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ACC Board of Trustees approve Regional Advisory Committee members

Posted on Tue, 01/21/2020 - 2:22pm

The Austin Community College Board of Trustees approved recommendations for the Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) during is regular January board meeting. The three 11-member committees, representing ACC’s north, central, and south regions, are...

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2019 Year in Review

Posted on Thu, 01/16/2020 - 10:50am

Austin Community College accomplished a lot in 2019. The college celebrated its highest number of spring and fall graduates, which included the first graduating class of RN-to-BSN students; opened the new ACC Fashion Incubator at ACC Highland;...

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Construction updates at Highland and Rio Grande: January 2020

Posted on Wed, 01/15/2020 - 12:04pm

RIO GRANDE CAMPUS RENOVATIONSBy Paul Mason, Rio Grande Renovations Project Manager Construction teams commemorated the topping-out of Rio Grande Campus on Wednesday, January 22. The event marked an important milestone for the project. InteriorInside...

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ACC commemorates National Day of Racial Healing with several events

Posted on Tue, 01/14/2020 - 11:11am

Austin Community College (ACC) invites faculty, staff, students, and the community to a series of events commemorating National Day of Racial Healing on January 21, 2020, and January 24, 2020. "This is a day we come together to dedicate ourselves to...

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New Year's resolution to lose weight? ACC experts help prevent common injuries

Posted on Fri, 01/10/2020 - 11:52am

For those looking to stay active over the holiday season, it’s important to protect yourself from acute and overuse injuries. ACC’s Exercise Science department chair Pamela Soto explains what to watch for and steps you can take to protect yourself...

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ACC closes for winter break December 20 - January 1

Posted on Wed, 12/18/2019 - 11:11am

The Austin Community College District (ACC) will close for winter break beginning 5 p.m. Friday, December 20. Offices will reopen at 8 a.m. Thursday, January 2. Spring registration will remain open through the break. Students seeking registration...

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ACC Registered Nursing program selected as one of the best in Texas

Posted on Tue, 12/17/2019 - 11:18am

Austin Community College’s (ACC) Nursing Program is recognized as one of the best Registered Nursing (RN) programs in Texas by NursingProcess.org — a leading online source for nursing education and career information. The site analyzed 134...

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ACC Board of Trustees December 2 Recap

Posted on Tue, 12/17/2019 - 9:45am

The Austin Community College District (ACC) Board of Trustees met for its regular meeting on Monday, December 2, to hear college updates, discuss a new degree, and vote on a contract for a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) software provider to...

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Regional Advisory Committees share initial report

Posted on Tue, 12/17/2019 - 8:36am

Austin Community College's Regional Advisory Committees (RAC) completed their initial analyses of ACC's north, central, and south regions and presented the first annual report to the ACC Board of Trustees during the November 18 work session. The...

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ACC hears from the community about the future of Pinnacle

Posted on Mon, 12/16/2019 - 10:12pm

Austin Community College held two Community Conversations in southwest Austin in December to provide updates on the college's Districtwide Campus Master Plan (DCMP) and let the community weigh in on the future of its 58-acre Pinnacle Campus. Dozens...

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Construction updates at Highland and Rio Grande: December 2019

Posted on Mon, 12/16/2019 - 3:43pm

Rio Grande Campus RenovationsBy Paul Mason, Rio Grande Renovations Project Manager Two large cranes are on site erecting the last structural steel members to frame out the rooftop penthouse and place the curved tube steel framing for the new atrium...

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ACC welcomes 3,200 students for fall commencement 12/13

Posted on Thu, 12/12/2019 - 12:26pm

The Austin Community College District (ACC) will celebrate record-high graduation numbers at its fall commencement 6 p.m. Friday, December 13, at Frank Erwin Center (1701 Red River St.). More than 3,200 students are invited to participate. When:...

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Start Thinking About Filing Your 2019 Taxes: Tips from the ACC Experts

Posted on Fri, 12/06/2019 - 12:19pm

Fall is the perfect time to begin thinking about filing your 2019 taxes. Before the end of the year, take advantage of these tips to ensure that you’ll have hassle-free tax filing in April. 1. Check your federal income tax withholding. Take a moment...

