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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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ACC accepting applications for free college prep program

Classes equip students with knowledge and tools to enter college & succeed Enrollment is underway for Austin Community College’s summer Transitions Program, a free college preparation course for adults. Applications are due by Friday, May 8. … Continue reading

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ACC hosts employers at collegewide job fair

Businesses looking to fill more than 4,000 regional job openings Austin Community College (ACC) will host its districtwide Spring Job & Internship Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, through Thursday, April … Continue reading

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ACC symposium examines impact of world conflict on children

Austin Community College will host a symposium to raise awareness of global and regional struggles children face at the fourth annual Peace and Conflict Studies Spring Symposium  “The Right to Peace: Growing Up with Conflict” … Continue reading

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ACC hosts founder of the National Teaching and Learning FORUM as visiting scholar in April

Austin Community College is hosting visiting scholar Dr. James Rhem through the month of April. A nationally recognized expert on teaching and learning, Dr. Rhem has created several teacher publications including the Teaching Professor and the … Continue reading

ACC to adopt new tool for student advising, registering

Austin Community College is replacing the WebAdvisor system (Online Services tools) with Self Service, Ellucian’s next-generation software designed to provide students, faculty, and staff with “anytime, anywhere” access to academic information and services. The first … Continue reading

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From Bunker to Brilliance: Highland Campus phase II underway

As Austin Community College’s Highland Campus continues to attract both students and national acclaim, work is underway on the next phase of ACC’s project to transform a 44-year-old shopping mall into a regional center for … Continue reading

From the provost: CCSSE High-Impact Practices Institute; Capital Academies

An ACC team recently attended the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) 2015 High-Impact Practices Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Participating with me were President/CEO Dr. Richard Rhodes, Virginia Fraire, vice president for … Continue reading

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Earth Day celebrations showcase ACC sustainability initiatives

As communities worldwide commemorate the 45th annual Earth Day on April 22, Austin Community College continues to cultivate its own award-winning sustainability initiatives. Following are a few of the many activities planned. Check the ACC … Continue reading

Earning A’s: Faculty and staff activities, accomplishments, & accolades

This regular feature recognizes the activities and honors received by ACC faculty and staff. To submit news or suggestions, see the contact information below. Bringing science to the suburbs Torvald Hessel, assistant adjunct professor of … Continue reading

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ACC’s annual Student Art Exhibition showcases exceptional work

Austin Community College invites the community to view its 39th annual Student Art Exhibition April 4 – May 3 at Julia C. Butridge Gallery in The Dougherty Arts Center (1110 Barton Springs Rd.). Approximately 70 … Continue reading

Congrats to March Bravo award recipients

ACC congratulates the March recipients of the Riverbats Bravo award. Nominated by their colleagues, Riverbats Bravo award recipients will be eligible for the Riverbats Excellence award given each semester to one employee from each campus. … Continue reading

Employee “Exercise Stars” model good fitness habits

ACC congratulates those participating in the inaugural “Become an ACC Exercise Star” program to promote physical activity. More than 300 employees set a goal of exercising at least 400 or 900 minutes over a six-week … Continue reading

HR Connection: Financial Planning Fair, employee evaluations, retiree benefits info, and more

Financial Planning Fair April 29 Human Resources Benefits is hosting the annual Financial Planning Fair Wednesday, April 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Highland Business Center. The fair and workshops give employees an opportunity to evaluate … Continue reading

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ACC hosts honors student reception

Austin Community College (ACC) invites current and prospective honors students to the 2015 Honors Program reception Thursday, April 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Eastview Campus, Room 8500 (3401 Webberville Rd.). Instructors will preview … Continue reading

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ACC Hosts Ninth Annual Día de La Familia

Community invited to Riverside Campus for free educational resources Austin Community College invites families and students to the ninth annual Día de la Familia festival on Saturday, May 2, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Riverside Campus, … Continue reading

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ACC 1-on-1 offers students personalized help with registration

Austin Community College (ACC) is hosting its popular 1-on-1 program from April 1 through April 30 to help prospective, current, and former students with personalized assistance and questions about classes, registration, and getting started at … Continue reading

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Bond rating affirms ACC’s continued fiscal strength

Bond rating agency Fitch has affirmed the AA+ ratings on Austin Community College District’s $82.7 million in outstanding limited-tax bonds. “ACC remains committed to being good stewards of taxpayer funds,” says Ben Ferrell, executive vice … Continue reading

Learn new skills or complete mandatory training at April sessions

Following are some of the staff professional development opportunities available in April.   Workshop Date and Time Location Assessing Leadership Skills for Hiring People (for supervisors*) April 10 9-10:30 a.m. Highland Business Center Room 301 … Continue reading

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