Adult Education
As part of its mission, admission to Adult Education Programs is open to adult learners 17 and over wishing to improve their basic skills, learn English as a second language, prepare for the GED, improve their job readiness skills, or develop skills to continue their education at Austin Community College.
Austin Community College serves as the primary sponsor for the Adult Education Program of the Travis County Consortium. This consortium, comprised of participating independent school districts and other service providers, develops programs responsive to community needs as well as state and federal guidelines. A major focus of Adult Education is to prepare individuals for success in the workplace.
Adult Education offers year-round programs open to all eligible persons who are at least 17 years old and not in public school. Students who are only 17 must show proof (transcript or official letter of withdrawal) that they are no longer attending public school. Most classes are offered free of charge throughout the Capital Area. For information on orientation and registration for classes, call the Adult Education office at 512/223-5123, 512/223-7528, or 512-223-7532.

The Adult Educational Program includes the following components:

  1. Adult Education assists individuals who do not have High School diplomas or GED credentials and need to improve their basic reading, writing, and math skills for personal improvement, for employment purposes, or to prepare for the next level of education. These classes, which consist of both self-paced and group instruction, are also part of the entry component for adult secondary or GED preparation.
  2. Adult Secondary Education (ASE) classes are designed to help students prepare for the GED test. These classes, which also help students develop life and job-readiness skills, can provide a successful transition into the world of work or into other educational and job training programs.
    General Educational Development (GED) is a national examination developed by the GED Testing Service of the American Council of Education. The GED test consists of five examinations: Literature and Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and Writing Skills. There is a fee to take the test. (See next page.) Upon successful completion of all five tests, students receive a credential that is widely recognized by colleges, training schools, and employers as equivalent to a high school diploma.
  3. English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are for adults who want to read, speak and write practical, everyday English. (Students who are not U.S. citizens must be permanent, registered legal aliens.)
  4. Programs for special populations.


Classes in Correctional Institutions:
Adult Education, English as a Second Language, and GED preparation classes are offered to the incarcerated through special project funding from the Texas Education Agency at the Del Valle/Travis County Correctional Center, and the Travis County Community Justice Center.

Family Literacy: ACC’s Adult Education Program in partnership with local school districts and Communities in Schools - Central Texas, Inc. provides instruction in basic skills, ESL, and GED preparation within an environment that promotes and nurtures parenting and child development issues. ACC’s Adult Education Program continues to provide instructional support and training, as well as specific curriculum for these projects.

GED Testing
The Austin Community College GED Testing Center is currently located on the Eastview Campus. For other sites and information call 512-223-5126 or fax 512 223-5128. Tests are given Monday through Thursday at 12:15 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., and Saturday at 8:00 a.m. Examinees do not need an appointment to test. One or two tests may be taken at one session. Examinees will be admitted at test times only.
GED Exams Test Length
Writing Skills 2 hours
Part I (multiple choice) 1 hour 15 minutes
Part II (200 word essay) 45 minutes
Social Studies 1 hour 25 minutes
Science 1 hour 35 minutes
Interpreting Literature and
the Arts (Reading) 1 hour 5 minutes
Mathematics 1 hour 30 minutes

Testing Requirements
Identification: A photo identification (such as a Texas driver’s license, Texas Department of Public Safety ID, Military ID or a notarized statement bearing the examinees name, date of birth, recent photograph and signature) and a social security card or proof of number. (i.e. pay stub). If you do not understand the above ID requirements call the GED Testing Center for information at 512-223-5126.
Fees: $55 (or proper billing papers from sponsoring agency) for the following services: $10 TEA processing fee, $6 GEDTS processing fee, $39 test fee. Fees are good for one year from the date paid. After that year, the fee is $8 per exam. Retest fees are $10 for Writing Skills and $8 for all other GED retests. Fees are subject to change by the ACC Board of Trustees at any time without notice.
Age: Persons 18 years of age or older and not enrolled in school are fully eligible for GED exams. Persons 17 years of age who bring a permission letter from their parent or legal guardian may take the GED tests. Persons 16 years of age who are recommended in writing by a public agency which has custody of that person under a court order may take the GED tests.
Residency: Examinee must be a Texas resident, residing in Texas, or a member of the military stationed in Texas.

