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Construction updates at Highland and Rio Grande: May/June 2020

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

Snack Box Distribution

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MyACC faculty and staff portals launch this fall

Posted on 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 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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ACC goes virtual with 1-on-1 sessions to answer questions about college & prepare students for online/hybrid learning

Posted on 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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Samsung Apprenticeship helps ACC Manufacturing student earn and learn

Posted on 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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A student getting his temperature scanned.

First week back: ACC cautiously implements return-to-campus plan

Posted on 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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A large letter A and C being installed on the East facing side of the Highland Campus parking garage.

New ACC Highland signage now up on south parking garage

Posted on 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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students studying, psychology course

ACC named No. 1 college in Texas for university transfer.

Posted on 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).

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Two Tales of Transferring: Finding Your Path in Life

Posted on 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 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 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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