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Graduate Spotlight: Meet Shannon Pinales

Posted on Thu, 12/03/2020 - 1:43pm

Austin Community College District (ACC) celebrates a record number of graduates at its 2020 fall commencement with a virtual ceremony Saturday, December 12. Our graduates are sharing their own stories about their experience at ACC and their goals...

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Month-in-Review: November 2020

Posted on Thu, 12/03/2020 - 1:01pm

Riverbat Week 2020Austin Community College District (ACC) and Central Texas went purple November 16-20 to celebrate Riverbat Week 2020. Throughout the week, the cities of Austin, Kyle, Leander, and Round Rock issued proclamations declaring it...

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ACC awarded two national grants to target equity gaps in higher education

Posted on Thu, 12/03/2020 - 12:42pm

Austin Community College District (ACC) was awarded two national Department of Education (ED) grants to support the college's work toward closing equity gaps and increasing student success.  "The best way we can support our community is by making...

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ACC selected as early adopter for state OER digital repository

Posted on Thu, 12/03/2020 - 12:25pm

By Carrie Gits, Highland Campus Library head librarian and associate professor  On September 1, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board launched OERTX, the state's digital repository of open educational resources (OER) for Texas. OERTX —...

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Construction updates at Highland and Rio Grande: November 2020

Posted on Thu, 12/03/2020 - 9:09am

Rio Grande Campus RenovationsBy Paul Mason, Rio Grande Renovations Project Manager Over the last month, we've made a good bit of progress toward completing this project. We are only two months from substantial completion! Inside the building, on...

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Riverbats Giving Back: ACC Foundation raises more than $8,000 for student scholarships on #GivingTuesday

Posted on Wed, 12/02/2020 - 4:24pm

In just 24 hours, the Central Texas community donated more than $8,100 to ACC student scholarships and emergency aid. Tuesday, December 1, 2020, marked the annual #GivingTuesday campaign, an international day of charitable giving. For the fifth year...

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ACC celebrates 3,400+ graduates for 2020 fall commencement

Posted on Wed, 12/02/2020 - 12:00pm

Austin Community College District (ACC) celebrates a record number of graduates at its 2020 fall commencement. The virtual ceremony will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Saturday, December 12. More than 3,400 students are invited to participate. That’s up...

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COVID-19 Update

Spring 2021 planning amid COVID-19

Posted on Tue, 11/24/2020 - 1:47pm

Austin Community College District (ACC) administration is using knowledge learned about the virus over the past few months to inform spring planning and what another semester in the time of COVID-19 looks like.  “Our first priority was, and remains...

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Celebrating Ten Years of Riverbats

Celebrating 10 years of Riverbat pride

Posted on Tue, 11/24/2020 - 12:04pm

Austin Community College District (ACC) and Central Texas went purple November 16-20 to celebrate Riverbat Week 2020. Throughout the week, the cities of Austin, Kyle, Leander, and Round Rock issued proclamations declaring it Riverbats Day in their...

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ACC Best Online Colleges Anywhere. Anytime.

ACC's online programs ranked among top in the state and nation

Posted on Tue, 11/24/2020 - 11:10am

Austin Community College District (ACC) ranks top in the state and nation in online learning according to two recent reports. The recognition comes at a time where the college has grown its online and distance education programs in response to the...

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Explore Drones at ACC: College hosts Drone Demo Day at PSTC

Posted on Tue, 11/24/2020 - 9:09am

Austin Community College District (ACC) hosted its first-ever Drone Demo Day Wednesday, November 18, at the Public Safety Training Center at Hays Campus to promote its newest drone training certification program. The event, hosted in coordination...

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Regional Advisory Committees present annual report to ACC Board of Trustees

Posted on Mon, 11/23/2020 - 11:19am

Austin Community College District’s (ACC) Regional Advisory Committees (RACs) presented annual reports to the ACC Board of Trustees during the November 16 work session.  The three 11-member committees, which formed in 2018, represent ACC’s north,...

