Monthly Archives: February 2018

President’s Podcast: Building Equity: Putting Ideas into Action

Community colleges are working diligently to overcome one of the longest-standing equity gaps in our arena: Persistence and graduation rates among historically underserved students of color.   ACC President/CEO Dr. Richard M. Rhodes discusses social … Continue reading

So You Want to be an Engineer?

Learn about the engineering profession from experts in Austin Community College’s Engineering Program.  “So You Want to be an Engineer” will be 10 a.m. Friday, February 23, at Highland Campus, Room 2405 (6101 Highland Campus Dr.). … Continue reading

Maricela Juárez: Lo que un día era un sueño lejano

Maricela Juárez, de 45 años, no ha perdido la esperanza de cumplir su sueño de trabajar en el sistema de justicia penal de Texas. “Estoy trabajando en mi título asociado en justicia penal en Austin … Continue reading

Amplify Scholarships for ACC Students During Amplify Austin on March 1-2

Help support student scholarships during Amplify Austin, a communitywide day of charitable giving, from Thursday, March 1, at 6 p.m. through Friday, March 2, at 6 p.m. ACC’s Alumni Network is participating in Amplify Austin … Continue reading

Welcome new leadership: Wayne Maines, vice president of safety and operations

Dr. Wayne Maines joins Austin Community College in the new role of vice president of safety and operations, where he leads efforts to ensure the safety, security, and building operations are maintained throughout the district’s. … Continue reading

ACC examines species facing extinction in Global Issues Speaker Series

Austin Community College will present a discussion of the global biodiversity crisis as part of the college’s 2018 Global Issues Speaker Series. Hosted by ACC’s International Programs, the presentation is Wednesday, February 28, from 5 … Continue reading

ARMA spring Shred Day, April 28

ACC’s Records and Information Management reminds employees that ARMA Austin is offering free shredding of household documents at its annual fall Shred Day Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at ACC … Continue reading

Reaching for the stars: ACC student operates rovers at NASA

Tanisha Bowman spent four days at NASA building and operating rovers. She isn’t an engineer or scientist, at least not yet. Bowman is a student at ACC studying computer science. After a competitive application process, … Continue reading

Austin Community College District recognized for online learning excellence

Austin Community College (ACC) is a top two-year college in the state of Texas for online learning according to, a national resource on affordability and excellence in higher education. “ACC is dedicated to growing … Continue reading

Los fondos del Pell Grant ahora están disponibles en el verano

Los estudiantes actuales de Austin Community College (ACC) ahora pueden solicitar fondos adicionales del Pell Grant para cursos de verano. Se puede acceder a los fondos para los estudiantes que han utilizado toda su ayuda … Continue reading

Pell Grant funding now available in the summer

Current Austin Community College (ACC) students can begin to apply for additional Pell Grant funding now available for summer courses. Funding is accessible for students who have used their entire financial aid award during the … Continue reading

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

  This regular feature recognizes activities and honors of ACC faculty and staff. To submit news or suggestions, see the contact information below.   Dr. Connie P. Williams, manager, Highland Testing Center, will be inducted … Continue reading

Using YouTube to boost classroom lessons

Beginning in the 1970’s, ACC’s Department of Drafting and Design taught future drafters, designers, architects and engineers how to use traditional drafting boards and drawing tools to create complex technical drawings. Then, in the mid-1980’s, … Continue reading

Lifelong learner and teacher

John D. Lancaster, PhD, is a lifelong learner, and has the teaching and learning experience to prove it. Lancaster, Program Coordinator and Professor in ACC’s Building Construction Technology program, completed his first degree in 1971, … Continue reading

Bond Projects Update: Elgin, Round Rock, and San Gabriel

Elgin Grand Opening ACC Elgin Campus celebrated the grand opening of Phase 2 on February 6. View photos from the event here. The expansion includes specialized facilities for the college’s Veterinary Technology and Sustainable Agriculture … Continue reading

ACC hosts interactive social justice event: The Defamation Experience

Austin Community College invites the public to participate in an interactive social justice event 10 a.m. to noon Friday, February 23, at Eastview Campus, Room 8500 (3401 Webberville Rd.). “The Defamation Experience” is a play that incorporates … Continue reading

Roland C. Hayes: Helping students be the best they can be

Roland C. Hayes, African-American Cultural Center director and history professor, shares his inspiration in helping students achieve their dreams. Hayes was awarded the Austin NAACP Lifetime Achievement Award December 2 during the organization’s 52nd annual DeWitty/Overton … Continue reading

ACC congratulates teaching, leadership award recipients

Austin Community College congratulates the recipients of the following annual awards recognizing excellence in teaching and leadership. “These faculty, staff, and administrators are outstanding and contribute so much to our ACC community through their hard … Continue reading

February HR Connection: IRS forms issued, retirees, and more

IRS Forms 1095-B and 1095-C Now Available IRS Forms 1095-B and 1095-C have been issued to all employees who averaged at least 30 hours of work per week during 2017, regardless of whether or not … Continue reading

Building success stories 100 semesters and counting

What do you do after teaching 100 straight semesters? If you’re Warren Heatwole, Austin Community College professor of construction management, the answer is simple. You keep going. “You don’t choose to be a teacher. You … Continue reading

Congratulations January Bravo award recipients

ACC congratulates the following Riverbats Bravo award recipients for January 2018. The selected employees were nominated for outstanding service, excellent performance, and role modeling ACC’s values that demonstrate servant leadership. CYP Cynthia Ott EGN Richard … Continue reading

Apply now for fall scholarships; deadline is April 1

Now is the time to apply for scholarships for the 2018-19 school year. The Austin Community College Foundation offers hundreds of scholarships for a variety of majors and circumstances (see below). Apply early The deadline … Continue reading

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