Stackable credentials put ACC grad to work faster

Congratulations to Louis Wooderts, a hospitality management student who is graduating for a second time from Austin Community College – first with a hospitality management certificate and now his associate degree in the same field.

Wooderts completed the 26-credit certificate first in order to gain a professional income and experience while he continued his studies toward a hotel and restaurant management degree. These certificates are called “stackable credentials,” because they allow career/technical students to complete milestones en route to earning the Associate of Applied Science.

“I was able to do what I love and add on to my education,” says Wooderts, who works full-time as regional service director for Emeritus Senior Living, a retirement community.

Michelle Fitzpatrick, chair of the Hospitality Management Department, saw firsthand how Wooderts got ahead faster by stacking credentials.

“Louis is a very determined student,” says Fitzpatrick. “He knew the long-term value of having this degree for his career. There were many long days, but he pushed forward with a smile and inspired the students around him.”

Wooderts credits his family for helping him earn his college degree.

“My wife cleaned out a room in the house to be my study,” he says. “She encouraged me to keep going and finish.”

To learn more about the ACC Hospitality Department visit or call (512) 223.5274.

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