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Austin Community College selected for new, national credentialing initiative

Posted on Wed, 09/30/2020 - 12:40pm

Austin Community College District (ACC) partners with Education Design Lab to up- and re-skill displaced workers as Certified Production Technicians (CPT) and Certified Medical Assistants (CMA) to support Central Texas' fast-growing healthcare...

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ACC names new Latino/Latin American Studies Center director

Posted on Thu, 09/24/2020 - 11:50am

The Austin Community College District (ACC) names Dr. Gary Moreno as the new director of El Centro, the college's Latino/Latin American Studies Center. Moreno will continue El Centro's mission to build connections between the college and the broader...

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Construction updates at Highland and Rio Grande: September 2020

Posted on Thu, 09/24/2020 - 11:41am

Highland Campus 2014 Bond Phase 2By Pamela Collier, ACC Highland Phase 2 Project ManagerThe Black Box Theatre wood floor is being installed. The wood stage flooring in the Music Performance Hall will be installed soon. The fixed seating in the...

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ACC Board of Trustees September 14 Recap

Posted on Wed, 09/23/2020 - 3:11pm

The Austin Community College District (ACC) Board of Trustees held its September regular meeting on Monday, September 14, in a hybrid format due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Below are highlights from the meeting. Two percent cost-of-...

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Army Futures Command selects Austin Community College District as home for new AFC Software Factory

Posted on Wed, 09/16/2020 - 5:20pm

ACC to launch national flagship training program in software development, leadership & problem solving The Army Futures Command (AFC) names Austin Community College District (ACC) as the home for its new Software Factory. The Software Factory at...

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Highland Campus Fontaine Plaza opens with lighting celebration

Posted on Mon, 09/14/2020 - 2:26pm

Austin Community College District's (ACC) Highland Campus has reached another important milestone with the opening of the Jacob Fontaine Plaza Park. The plaza, named after local civil rights leader and church founder Reverend Jacob Fontaine,...

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Third annual ACC International Festival celebrates different cultures

Posted on Thu, 09/10/2020 - 11:25am

Immerse yourself in culture, art, religion, and language from across the globe at Austin Community College District’s (ACC) third annual International Festival. ACC invites students, faculty, and their families to join us for a day of virtual...

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ACC closed Monday, 9/7, in observance of Labor Day. Registration for classes remains open.

Posted on Thu, 09/03/2020 - 3:09pm

Austin Community College District (ACC) will close in observance of Labor Day Monday, September 7. The college will reopen at 8 a.m., Tuesday, September 8.  Registration remains open for 14-, 12-, and 8-week sessions. The 14-week option is new this...

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ACC cuts tuition by 50 percent for fast track CE training programs

Posted on Wed, 09/02/2020 - 1:06pm

To support getting Central Texans back to work, Austin Community College District (ACC) launches deep discounts for 12 fast-track programs in the highest-demand sectors in the region, including health care, IT, and skilled trades.  Offered through...

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ACC becomes first community college in Texas to use 100% renewable energy

Posted on Tue, 09/01/2020 - 2:47pm

Austin Community College District (ACC) is among the top colleges and universities in Texas to promote sustainable, green energy. Two ACC campuses — the ACC Round Rock and Elgin campuses now use 100 percent clean, renewable electricity making ACC...

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Construction updates at Highland and Rio Grande: July/August 2020

Posted on Thu, 08/27/2020 - 9:24am

RIO GRANDE CAMPUS RENOVATIONSBy Paul Mason, Rio Grande Renovations Project Manager Tremendous progress has been made over the past month. The two elevators are being installed. Decorative hand railing systems are being installed in the interior...

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ACC and FAA launch new drone training program

Posted on Wed, 08/26/2020 - 2:10pm

Austin Community College District (ACC) partners with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for a new, innovative training program that prepares students for careers in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or drones. “Drones are the future. We use...

