Coronavirus

Summer & fall planning

Posted on Mon, 04/12/2021 - 3:12pm

ACC continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic in Central Texas including local case and vaccination rates to help guide college planning for summer and fall. Beginning summer 2021, the college expects to provide more in-person and hybrid...

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A Campus Conversation: Transitioning to a 'new normal'

Posted on Thu, 03/11/2021 - 1:01pm

As ACC continues to monitor the changing dynamics of the COVID-19 pandemic, the leadership team gathered for a live Campus Conversation with the Chancellor to provide an update on how the college is adapting. "I've been in higher education...

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ACC students, faculty & staff support COVID-19 vaccinations at COTA

Posted on Thu, 03/11/2021 - 12:34pm

Austin Community College District (ACC) supported the community-wide COVID-19 vaccination event at Circuit of the Americas March 5 - 7. ACC Nursing students and faculty were selected to help administer vaccines. Additional college faculty and staff...

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ACC launches new financial aid for students impacted by COVID-19

Posted on Tue, 01/26/2021 - 12:28pm

Austin Community College District (ACC) is helping students pay for college. ACC is launching a new federal financial aid program to support students impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic with tuition support. The Coronavirus Response and...

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Nominate an essential female worker to be recognized in a public art project

Posted on Tue, 01/05/2021 - 4:37pm

An Austin Community College District (ACC) photography professor is looking for essential female workers for a new public art project that will be featured on buildings throughout Austin. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit Central Texas, Sarah Wilson,...

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2020 Year in Review

Posted on Thu, 12/17/2020 - 3:51pm

2020 has been a year like no other. As we mark the end of the year, we look back at the lessons learned and achievements and accomplishments that occurred collegewide to promote equity and inclusion and keep our students on track. JANUARYThe new...

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Application Assistance now available in person by appointment only

ACC to begin offering on-campus, in-person application assistance for spring registration

Posted on Fri, 12/04/2020 - 1:17pm

Austin Community College District (ACC) is gradually expanding on-campus services to help enroll students for spring classes. Beginning Monday, December 7, the college will offer in-person application assistance. Visitors will be required to...

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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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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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Virtual student support services

Posted on Thu, 11/12/2020 - 1:52pm

A full menu of student support services remains available to all students virtually. See Student Resources for more information. Students who indicate a need for a computing device through the Student Technology Services website are eligible to...

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Health & safety protocols on campus

Posted on Thu, 11/12/2020 - 1:49pm

All who come to ACC campuses and centers are required to follow new health and safety protocols to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 and better ensure the health, safety, and well-being of all students, faculty, and staff. Requirements...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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ACC Center for Peace and Conflict Studies hosts webinar on ‘Peace in Relationships’

Posted on Wed, 04/22/2020 - 4:35pm

Austin Community College’s (ACC) Peace and Conflict Studies program goes virtual Friday, April 24, from noon to 1:15 p.m for a webinar on “Peace in Relationships: Leveraging Conflict for a Happier Life During and After the Pandemic.”  The event...

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ACC launches virtual events calendar

Posted on Wed, 04/22/2020 - 11:13am

As Austin Community College (ACC) transitions to virtual working, teaching, and learning environments, so do collegewide events. Many of the college events that were previously canceled are now available in online formats. To view all events, visit...

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COVID-19 Update

Austin Community College implements new campus hours of operations to help slow spread of COVID-19

Posted on Fri, 04/17/2020 - 2:32pm

UPDATE:  To assist faculty and staff who may need final access to their offices. ACC will allow access to all campuses from Monday, April 20, through Friday, April 24, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. After Friday, April 24, new campus hours of operation...

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Month-in-Review: February/March 2020

Posted on Thu, 04/16/2020 - 10:54am

COVID-19 responseACC work and classes transitioned to remote environments following the spring break in an effort to slow the spread of the Coronavirus, COVID-19. The college launched an informational webpage — austincc.edu/coronavirus — in early...

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COVID-19 Update: New paid leave policies for employees

Posted on Thu, 04/16/2020 - 10:49am

Following the passage of the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), Austin Community College (ACC) is implementing two new policies regarding paid leave for employees as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak — the...

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Keep a Dream Going: Student Emergency Fund applications increase

Student Emergency Fund requests increase tenfold due to COVID-19

Posted on Thu, 04/16/2020 - 10:45am

Austin Community College (ACC) is just shy of its goal to raise $300,000 for the Student Emergency Fund to help more students in crisis. Many ACC students struggled to meet their basic needs in the past year, and the COVID-19 outbreak has only...

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ACC provides students complete, unlimited tutoring online for free

Posted on Wed, 04/15/2020 - 10:37am

Unlimited, free tutoring is now available completely online for Austin Community College (ACC) students looking for extra support to finish the semester. All ACC courses will remain online through summer 2020 to help contain the spread of the...

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COVID-19 Update

ACC to receive $13 million to support students impacted by COVID-19

Posted on Fri, 04/10/2020 - 5:08pm

Austin Community College (ACC) will receive $13,907,800 through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund to support students through the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The fund was authorized as part of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and...

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