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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Back to Business: Employee Resources

Support resources for faculty and staff during the COVID-19 outbreak

Posted on Fri, 04/10/2020 - 12:06pm

Austin Community College (ACC) offers training sessions, webinars, and support tips to support your transition to remote working, teaching, and learning environments. REMOTE WORKThe Office of Information Technology produced the ACC Virtual Workspace...

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Earning As: February 2020

Posted on Thu, 02/27/2020 - 2:21pm

This regular feature recognizes achievements, activities, and accolades of ACC faculty and staff. To submit news or suggestions, see the contact information below. Austin Community College (ACC) made the San Marcos Daily Record's Best of Hays Top 3...

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Month-in-Review: January/February 2020

Posted on Thu, 02/27/2020 - 12:56pm

ACC faculty and staff prepare for new semester at Spring Development DaySpring Development Day, held on Friday, January 17, welcomed ACC faculty and staff to a new semester with a full day of work sessions to enhance practices and processes, improve...

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A Message from the Vice President of IT

Posted on Thu, 02/27/2020 - 12:50pm

From Imad Constantini, Information Technology vice president: New Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) ImplementationProgress continues on Austin Community College District's (ACC) new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software implementation. On...

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Construction updates at Highland and Rio Grande: February 2020

Posted on Thu, 02/27/2020 - 11:39am

Rio Grande Campus RenovationsBy Paul Mason, Rio Grande Renovations Project Manager Persistent rainy, damp conditions slowed the rate of progress a bit in February, but construction continued to progress well.  Spray foam insulation applied to...

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Districtwide Campus Master Planning Process entering final stretch

Posted on Thu, 02/27/2020 - 11:21am

With the Districtwide Campus Master Planning Process (DCMP) approximately two-thirds of the way through, the Austin Community College (ACC) Board of Trustees heard an update from the project team at its February 17 work session. Pfluger Architects,...

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ACC Board of Trustees February 3 Meeting Recap

Posted on Thu, 02/13/2020 - 10:29am

The Austin Community College District (ACC) Board of Trustees met for its regular meeting on Monday, February 3, to learn about a new partnership with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, hear updates on Developmental Math and spring enrollment...

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#RealCollege Survey results show ACC students lack food & housing security

Posted on Thu, 02/13/2020 - 9:41am

Nearly two-thirds of Austin Community College (ACC) students struggled to find affordable food and housing in the past year, according to the 2019 #RealCollege Survey Institution Report released February 12. The report, prepared by the Hope Center...

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Michael & Susan Dell Foundation to help fund Career Scholars Program

Posted on Thu, 02/13/2020 - 8:55am

Austin Community College (ACC) has partnered with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation to help fund the college's Career Scholars program for graduating high school students. The Foundation announced it would pledge $1.25 million over five years...

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Changes to Developmental Math curriculum adding up to student success

Posted on Thu, 02/13/2020 - 8:17am

The number of students enrolled in Developmental Math at Austin Community College (ACC) is declining — and that's a good thing. "That means we are getting them into their college credit courses faster," says Dr. Charles Cook, provost/executive vice...

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ACC named top-producer of Fulbright U.S. Scholars for second consecutive year

Posted on Tue, 02/11/2020 - 11:13am

For the second straight year, Austin Community College District (ACC) is recognized as a top producer of Fulbright Scholars. The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs released its 2019-2020 list Monday, February 10....

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ACC Board of Trustees January 13 Recap

Posted on Thu, 01/23/2020 - 8:58am

The Austin Community College District (ACC) Board of Trustees met for its regular meeting on Monday, January 13, to hear college updates, discuss legislative priorities, appoint members to the regional advisory committees (RAC), and discuss student...

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ACC promotes racial equity through National Day of Racial Healing

Posted on Wed, 01/22/2020 - 4:05pm

"My dad is British, I am French, and my mom is from the West Indies so it can be hard to fit into a certain category. My artwork shows you don't have to be part of the category, you can be who you are, and that should be enough,” says Allison...

