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Rio Grande Campus construction update: April 2021

Posted on Thu, 04/22/2021 - 2:29pm

Rio Grande Campus RenovationsBy Paul Mason, Rio Grande Renovations Project Manager The original project is now substantially complete as of March 1, 2021. We have performed several architectural interior and exterior punch list inspections to assess...

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Weigh in on the future of Austin’s Fashion Industry

Posted on Tue, 04/20/2021 - 2:15pm

Austin Community College District’s (ACC) Fashion Incubator and the City of Austin Economic Development Department invite residents to weigh in on future investments in Austin’s local fashion industry. Austinites may complete the Austin Fashion...

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ACC Board Meeting April 5 Meeting Recap

Posted on Thu, 04/08/2021 - 3:07pm

The Austin Community College District (ACC) Board of Trustees held its April regular meeting on Monday, April 5, via teleconference due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Below are highlights from the meeting. Army Futures Command Software...

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ACC extends deadline for priority scholarship consideration

Posted on Tue, 03/30/2021 - 2:10pm

Students now have more time to apply for scholarships at Austin Community College District (ACC). The college announced a one-month extension to give new and current students more time to apply for a scholarship this fall. While students can apply...

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It's QEP Time: Submit Your Ideas to Improve Student Success

Posted on Thu, 03/25/2021 - 12:54pm

Austin Community College District (ACC) is asking faculty, staff, students, and the community to submit ideas for projects that could help improve the student experience as part of the college's Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) process. The QEP is a...

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A Campus Conversation: Transitioning to a 'new normal'

Posted on Thu, 03/11/2021 - 1:01pm

As ACC continues to monitor the changing dynamics of the COVID-19 pandemic, the leadership team gathered for a live Campus Conversation with the Chancellor to provide an update on how the college is adapting. "I've been in higher education...

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Rio Grande Campus construction update: March 2021

Posted on Thu, 03/11/2021 - 12:59pm

Rio Grande Campus RenovationsBy Paul Mason, Rio Grande Renovations Project Manager Austin Community College District's (ACC) Rio Grande Campus received a temporary certificate of occupancy for the building on February 11. We moved furniture and...

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ACC students, faculty & staff support COVID-19 vaccinations at COTA

Posted on Thu, 03/11/2021 - 12:34pm

Austin Community College District (ACC) supported the community-wide COVID-19 vaccination event at Circuit of the Americas March 5 - 7. ACC Nursing students and faculty were selected to help administer vaccines. Additional college faculty and staff...

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Month-in-Review: February 2021

Posted on Thu, 03/11/2021 - 12:26pm

Black History Month: The Future of Black AmericaThis year's Black History Month events were planned by a committee made up of employees representing different departments at ACC. The college's first event, Kickback Black, was a fun and educational...

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ACC campuses reopening following Winter Storm Uri

Posted on Thu, 03/11/2021 - 11:50am

2021 Winter Storm Uri hit our community hard, causing damage across Central Texas, leaving many without power and water, and the aftermath resulted in broken pipes and water leaks. While Austin Community College District (ACC) fared well overall,...

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ACC named 2021 Best Place for Working Parents in Austin

Posted on Wed, 03/10/2021 - 2:48pm

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-...

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ACC Experts: Saving your plants after Winter Storm Uri

Posted on Wed, 03/10/2021 - 2:42pm

Winter Storm Uri did a number on outdoor plants. But all hope is not lost in saving them before spring. ACC’s Sustainable Agriculture Department shares expert tips to keep your garden growing.  By: Savannah Rugg, Agriculture Department Chair...

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ACC Board of Trustees March 1 Recap

Posted on Thu, 03/04/2021 - 12:36pm

The Austin Community College District (ACC) Board of Trustees virtually met for its regular meeting on Monday, March 1. An update was provided on equity hiring, student support, and an overview of the budget study. Below are highlights from the...

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ACC talks Black History Month: Yvette Crawford-Lee

Posted on Fri, 02/26/2021 - 11:26am

Throughout Black History Month, Austin Community College District (ACC) asks influential and accomplished faculty, staff, and students to discuss what Black History Month means to them. Phillicia (Yvette) Crawford-Lee works at the ACC Bioscience...

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ACC talks Black History Month: Chef Bryant Currie

Posted on Fri, 02/26/2021 - 11:12am

Throughout Black History Month, Austin Community College District (ACC) asks influential and accomplished faculty, staff, and students to discuss what Black History Month means to them. Chef Bryant Currie is an associate professor in ACC's Culinary...

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ACC talks Black History Month: Michelle Washington

Posted on Thu, 02/25/2021 - 2:13pm

Throughout Black History Month, Austin Community College District (ACC) asks influential and accomplished faculty, staff, and students to discuss what Black History Month means to them. Michelle Washington is an instructional coordinator at the ACC...

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ACC talks Black History Month: Dr. Shasta Buchanan

Posted on Wed, 02/24/2021 - 5:12pm

Throughout Black History Month, Austin Community College District (ACC) asks influential and accomplished faculty, staff, and students to discuss what Black History Month means to them. Dr. Shasta Buchanan has spent the last five years of her 20-...

