Austin Community College (ACC) opened its first campus in 1973, serving over 1,500 students. Since then, ACC has become one of the largest colleges in the nation. With its 11 campuses, ACC provides educational enrichment to nearly 76,000 students annually. Among its numerous achievements, ACC has been named one of the top 25 community colleges for Hispanics and one of the top 100 associate degree producers. ACC houses one of the ten Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers which “prepares the next generation of strategic leaders and critical thinkers to break down racial hierarchies and dismantle the belief in the hierarchy of human value."
In the fall of 2014, ACC opened the doors to its 32,000 square foot ACCelerator learning lab. The lab features over 600 virtualized desktop workstations, classrooms, and group collaboration rooms. Students are supported by advisors, counselors, faculty members, and other on-campus staff while in the lab. Various classes are held in the ACCelerator each semester, such as geography, developmental math, business communications, motion graphics, and English as a second language. Dr. Jill Biden, former second lady, comments “I got shivers when I walked in [the ACCelerator lab]. I hope other community colleges come and see this and then adopt it on their own campuses.” ACC now hosts ACCelerator labs at three of their campus locations: Highland, Round Rock, and San Gabriel. Interested in hearing more about this state of the art learning environment? Sign up for a campus tour during 2020 NASPA Annual Conference in Austin, Texas!