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Happy Thanksgiving

ACC closes 11/26 in observance of Thanksgiving, spring registration remains open

Posted on Sat, 11/21/2020 - 10:37am

Austin Community College District (ACC) will close for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 26. The college will reopen at 8 a.m, Monday, November 30. Registration for spring courses remains open during the break. Most courses will remain...

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ACC Experts weigh in on tips to prepare for a remote career

Posted on Wed, 11/18/2020 - 4:38pm

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic changed the way we learn and work. Now, Austin Community College District's (ACC) Career Services team is sharing ways to prepare students for the new job market. Written by: ACC Career Services team Impacts on...

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Meet ACC’s new dean of Liberal Arts, Social & Behavioral Sciences

Posted on Mon, 11/16/2020 - 11:59am

Austin Community College District (ACC) welcomed a new dean of Liberal Arts this fall. DeShaunta Stewart, whose preferred name is Stewart, leads the college's Social & Behavioral Sciences programs. In this role, Stewart works in close...

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October 2020 Bravo Award Recipients

Posted on Thu, 11/12/2020 - 12:56pm

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. ACC...

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26th Annual Giving Tree Campaign supports ACC students with children

Posted on Thu, 11/12/2020 - 12:50pm

Austin Community College District (ACC) is expanding its annual Giving Tree Campaign. Now in its 26th year, the campaign supports students and their families over the holiday season. Last year, more than 400 children and 200 student families were...

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Academic Master Planning in Final Phase

Posted on Thu, 11/12/2020 - 11:34am

The Austin Community College District 2020-25 Academic Master Plan (AMP) is in the final stretch. The AMP serves as a guide to the college's collective academic vision, administrative supports, and strategic plans for the future. The AMP is designed...

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ACC Nursing named Best of the Best for 3rd straight year

Posted on Thu, 11/12/2020 - 11:20am

For a third straight year, community voters selected Austin Community College District’s (ACC) Nursing Program as the best program in Central Texas in the 2020 Best of the Best awards, hosted by the Austin American-Statesman.   “We are so proud of...

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ACC Board of Trustees November 2 Recap

Posted on Thu, 11/12/2020 - 11:01am

The Austin Community College District (ACC) Board of Trustees met for its regular meeting on Monday, November 2, to hear college updates, discuss the financial report, and learn about two new grants for student success via teleconference due to the...

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Veterans Day 2020 Profiles: Hillary Ray Smith

Posted on Wed, 11/11/2020 - 1:38pm

On Veterans Day, we pause to honor and commemorate our nation's military — those who have bravely served our nation to protect our freedoms. Austin Community College District (ACC) would like to thank our veterans for their selfless service. The...

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ACC Veterans Day Profiles: James Daniels

Posted on Tue, 11/10/2020 - 4:34pm

On Veterans Day, we pause to honor and commemorate our nation's military — those who have bravely served our nation to protect our freedoms. Austin Community College District (ACC) would like to thank our veterans for their selfless service. The...

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ACC Veterans Day Profiles: Dr. Erasmus Addae

Posted on Tue, 11/10/2020 - 12:10pm

On Veterans Day, we pause to honor and commemorate our nation's military — those who have bravely served our nation to protect our freedoms. Austin Community College District (ACC) would like to thank our veterans for their selfless service. The...

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ACC Veterans Day Profiles: Kai Ferguson

Posted on Mon, 11/09/2020 - 2:44pm

On Veterans Day, we pause to honor and commemorate our nation's military — those who have bravely served our nation to protect our freedoms. Austin Community College District (ACC) would like to thank our veterans for their selfless service. The...

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ACC Veterans Day Profiles: Mark Harden

Posted on Mon, 11/09/2020 - 2:19pm

On Veterans Day, we pause to honor and commemorate our nation's military — those who have bravely served our nation to protect our freedoms. Austin Community College District (ACC) would like to thank our veterans for their selfless service. The...

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ACC's Public Safety Training Center wins prestigious Innovation Award

Posted on Wed, 10/28/2020 - 3:55pm

For the third straight year, Austin Community College District (ACC) is named a top innovator by the League for Innovation in the Community College. ACC was recognized with the 2020 Innovation of the Year award for its Public Safety Training Center...