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Google launches its first federally-registered apprenticeship program at ACC

Posted on Mon, 08/17/2020 - 9:14am

Austin Community College District (ACC) Google, and Pathstream announce a new partnership to launch Google’s first Department of Labor-registered apprenticeship program. The program offers apprentices a unique opportunity to receive training and...

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ACC Board of Trustees August 3 Meeting Recap

Posted on Thu, 08/13/2020 - 2:59pm

The Austin Community College District (ACC) Board of Trustees held its August regular meeting on Monday, August 3, via teleconference due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Trustees approved calling a general election on November 3 to fill...

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ACC Board of Trustees votes to rename president/CEO position to chancellor

Posted on Fri, 08/07/2020 - 12:38pm

The Austin Community College District Board of Trustees officially changed the title of ACC’s president/CEO to ACC chancellor. The unanimous vote took place during the board’s regular August meeting on Monday, August 3, and is effective immediately...

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Strong bond rating shows ACC’s continued fiscal strength

Posted on Fri, 07/31/2020 - 9:52am

The Austin Community College District (ACC) continues to show fiscal strength according to the latest bond ratings released by Moody’s Investors Service in July 2020.   “ACC is committed to maintaining a healthy outlook for our students and...

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Construction updates at Highland and Rio Grande: May/June 2020

Posted on Thu, 07/30/2020 - 11:49am

The Highland Campus South Parking Garage hit another milestone this summer. Construction crews added the college's name to the external-facing wall, which is visible from Interstate 35, Highway 290, and areas to the east and southeast of the campus...

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ACC goes virtual with 1-on-1 sessions to answer questions about college & prepare students for online/hybrid learning

Posted on Wed, 07/29/2020 - 10:51am

Austin Community College District’s (ACC) College Destination Center is now virtual and offering 1-on-1 support sessions in the final weeks of summer to answer questions about college and help students apply for financial aid, take ACC’s interactive...

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Samsung Apprenticeship helps ACC Manufacturing student earn and learn

Posted on Tue, 07/28/2020 - 11:41am

The world of manufacturing is changing from assembly lines to automation and robotics. “I'm the one who fixes the machines. It’s really cool and scary in a way. These machines are worth millions of dollars. It’s like walking into the Borg Cube on...

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The Write Stuff: Published faculty help ACC student become author

Posted on Wed, 07/22/2020 - 2:19pm

“I would not have considered myself a writer. I had written things for my kids, but it felt like a hobby, not a career I could pursue.” Jenny Elder-Moke is now living her passion. Her first book, ‘Hood,’ was published by Disney-Hyperion in June. It...

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ACC Board of Trustees July 6 Recap

Posted on Fri, 07/17/2020 - 4:06pm

The Austin Community College District (ACC) Board of Trustees held its July regular meeting on Monday, July 6, via teleconference due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Trustees approved the FY2021 budget, heard presentations on the CARES Act...

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Taking online classes just got easier. ACC expands drive-up WiFi to all campuses

Posted on Fri, 07/17/2020 - 3:35pm

Despite the first return to campus, most courses and work remain online and in virtual environments. To better support students and employees, the college has expanded its free WiFi to all campuses in designated parking lots. As of July 14, a total...

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George Wilkerson: Honoring the legacy of ACC’s first dean of instruction

Posted on Fri, 07/17/2020 - 2:25pm

Dr. George Wilkerson may be best known in Austin as a comedy sketch writer and cast member for Esther's Follies, but as the founding dean of instruction at Austin Community College, creator of the first online Composition course in Texas, and an...

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FY2021 budget approved without cuts, defers compensation decisions

Posted on Fri, 07/17/2020 - 2:10pm

The Austin Community College District (ACC) Board of Trustees voted to approve the budget for FY2021. The $416 million budget maintains existing operations and currently approved initiatives without making any cuts. "Our approach at this point is...

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New ACC Highland signage now up on south parking garage

Posted on Fri, 07/17/2020 - 9:15am

Construction on Austin Community College District's (ACC) Highland Campus reached another milestone this week. On Wednesday, July 15, ACC’s Facilities and Construction team and project crews added the college's name to the external-facing wall of...

