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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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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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ACC campuses remain closed until May 31; Pass/Fail option available for semester

Posted on Wed, 04/01/2020 - 3:30pm

President amends grading policy to support students during transition to online learning Austin Community College (ACC) will offer a Pass/No Pass option for students this spring semester in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact on classes....

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ACC campuses remain closed until 4/13. Classes resume online Monday, 3/30

Posted on Thu, 03/26/2020 - 8:18am

In an effort to help contain the spread of COVID-19 in our region, Austin Community College (ACC) has made the difficult decision to keep campuses closed to students and the public until Monday, April 13. Spring classes will resume remotely on...

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ACC prepares Personal Protective Equipment donations for local healthcare workers

Posted on Tue, 03/24/2020 - 2:16pm

Austin Community College (ACC) is assembling Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits to support regional healthcare workers and first responders during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  “This is a difficult time for everyone in our community....

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Seeing inside Highland Building 2000: Departments moving in check out new digs

Posted on Tue, 03/10/2020 - 11:44am

Construction paused and the dust settled a bit as Austin Community College (ACC) faculty and staff took their first steps inside the newest phase of ACC Highland. Six months remain until doors open at Building 2000. The new campus features...

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24 Hours of Giving: Support ACC students during Amplify Austin

Posted on Wed, 03/04/2020 - 8:46am

Providing access to education requires support inside and outside the classroom, and Austin Community College (ACC) is working to meet those demands during Amplify Austin, a community-wide day of charitable giving, from 6 p.m., Thursday, March 5,...

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ACC scholar promotes success through life skills workshop: Connects community with resources beyond the classroom

Posted on Fri, 02/28/2020 - 11:55am

For Austin Community College (ACC) student Mical Juliet Divine, leaving a positive impact on her community is more than just a hope. "Looking at the current state of the world, I am not happy about it. I didn't just want to sit around and complain,...

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ACC talks Black History Month: Khayree O. Williams

Posted on Fri, 02/28/2020 - 9:40am

Throughout Black History Month, Austin Community College (ACC) sits down with influential and accomplished faculty and staff to discuss what Black History Month means to them. Meet Khayree O. Williams, M.Ed., the founding director of the Truth,...

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Month-in-Review: January/February 2020

Posted on Thu, 02/27/2020 - 12:56pm

ACC faculty and staff prepare for new semester at Spring Development DaySpring Development Day, held on Friday, January 17, welcomed ACC faculty and staff to a new semester with a full day of work sessions to enhance practices and processes, improve...

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Construction updates at Highland and Rio Grande: February 2020

Posted on Thu, 02/27/2020 - 11:39am

Rio Grande Campus RenovationsBy Paul Mason, Rio Grande Renovations Project Manager Persistent rainy, damp conditions slowed the rate of progress a bit in February, but construction continued to progress well.  Spray foam insulation applied to...

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Districtwide Campus Master Planning Process entering final stretch

Posted on Thu, 02/27/2020 - 11:21am

With the Districtwide Campus Master Planning Process (DCMP) approximately two-thirds of the way through, the Austin Community College (ACC) Board of Trustees heard an update from the project team at its February 17 work session. Pfluger Architects,...

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Closing equity gaps in Austin: Austin Community College named “Leader College of Distinction”

Posted on Fri, 02/21/2020 - 9:51am

The Austin Community College District (ACC) is recognized as a national leader for its work to support underserved students, close equity gaps, and increase completion rates. The college was awarded the Leader College of Distinction by Achieving the...

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Dumpster diving helps ACC Welding student create masterpieces

Posted on Wed, 02/19/2020 - 11:15am

The saying ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure’, is a way of life for ACC welding and art student Valerie Chaussonnet.  Valerie is a self-proclaimed dumpster queen. Her artwork is often comprised of materials she finds cast aside in dumpsters...

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ACC Board of Trustees February 3 Meeting Recap

Posted on Thu, 02/13/2020 - 10:29am

The Austin Community College District (ACC) Board of Trustees met for its regular meeting on Monday, February 3, to learn about a new partnership with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, hear updates on Developmental Math and spring enrollment...

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#RealCollege Survey results show ACC students lack food & housing security

Posted on Thu, 02/13/2020 - 9:41am

Nearly two-thirds of Austin Community College (ACC) students struggled to find affordable food and housing in the past year, according to the 2019 #RealCollege Survey Institution Report released February 12. The report, prepared by the Hope Center...

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Michael & Susan Dell Foundation to help fund Career Scholars Program

Posted on Thu, 02/13/2020 - 8:55am

Austin Community College (ACC) has partnered with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation to help fund the college's Career Scholars program for graduating high school students. The Foundation announced it would pledge $1.25 million over five years...

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ACC Board of Trustees approves 2020 federal legislative priorities

Posted on Wed, 02/12/2020 - 12:18pm

The Austin Community College District Board of Trustees recently endorsed the American Association of Community Colleges’ (AACC) and Association of Community College Trustees’ (ACCT) 2020 federal legislative priorities. Campus Operations and Public...

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ACC is doubling enrollment for its Texas A&M-Chevron Engineering Academy

Posted on Wed, 02/12/2020 - 11:23am

With enrollment expected to double in fall 2020, Austin Community College (ACC) invites future engineers to a series of information sessions about the Texas A&M-Chevron Engineering Academy at ACC. The co-enrollment program allows students to...

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ACC named top-producer of Fulbright U.S. Scholars for second consecutive year

Posted on Tue, 02/11/2020 - 11:13am

For the second straight year, Austin Community College District (ACC) is recognized as a top producer of Fulbright Scholars. The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs released its 2019-2020 list Monday, February 10....

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