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ACC Board of Trustees February 1 Recap

Posted on Thu, 02/11/2021 - 1:17pm

The Austin Community College District (ACC) Board of Trustees held its regular February meeting on Monday, February 1, in a virtual format due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Below are highlights from the meeting. Federal Legislative...

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Construction updates at Highland and Rio Grande: January/February 2021

Posted on Thu, 02/11/2021 - 12:54pm

Rio Grande Campus RenovationsBy Paul Mason, Rio Grande Renovations Project Manager RGC 1000 is quickly nearing completion. However, the college experienced a minor delay of a couple of weeks due to the impacts of a COVID-related shutdown that...

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ACC Fast Track program starts on the right track

Posted on Thu, 02/11/2021 - 12:42pm

Austin Community College District's (ACC) Fast Track Career Program, aimed at getting Central Texans back to work, continues to grow. More and more students are seeing the need to earn a short-term credential that leads to an in-demand career in one...

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ACC Civics Lab aims to promote civic literacy and experience

Posted on Thu, 02/11/2021 - 12:01pm

Austin Community College District (ACC) aims to promote civic literacy and experience among the ACC student body through its new Civics Lab, which launched this fall. The ultimate goal of the Civics Lab is to introduce ACC students to a variety of...

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ACC talks Black History Month: Jason Brown

Posted on Wed, 02/10/2021 - 2:38pm

Throughout Black History Month, Austin Community College District (ACC) asks influential and accomplished faculty, staff, and students to discuss what Black History Month means to them. Jason Brown has worked at ACC for nine years. He was recently...

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ACC joins new, national campaign to increase transfer rates for underserved populations

Posted on Mon, 02/08/2021 - 11:51am

Austin Community College District (ACC) joins the Equity Transfer Initiative (ETI) to help develop programs and pathways to increase transfer rates for African-American, Hispanic, adult, and first-generation learners.  National data show 80 percent...

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ACC selected for prestigious Racial Equity Leadership Academy

Posted on Wed, 02/03/2021 - 4:08pm

Austin Community College District (ACC) was selected to participate in a new, innovative academy designed to tackle racial equity issues in higher education.  Developed by Achieving the Dream and the University of Southern California Race and Equity...

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ACC’s Adult Education division recognized with several state awards

Posted on Wed, 02/03/2021 - 1:23pm

Austin Community College District's (ACC) Adult Education (AE) division received several statewide awards that recognize the division's performance, executive director, and students. Texas Workforce Commission Best in Class AwardThe Texas Workforce...

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ACC Board of Trustees approves 2021 federal legislative priorities

Posted on Wed, 02/03/2021 - 8:52am

The Austin Community College District (ACC) Board of Trustees approved the 2021 federal legislative priorities during its regular board meeting Monday, February 1. All policy initiatives are in line with ACC's mission to promote student success and...

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Black History Month 2021: The Future of Black America

ACC celebrates Black History Month 2021 with series of events

Posted on Tue, 02/02/2021 - 2:50pm

February is Black History Month, an annual celebration of the accomplishments and contributions of Black Americans to culture and society. Austin Community College District (ACC) commemorates the month with a series of virtual events and profiles....

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Earning As: December 2020/January 2021

Posted on Thu, 01/28/2021 - 1:26pm

This regular feature recognizes achievements, activities, and accolades of Austin Community College District (ACC) faculty and staff. To submit news or suggestions, see the contact information below. Austin Community College District (ACC) and ACC...

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ACC and Stephen F. Austin State University form new partnership

Posted on Wed, 01/27/2021 - 2:45pm

Austin Community College District (ACC) launched a partnership with Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) in Nacogdoches, Texas. The new partnership will provide students with a seamless transition to SFA upon fulfilling their associate degree at...

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ACC recognized as a top 2021 Engineering Degree Program

Posted on Tue, 01/26/2021 - 5:21pm

Austin Community College District (ACC) has been recognized as one of the Best Engineering Degree Programs by Intelligent.com, a higher education resource guide. ACC, the only community college on the list, ranked number 24 in the list of the Top 50...

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ACC employees receive prestigious Boy Scouts of America award

Posted on Mon, 01/25/2021 - 5:16pm

Two Austin Community College District (ACC) employees have been honored with the 2021 William H. Spurgeon III Award from the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Capitol Area Council, the highest recognition for individuals and organizations contributing...

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ACC Honors Program launches new partnership with UT-Austin

Posted on Thu, 01/21/2021 - 9:18am

The Austin Community College District (ACC) Honors Program announces a new partnership with the University of Texas-Austin. UT's College of Education has designed two academic and experiential learning opportunities for up to 40 ACC Honors students...

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ACC Highland Campus Phase 2 opens for spring 2021 semester

Posted on Wed, 01/20/2021 - 4:27pm

Tuesday, January 19, marked the start of Austin Community College District's (ACC) spring 2021 semester and the soft opening of the newly completed Highland Campus, Building 2000. The first programs to begin teaching at the state-of-the-art campus...

