - 8:43am

An analysis from the Austin Community College Center for Public Policy and Political Studies (CPPPS) indicates ending straight-ticket voting will lead to voter fatigue and “roll-off” in voting, especially among minorities and older voters. “Our...

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Second chances: Lockhart inmates graduate from community college

Posted on Mon, 08/26/2019 - 4:03pm

Austin American-Statesman: Second chances: Lockhart inmates graduate from community college By Lara Korte lkorte@statesman.com LOCKHART — Tears and cheers filled the gymnasium Saturday at the Lockhart Correctional Facility as more than 100 family...

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2019 Boots & Bats Gala summer update

Posted on Thu, 08/22/2019 - 2:52pm

Planning continues for the second annual Boots & Bats Gala supporting student scholarships. Invitations are going out this month. In July, Texas State Senator Kirk Watson and Dr. Aileen Bumphus accepted nominations to serve as co-chairs of the...

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ACC Board of Trustees August 5 recap

Posted on Thu, 08/22/2019 - 2:41pm

Austin Community College District's Board of Trustees approved a proposed property tax rate, reviewed the college's financial report, and met the new president elects for employee associations during its regular August meeting. Proposed Property Tax...

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ACC expands no-cost textbook options for students through new national partnership

Posted on Thu, 08/22/2019 - 10:46am

ACC students have saved more than $3.5 million through open educational resources over the past year  Austin Community College (ACC) is one of ten colleges and universities nationwide selected to participate in the 2019-2020 OpenStax Institutional...

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ACC and IBM partner to launch new apprenticeship program in Central Texas

Posted on Wed, 08/21/2019 - 4:43pm

Austin Community College (ACC) and longtime IT partner, IBM, announce a new apprenticeship program in Central Texas for students seeking careers in IT. The program, funded by a $1.5 million U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) grant, aims to train 350...

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ACCTV gets a reboot

Posted on Wed, 08/21/2019 - 3:52pm

ACCTV, under the Office of Communications & Marketing, is now part of ACC Highland. The station finalized its move from Pinnacle Campus in late July. "This is a new era for ACCTV," says Brette Lea, ACC Communications & Marketing vice...

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ACC examines urgent workforce needs in new Workforce Development Report

Posted on Wed, 08/21/2019 - 2:30pm

Austin Community College (ACC) and the Austin Chamber of Commerce released the 2019 Workforce Development Report: Innovation, Collaboration & Transformation highlighting ACC’s efforts to build the workforce in the region’s most in-demand...

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Faculty Spotlight: Haydee Victoria Suescum

Posted on Tue, 08/20/2019 - 11:36am

ACC Art Professor Haydee Victoria Suescum never set foot in an art museum during her formative years because there were none in Panamá at that time. Since then, her work has been displayed more than 50 times in museums around the world — from major...

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Construction updates at Highland and Rio Grande: August 2019

Posted on Fri, 08/16/2019 - 4:48pm

What's new at Highland Phase 2?By: Pamela Collier, ACC Highland Phase 2 Project Manager All aspects of construction have progressed as the building is large and in various stages of construction from one end to the other. Exterior curtainwall,...

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New manufacturing program created to meet growing demand for high-skilled jobs

Posted on Thu, 08/15/2019 - 4:12pm

Manufacturing is a $12.3 billion industry in Austin with salaries averaging $75,000 a year to design and build things like medical devices, sensors, automation, solar energy equipment, and robotics. "With a 2.1% unemployment rate in Austin, the...

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ACC and Austin Chamber release the 2019 Workforce Development Report

Posted on Thu, 08/15/2019 - 8:50am

Austin Community College (ACC), the Austin Chamber of Commerce, and Austin Mayor Steve Adler present the 2019 Workforce Development Report: Innovation, Collaboration & Transformation at the President’s Breakfast Wednesday, August 21. Date:...

