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ACC cuts tuition by 50 percent for fast track CE training programs

Posted on Wed, 09/02/2020 - 1:06pm

To support getting Central Texans back to work, Austin Community College District (ACC) launches deep discounts for 12 fast-track programs in the highest-demand sectors in the region, including health care, IT, and skilled trades.  Offered through...

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ACC becomes first community college in Texas to use 100% renewable energy

Posted on Tue, 09/01/2020 - 2:47pm

Austin Community College District (ACC) is among the top colleges and universities in Texas to promote sustainable, green energy. Two ACC campuses — the ACC Round Rock and Elgin campuses now use 100 percent clean, renewable electricity making ACC...

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ACC kicks off fall 2020 semester

Posted on Thu, 08/27/2020 - 12:29pm

Austin Community College District (ACC) welcomed students for the fall 2020 semester on Monday, August 24 with enhanced support and educational options to keep students on track. Online + Hybrid Learning: ACC's No. 1 priority as the college returns...

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Construction updates at Highland and Rio Grande: July/August 2020

Posted on Thu, 08/27/2020 - 9:24am

RIO GRANDE CAMPUS RENOVATIONSBy Paul Mason, Rio Grande Renovations Project Manager Tremendous progress has been made over the past month. The two elevators are being installed. Decorative hand railing systems are being installed in the interior...

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ACC and FAA launch new drone training program

Posted on Wed, 08/26/2020 - 2:10pm

Austin Community College District (ACC) partners with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for a new, innovative training program that prepares students for careers in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or drones. “Drones are the future. We use...

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Vote Now for ACC Nursing Program in 2020 Best of the Best Contest

Posted on Wed, 08/26/2020 - 1:40pm

Austin Community College District's Nursing Program is a finalist in the 2020 Austin American-Statesman Best of the Best Awards for nursing schools. Voting is now open and lasts until 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, August 29. Follow these steps to vote for...

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ACC launches new 14-week short semester option

Posted on Tue, 08/25/2020 - 10:22am

Austin Community College District (ACC) launches a new 14-week, short semester option for students this fall. Submitted applications for fall are up more than 15 percent. The 14-week option gives students who are still working through the...

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Google launches its first federally-registered apprenticeship program at ACC

Posted on Mon, 08/17/2020 - 9:14am

Austin Community College District (ACC) Google, and Pathstream announce a new partnership to launch Google’s first Department of Labor-registered apprenticeship program. The program offers apprentices a unique opportunity to receive training and...

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ACC Board of Trustees August 3 Meeting Recap

Posted on Thu, 08/13/2020 - 2:59pm

The Austin Community College District (ACC) Board of Trustees held its August regular meeting on Monday, August 3, via teleconference due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Trustees approved calling a general election on November 3 to fill...

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Two ACC Health Sciences courses achieve national QM certification

Posted on Thu, 08/13/2020 - 2:38pm

Two Austin Community College (ACC) Health Sciences courses have achieved national recognition for quality online and hybrid learning, bringing the college's total to three courses with national Quality Matters (QM) certification. HPRS 2300 —...

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Texas A&M-Chevron Engineering Academy at ACC becomes largest in Texas

Posted on Thu, 08/13/2020 - 2:03pm

A message from Shana Shaw, Texas A&M-Chevron Engineering Academy at ACC associate professor of practice: Austin Community College (ACC), the College of Engineering at Texas A&M University (TAMU), and Chevron partnered to launch the Texas A...

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ACC Board of Trustees votes to rename president/CEO position to chancellor

Posted on Fri, 08/07/2020 - 12:38pm

The Austin Community College District Board of Trustees officially changed the title of ACC’s president/CEO to ACC chancellor. The unanimous vote took place during the board’s regular August meeting on Monday, August 3, and is effective immediately...

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Strong bond rating shows ACC’s continued fiscal strength

Posted on Fri, 07/31/2020 - 9:52am

The Austin Community College District (ACC) continues to show fiscal strength according to the latest bond ratings released by Moody’s Investors Service in July 2020.   “ACC is committed to maintaining a healthy outlook for our students and...

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New ACC committee focuses on equity in Strategic Enrollment Management

Posted on Thu, 07/30/2020 - 12:45pm

Austin Committee College District (ACC) is undergoing a collegewide process to create a strategic student enrollment plan with a focus on equity. A Strategic Enrollment Management committee has been formed at the direction of the President's Cabinet...

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Construction updates at Highland and Rio Grande: May/June 2020

Posted on Thu, 07/30/2020 - 11:49am

The Highland Campus South Parking Garage hit another milestone this summer. Construction crews added the college's name to the external-facing wall, which is visible from Interstate 35, Highway 290, and areas to the east and southeast of the campus...

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President's Podcast How ACC Adapted During COVID-19

ACC President's Podcast | Taking Learning & Teaching Online: How ACC adapted during COVID-19

Posted on Thu, 07/30/2020 - 10:33am

When the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic reached Central Texas in mid March 2020, Austin Community College District transitioned to remote teaching and learning. In this President's Podcast, Dr. Richard Rhodes sits down with three ACC students and...