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Cooking up significant changes at ACC Highland Phase 2

Posted on Thu, 10/22/2020 - 1:58pm

After being at Eastview Campus for more than two decades, Austin Community College’s (ACC) Culinary Arts program is preparing to move. “I'm a little nervous. It's going to be a lot of moving. We're moving all the stuff, but I'm just so excited about...

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Austin Community College District Board of Trustees recognized with Phi Theta Kappa Leadership Award

Posted on Thu, 10/22/2020 - 11:07am

The Austin Community College District (ACC) Board of Trustees was recognized with the prestigious 2020 Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Board of Trustees Excellence Award. The distinction celebrates community college Boards of Trustees for their leadership and...

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Construction updates at Highland and Rio Grande: October 2020

Posted on Thu, 10/22/2020 - 11:00am

Rio Grande Campus RenovationsBy Paul Mason, Rio Grande Renovations Project Manager The project is entering the home stretch! We are about three months out from substantial completion. The interiors are really starting to come together. Final...

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Earning As: October 2020

Posted on Thu, 10/22/2020 - 10:51am

This regular feature recognizes achievements, activities, and accolades of Austin Community College District (ACC) faculty and staff. To submit news or suggestions, see the contact information below. The Austin Community College District's Board of...

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Fourth ACC course receives national QM certification

Posted on Thu, 10/22/2020 - 10:42am

Austin Community College District (ACC) is recognized with a new Quality Matters (QM) certification. The college's Medical Terminology course (HPRS 1206) was awarded the national distinction earlier this month. "It's an honor to receive QM...

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Meet the 2020-21 Classified Employee Association President

Posted on Thu, 10/22/2020 - 9:49am

With a new academic year comes newly elected employee association presidents at Austin Community College District (ACC). We talk to the 2020-21 presidents to learn more about them professionally and personally. Miguel DeLeon started working at ACC...

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Month-in-review: October 2020

Posted on Thu, 10/22/2020 - 9:27am

General AssemblyMore than 2,500 Austin Community College District employees tuned in to their computers on Friday, September 25, to hear key college updates at General Assembly 2020. TLED hosted ACC's first completely virtual General Assembly with...

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Specialized on-campus computer and study areas now open on campus.

Posted on Thu, 10/22/2020 - 9:19am

In recognizing students' need for access to technology, Austin Community College District (ACC) will begin to open study spaces in each region of the district in a limited capacity. Starting Monday, October 26, Highland and Round Rock campus...

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ACC Experts Paying for College

Top 5 ways to help pay for college

Posted on Wed, 10/21/2020 - 3:11pm

Austin Community College District (ACC) is here to help you reach your college and career goals. Paying for classes should never get in the way. We offer the best tuition rates around and can connect you with dozens of ways to save. We believe...

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ACC Experts: Staying safe in an online world

Posted on Mon, 10/19/2020 - 11:09am

Written by Emilie Kuntz, ACC Senior IT Security Analyst  “If you connect it, protect it.”  October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and we want to keep you informed on what that means to Austin Community College District (ACC). Here are...

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Dr. Gary Moreno, El Centro Latino/Latin American Studies Center director

ACC talks Hispanic Heritage Month with Gary Moreno

Posted on Thu, 10/15/2020 - 12:02pm

Throughout Hispanic Heritage Month, Austin Community College District (ACC) sits down with influential and accomplished faculty and staff to discuss what Hispanic Heritage Month means to them. Meet Dr. Gary Moreno, ACC's new director of the Latino/...

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ACC Experts: Nine things to know about Breast Cancer

Posted on Thu, 10/15/2020 - 11:18am

  Written by: Tama Barrows RT.R.M.CT and Pamela Ivey RT.R.M, ACC Radiology graduates   October is breast cancer awareness month, and it’s when we like to remind everyone of the importance of women’s breast health. Here are the top nine things you...