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Month-in-Review: July 2019

Posted on Tue, 08/13/2019 - 1:05pm

RB visits Dell Children's Medical CenterR.B. the Riverbat and two ACC nursing students spent some quality time cheering up patients at Dell Children's Medical Center. Student Danielle Butler called it a great opportunity to be involved with the...

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Austin Community College board proposes fiscal year 2019-20 tax rate

Posted on Tue, 08/06/2019 - 10:38am

Community Impact: Austin Community College board proposes fiscal year 2019-20 tax rate By Emma Freer and Jack Flagler   | 8:17 pm Aug. 5, 2019 CDT    The Austin Community College board of trustees approved proposing a not-to-exceed property tax...

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Manufacturing jobs on the rise in Austin-area, college works to fill need for skilled workers

Posted on Fri, 08/02/2019 - 2:38pm

Manufacturing jobs on the rise in Austin-area, college works to fill need for skilled workers By: Candy Rodriguez AUSTIN (KXAN) — Manufacturing is a growing industry in Central Texas and the Austin Chamber of Commerce expects jobs to grow by 12% in...

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ACC President's Podcast: Skilling up the Manufacturing Workforce in ATX

Posted on Thu, 08/01/2019 - 2:41pm

There are thousands of high-paying jobs in the world of manufacturing. Employers are looking for well-trained employees to invent, design, build, and repair equipment and technologies that produce U.S. products in a global economy. ACC President/CEO...

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ACC hosts Skill-up: Manufacturing Open House this Saturday

Posted on Wed, 07/31/2019 - 1:34pm

Austin is a top 15 U.S. city for manufacturing jobs Austin Community College (ACC) and the Austin Regional Manufacturers Association (ARMA) host the Skill-up: Manufacturing open house to connect students and the community to training programs and...

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Austin Community College gets upgrade ahead of deal

Posted on Wed, 07/31/2019 - 10:51am

Bond Buyer: Austin Community College gets upgrade ahead of deal By: Richard Williamson   Austin Community College District's spendable cash and investments have nearly doubled since fiscal 2014, a factor in Moody’s Investors Service upgrade of the...

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Explore careers in the music industry at ACC Open House

Posted on Fri, 07/19/2019 - 2:51pm

Austin Community College (ACC) invites prospective students and their families to learn about career and training opportunities in Music Business, Performance, and Technology (MBPT) 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at Northridge Campus, Building...

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Vote Now! ACC’s Nursing Program named finalist for Best of the Best Awards

Posted on Wed, 07/17/2019 - 1:51pm

Austin Community College's Nursing Program is a finalist in the 2019 Austin American-Statesman Best of the Best Awards for nursing schools. Voting is now open and lasts through July 27. Follow these steps to vote for ACC's Nursing Program: Visit the...

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ACC invites community to a celebration of Apollo 11 mission with Moon Party

Posted on Tue, 07/16/2019 - 9:32am

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, Austin Community College (ACC) invites students, faculty, staff, and the community to a Moon Party 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, at ACC Round Rock Campus (4400 College Park Dr.). The...

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ACC and St. Edward’s University launch new partnership

Posted on Thu, 07/11/2019 - 2:05pm

Austin Community College (ACC) and St. Edward’s University launched a new partnership Wednesday, July 10, to streamline transfer opportunities for ACC students seeking a bachelor’s degree. “The opportunities we provide students through partnerships...

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State of Round Rock Campus discussed at Campus Conversation

Posted on Wed, 07/10/2019 - 10:21am

Austin Community College (ACC) President/CEO, Dr. Richard Rhodes, led a discussion on the state of Round Rock Campus and the district at the June 27 Campus Conversation. Students, staff, faculty, and community members congregated on the social...

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2018-2019 ACC Fact Book now available

Posted on Wed, 07/10/2019 - 8:26am

The 2018-2019 ACC Fact Book is now available online. You can find this and previous versions of this publication here. This annual publication contains collegewide data and statistics that includes, but is not limited to, credit degrees and...

