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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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MLK Closure Spotlight

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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Inside Highland Phase 2: Music and MBPT

Posted on Thu, 12/17/2020 - 2:37pm

ACC Highland Campus' newest phase is nearing completion, and many departments have started the move-in process. The credit classes expected to start in spring 2021 -- and are therefore among the first to make the move -- are Culinary, Architectural...

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ACC Board of Trustees December 7 Recap

Posted on Thu, 12/17/2020 - 1:48pm

The Austin Community College District (ACC) Board of Trustees held its December regular meeting on Monday, December 7, via teleconference due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Below are highlights from the meeting. ACC says goodbye to outgoing...

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ACC extends & expands tuition cuts for fast-track training programs

Posted on Wed, 12/16/2020 - 2:32pm

Austin Community College District (ACC) extends and expands deep discounts in fast-track training programs to help get more Central Texans into promising career fields — quickly. The 50-percent tuition discount is now available through August 2021...

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ACC Experts: Giving During the Holiday Season – Or Any Time

Posted on Tue, 12/15/2020 - 10:30am

By Barry Silverberg, Director, Center for Nonprofit Studies at Austin Community College www.nonprofitaustin.org bsilverb@austincc.edu Giving is a very personal thing Whether intentionally or not, giving is based upon our values, what we believe, and...

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ACC Experts: Five things to know about food safety

Posted on Tue, 12/08/2020 - 9:55am

  Written by: Jessica Carrales, ACC Culinary Arts Assistant and Student December is Worldwide Food Service Safety Month which puts a focus on keeping food safe. As you prepare any holiday feast or treat, here are the top five things to keep in mind...

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Up Overnight: How ACC’s monolith went from idea to reality in 48 hours

Posted on Fri, 12/04/2020 - 12:07pm

Central Texas is in the spotlight for having its own monolith pop up overnight, but this one is no mystery. Faculty, students, and former students from ACC’s Welding Department custom-built an eight-foot-tall silvery column, and installed it at the...

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ACC awarded two national grants to target equity gaps in higher education

Posted on Thu, 12/03/2020 - 12:42pm

Austin Community College District (ACC) was awarded two national Department of Education (ED) grants to support the college's work toward closing equity gaps and increasing student success.  "The best way we can support our community is by making...

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Construction updates at Highland and Rio Grande: November 2020

Posted on Thu, 12/03/2020 - 9:09am

Rio Grande Campus RenovationsBy Paul Mason, Rio Grande Renovations Project Manager Over the last month, we've made a good bit of progress toward completing this project. We are only two months from substantial completion! Inside the building, on...

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Riverbats Giving Back: ACC Foundation raises more than $8,000 for student scholarships on #GivingTuesday

Posted on Wed, 12/02/2020 - 4:24pm

In just 24 hours, the Central Texas community donated more than $8,100 to ACC student scholarships and emergency aid. Tuesday, December 1, 2020, marked the annual #GivingTuesday campaign, an international day of charitable giving. For the fifth year...

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ACC celebrates 3,400+ graduates for 2020 fall commencement

Posted on Wed, 12/02/2020 - 12:00pm

Austin Community College District (ACC) celebrates a record number of graduates at its 2020 fall commencement. The virtual ceremony will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Saturday, December 12. More than 3,400 students are invited to participate. That’s up...

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Celebrating Ten Years of Riverbats

Celebrating 10 years of Riverbat pride

Posted on Tue, 11/24/2020 - 12:04pm

Austin Community College District (ACC) and Central Texas went purple November 16-20 to celebrate Riverbat Week 2020. Throughout the week, the cities of Austin, Kyle, Leander, and Round Rock issued proclamations declaring it Riverbats Day in their...

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ACC's online programs ranked among top in the state and nation

Posted on Tue, 11/24/2020 - 11:10am

Austin Community College District (ACC) ranks top in the state and nation in online learning according to two recent reports. The recognition comes at a time where the college has grown its online and distance education programs in response to the...

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Regional Advisory Committees present annual report to ACC Board of Trustees

Posted on Mon, 11/23/2020 - 11:19am

Austin Community College District’s (ACC) Regional Advisory Committees (RACs) presented annual reports to the ACC Board of Trustees during the November 16 work session.  The three 11-member committees, which formed in 2018, represent ACC’s north,...

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ACC Experts weigh in on tips to prepare for a remote career

Posted on Wed, 11/18/2020 - 4:38pm

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic changed the way we learn and work. Now, Austin Community College District's (ACC) Career Services team is sharing ways to prepare students for the new job market. Written by: ACC Career Services team Impacts on...

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ACC Nursing named Best of the Best for 3rd straight year

Posted on Thu, 11/12/2020 - 11:20am

For a third straight year, community voters selected Austin Community College District’s (ACC) Nursing Program as the best program in Central Texas in the 2020 Best of the Best awards, hosted by the Austin American-Statesman.   “We are so proud of...

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ACC's Public Safety Training Center wins prestigious Innovation Award

Posted on Wed, 10/28/2020 - 3:55pm

For the third straight year, Austin Community College District (ACC) is named a top innovator by the League for Innovation in the Community College. ACC was recognized with the 2020 Innovation of the Year award for its Public Safety Training Center...

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Cooking up significant changes at ACC Highland Phase 2

Posted on Thu, 10/22/2020 - 1:58pm

After being at Eastview Campus for more than two decades, Austin Community College’s (ACC) Culinary Arts program is preparing to move. “I'm a little nervous. It's going to be a lot of moving. We're moving all the stuff, but I'm just so excited about...

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Austin Community College District Board of Trustees recognized with Phi Theta Kappa Leadership Award

Posted on Thu, 10/22/2020 - 11:07am

The Austin Community College District (ACC) Board of Trustees was recognized with the prestigious 2020 Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Board of Trustees Excellence Award. The distinction celebrates community college Boards of Trustees for their leadership and...

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Construction updates at Highland and Rio Grande: October 2020

Posted on Thu, 10/22/2020 - 11:00am

Rio Grande Campus RenovationsBy Paul Mason, Rio Grande Renovations Project Manager The project is entering the home stretch! We are about three months out from substantial completion. The interiors are really starting to come together. Final...

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Earning As: October 2020

Posted on Thu, 10/22/2020 - 10:51am

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. The Austin Community College District's Board of...

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ACC Experts Paying for College

Top 5 ways to help pay for college

Posted on Wed, 10/21/2020 - 3:11pm

Austin Community College District (ACC) is here to help you reach your college and career goals. Paying for classes should never get in the way. We offer the best tuition rates around and can connect you with dozens of ways to save. We believe...

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ACC Experts: Staying safe in an online world

Posted on Mon, 10/19/2020 - 11:09am

Written by Emilie Kuntz, ACC Senior IT Security Analyst  “If you connect it, protect it.”  October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and we want to keep you informed on what that means to Austin Community College District (ACC). Here are...

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ACC Experts: Nine things to know about Breast Cancer

Posted on Thu, 10/15/2020 - 11:18am

  Written by: Tama Barrows RT.R.M.CT and Pamela Ivey RT.R.M, ACC Radiology graduates   October is breast cancer awareness month, and it’s when we like to remind everyone of the importance of women’s breast health. Here are the top nine things you...

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ACC Board of Trustees October 5 Recap

Posted on Thu, 10/08/2020 - 2:20pm

The Austin Community College District (ACC) Board of Trustees held its October regular meeting on Monday, October 5, via teleconference due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Below are highlights from the meeting. ACC Equity CouncilACC is...

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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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Dr. Gary Moreno, El Centro Latino/Latin American Studies Center director

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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HLC2 Connection to HLC4000 Lower Level

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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