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Dr. Susan Thomason

ACC talks Hispanic Heritage Month with Susan Thomason

Posted on Wed, 10/14/2020 - 5:47pm

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. Dr. Susan (Susy)...

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Dr. Hector Aguilar

ACC talks Hispanic Heritage Month with Hector Aguilar

Posted on Thu, 10/08/2020 - 5:20pm

Throughout Hispanic Heritage Month, Austin Community College (ACC) asks influential and accomplished faculty and staff to discuss what Hispanic Heritage Month means to them and their advice for Hispanic/Latinx students. Dr. Hector Aguilar has worked...

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ACC talks Hispanic Heritage Month with Laura Marmolejo

Posted on Thu, 10/08/2020 - 4:37pm

Throughout Hispanic Heritage Month, Austin Community College District (ACC) sits down with influential and accomplished faculty and staff to discuss what Hispanic Heritage Month means to them. Dr. Laura Marmolejo is the department chair for Advanced...

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ACC Board of Trustees October 5 Recap

Posted on Thu, 10/08/2020 - 2:20pm

The Austin Community College District (ACC) Board of Trustees held its October regular meeting on Monday, October 5, via teleconference due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Below are highlights from the meeting. ACC Equity CouncilACC is...

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Congratulations August/September 2020 Bravo Award Recipients

Posted on Thu, 10/08/2020 - 12:44pm

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. ACC...

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Dr. Lauren Sebel, 2020-21 ACC Association of Professional-Technical Employees President

Meet the 2020-21 Association of Professional-Technical Employees President

Posted on Thu, 10/08/2020 - 11:39am

With a new academic year comes newly elected employee association presidents at Austin Community College District (ACC). We talk to the incoming 2020-21 presidents to learn more about them professionally and personally. Meet the 2020-21 ACC...

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ACC Fashion Incubator and Macy’s Barton Creek Square launch new, virtual program

Posted on Wed, 10/07/2020 - 12:57pm

Austin Community College District’s Fashion Incubator and Macy’s Barton Creek Square announce a new collaboration to help aspiring fashion designers and creative business owners explore what it takes to launch their own fashion business. Together,...

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Dr. Lydia CdeBaca-Cruz

ACC talks Hispanic Heritage Month with Lydia CdeBaca-Cruz

Posted on Wed, 10/07/2020 - 9:07am

Throughout Hispanic Heritage Month, Austin Community College (ACC) sits down with influential and accomplished faculty and staff to discuss what Hispanic Heritage Month means to them. Dr. Lydia CdeBaca-Cruz has been at ACC for four years. She...

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Dr. Guillermo (Willie) Martinez

ACC talks Hispanic Heritage Month with Guillermo (Willie) Martinez

Posted on Wed, 09/30/2020 - 3:40pm

Throughout Hispanic Heritage Month, Austin Community College District (ACC) sits down with influential and accomplished faculty and staff to discuss what Hispanic Heritage Month means to them. In his nine years at ACC, Dr. Guillermo (Willie)...

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Earning As: Summer 2020

Posted on Thu, 09/24/2020 - 12:09pm

This regular feature recognizes achievements, activities, and accolades of Austin Community College District (ACC) faculty and staff. To submit news or suggestions, see the contact information below. Excelencia in Education selected ACC's Transfer...

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Dr. Gary Moreno, El Centro Latino/Latin American Studies Center director

ACC names new Latino/Latin American Studies Center director

Posted on Thu, 09/24/2020 - 11:50am

The Austin Community College District (ACC) names Dr. Gary Moreno as the new director of El Centro, the college's Latino/Latin American Studies Center. Moreno will continue El Centro's mission to build connections between the college and the broader...

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HLC2 Connection to HLC4000 Lower Level

Construction updates at Highland and Rio Grande: September 2020

Posted on Thu, 09/24/2020 - 11:41am

Highland Campus 2014 Bond Phase 2By Pamela Collier, ACC Highland Phase 2 Project ManagerThe Black Box Theatre wood floor is being installed. The wood stage flooring in the Music Performance Hall will be installed soon. The fixed seating in the...

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