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Retiring CPPPS founding director inspired the next generation of civic leaders

Posted on Wed, 12/04/2019 - 8:54am

William 'Peck' Young may be known as a tough operative in the political arena — "'Get out of my way' — I was famous at the Capitol for saying that. I was never paid to be pleasant. I was paid as a professional for things that aren't pleasant." But,...

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ACC names director of Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Campus Center

Posted on Tue, 12/03/2019 - 12:29pm

The Austin Community College District (ACC) names Khayree Williams as the new director of the college’s Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Campus Center (TRHT).  “I’m eager and excited to get started,” says Williams. “I consider myself a...

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ACC’s Z-Degree program awarded prestigious Texas Star Award

Posted on Mon, 12/02/2019 - 12:00pm

The Austin Community College District (ACC) Z-Degree program was recognized as one of the top college programs in the state — awarded a 2019 Star Award by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board during an awards reception Friday, November 22...

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ACC collects games & puzzles for annual Brown Santa Program

Posted on Tue, 11/26/2019 - 10:20am

Austin Community College (ACC) is collecting donations for the Travis County Sheriff’s Office Brown Santa Program. The annual gift drive supports families in need. This year, the Sheriff’s Office is collecting games and puzzles.   “When I was much...

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Boots & Bats silent auction is back! Bidding continues through December 13

Posted on Tue, 11/19/2019 - 3:04pm

There’s still time to support student scholarships by bidding on one-of-a-kind artwork from the second annual Boots & Bats Gala. The silent auction reopens Monday, November 18, until 5 p.m. Friday, December 13. Every dollar raised supports...

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ACC Director of Peace and Conflict Center joins International Education Week Panel

Posted on Tue, 11/19/2019 - 7:28am

Austin Community College (ACC) will present during International Education Week, November 18 through November 22. ACC Peace & Conflict Studies Center Director Shirin Catterson Khosropour will join other panelists in a conversation about...

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ACC, Austin Pets Alive! & Bastrop County Animal Shelter start new partnership

Posted on Fri, 11/15/2019 - 3:37pm

Partnership places pets cared for by ACC Veterinarian Technology during the semester in loving homes Austin Community College (ACC) launches a first-of-its-kind partnership with Bastrop County Animal Shelter and Austin Pets Alive! (APA!) to provide...

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Month-in-Review: November 2019

Posted on Fri, 11/15/2019 - 10:52am

Ascender at Viva la VidaOn Saturday, October 26, students, faculty, staff, friends, and family of Ascender joined the citywide Viva la Vida fest parade, celebrating Día de Los Muertos. This festivity was organized by Mexic-Arte and the City of...

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ACC Board of Trustees discuss Pinnacle and Dr. Rhodes' contract at November 4 meeting

Posted on Fri, 11/15/2019 - 10:30am

The ACC Board of Trustees met for its regular meeting on Monday, November 4, to hear college updates, vote on contracts, and discuss next steps for the Pinnacle property. RECOGNITION AND ACHIEVEMENTSThe meeting started with the news that Trustee...

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A Message from Career Services: Thank YOU for making ACC Fest 2019 a success!

Posted on Fri, 11/15/2019 - 9:50am

From Trish Welch, ACC Career Services director: More than 1,200 current and future students attended ACC Fest 2019 on Saturday, November 9, at the Highland Campus, Building 4000, to explore programs and get a hands-on career exploration experience....

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ACC celebrates nine years of Riverbat by going PURPLE, November 20

Posted on Thu, 11/14/2019 - 4:46pm

Put on your Riverbat T-shirt, hat, or anything purple to support the Austin Community College’s (ACC) commitment to student and community success with Riverbat Day on Wednesday, November 20. It celebrates nine years since ACC unveiled its official...

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November Rio Grande and Highland construction projects updates

Posted on Thu, 11/14/2019 - 3:05pm

RIO GRANDE CAMPUS RENOVATIONSBy Paul Mason, Rio Grande Renovations Project Manager InteriorAll interior structural steel framing has been installed to infill the last remaining hole in the core of the building, from Level 0 all the way up to the...