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ACC holds tuition rates for 6th consecutive year in new 2019/20 budget

Posted on Tue, 07/09/2019 - 5:56pm

The Austin Community College District Board of Trustees approved a $406 million budget for 2019-20. The budget represents a 5.7 percent increase over the 2018-19 budget. New expenses include expanded operations at ACC Highland, which is set to open...

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Month-in-Review: June 2019

Posted on Tue, 07/09/2019 - 4:26pm

Campus Conversation at Round RockACC President/CEO Dr. Richard Rhodes and members of the Board of Trustees presented updates and answered questions about the state of the district at the June 27 Campus Conversation. The event took place at the...

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ACC seeks director for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Campus Center

Posted on Tue, 07/09/2019 - 1:06pm

In a move that cements the college’s commitment to equity and inclusion, Dr. Rhodes recently approved the creation of a full-time permanent director for the ACC’s Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Campus Center (TRHT). The director will be...

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Meet ACC’s new campus managers

Posted on Tue, 07/09/2019 - 12:08pm

This summer, ACC welcomed new campus managers at Riverside and Round Rock campuses. Tracie German was promoted to Round Rock campus manager on May 1. German has been with ACC for 15 years and has served the last 11 years in the Information...

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ACC students bringing new life into animated characters

Posted on Thu, 06/27/2019 - 3:30pm

Buzz Lightyear and Sheriff Woody made cinematic history in 1995 when Toy Story opened in movie theaters across the nation. It was the first fully computer-animated movie. While it captured the hearts of children and adults nationwide, it also...

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Apple, ACC partner to bring coding to more students

Posted on Mon, 06/24/2019 - 6:08pm

Austin American-Statesman: Apple, ACC partner to bring coding to more students Apple, ACC partner to bring coding to more students The Austin Community College District and Apple have partnered to create a new coding program that provides ongoing...

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ACC awarded prestigious national Seal of Excelencia

Posted on Thu, 06/20/2019 - 4:22pm

Austin Community College (ACC) was awarded the national Seal of Excelencia by Excelencia in Education during an awards reception Thursday, June 20, for its positive role in serving Latino students. “ACC is committed to the intentional and critical...

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ACC Fashion Incubator wins national innovation award

Posted on Thu, 06/13/2019 - 1:03pm

The ACC Fashion Incubator was named a 2019 Innovation of the Year by the League for Innovation in the Community College. The League's Innovation of the Year Award was devised as a way to recognize significant innovations at Board and Alliance...

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Rio Grande renovations continue at steady pace

Posted on Thu, 06/13/2019 - 12:48pm

Construction crews continue to make progress on the Rio Grande Campus renovations. In May, shoring — the process of temporarily supporting a building with props during alterations — was completed at the south mechanical room and the elevated slab...

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New laws, adult ed, and student services discussed at June 3 Board meeting

Posted on Thu, 06/13/2019 - 12:07pm

The Austin Community College District (ACC) Board of Trustees heard reports on the 86th Texas Legislative Session, adult education programs, and student wraparound services during its June 3 regular meeting. 86th Legislative SessionDr. Molly Beth...

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Month-in-Review: May 2019

Posted on Thu, 06/13/2019 - 11:45am

WGU Partnership LaunchACC students, faculty, and graduates will benefit from the college's partnership with Western Governors University (WGU) Texas. In addition to a seamless transfer pathway, students receive a 5 percent tuition discount at WGU...

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Earning As: June 2019

Posted on Thu, 06/13/2019 - 11:34am

This regular feature recognizes achievements, activities, and accolades of Austin Community College (ACC) faculty and staff. To submit news or suggestions, see the contact information below. Government Adjunct Assistant Professor Julia Decker's...

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New faculty website offers ACC students real-world experience

Posted on Thu, 06/13/2019 - 10:55am

After creating a new website to serve as a one-stop shop for Austin Community College (ACC) faculty, the college's Teaching and Learning Excellence Division (TLED) didn't have to look far to find a partner to conduct ongoing improvements. The team...

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