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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 17-31

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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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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Month-in-review: May 2020

Posted on Fri, 06/26/2020 - 8:55am

Virtual President's ReceptionOn May 27, ACC President/CEO Dr. Richard M. Rhodes hosted the third annual President's Reception honoring all high school seniors graduating with an ACC degree, workforce certificate, or at least 12 hours of transferable...

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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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How IT is working to keep the college online

Posted on Thu, 06/11/2020 - 12:42pm

Austin Community College's Information Technology (IT) department continues its work to support the college's response plan for the evolving situation regarding the COVID-19 virus. Even before the college's decision to suspend all nonessential, in-...

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ACC Board of Trustees June 1 recap

Posted on Thu, 06/11/2020 - 12:05pm

The Austin Community College District (ACC) Board of Trustees met for its regular meeting on Monday, June 1, to discuss the budget, learn about the results of a student satisfaction survey, and vote on contracts. Below are highlights from the...

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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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What your colleagues are doing: Music Professor Virginia Volpe

Posted on Fri, 05/29/2020 - 2:27pm

ACC Music Professor Virginia Volpe created a virtual performance of "Bridge Over Troubled Water" with the ACC Choir. Students were responsible for mixing individual recordings to make one master track. Listen to it here.    

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Earning As: April/May 2020

Posted on Fri, 05/29/2020 - 11:54am

This regular feature recognizes achievements, activities, and accolades of ACC faculty and staff. To submit news or suggestions, see the contact information below. Rosa Carrasco, ACC Engineering professor, was featured in the National Institute for...

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Congratulations April 2020 Bravo Award Recipients

Posted on Fri, 05/29/2020 - 11:48am

ACC congratulates the following Riverbats Bravo award recipients for April 2020. The Riverbats Employee Bravo Awards program recognizes employees whose actions reflect exemplary customer service as demonstrated by excellent communication,...

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Fashion Incubator and Fashion Design students create graduation stoles for ACC faculty, staff

Posted on Fri, 05/29/2020 - 11:46am

Austin Community College (ACC) faculty and staff who earn a new credential from another institution will soon have a special Riverbat stole to wear at graduation. The idea originated during a meeting between all the employee associations and the...

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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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ACC Frontline Heroes: Facilities Support staff

Posted on Fri, 05/29/2020 - 11:32am

While Austin Community College (ACC) students and the majority of faculty and staff have been working remotely since Friday, March 13, the facilities support team has remained on campus assisting with the college's response to the COVID-19 outbreak...

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Taking hands-on learning online: Professional Nursing

Posted on Thu, 05/28/2020 - 5:14pm

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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Save big on college at ACC with generous financial support programs

Posted on Wed, 05/27/2020 - 4:06pm

Austin Community College (ACC) works to connect students with financial support to help them stay on track toward their college and career goals. Extra support, in addition to continued resources, is available during the Coronavirus (COVID-19)...

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ACC closed Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day

Posted on Fri, 05/22/2020 - 3:18pm

Austin Community College (ACC) will close in observance of Memorial Day Monday, May 25. Staff will resume remote operations 8 a.m. Tuesday, May 26. Registration for summer courses remains open through the weekend. The college’s pass/no pass grading...

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Month-in-Review: April/May 2020

Posted on Tue, 05/19/2020 - 2:00pm

Student Emergency Fund close to $150k goalACC faculty, staff, and the community have raised $145,380 as of May 19 for the Student Emergency Fund through the Keep a Dream Going campaign. The amount is $4,620 shy of the $150,000 goal. The fund helps...

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Tuition won’t increase for 7th consecutive year at Austin Community College

Posted on Tue, 05/19/2020 - 12:31pm

Austin Community College continues to be the most affordable college option in Central Texas. For the seventh consecutive year, the college recommended that the Board of Trustees hold tuition and fees steady. Trustees approved the proposed rates for...

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Need a break? Check out ACC’s list to watch, listen, or read

Posted on Tue, 05/19/2020 - 12:01pm

A blanket, couch, and Netflix used to sound like a perfect way to unwind after a long week. Now it has turned into a daily routine as Central Texans stay at home to flatten the curve and prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). If you have...

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2019 Student Success Report shows first wave of Pathways results

Posted on Mon, 05/18/2020 - 4:11pm

Austin Community College (ACC) is starting to see the first wave of results from its Guided Pathways initiatives, which are available in the 2019 Student Success Report. Dr. Charles Cook, ACC provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs...