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Academic Master Plan launches with strategic planning meeting

Posted on Wed, 01/22/2020 - 12:58pm

Austin Community College kicked off the planning process for the 2020-25 Academic Master Plan (AMP) during a strategic planning meeting Wednesday, January 15, with representatives from ACC's academic areas including deans and program chairs and the...

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New tuition payment structure shows initial success

Posted on Wed, 01/22/2020 - 10:52am

Austin Community College (ACC) implemented its new tuition payment structure for spring 2020 and the new approach has seen initial success. "Overall, the implementation has gone well," says Dr. Richard Rhodes, ACC president/CEO. "That's a testament...

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ACC seeks feedback for dual credit proposals

Posted on Tue, 01/21/2020 - 4:27pm

Austin Community College (ACC) is considering several proposals to provide better support for high school students enrolled in dual credit courses. The college is seeking feedback from faculty and staff. Dual credit students comprise 18 percent of...

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2019 Year in Review

Posted on Thu, 01/16/2020 - 10:50am

Austin Community College accomplished a lot in 2019. The college celebrated its highest number of spring and fall graduates, which included the first graduating class of RN-to-BSN students; opened the new ACC Fashion Incubator at ACC Highland;...

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Earning As: January 2020

Posted on Thu, 01/16/2020 - 9:40am

This regular feature recognizes achievements, activities, and accolades of ACC faculty and staff. To submit news or suggestions, see the contact information below. Governor Greg Abbott appointed ACC President/CEO Dr. Richard Rhodes to the Texas...

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Amanda Dean, ACC ombudsperson

A Message from the Ombudsman: Reflecting on my first six months

Posted on Thu, 01/16/2020 - 9:23am

From the Office of the Ombudsperson: I have learned a lot in my first six months serving as the inaugural ombudsperson for ACC, and there are plenty of things I am still figuring out. One of the most inspiring things I have seen is that ACC...

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Construction updates at Highland and Rio Grande: January 2020

Posted on Wed, 01/15/2020 - 12:04pm

RIO GRANDE CAMPUS RENOVATIONSBy Paul Mason, Rio Grande Renovations Project Manager Construction teams commemorated the topping-out of Rio Grande Campus on Wednesday, January 22. The event marked an important milestone for the project. InteriorInside...

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ACC congratulates 2020 Teaching and Leadership Excellence Award recipients

Posted on Tue, 01/07/2020 - 4:35pm

Austin Community College (ACC) congratulates recipients of its annual Excellence in Teaching and Leadership Awards. Leadership AwardsRecipients of the ACC Leadership Award are recognized for going above and beyond the duties listed in their job...

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ACC Board of Trustees December 2 Recap

Posted on Tue, 12/17/2019 - 9:45am

The Austin Community College District (ACC) Board of Trustees met for its regular meeting on Monday, December 2, to hear college updates, discuss a new degree, and vote on a contract for a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) software provider to...

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Parking at ACC is going digital

Posted on Tue, 12/17/2019 - 9:32am

Hangtags could be a thing of the past at Austin Community College (ACC) as the college looks to revamp its parking system to make on-campus parking throughout the district easier, safer, and more convenient. "Parking is becoming increasingly...

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A Message from Student Affairs: Supplemental Instruction Study Sessions Target Student Success

Posted on Tue, 12/17/2019 - 9:01am

Student Leaders Mentor Their Classmates In Math, Science, History and MoreThe Supplemental Instruction (SI) review sessions program launched in 2008 is a proven success strategy for increasing student GPAs and reinforcing study skills for their...

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ACC Board selects new ERP provider

Posted on Tue, 12/17/2019 - 8:46am

The process to replace Austin Community College District's Colleague software continues to move forward. At its December 2 regular meeting, the Board of Trustees voted to approve contract negotiations with Workday, Inc. to implement and provide...

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ACC hears from the community about the future of Pinnacle

Posted on Mon, 12/16/2019 - 10:12pm

Austin Community College held two Community Conversations in southwest Austin in December to provide updates on the college's Districtwide Campus Master Plan (DCMP) and let the community weigh in on the future of its 58-acre Pinnacle Campus. Dozens...

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