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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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Student Life 2018-19 Annual Report is now available

Posted on Wed, 10/23/2019 - 11:11am

ACC's Office of Student Life served 27,469 students during the 2018-19 academic year, an 11 percent increase from the year before, according to latest Student Life Annual Report. Additionally, the number of student interactions has increased by 78...

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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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Students contributed over $44,000 to fund their own financial emergencies

Posted on Mon, 10/14/2019 - 4:29pm

A Message From Student Money Management Office Director Karen Serna: In 2018, a financial wellness survey conducted of ACC students found that 56% of students would have trouble getting $500 to meet an unexpected need in the next month. A car repair...

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National surveys show ACC student success, satisfaction & engagement above average

Posted on Mon, 10/14/2019 - 4:19pm

Results from the 2019 Survey of Entering Student Engagement (SENSE) and the Community College of Student Engagement (CCSSE) show that recent collegewide efforts to better support student success through Guided Pathways are improving student...

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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 Experts: What causes the yearly cricket invasion in Austin

Posted on Fri, 10/11/2019 - 1:03pm

By: Mark A. Shepherd, Ph.D., QEP,  Department Chair for Earth and Environmental Sciences Armies of small, dark, creeping crickets have spread throughout the city of Austin. In some areas of the city, their populations have reached seemingly...

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'You know, life happened'; Fractures couldn't crack ACC Radiology graduate

Posted on Thu, 10/10/2019 - 5:07pm

“It doesn’t feel real yet. I have been on a never-ending road trip. Just getting from where I was to where I am now, it’s a sigh of relief. It has all been a journey.” Austin Community College graduate Gaye Judson earned her Associate of Applied...

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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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Preparing for flu season, ACC experts weigh-in

Posted on Wed, 10/09/2019 - 2:11pm

By: Keri Brophy-Martinez, ACC Medical Lab Technology Department Chair It is that time of year again…flu season. Flu season officially begins October 1 and can potentially run until late April or early May. Flu incidence spikes during these months as...

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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 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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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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ACC President's Podcast

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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Meet the 2019-2020 Full-Time Faculty Senate President

Posted on Thu, 09/19/2019 - 11:15am

For four weeks, Austin Community College will talk to the incoming 2019-2020 employee association presidents. We will ask each of them 10 questions to get to know them better. Our second Q&A in the series features the new Full-Time Faculty...

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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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Global Issues Speaker Series

ACC examines global hunger in Global Issues Speaker Series

Posted on Thu, 09/12/2019 - 9:01am

Austin Community College (ACC) presents a discussion on the rise in global hunger rates as part of the college's fall 2019 Global Issues Speaker Series. Hosted by ACC's International Programs, the presentation is Wednesday, September 25, from 5 to 7...

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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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MyACC student app, web portal preview now available

Posted on Thu, 09/12/2019 - 8:28am

Austin Community College students will soon have all their secure online information and services available in one place with the launch of MyACC portals. A preview of the student version will be available starting September 9, while faculty and...

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ACC hosts film screening and Q+A with the film’s director Ronak Shah

Posted on Wed, 09/11/2019 - 3:52pm

Austin Community College invites students, faculty, staff, and the community to a special screening of the film “Love Goes Through Your Mind” followed by a panel discussion with the film’s director, Ronak Shah, and ACC counselors and clinicians from...

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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 closed in observance of Labor Day

Posted on Fri, 08/30/2019 - 9:16am

Austin Community College (ACC) will close in observance of Labor Day Monday, September 2. All offices will reopen 8 a.m. Tuesday, September 3. Student support offices on campus also will be closed Saturday and Sunday, August 31 and September 1....

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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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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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