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2nd Annual Boots and Bats Gala raises more than $250,000

Posted on Thu, 11/14/2019 - 2:15pm

With more than 500 attendees, 100 volunteers, and 300 pieces of art, the second annual Boots and Bats Gala raised more than $250,000 to help improve students' lives. Austin Community College hosted the Saturday, November 2, fundraising gala in...

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Trustees Unanimously Approve 1-Year Extension to President’s Contract

Posted on Thu, 11/14/2019 - 11:36am

Dr. Richard Rhodes becomes the longest-serving president/CEO at the college The Austin Community College District (ACC) Board of Trustees unanimously approved a one-year extension to President Dr. Richard Rhodes' contract during its regular meeting...

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25th Annual Giving Tree Campaign aims to support 500 ACC students

Posted on Tue, 11/12/2019 - 1:22pm

Austin Community College (ACC) hosts its 25th annual Giving Tree campaign to support students and their families over the holiday season. Faculty, staff, and the community are encouraged to visit the Giving Tree, located in the Student Affairs suite...

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Taking Life Online: Father, husband, veteran reaches new goals through online program

Posted on Mon, 11/11/2019 - 11:05am

Challenge isn’t something David Klickman shys away from. He served tours in the Middle East with the U.S. Army in 2014 and 2015.  When he came back home, he returned to his job in account management and operations, but it wasn’t fulfilling.  “I wasn...

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Just keep growing: ACC experts provide your winter gardening guide

Posted on Mon, 11/11/2019 - 10:39am

   By: Savannah Rugg, Agriculture Department Chair and Marissa Lankes, Sustainable Agriculture Continuing Education Manager  When it comes to gardening, Central Texas offers two seasons — hot and cold. So don’t put away the shears and spade just yet...

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Bursting at the seams: Treasured handmade fabric collection gifted to ACC Fashion Incubator

Posted on Thu, 11/07/2019 - 12:20pm

Cosette Russell was known for her fabric marbling techniques.  “Her work was displayed and sold at the Supreme Court gift shop and in the Smithsonian Museum Store Catalogue,” says Aysha White, Russell’s daughter. “She would want it to go to a...

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ACC honors those who served at Veterans Day events

Posted on Thu, 11/07/2019 - 9:22am

Austin Community College will host several districtwide events on Veterans Day, Monday, November 11, to honor those who served our nation. "ACC is committed to helping veterans transition from the military to civilian life. The Veterans Day events...

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ACC recognized as one of the nation’s top community colleges

Posted on Wed, 11/06/2019 - 1:10pm

The Austin Community College District (ACC) is named one of the top community colleges in the nation by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program for its commitment to strong and improving student outcomes. Colleges were reviewed for learning,...

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ACC hosts two community meetings on Pinnacle Campus future

Posted on Tue, 11/05/2019 - 9:16am

The Austin Community College District (ACC) will host a series of Community Conversations to share information and get feedback about the future of its Pinnacle Campus in Southwest Austin. The conversations will be held at Oak Hill United Methodist...

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ACC’s Great Questions Lecture Series tackles works of renowned poet Rumi

Posted on Tue, 11/05/2019 - 7:48am

Austin Community College District (ACC) invites students, faculty, staff, and the community to discuss the influence of 13th-century Persian poet Jalal al-Din Rumi at the Fall 2019 Great Questions Lecture Series. The event will be held from 7 to 9 p...

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ACC celebrates with third annual Veterans Day Commemoration

Posted on Mon, 11/04/2019 - 9:28am

The Austin Community College District (ACC) welcomes veterans, students, their families, and employees to the third annual Veterans Day Commemoration from noon to 2 p.m., Monday, November 11, at ACC Elgin Campus (1501 U.S. 290, Elgin).  Veterans and...

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ACC provides life-saving skills to teen drivers at Public Safety Training Center

Posted on Thu, 10/24/2019 - 9:18am

Teenagers are leaving Austin Community College (ACC) with life-saving skills after a daylong hands-on driving training event at the Hays Campus Public Safety Training Center (PSTC).  “Statistically, younger drivers are involved in too many fatal and...