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Two Tales of Transferring: Finding Your Path in Life

Posted on Thu, 07/16/2020 - 3:20pm

Arturo Garcia For some students it can take some bouncing around before finding their path in life. That was the story for Arturo Garcia. He graduated from Reagan High School in 2010 and set his sights straight on enrolling at a local university.  “...

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ACC distributed $3.9 million to help students pay for college & expenses amid COVID-19

Posted on Thu, 07/09/2020 - 11:24am

Austin Community College District (ACC) continues to distribute funds for students impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). In spring and summer semesters, more than 3,600 students received federal aid dollars through the ACC CARES Act...

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Every count matters: ACC Experts weigh-in on 2020 Census

Posted on Tue, 07/07/2020 - 12:07pm

Invitations for the 2020 Census are with households nationwide. The Census helps determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities over the next ten years. ACC Elections and Government Relations Manager Alicia...

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ACC closed Friday, July 3, in observance of Independence Day

Posted on Thu, 07/02/2020 - 10:32am

Austin Community College District (ACC) will close in observance of Independence Day, Friday, July 3. Most staff, faculty, and students will resume remote operations at 8 a.m. Monday, July 6.   Beginning Monday, July 6, a small amount of technical...

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ACC remembers Juneteenth with talks on equity & inclusion

Posted on Tue, 06/30/2020 - 4:44pm

Austin Community College District (ACC) is looking deeper at what we can do to affect meaningful change in our community to address racial injustice and inequalities. On Friday, June 19, the college hosted a roundtable with students, employees, and...

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ACC wins Excellence in Institutional Efficiency award

Posted on Tue, 06/30/2020 - 2:44pm

Austin Community College (ACC) is the first community college to receive Salesforce's Excellence in Institutional Efficiency award. The award — which recognizes higher education institutions using Salesforce Education Cloud to increase operational...

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Construction updates at Highland and Rio Grande: March/April 2020

Posted on Thu, 06/25/2020 - 10:29am

Despite a brief shutdown and some challenges with delayed deliveries due to the COVID-19 pandemic, construction marches forward on the Rio Grande and Highland campus projects, which both reached significant milestones in the past month. Rio Grande...

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Regional Advisory Committees hear academic and campus master plans updates

Posted on Thu, 06/25/2020 - 10:21am

Austin Community College District's (ACC) three Regional Advisory Committees representing the district's north, south, and central service areas met virtually in June to hear updates on the college's academic and campus master plans. Academic Master...

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Support foster youth in Central Texas: Donate now to ACC’s 11th annual luggage drive

Posted on Fri, 06/19/2020 - 2:51pm

Donations are now being accepted for Austin Community College District’s (ACC) annual luggage drive. The program supports youth who are preparing to transition out of foster care.  “Each year thousands of youth age out of the foster care system in...

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President's Podcast: Engineering Brighter Futures

Posted on Tue, 06/16/2020 - 2:32pm

The Texas Workforce Commission projects a 25 percent growth in engineering jobs statewide in the next decade. In response to this anticipated growth, ACC and Texas A&M created the Texas A&M-Chevron Engineering Academy at ACC. Supported by...

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ACC names new Chief Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Officer

Posted on Wed, 06/10/2020 - 4:54pm

The Austin Community College District (ACC) names Larry M. Davis as the college's new Chief Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Officer (CEDIO). The CEDIO will continue the college's work to address equity gaps at ACC. "ACC spent the past seven years...

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Save big on college at ACC with generous financial support programs

Posted on Wed, 05/27/2020 - 4:06pm

Austin Community College (ACC) works to connect students with financial support to help them stay on track toward their college and career goals. Extra support, in addition to continued resources, is available during the Coronavirus (COVID-19)...

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ACC closed Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day

Posted on Fri, 05/22/2020 - 3:18pm

Austin Community College (ACC) will close in observance of Memorial Day Monday, May 25. Staff will resume remote operations 8 a.m. Tuesday, May 26. Registration for summer courses remains open through the weekend. The college’s pass/no pass grading...

