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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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Find a career in healthcare: ACC hosts Health Sciences Open House

Posted on Mon, 02/10/2020 - 8:53am

Demand for local healthcare professionals is growing. One in every four new jobs expected over the next decade in Central Texas is in healthcare. Austin Community College (ACC) hosts its annual Health Science Open House for students and the...

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Time running out to apply for ACC’s nationally-recognized Nursing Program

Posted on Thu, 02/06/2020 - 12:11pm

Austin Community College (ACC) is accepting applications for its nationally-recognized nursing program. Students have until February 21 to apply for the fall 2020 cohort.  The college’s vocational nursing (LVN) program was recently named among the...

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ACC approves new Vocational Nursing degree

Posted on Tue, 02/04/2020 - 1:16pm

Austin Community College (ACC) approved a new degree in Vocational Nursing to prepare students for entry-level positions in vocational nursing. The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree is structured to provide a flexible, affordable pathway for...

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ACC students named semifinalists for prestigious national scholarship

Posted on Fri, 01/31/2020 - 2:17pm

Jamille Souza Madeira celebrates at winter 2019 commencement with ACC mascot R.B. Three Austin Community College (ACC) students are semifinalists for the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.  Cooke...

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ACC hosts Emergency Preparedness Week February 3-7

Posted on Fri, 01/31/2020 - 8:36am

Austin Community College (ACC) is preparing students, faculty, and staff by practicing emergency response procedures and testing its emergency notification system as part of Emergency Preparedness Week February 3-7.  Emergency Preparedness Week is...

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ACC President's Podcast: next episode - ACCTV

New episode! ACC President's Podcast: A new era for ACCTV

Posted on Mon, 01/27/2020 - 4:15pm

Oh, it's on. In this ACC President's Podcast, Austin Community College President/CEO, Dr. Richard Rhodes, takes listeners inside ACCTV. The college's TV station — in the Office of Communications & Marketing — showcases the excellence and...

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ACC Board of Trustees January 13 Recap

Posted on Thu, 01/23/2020 - 8:58am

The Austin Community College District (ACC) Board of Trustees met for its regular meeting on Monday, January 13, to hear college updates, discuss legislative priorities, appoint members to the regional advisory committees (RAC), and discuss student...

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Texas A&M-Chevron Academy shows high success rate; plans to double enrollment

Posted on Wed, 01/22/2020 - 5:15pm

Austin Community College students enrolled in the Texas A&M-Chevron Academy achieve a 95 percent success rate, according to a student success report update presented to the Board of Trustees during its regular meeting Monday, January 13. The...

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ACC promotes racial equity through National Day of Racial Healing

Posted on Wed, 01/22/2020 - 4:05pm

"My dad is British, I am French, and my mom is from the West Indies so it can be hard to fit into a certain category. My artwork shows you don't have to be part of the category, you can be who you are, and that should be enough,” says Allison...

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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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