Business and Community

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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ACC developing new incubator to fuel job growth and talent pipeline in Austin’s growing manufacturing industry

Posted on Wed, 09/25/2019 - 2:41pm

Austin Community College (ACC) is developing the college’s third incubator at ACC Highland to nurture businesses and grow a talent pipeline in Austin’s $12.3 billion manufacturing industry. A third of major employers in Central Texas are...

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ACC awarded $250,000 to build apprenticeships in high-demand programs

Posted on Sat, 09/21/2019 - 4:26pm

ACC partners with more than a half-dozen employers to expand IT, healthcare & manufacturing tracks The Austin Community College District (ACC) will expand apprenticeship and other earn-and-learn positions for students through a $250,000 grant...

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ACC and IBM partner to launch new apprenticeship program in Central Texas

Posted on Fri, 09/20/2019 - 4:43pm

Austin Community College (ACC) and longtime IT partner, IBM, announce a new apprenticeship program in Central Texas for students seeking careers in IT. The program, funded by a $1.5 million U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) grant, aims to train 350...

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Trustees approve 2019-20 tax rate

Posted on Fri, 09/20/2019 - 8:14am

The Austin Community College District (ACC) Board of Trustees adopted the 2019-20 tax rate during a September 16 special meeting. The approved tax rate of $0.1049 (10.49 cents) is among the lowest of community colleges statewide. It includes $0.09...

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ACC awarded national grant to help launch new manufacturing incubator

Posted on Thu, 09/19/2019 - 12:51pm

Austin Community College (ACC) announces a third incubator at ACC Highland to build the manufacturing industry in Central Texas. Date: Wednesday, September 25Time: 10 - 11:30 a.m.Location: ACC Highland Campus, Building 4000, 6101 Highland Campus Dr...

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President's Podcast: Implementing Guided Pathways for Student Success

Posted on Thu, 09/19/2019 - 11:53am

In 2016, the Austin Community College District (ACC) began its work to implement Guided Pathways at the college to provide a clear, easy to follow road map to on-time completion so students can achieve their academic and career goals. ACC President/...

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Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Mariano Diaz-Miranda, El Centro founder, retires

Posted on Wed, 09/18/2019 - 10:21am

As a child, Dr. Mariano Diaz-Miranda couldn't envision a future in higher education because he didn't see people like himself going to college. Born in Havana, Cuba, Diaz-Miranda moved with his family to a Jewish neighborhood in New York City to...

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Month-in-Review: August 2019

Posted on Thu, 09/12/2019 - 2:33pm

General Assembly 2019ACC employees flooded the Austin Convention Center on September 6, 2019, for the college's annual General Assembly. Employees who attended were able to visit nearly 40 booths to learn more about various ACC departments,...

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New scholarship for Elgin veteran students

Posted on Thu, 09/12/2019 - 8:59am

Austin Community College (ACC) veteran students now have an opportunity to earn additional financial assistance for college with the new Bastrop County Veterans Educational Scholarship. The scholarship is a collaboration of Elgin Campus Student...

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September Bond Projects Update

Posted on Thu, 09/12/2019 - 8:36am

Construction crews at Highland Phase 2 and Rio Grande campuses have been hard at work this summer to make progress on the sites. Highland Campus Phase 2 constructionBy: Pamela Collier, ACC Highland Phase 2 Project Manager August was another busy...

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ACC Trustees approve expanded partnership with YMCA of Austin

Posted on Wed, 09/11/2019 - 12:37pm

The Austin Community College Board of Trustees approved an agreement to allow the YMCA of Austin to lease office space at the Highland Business Center for its administrative offices. In late 2020, the college will consolidate much of its...

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Construction begins at ACC Highland, Building 3000

Posted on Wed, 09/11/2019 - 12:20pm

Construction is underway at ACC Highland, Building 3000 (HLC 3000), the former women's Dillard's. The 185,000-square-foot building will be developed in phases. The first phase will serve as home to the new ACCTV studios and offices. The space will...