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Tuition won’t increase for 7th consecutive year at Austin Community College

Posted on Tue, 05/19/2020 - 12:31pm

Austin Community College continues to be the most affordable college option in Central Texas. For the seventh consecutive year, the college recommended that the Board of Trustees hold tuition and fees steady. Trustees approved the proposed rates for...

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Need a break? Check out ACC’s list to watch, listen, or read

Posted on Tue, 05/19/2020 - 12:01pm

A blanket, couch, and Netflix used to sound like a perfect way to unwind after a long week. Now it has turned into a daily routine as Central Texans stay at home to flatten the curve and prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). If you have...

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2020 Sustainability Report shows college’s progress toward zero-waste goal

Posted on Mon, 05/18/2020 - 1:21pm

Austin Community College (ACC) continues its work toward its goal of becoming Zero Waste by 2040 and achieving climate neutrality by 2050. In May, the college presented its 2020 Annual Sustainability Report to the Board of Trustees. The report...

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ACC & Round Rock ISD celebrate first cohort of ECHS graduates

Posted on Mon, 05/18/2020 - 12:39pm

Austin Community College (ACC) and Round Rock Independent School District (RRISD) celebrate the first cohort of Early College High School (ECHS) graduates Monday, May 18. More than 100 RRISD students are expected to graduate from ACC’s ECHS program...

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ACC celebrates a record number of 2020 graduates

Posted on Wed, 05/13/2020 - 10:16am

Austin Community College (ACC) will recognize more than 2,900 students who are expected to graduate this semester. In addition, more than 3,200 students were invited to fall commencement in December, marking the college’s largest group of candidates...

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ACC’s Student Emergency Fund helps Entrepreneurship student stay focused on education

Posted on Tue, 05/12/2020 - 2:48pm

“Right now, it is just so important to have extra support. I lost hours at work. I was worried about just paying my bills.”  Austin Community College student, Stevani Flahaut, took a hit when the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak hit Central Texas.  “...

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More than 13,700 students enroll for ACC summer classes in first 24 hours

Posted on Wed, 05/06/2020 - 12:51pm

Registration for summer classes is underway at Austin Community College (ACC) for current and new students. Enrollment opened Monday, May 4. Within the first 24 hours more than 13,700 students had enrolled.  To compare, the total enrollment for...

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ACC Fashion Design, CAD, and Art faculty and staff pull resources to create protective equipment for employees and community

Posted on Thu, 04/30/2020 - 11:50am

Austin Community College (ACC) faculty and staff are creating essential personal protective equipment to help keep employees and the community safe and prepared during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  Facial Coverings using Fashion Lab The...

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ACC students can now apply for federal CARES financial aid

Posted on Wed, 04/29/2020 - 5:19pm

Austin Community College (ACC) received the first portion of federal financial support to help students impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Applications for the ACC CARES Act Student Aid opened Wednesday, April 29. Current and newly enrolled...

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ACC Center for Peace and Conflict Studies hosts webinar on ‘Peace in Relationships’

Posted on Wed, 04/22/2020 - 4:35pm

Austin Community College’s (ACC) Peace and Conflict Studies program goes virtual Friday, April 24, from noon to 1:15 p.m for a webinar on “Peace in Relationships: Leveraging Conflict for a Happier Life During and After the Pandemic.”  The event...

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Keep a Dream Going: Student Emergency Fund applications increase

Student Emergency Fund requests increase tenfold due to COVID-19

Posted on Thu, 04/16/2020 - 10:45am

Austin Community College (ACC) is just shy of its goal to raise $300,000 for the Student Emergency Fund to help more students in crisis. Many ACC students struggled to meet their basic needs in the past year, and the COVID-19 outbreak has only...

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ACC extends online classes through summer semester

Posted on Wed, 04/08/2020 - 12:22pm

Austin Community College (ACC) will move all summer classes online for the summer 2020 semester to help contain the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the health and safety of students and employees.  “We are in uncharted territories that require...

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