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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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ACC Welcomes Tesla to Central Texas

Posted on Wed, 07/22/2020 - 5:25pm

The company’s new Gigafactory in Travis County expects to bring thousands of new jobs in manufacturing Austin Community College District (ACC) is excited to welcome Tesla Inc. to the Central Texas community. Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, announced the...

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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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You’re Invited to ACC’s 2020 Awards Celebration! Cheer on your favorite faculty & staff

Posted on Wed, 07/22/2020 - 8:56am

Austin Community College District (ACC) hosts a virtual awards celebration recognizing recipients of its Excellence in Teaching and Leadership Awards Thursday, July 30, at 6 p.m. Faculty, staff, students, and the community are invited.  2020 ACC...

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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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Collaboration, communication key to disbursing CARES student aid quickly

Posted on Fri, 07/17/2020 - 3:44pm

Austin Community College (ACC) has distributed more than half of the $6.9 million in federal aid it received specifically for student emergency support from the Department of Education as part of the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund...

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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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First week back: ACC cautiously implements return-to-campus plan

Posted on Fri, 07/17/2020 - 10:00am

Since Austin Community College District (ACC) closed its campuses and centers in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a small number of classes — primarily in workforce-related programs in health sciences and applied technologies such as welding...

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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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ACC named No. 1 college in Texas for university transfer.

Posted on Fri, 07/17/2020 - 9:09am

Austin Community College District (ACC) is ranked top in Texas for university transfer. The college was named No. 1 for transfer student success according to recent data released by The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). The report...

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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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Increasing Possibilities: ACC Manufacturing student returns to the classroom to skill-up

Posted on Mon, 07/13/2020 - 12:41pm

For Austin Community College District (ACC) student Rebekah Tangney, training in manufacturing is the key to sharpening and widening her skillset to open new possibilities. “I already have a four-year degree, but learning new skills is great for my...

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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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Applications increase for Texas A&M-Chevron Engineering Academy at ACC

Posted on Fri, 06/26/2020 - 1:58pm

Now in its fourth year, interest in the Texas A&M-Chevron Engineering Academy at Austin Community College (ACC) continues to grow. Nearly 300 students have requested to apply for the fall 2020 cohort, which plans to accept 150 students. The...

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Barnes & Noble Bookstores at ACC remain closed until further notice

Posted on Fri, 06/26/2020 - 10:06am

To ensure the health and well-being of our students and employees, the Barnes & Noble Bookstores remain temporarily closed until further notice.   Barnes & Noble will continue to accept course material and general merchandise orders online...

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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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Fall registration opens for all students Monday, June 15

Posted on Mon, 06/15/2020 - 1:26pm

Registration for fall classes at Austin Community College District (ACC) begins Monday, June 15. Most fall courses will remain online.  “There are still a lot of unknowns about the Coronavirus, and ACC continues to monitor the situation daily with...

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ACC announces plan to begin its return to campus

Posted on Fri, 06/12/2020 - 3:29pm

Austin Community College District (ACC) will begin a gradual approach to return to campus beginning in July. The college released new health and safety procedures and protocols to safely phase-in a small number of workforce classes and student...

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Taking hands-on learning online: Biology lab

Posted on Thu, 06/11/2020 - 11:23am

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic forced Austin Community College (ACC) faculty to adapt their classrooms, labs, and simulations to a virtual environment. We are sharing the innovative ways our faculty are taking hands-on learning online. In this...

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Student Affairs conducts call-a-thon to check on students

Posted on Thu, 06/11/2020 - 11:17am

Although students were not physically on campus during the last half of the spring semester, they remained top of mind for Austin Community College faculty and staff. To check in on how students were doing with the transition to an online learning...

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COVID-19's impact on spring student academic success

Posted on Thu, 06/11/2020 - 11:12am

While the COVID-19 pandemic had a significant impact on the way the college operates, it fortunately had only a moderate impact on student academic performance this spring. "I was very impressed by the dedication of our faculty and staff and the...

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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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ACC graduates share stories ahead of virtual commencement on Saturday

Posted on Fri, 06/05/2020 - 2:49pm

Austin Community College graduates, their families and friends, and the Central Texas community are invited to join together and recognize the achievements of ACC’s spring 2020 class. ACC encourages the community to wear purple in celebration and...

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A Message from the President: June 2, 2020

Posted on Tue, 06/02/2020 - 2:36pm

To: Faculty, Staff and StudentsFrom: Richard M. Rhodes Date: June 2, 2020 Subject: A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students, This week, we begin classes for the summer 2020 semester amid a global pandemic and a growing national...

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Summer registration seeing positive trends

Posted on Fri, 05/29/2020 - 11:40am

After a vigorous start, summer registration numbers have steadied but continue to show positive trends despite the COVID-19 outbreak. About 13,800 students enrolled on the first day of registration, which grew to nearly 18,700 students in the first...

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