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ACC Board of Trustees September 9 Recap

Posted on Wed, 09/11/2019 - 11:44am

The Austin Community College District (ACC) Board of Trustees met for its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, September 9, 2019. Notable topics discussed include an update on the search for a director of ACC's Truth, Racial Healing &...

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ACC honors Hispanic Heritage at Díez y Seis Celebration

Posted on Tue, 09/10/2019 - 12:17pm

Austin Community College (ACC) celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with its 12th annual Díez y Seis event Monday, September 16, from noon to 1 p.m. at Eastview Campus (3401 Webberville Rd.). Former Texas Senator Gonzalo Barrientos, who served in the...

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ACC students, faculty, and staff practice best actions in an emergency

Posted on Mon, 09/09/2019 - 2:28pm

Austin Community College (ACC) practices emergency response procedures and tests its emergency notification system as part of Emergency Preparedness Week September 9 through 13.  Emergency Preparedness Week is designated for the third week of every...

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ACC and Facebook partner to launch new digital marketing series

Posted on Wed, 09/04/2019 - 4:07pm

Austin Community College (ACC) and Facebook announce a new partnership to fuel the growing entrepreneurial industry in Austin. New Digital Marketing courses at ACC prepare students who want to pursue careers in the fast-growing digital marketing...

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Notice of Public Hearing on Tax Increase

Posted on Tue, 09/03/2019 - 2:55pm

The Austin Community College District will hold two public hearings on a proposal to increase total tax revenues from properties on the tax roll in the preceding tax year by 6.6 percent. Individual taxes may increase at a greater or lesser rate, or...

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ACC’s zero-cost textbook program named finalist for Texas Star Award

Posted on Thu, 08/29/2019 - 4:57pm

The Austin Community College Z-Degree Program is recognized as one of the top performing college programs in Texas; named a finalist for the prestigious 2019 Star Award by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The Star Award program...

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Back to School Shopping: ACC grad prepares for her first day as a 4th grade teacher

Posted on Thu, 08/29/2019 - 4:15pm

Megan Whites is setting up her classroom for the first time.  “A lot of my scholars don’t come in on the first day with the supplies they need. So, I’m definitely going to stack up on those supplies.”  One of Austin ISD’s newest 4th grade teachers...

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Suiting up: Daniel Tully splits time between fighting fires and selling homes

Posted on Wed, 08/28/2019 - 11:45am

Sirens scream overhead as Daniel Tully tugs on his boots and grabs his helmet. He always envisioned a career serving his community.  “I never know what my day will be. One call could be to a pool, the next could be in a field, fighting a grass fire...

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ACC Study: Ending straight-ticket voting will lead to fatigue

Posted on Wed, 08/28/2019 - 8:43am

An analysis from the Austin Community College Center for Public Policy and Political Studies (CPPPS) indicates ending straight-ticket voting will lead to voter fatigue and “roll-off” in voting, especially among minorities and older voters. “Our...

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Second chances: Lockhart inmates graduate from community college

Posted on Mon, 08/26/2019 - 4:03pm

Austin American-Statesman: Second chances: Lockhart inmates graduate from community college By Lara Korte lkorte@statesman.com LOCKHART — Tears and cheers filled the gymnasium Saturday at the Lockhart Correctional Facility as more than 100 family...

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2019 Boots & Bats Gala summer update

Posted on Thu, 08/22/2019 - 2:52pm

Planning continues for the second annual Boots & Bats Gala supporting student scholarships. Invitations are going out this month. In July, Texas State Senator Kirk Watson and Dr. Aileen Bumphus accepted nominations to serve as co-chairs of the...

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ACC Board of Trustees August 5 recap

Posted on Thu, 08/22/2019 - 2:41pm

Austin Community College District's Board of Trustees approved a proposed property tax rate, reviewed the college's financial report, and met the new president elects for employee associations during its regular August meeting. Proposed Property Tax...

