HR Connection: Benefits information, staff development workshops, and more

The following is provided by the Human Resources Department.


Annual benefits enrollment is July 10 – 24

This year’s annual benefits enrollment period is July 10 – July 24. Changes made during annual enrollment are effective September 1 for plan year 2016.

The Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS) administers benefits for the college. Employees can access benefit information and change their plan enrollment by going to the ERS website.

ACC will host its annual enrollment fair and presentation on Friday, July 24, from 9 a.m. to noon at Highland Business Center Room 201. Employees will have an opportunity to talk with vendors and ask questions about various benefit plans.

Employees unable to attend can view an annual enrollment WebEx presentation online beginning at 9:15 a.m. on July 24. View the webcast on ACC’s live steaming website.

ERS will host other presentations throughout the Austin area. See a listing on the ERS Summer Enrollment Event Schedule webpage.

Detailed annual enrollment information is available on the Human Resources Benefits webpage. Also, don’t forget to check out the new online employee benefits statement that displays ERS and ACC insurance benefits in a single statement. Find it through Online Services.

For assistance, email [email protected], or contact Alisol Martinez at 512-223-7800, Prisca Baker at 512-223-7537, Geri Edens at 512-223-7230, or Steve Hassel at 512-223-7617.

State employee benefits extended to same-sex spouses

Employees and retirees eligible for the Texas Employees Group Benefits Program (GBP) may enroll their same-sex spouses and dependent children of those spouses in coverages and services.

Read more at State employee benefits extended for same-sex spouses. For questions, call ERS at 877-275-4377.

Take advantage of upcoming staff professional development workshops

Employees are invited to sign up for July professional development workshops. Check the Workshop & Event Registration database for a complete listing and class locations.

Workshop name


Time & location

The Art of Conflict Resolution July 14 10-11:30 a.m.
HBC, Rm. 214
Google Apps at ACC July 17 9-10:30 a.m.
HBC, Rm. 218
Managing Under Pressure: Making Decisions July 22 2-3:30 p.m.
HBC, Rm. 410
Servant Leadership in Action: Applying Servant Leadership Principles to Enhance Teamwork July 23 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Highland Campus, Rm. 2217
Admin. Asst. Training Series: How Can Help You Develop YOUR Skills? July 24 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
HBC, Rm. 301 and online via WebEx

If a workshop is full, email [email protected] with the workshop name, date, and time. Some workshops may be able to accommodate additional participants. Remember to sign in or record your attendance to receive professional development credit.

Are you in compliance?

Mandatory employee training related to the Americans with Disabilities Act and sexual harassment prevention is available online. To register or check compliance status, visit the Workshop & Event Registration database. Remember to save or print course completion certification for documentation.

Free online tutorials available on

Staff and faculty can earn professional development credit through the thousands of free online tutorials offered on A sample of what’s available:

  • Education: “Classroom Management Fundamentals”; “Instructional Design Essentials: Adult Learners”
  • Web: “JavaScript for Web Designers”; “Creating a Responsive Web Design”
  • Business: “Managing Your Time”; “Improving Your Memory”

Go to the sign-up webpage, or follow the link on the HR website.

For questions about professional development workshops,, or mandatory training, contact the Staff Professional Development Department at 512-223-7997.

July featured employee discounts

Following are July’s featured discounts from the ACC Advantage Discount Program:

  • Get discounts of 10-30 percent or more on select configurations of Dell systems.
  • Shop and take 20 percent off your order.
  • Get 15 percent off orders or $295 or more plus free shipping at

Visit the ACC Advantage Discount Program website, or go to the HR Benefits webpage and click Employee Discounts in the left column.

Educational Recognition Award

Non-faculty employees in a staffing table position for at least 12 consecutive months may  be eligible for an Educational Recognition Award upon earning a degree or a college credit workforce technical certificate. Find the Educational Recognition Award application in the online forms inventory.

Celebrating recent retirees

ACC celebrates the following recent retirees. Retirees are recognized at Board of Trustees meetings for their years of service to the college.

Name Department Years of Service
Martha Meacham Instructional Technology 14.5
Jon Linum Learning Lab/Math 30
Maryam Fatehi Math 27


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