ACC Faculty and Staff

Agriculture Department Chair Savannah Rugg

ACC's Agriculture Program keeps hands-on learning going while at home

Posted on Tue, 09/22/2020 - 5:04pm

Austin Community College District (ACC) faculty are getting creative to keep students hands-on while learning from home. "I am distributing lab kits for each of my students in the horticulture course. We collected a series of different soil samples...

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Hispanic Heritage Month: ACC Master Advisor Hector Aguayo

ACC talks Hispanic Heritage Month with Hector Aguayo

Posted on Fri, 09/18/2020 - 3:24pm

Throughout Hispanic Heritage Month, Austin Community College District (ACC) asks influential and accomplished faculty and staff to discuss what Hispanic Heritage Month means to them and their advice for Hispanic/Latinx students. Hector Aguayo is a...

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Army Futures Command selects Austin Community College District as home for new AFC Software Factory

Posted on Wed, 09/16/2020 - 5:20pm

ACC to launch national flagship training program in software development, leadership & problem solving The Army Futures Command (AFC) names Austin Community College District (ACC) as the home for its new Software Factory. The Software Factory at...

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ACC Trustees adopt 2020-21 tax rate

Posted on Mon, 09/14/2020 - 5:07pm

AUSTIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE ADOPTED A TAX RATE THAT WILL RAISE MORE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS THAN LAST YEAR'S TAX RATE. THE TAX RATE WILL EFFECTIVELY BE RAISED BY 2.6 PERCENT AND WILL RAISE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS ON A $100,000...

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Highland Campus Fontaine Plaza opens with lighting celebration

Posted on Mon, 09/14/2020 - 2:26pm

Austin Community College District's (ACC) Highland Campus has reached another important milestone with the opening of the Jacob Fontaine Plaza Park. The plaza, named after local civil rights leader and church founder Reverend Jacob Fontaine,...

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Meet the 2020-21 Full-Time Faculty Senate President

Posted on Thu, 09/10/2020 - 11:43am

With the new academic year starting, Austin Community College will talk to the incoming 2020-21 employee association presidents. We will ask each of them a few questions to learn more about them professionally and personally. The 2020-21 Full-Time...

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Third annual ACC International Festival celebrates different cultures

Posted on Thu, 09/10/2020 - 11:25am

Immerse yourself in culture, art, religion, and language from across the globe at Austin Community College District’s (ACC) third annual International Festival. ACC invites students, faculty, and their families to join us for a day of virtual...

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Notice to taxpayers: Public hearing scheduled for Monday, 9/14

Posted on Mon, 09/07/2020 - 11:28am

For 2020, ACC has proposed a property tax rate of $0.1058 ($0.0900 for Maintenance & Operations and $0.0158 for Debt Service) per $100 of valuation.  For ACC's no-new-revenue tax rate, voter-approval tax rate, unencumbered fund balances, and...

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ACC closed Monday, 9/7, in observance of Labor Day. Registration for classes remains open.

Posted on Thu, 09/03/2020 - 3:09pm

Austin Community College District (ACC) will close in observance of Labor Day Monday, September 7. The college will reopen at 8 a.m., Tuesday, September 8.  Registration remains open for 14-, 12-, and 8-week sessions. The 14-week option is new this...

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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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Spring 2020 Bravo Award Recipients

Posted on Thu, 08/27/2020 - 12:59pm

The Riverbats Employee Bravo Awards program recognizes employees whose actions reflect exemplary customer service as demonstrated by excellent communication, collaboration, or responsiveness in support of the mission, vision, and values of ACC. ...

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Month-in-Review: August 2020

Posted on Thu, 08/27/2020 - 12:50pm

2020 ACC Foster Care Luggage Drive raises record amountThe 11th annual ACC Foster Care Luggage Drive raised $3,000 in donations, tripling last year's amount. In the previous 10 years, 403 pieces of luggage and $5,844 have been donated. This year,...

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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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Public Safety Training Center Drone Program

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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QM - Quality Matters national certification

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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ACC students have saved more than $10 million in textbook costs

Posted on Thu, 08/13/2020 - 2:17pm

Austin Community College District (ACC) students have saved more than $10 million in textbook costs since the college launched zero textbook cost (ZTC) courses and degrees in 2017. The number of ACC courses now offering low-cost textbook...

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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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Month-in-Review: July 2020

Posted on Thu, 07/30/2020 - 11:20am

Snack Box DistributionStudent Life continues to provide a consistent place for students to meet their immediate food needs while on campus with the Food Pantry program. This service was put on hold as we were faced with the need to transition to...

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MyACC faculty and staff portals launch this fall

Posted on Thu, 07/30/2020 - 10:36am

Austin Community College District (ACC) employees will soon be able to access all college information in one place with the MyACC Faculty and Staff Portals, which launch this fall. "We are excited to finally release portals for faculty and staff....

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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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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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Jenny Elder-Moke

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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Congrats 2020 ACC Award Recipients

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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Drive-up Wifi

Taking online classes just got easier. ACC expands drive-up WiFi to all campuses

Posted on Fri, 07/17/2020 - 3:35pm

Despite the first return to campus, most courses and work remain online and in virtual environments. To better support students and employees, the college has expanded its free WiFi to all campuses in designated parking lots. As of July 14, a total...

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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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Manufacturing Student Rebekah Tangney

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 Return to Campus Plan

ACC Campus Conversation: Planning the College's Return to Campus

Posted on Mon, 07/06/2020 - 7:23am

Austin Community College District's (ACC) Return to Campus Plan is rooted in safety for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors. ACC will gradually transition back to on-campus and in-person classes and activities in four phases. ACC President/...

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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 hosts The Future of Work Summit July 27-31

Posted on Wed, 07/01/2020 - 11:30am

Austin Community College District (ACC) hosts the Future of Work Summit July 27 through July 31. The virtual event, sponsored by ACC's Teaching and Learning Excellence Division (TLED), is part of the college's Academic Master Planning process and...

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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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