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ACC expands no-cost textbook options for students through new national partnership

Posted on Thu, 08/22/2019 - 10:46am

ACC students have saved more than $3.5 million through open educational resources over the past year  Austin Community College (ACC) is one of ten colleges and universities nationwide selected to participate in the 2019-2020 OpenStax Institutional...

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ACCTV gets a reboot

Posted on Wed, 08/21/2019 - 3:52pm

ACCTV, under the Office of Communications & Marketing, is now part of ACC Highland. The station finalized its move from Pinnacle Campus in late July. "This is a new era for ACCTV," says Brette Lea, ACC Communications & Marketing vice...

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ACC examines urgent workforce needs in new Workforce Development Report

Posted on Wed, 08/21/2019 - 2:30pm

Austin Community College (ACC) and the Austin Chamber of Commerce released the 2019 Workforce Development Report: Innovation, Collaboration & Transformation highlighting ACC’s efforts to build the workforce in the region’s most in-demand...

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Faculty Spotlight: Haydee Victoria Suescum

Posted on Tue, 08/20/2019 - 11:36am

ACC Art Professor Haydee Victoria Suescum never set foot in an art museum during her formative years because there were none in Panamá at that time. Since then, her work has been displayed more than 50 times in museums around the world — from major...

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Construction updates at Highland and Rio Grande: August 2019

Posted on Fri, 08/16/2019 - 4:48pm

What's new at Highland Phase 2?By: Pamela Collier, ACC Highland Phase 2 Project Manager All aspects of construction have progressed as the building is large and in various stages of construction from one end to the other. Exterior curtainwall,...

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New manufacturing program created to meet growing demand for high-skilled jobs

Posted on Thu, 08/15/2019 - 4:12pm

Manufacturing is a $12.3 billion industry in Austin with salaries averaging $75,000 a year to design and build things like medical devices, sensors, automation, solar energy equipment, and robotics. "With a 2.1% unemployment rate in Austin, the...

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ACC and Austin Chamber release the 2019 Workforce Development Report

Posted on Thu, 08/15/2019 - 8:50am

Austin Community College (ACC), the Austin Chamber of Commerce, and Austin Mayor Steve Adler present the 2019 Workforce Development Report: Innovation, Collaboration & Transformation at the President’s Breakfast Wednesday, August 21. Date:...

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Month-in-Review: July 2019

Posted on Tue, 08/13/2019 - 1:05pm

RB visits Dell Children's Medical CenterR.B. the Riverbat and two ACC nursing students spent some quality time cheering up patients at Dell Children's Medical Center. Student Danielle Butler called it a great opportunity to be involved with the...

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Austin Community College board proposes fiscal year 2019-20 tax rate

Posted on Tue, 08/06/2019 - 10:38am

Community Impact: Austin Community College board proposes fiscal year 2019-20 tax rate By Emma Freer and Jack Flagler   | 8:17 pm Aug. 5, 2019 CDT    The Austin Community College board of trustees approved proposing a not-to-exceed property tax...

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Manufacturing jobs on the rise in Austin-area, college works to fill need for skilled workers

Posted on Fri, 08/02/2019 - 2:38pm

Manufacturing jobs on the rise in Austin-area, college works to fill need for skilled workers By: Candy Rodriguez AUSTIN (KXAN) — Manufacturing is a growing industry in Central Texas and the Austin Chamber of Commerce expects jobs to grow by 12% in...

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ACC President's Podcast: Skilling up the Manufacturing Workforce in ATX

Posted on Thu, 08/01/2019 - 2:41pm

There are thousands of high-paying jobs in the world of manufacturing. Employers are looking for well-trained employees to invent, design, build, and repair equipment and technologies that produce U.S. products in a global economy. ACC President/CEO...

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ACC hosts Skill-up: Manufacturing Open House this Saturday

Posted on Wed, 07/31/2019 - 1:34pm

Austin is a top 15 U.S. city for manufacturing jobs Austin Community College (ACC) and the Austin Regional Manufacturers Association (ARMA) host the Skill-up: Manufacturing open house to connect students and the community to training programs and...

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