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ACC will close in observance of Memorial Day

Austin Community College will close in observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 25. All offices will reopen at 8 a.m. Tuesday, May 26.


AA+ Bond rating affirms ACC’s fiscal strength

College prepares to sell $175 million in general obligation bonds approved by voters last November The Austin Community College District (ACC) continues to show fiscal strength according to recent bond ratings released by Fitch, Standard … Continue reading


Tackle new tech tools at Software Day June 12

Looking to sharpen your computer skills? Plan to attend Austin Community College’s Software Day Friday, June 12, at Highland Business Center. Faculty and staff can learn about several popular programs and applications. Sessions include: Have … Continue reading


Congratulations spring graduates!

Austin Community College honored hundreds of graduates at its spring commencement ceremony May 14 in the Frank Erwin Center. “Let this be a starting point for greater things,” said Daniel Chitty, ACC graduate and Presidential … Continue reading


ACC honors first graduates of early college high school

Thirteen high school seniors awarded associate degree at college’s spring commencement The Austin Community College District (ACC) honored 13 students from its first early college high school cohort during spring commencement Thursday, May 14, at … Continue reading

Celebrate our grads May 14; faculty/staff shuttle offered

Austin Community College will celebrate its spring graduates at commencement at 6 p.m., Thursday, May 14, at the Frank Erwin Center (1701 Red River St.). A faculty and staff shuttle to the event will depart … Continue reading


ACC honors graduates at spring commencement

Ceremony includes college’s first early college high school graduates The Austin Community College District (ACC) will celebrate its spring graduates during commencement at 6 p.m., Thursday, May 14, at the Frank Erwin Center (1701 Red … Continue reading


Bravo to April award recipients

Congratulations to the following Riverbats Bravo award recipients for April. Nominated by their colleagues, Riverbats Bravo award recipients are eligible for the Riverbats Excellence award given each semester to one employee from each campus. Visit … Continue reading

Board of Trustees briefs

The Austin Community College District Board of Trustees held its regular session on Monday, March 4, at Highland Business Center. Following is a summary of some of the items discussed. To view meeting agendas and … Continue reading


Todaro elected American Library Association president

Austin Community College Dean of Library Services Dr. Julie Todaro has been elected president of the American Library Association (ALA). Todaro is the first community college librarian to become the chief elected officer of the … Continue reading

From the Provost: Dept. of Education visit; Futures Institute

Department of Education review Representatives from the U.S. Department of Education visited ACC April 27-May 1 to review the college’s compliance with programs relating to Title IV of the Higher Education Act (financial aid), the … Continue reading

Visiting scholar shares expertise with faculty

 Austin Community College’s Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL) in April hosted visiting scholar Dr. James Rhem. A nationally recognized expert on teaching and learning, Rhem is the editor of the National Teaching & … Continue reading

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Honor society international president among graduates at spring commencement

Ten years ago Daniel Chitty couldn’t see college in his future. “I was struggling to find a place where I fit in; I thought I was destined for a below-average life,” says Chitty. “I tried … Continue reading

HR Connection: PEP, Supervisor Certificate, retirees, and more

The following is provided by the HR Department 2015 Performance Excellence Program system available May 11 The Performance Excellence Program (PEP) process applies to all classified, professional-technical, and administrator employees. These employee evaluations provide an … Continue reading

ACC Leadership Academy applications due June 12

Faculty or staff interested in applying for the 2015-2016 class of the ACC Leadership Academy must submit applications by Friday, June 12. The ACC Leadership Academy is a leadership development program for full-time faculty and … Continue reading


ACC hosts AustinED Summit June 11

Faculty and staff are invited to explore ways to better prepare students for higher education at Austin Community College’s first AustinED Summit Thursday, June 11, at Riverside Campus. The daylong summit, “Sharing the Learning Journey,” … Continue reading

ACC to adopt new tools, processes for enrollment, registration

Austin Community College is adopting new tools and modifying activities to ease the on-boarding process for incoming students. An overview of plans follows; details will be posted in the coming months. GPS discontinued: Beginning June … Continue reading


ACC to expand Early College High School program

ECHS student success prompts addition of Del Valle and Hays Consolidated ISDs  Austin Community College (ACC) is expanding its Early College High School (ECHS) program into the Del Valle and Hays Consolidated Independent School Districts. … Continue reading

ACC STEM students design and develop a solar-powered water disinfection system.

ACC students receive EPA award for innovative water disinfection project

Student-developed system uses solar power to disinfect household water A team of 26 Austin Community College (ACC) students was awarded honorable mention for their solar-powered water disinfection system at the National Sustainable Design Expo in … Continue reading

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ACC begins work on Highland Phase II

Mall closes to make way for region’s first Workforce Innovation Center On April 30 Highland Mall will close to the public, allowing Austin Community College (ACC) to begin pre-construction and abatement work that will transform … Continue reading


ACC’s Center for Public Policy and Political Studies hosts fundraiser

 “Building Tomorrow’s Leaders” features keynote speaker Bill Blackstone The Austin Community College District’s Center for Public Policy and Political Studies (CPPPS) will hold its 7th annual fundraiser luncheon 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, … Continue reading

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National education leaders deliver joint spring commencement speech

With more than three decades of service, husband and wife Drs. Walter and Aileen Bumphus have established unprecedented leadership in education. Their distinguished careers span a variety of roles including primary school and college administrator, … Continue reading


ACC Luggage Drive Benefits Foster Care Alumni

Austin Community College’s seventh annual luggage drive is underway to benefit teenagers leaving the foster care system. When teenagers in foster care graduate from high school, they often leave their foster residences with their belongings … Continue reading

Help shape ACC’s future: Apply to Futures Institute by May 22

Austin Community College faculty and staff are invited to apply to participate in a new group that will examine ways to redesign college programs and services to better support students’ on-time completion. The ACC Futures … Continue reading

Take note: Online tuition payment system down Apr. 27

Austin Community College’s online tuition payment system will be down from midnight to 1 p.m. on Monday, April 27 for maintenance. Students may make payments in person at any campus Cashier Office. See Cashier Office … Continue reading


ACC hosts rally and march against sexual violence

College’s inaugural “Take Back the Night” event  11 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Tuesday, April 28| Highland Campus 6101 Airport Blvd. Austin Community College (ACC) will host its inaugural “Take Back the Night” march, rally, and vigil to raise … Continue reading

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ACC hosts green and sustainable initiatives in honor of Earth Day

Districtwide programs generate more than $100,000 in clean energy Austin Community College (ACC) will commemorate Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22, with a week of events to increase environmental awareness and promote sustainability initiatives. “The … Continue reading


Echevarria-Cruz receives Fulbright award

Dr. Samuel Echevarria-Cruz, chair of Austin Community College’s Department of Sociology and Social Work, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to teach and perform research in Romania. Echevarria-Cruz will spend nine months teaching sociology, … Continue reading

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ACC students recognized and awarded at statewide convention

The Austin Community College (ACC) student-run newspaper, Accent, received five awards at the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association (TIPA) 2015 convention last weekend in San Antonio. “It’s incredible to receive recognition like this from our peers,” … Continue reading


RenEarl Bowie shares law enforcement experience in the field and classroom

From his days patrolling Texas’ highways as a state trooper, to his current role in charge of the Regulatory Services Division at the Texas Department of Public Safety, Assistant Director RenEarl Bowie has covered a … Continue reading

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