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Dr. Davis Jenkins spoke with ACC faculty and staff, including Soon Merz and Dr. Charles Cook, during his September visit.

Futures Institute gets underway

Austin Community College’s Futures Institute is at work gathering information that will guide new strategies for helping students complete a degree or certificate on time and move on to career-path jobs or university classes. The … Continue reading

Faculty and staff from around the college discuss strategies during a session with Dr. Davis Jenkins.

Learn about guiding principles for guided pathways

Austin Community College is taking the first steps toward implementing “guided pathways” at the college in fall 2016, as its 24-member Futures Institute looks at how programs and services can be reorganized to better support … Continue reading


In the wake of Oregon’s tragedy

A message from the President/CEO and Police Chief: Community colleges and universities across the nation have been watching the tragic events unfold at Umpqua Community College in Oregon. Austin Community College sends its heartfelt sympathy … Continue reading


ACC fall enrollment surpasses 41,000 credit students

Enrollment at Austin Community College is on the rise districtwide. According to final 12th day data, more than 41,000 students registered for classes so far this fall. “ACC’s student body has increased 38 percent in … Continue reading

Submit teaching, leadership award nominations by Nov. 6

Nominations for annual teaching and leadership awards are being accepted through Friday, November 6. ACC Teaching Excellence award Students, faculty, and staff are invited to nominate full-time or adjunct faculty members for the Teaching Excellence … Continue reading

Nominate faculty for Teaching Excellence award through Nov. 6

Know a great professor? Submit a nomination for ACC’s annual Teaching Excellence award by Friday, November 6. Each year the Teaching Excellence award honors faculty members whose knowledge, commitment, and teaching philosophy make them stand … Continue reading


State charitable campaign kicks off Oct. 1

This year’s State Employee Charitable Campaign kicks off Thursday, October 1, and continues until the end of the month. The campaign gives employees the opportunity to contribute to dozens of charities directly involved with helping … Continue reading


Official: Property Tax Notification

Dear ACC Taxpayers, The average ACC District homeowner’s tax bill is expected to increase in the coming year by $39, largely due to debt service resulting from the 2014 bond referendum approved by voters. The Board of Trustees’ … Continue reading


Help shape ACC’s future: Participate in Futures Institute survey

Members of Austin Community College’s Futures Institute are seeking input from the ACC community about plans to reorganize college programs and services into broad “guided pathways.” Guided pathways are designed to help students identify the … Continue reading


ACC awarded national grant to build regional biotech workforce

The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded Austin Community College $2.9 million to establish a regional center for biotechnology technicians. As one of two colleges nationwide awarded the NSF Division of Undergraduate Education grant, ACC will … Continue reading


Sign up for Oct. 30 Golf Scramble benefiting Emergency Fund

It’s that time of year again: ACC’s 10th annual Golf Scramble will be Friday, October 30, at the Riverside Campus golf course, 1020 Grove Blvd., Austin. Check-in begins at 7 a.m. for an 8 a.m. … Continue reading

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ACC Leadership Academy kicks off a new year

Members of the 2015-16 ACC Leadership Academy class are kicking off a year of learning and growth. The Academy is a leadership development program for full-time faculty and staff. Participants are chosen for their demonstrated … Continue reading


Going all in: Professor Liz Coccia teaches students to apply knowledge, share hope

For many, the thought of dealing with the disease of addiction is not exactly uplifting. But that’s just what Dr. Elizabeth Coccia, professor and chair of Austin Community College’s Human Services Department, found it to … Continue reading


ACC’s Honors Program hosts banned book celebration

Austin Community College’s Honors Program hosts “Banned,” a celebration honoring Banned Books Week, from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, September 30, at ACC Riverside Campus, Room 8100 (1020 Grove Blvd.). The event explores the … Continue reading

On Track to graduate? Take thee steps.

On track to graduate? Take these steps now

Next graduation application deadline is Friday, October 2 You’ve taken many steps to complete college. In addition to completing your degree plan, there are other important steps for you to take in order to graduate. 1. … Continue reading


Highland Campus, ACCelerator open extended hours

Austin Community College’s Highland Campus and ACCelerator computer lab now are open later during the week and on weekends to give students more time to use the ACCelerator, visit the library, get tutoring, or take … Continue reading


ACC students tackle political conflicts at Constitution Day Debate

The Austin Community College District (ACC) hosts Austin Mayor Steve Adler at its ninth annual Constitution Day Debate Celebration honoring the signing of the U.S. Constitution. Students will discuss current critical issues such as religious … Continue reading


ACC hosts information session for healthcare aide training

Austin Community College (ACC) will host an information session for those interested in quick career training and advancement opportunities in the growing field of nursing/medical aides. The session will be from noon to 2 p.m. … Continue reading


ACC’s Early College High School program enrolling homeschoolers

Austin Community College (ACC) is hosting a series of information sessions for homeschooled students interested in enrolling in the Early College High School (ECHS) Independent Learners Program. The program enables qualified, motivated students to earn … Continue reading


“ACC Votes” hosts Sen. Kirk Watson for voter registration rally

“ACC Votes,” a non-partisan initiative of the Austin Community College District (ACC), is hosting a voter registration rally from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, September 22, at Highland Campus (6101 Airport Blvd.) in honor National … Continue reading

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ACC dance students perform in groundbreaking collaborations

Austin Community College (ACC) students are collaborating with industry professionals and the College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas at Austin in a series of performances at the Texas Performing Arts’ McCullough Theatre … Continue reading


Number of ACC Foundation scholarship awards increase

The number of student scholarships awarded this fall by the Austin Community College Foundation has increased for the 12th consecutive year. The Foundation awarded more than $825,000 to more than 500 students for the current … Continue reading


APTE food drive helps replenish Hays food bank

Members of the Austin Community College Association of Professional and Technical Employees delivered 684 pounds of donated items to the Hays County Food Bank September 11. The group surpassed its goal of 555 items (the … Continue reading


Bond projects update: Committees weigh options, evaluate proposals

Austin Community College continues to fine-tune plans for its districtwide bond projects. Administrators and project teams, assisted by department leadership, faculty, and staff, are determining how to execute projects simultaneously while minimizing disruption to students … Continue reading


ACC, Gallaudet create bachelor’s degree pathway

The Austin Community College District is launching a new partnership with Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., that will allow students in the ACC American Sign Language and Interpreter Training (ASLIT) Program an opportunity to continue … Continue reading

HR Connection: New sick leave donation option; employee discounts

New option for sick leave donations A new state law effective September 1 allows ACC employees to donate sick leave hours to another ACC employee they designate. This type of sick leave donation should not … Continue reading

Save the date for Dec. 11 holiday party

Plan to celebrate the holidays at this year’s employee holiday party Friday, December 11, at the Hyatt Regency at Town Lake (208 Barton Springs Rd., Austin). Tickets may be purchased online only through ACC MarketPlace … 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. Riverbats Employee of the Year Student Life Coordinator Angela Robertson is … Continue reading

Share your thoughts: Complete employee survey by Oct. 2

Austin Community College employees are encouraged to offer feedback about the college, its mission, and its operations through the 2015 ACC Climate Survey. Employees will be emailed a link to the survey on Monday, September … Continue reading

Biden ACCelerator Math Demo

Dr. Jill Biden praises ACC in national speech

Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden praised Austin Community College, the ACCelerator learning lab, and the college’s MATD 0421 math class during a recent appearance with President Barack Obama promoting the president’s free community college initiative. … Continue reading

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