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2020 Sustainability Report shows college’s progress toward zero-waste goal

Posted on Mon, 05/18/2020 - 1:21pm

Austin Community College (ACC) continues its work toward its goal of becoming Zero Waste by 2040 and achieving climate neutrality by 2050. In May, the college presented its 2020 Annual Sustainability Report to the Board of Trustees. The report...

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ACC Board of Trustees May 4 Meeting Recap

Posted on Fri, 05/15/2020 - 4:33pm

The Austin Community College District (ACC) Board of Trustees held its May regular meeting on Monday, May 4, via teleconference due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Trustees heard presentations on the 2019 Student Success Report and annual...

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Planning for fall semester underway at ACC

Posted on Fri, 05/15/2020 - 10:01am

Austin Community College (ACC) is planning for the fall semester. A cross section of the college — including faculty, student support services, IT, Administration, and more — are working together to identify how to safely resume teaching, learning,...

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Taking hands-on learning online: Automotive Technology

Posted on Thu, 05/14/2020 - 5:12pm

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 the...

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ACC celebrates a record number of 2020 graduates

Posted on Wed, 05/13/2020 - 10:16am

Austin Community College (ACC) will recognize more than 2,900 students who are expected to graduate this semester. In addition, more than 3,200 students were invited to fall commencement in December, marking the college’s largest group of candidates...

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ACC’s Student Emergency Fund helps Entrepreneurship student stay focused on education

Posted on Tue, 05/12/2020 - 2:48pm

“Right now, it is just so important to have extra support. I lost hours at work. I was worried about just paying my bills.”  Austin Community College student, Stevani Flahaut, took a hit when the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak hit Central Texas.  “...

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More than 13,700 students enroll for ACC summer classes in first 24 hours

Posted on Wed, 05/06/2020 - 12:51pm

Registration for summer classes is underway at Austin Community College (ACC) for current and new students. Enrollment opened Monday, May 4. Within the first 24 hours more than 13,700 students had enrolled.  To compare, the total enrollment for...

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Stay on Track this Summer. Summer 2020

Tips for enrolling in summer classes

Posted on Mon, 05/04/2020 - 4:00pm

Registration for summer 2020 classes is underway at Austin Community College (ACC) for current and new students. Enrollment opened Monday, May , 2020. All courses will continue in online formats over the summer. Students also get free access to the...

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2020 Noel-Levitz survey shows 91% students say ACC met or exceeded expectations

Posted on Thu, 04/30/2020 - 4:41pm

Austin Community College (ACC) continues to meet or exceed student expectations, according to the 2020 Noel-Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory (SSI) results. Overall, 91 percent of students who participated said ACC has met or exceeded their...

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ACC welcomes new Vice President of Institutional Research & Analytics

Posted on Thu, 04/30/2020 - 4:22pm

Dr. Jenna Cullinane Hege joins Austin Community College (ACC) as vice president of Institutional Research & Analytics (formerly the Office of Institutional Effectiveness & Accountability, OIEA). In this position, she is responsible for...

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Congratulations March 2020 Bravo Award Recipients

Posted on Thu, 04/30/2020 - 12:36pm

ACC congratulates the following Riverbats Bravo award recipients for March 2020. The Riverbats Employee Bravo Awards program recognizes employees whose actions reflect exemplary customer service as demonstrated by excellent communication,...

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Earning As: March/April 2020

Posted on Thu, 04/30/2020 - 12:06pm

This regular feature recognizes achievements, activities, and accolades of ACC faculty and staff. To submit news or suggestions, see the contact information below. Dr. Missi Patterson, Full-Time Faculty Senate President and Psychology Professor, was...

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ACC Fashion Design, CAD, and Art faculty and staff pull resources to create protective equipment for employees and community

Posted on Thu, 04/30/2020 - 11:50am

Austin Community College (ACC) faculty and staff are creating essential personal protective equipment to help keep employees and the community safe and prepared during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  Facial Coverings using Fashion Lab The...

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ACC students can now apply for federal CARES financial aid

Posted on Wed, 04/29/2020 - 5:19pm

Austin Community College (ACC) received the first portion of federal financial support to help students impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Applications for the ACC CARES Act Student Aid opened Wednesday, April 29. Current and newly enrolled...

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