Austin Community College is a nationally recognized two-year college serving Central Texas. ACC is focused on student success and providing affordable, flexible pathways to help students reach their education goals, learn new job skills, or advance their career. The college currently enrolls more than 43,000 credit students and serves an additional 15,000 students each year through noncredit programs. In 2013, Austin Community College will reach a special milestone – 40 years of educating and training people for rewarding careers and producing professionals, technicians, educators, and first-responders that benefit all of Central Texas. The Austin Community College District is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees and certificates. Austin Community College provides a range of choices to start or continue your education. Learn about our degrees and certificates in more than 100 areas of study, classes that transfer, training for high-demand careers, GED prep, and programs and individual classes that build skills to succeed in college. High school students are saving money and earning college credit before graduation through a variety of ACC programs.
Austin Community College opened on September 17, 1973, with a mission to provide access to an affordable, quality college education to anyone who seeks it. What started as an extraordinary vision among community leaders and education pioneers is today the primary gateway to higher education and career training in Central Texas.
In 1972, residents of Austin ISD voted to create ACC. The following fall, the region's new community college opened its doors to1, 726 students. Today, ACC is the #1 college choice for area high school grads.
In 1972, residents of Austin ISD voted to create Austin Community College. The college opened its doors on September 17, 1973. Since its first class, ACC has evolved into a major institution of higher education that serves more than 86,000 unique students each year through its credit programs and Continuing Education Division. The Austin Community College District values and respects each individual student. The university promotes student’s success and improves communities by providing affordable access, through traditional and distance learning modes, to higher education and workforce training in the eight-county service area.
ACC's in-district tuition rate is among the lowest in Texas. In-district families also get free access to ACC's Early College Start Program, which allows high school students to complete up to one year of transferable college courses before graduation. Credit classes are free to senior citizens based upon space availability. Students with an associate degree make an average of $340,000 more in lifetime earnings than someone with only a high school diploma, and almost $600,000 more than a worker with no high school diploma. As a result of these impacts, all Texas communities reap the benefits of community colleges. Some benefit directly, as local schools attract industry, provide jobs, and train productive workers. Other communities without schools benefit indirectly, as students trained elsewhere return home with new skills, knowledge, and opportunities. Research has consistently shown that higher education is beneficial not only to individuals, but also to society. These benefits are many and varied, ranging from improved health and financial prospects for individuals to a more productive workforce and less demand for social services by society. The gains from a more educated populace promote long-term economic development, and enhanced research activity spawns new and innovative advances in multiple arenas. exas college and university enrollments increased more than 8 percent from fall 2008 to fall 2009, for a total of 1.3 million students. The increase is the largest single increase from year-to-year enrollment in Texas. Seventy-five percent of the reported growth is attributed to public two-year college enrollment.
The number of jobs for workers who had some college education but not a bachelor's degree will increase from more than 46 million, or 30 percent of the workforce, in 2006 to about 51 million by 2016. That's a growth rate of almost 11 percent. Students enjoy an attractive 26.1 percent annual return on their investment of time and money - for every $1 the student invests in a college education, he or she will receive a cumulative $9.05 in higher future earnings over the next 30 years.
Community colleges, by law, are funded differently than public four-year colleges and universities. Community colleges are expected to have a local tax base to support the construction and operation of facilities. There are three primary sources of revenue to community colleges:
· Student tuition & fees
· Local ad valorem (property) tax
· State funding per instructional contact hour
ACC District property owners pay taxes in exchange for comprehensive programs and services. Total tax rate is $0.0951 per $100 assessed property value. The average Texas community college tax rate is $0.15 per $100 assessed property value.
· Property tax rate for maintenance and operations (M&O) is capped at $0.09 per $100 assessed property value. It cannot go above $0.09 without voter approval. The tax rate cap has only changed once in the history of the college.
· There is also a $0.0051 retirement of general obligation bonds for facilities.
ACC Board Policy G-7 governs property tax implementation. Tax Code Section 11.13, Residence Homestead, and Tax Code Section 33.06 provide statutory authorization regarding homestead exemption and the option to defer collection of taxes for senior citizens and residents with disabilities.
As to say in short, Austin Community College is a multi-campus college system that provides higher education and training to enrich lives and support a healthy local economy. ACC campuses and centers are located throughout the college district and service area.