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ACC named finalist for national Excelencia award

Posted on Mon, 10/21/2019 - 12:26pm

ACC only community college in Texas recognized for Latino success by Excelencia in Education Austin Community College (ACC) is a national finalist, and the only community college in Texas, for the 2019 Examples of Excelencia recognition. The award,...

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ACC named among Top 10 Highest Hispanic Enrolling 2-year Institutions

Posted on Mon, 10/21/2019 - 12:00pm

Austin Community College (ACC) was ranked the ninth largest Hispanic-enrolling two-year institution in the country in The Hispanic Outlook on Education annual top 100 issue. Also, among all two-year and four-year schools, ACC ranks 25th in the...

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President's Podcast: The Power of the Scholarship

Posted on Tue, 10/15/2019 - 1:17pm

Data show ACC students who receive a scholarship are four times more likely to graduate than the general student population. In the October President's Podcast, ACC President/CEO, Dr. Richard Rhodes, sits down with Jim Koerner, ACC Foundation Board...

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Fall 2019 Campus Conversation Recap

Posted on Tue, 10/15/2019 - 1:09pm

ACC students, faculty, and staff had the opportunity to hear college updates and ask questions at the Fall 2019 Campus Conversation on Thursday, October 3, at Eastview Campus. The conversation, led by ACC President/CEO Dr. Richard Rhodes, started...

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ACC Nursing named Best of the Best for 2nd straight year

Posted on Tue, 10/15/2019 - 12:14pm

Austin Community College’s (ACC) Nursing Program was selected 2019 Best of the Best among area nursing programs by community voters in an online poll through the Austin American-Statesman. “We take immense pride in the quality and value of our...

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ACC Board of Trustees October 7 Recap

Posted on Tue, 10/15/2019 - 11:45am

The ACC Board of Trustees met for its regular meeting on Monday, October 7, to hear college updates, discuss and vote on various contracts, and review opportunities for the Pinnacle property. More information on Pinnacle can be found here. UFCU...

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ACC Fest 2019 showcases the college to the community

Posted on Tue, 10/15/2019 - 9:48am

Many of Austin Community College's programs and services will be on display for prospective and current students during ACC Fest 2019 happening 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, November 9, at ACC Highland, Building 4000. What started five years ago as...

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Month-in-Review: October 2019

Posted on Mon, 10/14/2019 - 4:34pm

NSF grants ACC $7.5M to develop national biotechnology centerACC was awarded a $7.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a new national biotechnology education center to address the rapidly growing need for highly skilled...

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Construction updates at Highland and Rio Grande: October 2019

Posted on Mon, 10/14/2019 - 1:01pm

Rio Grande Campus RenovationsBy: Paul Mason, Rio Grande Renovation Project Manager Work on Rio Grande Campus Building 1000 is proceeding along smoothly this month. ELECTRICALElectrical panel rough-in at the main electrical room is complete. HVAC...

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ACC transforms lives with 2nd annual Boots & Bats Gala

Posted on Thu, 10/10/2019 - 1:36pm

Presented by HEB, every dollar raised directly supports student scholarships Austin Community College (ACC) hosts the second annual Boots & Bats Gala Saturday, November 2, to support student scholarships.  Date: Saturday, November 2 Time: 6 p.m...

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ACC Police collecting donations during Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Posted on Thu, 10/10/2019 - 9:34am

Austin Community College (ACC) District Police are sporting pink badge bands and collecting donations for the Breast Cancer Resource Center of Central Texas as part of their month-long, districtwide Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign. During October,...

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ACC seeks community input on Pinnacle Campus future

Posted on Tue, 10/08/2019 - 4:02pm

The Austin Community College District (ACC) will host two community conversations in southwest Austin to gather input about a future ACC Pinnacle Campus on the current site near the Y in Oak Hill. The college and its Board of Trustees want to share...

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ACC awarded $7.5 million NSF grant to build national biotechnology network

Posted on Wed, 10/02/2019 - 12:03pm

New center will expand biotechnology education and encourage research opportunities at 2-year colleges nationwide The Austin Community College District (ACC) was awarded a $7.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop a...

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