Student Success Team

Student success is an important priority for the Biotechnology Program and the entire ACC. There are a myriad of resources the College provides to help students succeed in achieving their academic and career goals. The Biotechnology program has made formal partnerships within and outside the college to support student success.
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BioAustin The central Texas Life Science industry organization

Capital IDEA is a Career Expressway Partner with Austin Community College (ACC)

Workforce Solutions Capital Area Workforce Board (WFS Capital Area) is the leadership and governing body for the regional workforce system

ACC/High School dual credit program

ACCTech: college credit for technical careers

The Highland Campus (HLC) is home to the ACCelerator, a high-tech learning lab which provides access to over 32,000 sq ft of 600 computer stations, technology-based instruction, and an extensive support network of advisors, tutors, and librarians all

ACCelerator, located at Highland Campus (HLC) is a high-tech learning lab which provides access to over 32,000 sq ft of 600 computer stations, technology-based instruction, and an extensive support network of advisors, tutors, and librarians all ready to help students succeed. The ACCelerator has an Academic Coaching Team dedicated to work with students on time management, self-advocacy, motivation, goal clarification in addition to academic assistance in the form of reading comprehension and study skills.

Workforce Solutions (WFS) is responsible for the planning and oversight of workforce development activities in the Austin/Travis county areas. WFS foster partnerships and collaborations to assist with recruiting and job placement activities in addition to providing online applicant recruitment and matching tool, one-on-one job assistance and career workshop training. The Biotechnology Program students participate in resume building and interview skills workshops in addition to a Job Search Clinic – a 3 hr intensive workshop training in job search strategies, resume and interviewing skills.

Capital Idea is a sponsorship program with a mission focused on employment addressing multiple barriers to non-traditional students including low-income and academically unprepared adults. They provide assistance to qualified adults to help them obtain a two year associates degree by sponsoring tuition, books, childcare and providing support, guidance and job placement. The Associates of Applied Science Degree in Biotechnology is a sponsored career. We have several Biotechnology Program students being sponsored by Capital Idea and we are working on access, awareness and accessibility to encourage more students wanting careers in Biotechnology without resources to access those so they can receive the necessary training to successfully enter the workforce.

ACCTech (formerly referred to as Tech Prep) is a way to start a college technical major in high school. In an ACCTech program, students begin their course of study in high school and continue in a community or technical college. Once students graduate from high school and complete one course at ACC, they can claim their banked credit and complete the remainder of their degree program. This saves students time, money and increase success in entering the skilled workforce.

Dual Credit (formerly referred to as Early College Start) allows high school juniors and seniors to start earning college credit before graduating from high school. Austin Community College enrolls eligible high school students through the Dual Credit program, allowing them to take up to two college courses per semester while still in high school. Courses may be taken at any ACC campus, ACC center, online, or at your high school campus if available. The Dual Credit program currently offers Biotechnology Courses at LASA and Anderson High Schools. To learn more about our dual credit high school biotechnology certificate visit this page:

BioAustin’s vision is a vibrant and prosperous life sciences industry in Austin and central Texas where companies expand and flourish, start-ups germinate and grow, and entrepreneurs are inspired and empowered. Everyone is welcome, networking and collaborations are encouraged and facilitated, and academia and industry are given a forum to successfully interact and partner such as during their semi-annual BioBash. This gathering is an informational, social and networking event to help facilitate partnerships within the biosciences community including industry and academic partners.

Student Success Stories

Cecil Shive
Cecil Shive ACC Student Success Story

After serving as a soldier in the Texas Army National Guard, Cecil took advantage of the G.I. Bill and returned to school to acquire new skills that are in demand for today’s job market. He decided to pursue an Associate’s Degree in Biotechnology because the program has a workforce focus with strong job placement success.


Kevin Strickland
Kevin Strickland ACC Student Success Story

Kevin returned to school in 2013 to pursue a career in life-sciences and quickly found a home in ACC’s Biotechnology Program.


Sonya Lopes-TellezSonya Lopez-Tellez

I would admit the program was very difficult, and many times I considered quitting or changing majors to something more easy. With the combined support of the biotech faculty and my husband I did not give up.