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ACC recognized as a Top Hispanic-Serving Online College in Texas

Posted on Tue, 01/19/2021 - 3:41pm

Austin Community College District (ACC) is ranked as a Top Hispanic-Serving Online college or university in Texas by Texas Online Colleges. "Texas has 84 schools classified as Hispanic-serving institutions with student bodies greater than 25 percent...

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ACC hosts Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation week

Posted on Fri, 01/15/2021 - 11:38am

Austin Community College District (ACC) invites faculty, staff, students, and the community to a weeklong series of events for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (THRT) week, Monday, January 18, through Friday, January 22. The 2021 theme is...

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ACC closes in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Posted on Fri, 01/15/2021 - 9:19am

The Austin Community College District (ACC) is closed Monday, January 18, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The college’s Truth, Racial Healing, & Transformation (THRT) Campus Center will host several virtual events in honor of his...

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ACC's 2021 Initiatives: Enterprise Resource Planning

Posted on Thu, 01/14/2021 - 12:30pm

Austin Community College District (ACC) Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) aims to transform its technology for greater efficiency and functionality by replacing Colleague, a 20-year-old legacy system, with Workday. Workday is a human capital...

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QEP: Quality Enhancement Plan

ACC's 2021 Initiatives: Quality Enhancement Plan

Posted on Thu, 01/14/2021 - 12:28pm

UPDATED 3.12.2021 | The ACC QEP website is now live. Click here to learn more.  The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is a five-year plan that will "improve/enhance student learning and/or student success." It must demonstrate that ACC is committed to...

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ACC's 2021 Initiatives: Districtwide Campus Master Plan

Posted on Thu, 01/14/2021 - 12:17pm

Austin Community College District (ACC) has continued to have incredible growth in both our campus locations and facilities across the district. The Districtwide Campus Master Plan serves as the roadmap for the growth of our campuses and facilities...

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ACC's 2021 Initiatives: Academic Master Plan

Posted on Thu, 01/14/2021 - 12:12pm

The Austin Community College District 2020-25 Academic Master Plan (AMP) will guide ACC's collective academic vision, administrative supports, and strategic plans for the future. The goal is to produce a concise plan that contains "big ideas" and...

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ACC Board of Trustees approves 2021 state legislative priorities

Posted on Tue, 01/12/2021 - 12:04pm

The Austin Community College District (ACC) Board of Trustees approved the 2021 state legislative priorities during its regular board meeting Monday, January 11. All policy initiatives are in line with ACC’s mission to promote student success and...

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ACC’s inaugural Equity Council selected

Posted on Mon, 01/11/2021 - 5:10pm

Austin Community College District's (ACC) inaugural Equity Council has been selected and will have its first meeting in January 2021. The Equity Council is charged with helping the college reach its equity goals and serves as an advisory group to...

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ACC Board of Trustees welcomes in new trustee

Posted on Mon, 01/11/2021 - 11:34am

The Austin Community College District (ACC) hosts its first regular board meeting of 2021 3 p.m., Monday, January 11. The meeting is the Board’s first full meeting with newly elected Trustee Dana Walker as well as newly elected board officers.  In...

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ACC and Texas A&M University-Central Texas expand partnership

Posted on Mon, 01/11/2021 - 11:08am

Austin Community College District (ACC) and Texas A&M University-Central Texas (A&M-Central Texas) are expanding their partnership. Together, the institutions are building new, seamless undergraduate and graduate transfer pathways for ACC...

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ACC and Chancellor Rhodes recognized with Friend of Manufacturing Award

Posted on Thu, 01/07/2021 - 1:18pm

Austin Community College District (ACC) and ACC chancellor, Dr. Richard Rhodes, were awarded the 2020 Austin Regional Manufacturers Association (ARMA) Friend of Manufacturing Award. ARMA recognized the college for its work to create the new Advanced...

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Nominate an essential female worker to be recognized in a public art project

Posted on Tue, 01/05/2021 - 4:37pm

An Austin Community College District (ACC) photography professor is looking for essential female workers for a new public art project that will be featured on buildings throughout Austin. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit Central Texas, Sarah Wilson,...

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Prepare for the spring semester with ACC’s watch, read, and explore list

Posted on Tue, 01/05/2021 - 10:20am

Austin Community College District (ACC) spring semester is right around the corner and registration remains open. Classes begin Tuesday, January 19. As you enjoy the final weeks of the intersession, check out the latest content created by ACC to...

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Getting ahead: ACC experts explore four options to jumpstart college in high school

Posted on Mon, 12/21/2020 - 1:52pm

Austin Community College District (ACC) provides all high school students in the service area an opportunity to earn college credit while still attending high school at little to no cost. Our experts explore several options for students to take...

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ACC closes for winter break December 22 - January 4

Posted on Mon, 12/21/2020 - 10:08am

The Austin Community College District (ACC) will close for winter break beginning 5 p.m. Tuesday, December 22, until 8 a.m. Monday, January 4.  Spring registration will remain open through the break, and full virtual support services will resume...

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2020 Year in Review

Posted on Thu, 12/17/2020 - 3:51pm

2020 has been a year like no other. As we mark the end of the year, we look back at the lessons learned and achievements and accomplishments that occurred collegewide to promote equity and inclusion and keep our students on track. JANUARYThe new...

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