Other GED Testing Center
GED tests are also offered through The University of Texas at Austin Testing Center located at Lake Austin Center, 3001 Lake Austin Blvd., Room 1.202, 512-471-2911.
Bookstore
ACC Bookstores are located at Cypress Creek, Eastview, Northridge, Pinnacle and Riverside Campuses, and at 817 West 12th Street to serve the Rio Grande Campus. Instructional course materials and supplies are available. On-line reserving of course materials for pick-up at any ACC Bookstore location is available at http://www.austincc.bkstore.com. ACC Centers and distance learning students may order course materials through MBS Direct Textbook Exchange, Inc. on line at http://www.mbsdirect.net, by fax at 1-800-325-4147 or telephone at 1-800-325-3252.

Child Development Center
The Children’s Laboratory School on the Eastview Campus is a full-day, year-round preschool program that also serves as a demonstration school for ACC’s Child Development Department. Child Development students observe, practice and receive feedback from degreed and experienced classroom teachers. The Children’s Lab School offers a quality program for children six months through five years during the day and two through nine years in the evening. It enrolls children of ACC students, staff, faculty, as well as children from the greater Austin community.
The Children’s Lab School is accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs, a division of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The program strives to provide children with a culturally enriched environment reflective of Austin. For more information, call 223-5200.

Developmental Education
Courses in Developmental Education help students to succeed in college. ACC offers three types of Developmental Education courses: (1) Courses of one-, two-, or three-hours credit prepare students to enter college-level courses. These courses include mathematics, reading skills, vocabulary, writing skills, spelling, speech, and English as a second language. Students with skills below college level—including those identified on local assessment tests and the TASP Test—should enroll in these classes before enrolling in college-level courses. (2) One-hour lab classes parallel to courses in other divisions, where students work together in small tutorial groups to get additional practice and explanation. These include language and study skills labs, math labs, and writing labs. Students must be enrolled in the course that the lab parallels. (3) College-level courses that help students succeed in their academic studies. These courses include college study skills, advanced college vocabulary, and speed reading. Of these, advanced college reading may be transferable to other institutions.

English as a Second
Language (ESL)—Academic

ACC offers ESL in three skill areas—oral communication, reading and vocabulary, writing and grammar—and at four levels: high beginning, low intermediate, high intermediate and advanced. Students should consult an adviser or ESL faculty member for an ESL assessment test to determine proper placement. Call 223-3354 (RGC) or 223-4014 (NRG) for more information about the academic ESL program. Call 223-3139 (RGC) or 223-4807 (NRG) to sign up to take the ESL assessment test.

Field and International Studies
In order to provide students the unique advantages of academic, cultural, and physical resources not available in the classroom, Austin Community College offers some select courses that are taught out-of-state or out-of-country. Such courses offer students the opportunity to “experience” the subject they are studying and enhance their understanding of other peoples and places.
Generally, study programs take place during the summer.

Health Services
Austin Community College is not equipped to provide health services to students. However, first aid kits are available at the Campus Police Offices and in various vocational instructional areas. Optional health/accident insurance is available to students; information is available from the Student Services Offices on the Northridge, Riverside, Rio Grande, Pinnacle, Eastview and Cypress Creek campuses.

Human Development
Human Development courses are electives designed to provide students in all programs with the skills to maximize their success both in and out of the classroom. HDP1601 is a developmental level course; other HDP courses are college credit courses. By drawing on the tenets of modern psychology, sociology, and learning theory, these courses assist students in achieving greater self-awareness, self-management skills; setting and accomplishing personal, educational, and career goals; improving interpersonal communication skills, and mastering effective learning and study skills. Interested students can consult with an ACC counselor for additional information and assistance.

ID Cards
A student needs two ID cards to use ACC services. An ACC ID card and a photo ID such as a valid driver’s license, DPS ID or passport must be shown with the ACC ID as proof of identity. All rights and privileges of the ID card are governed by ACC policy and procedures. ID’s are available through the Admissions Offices after the semester begins. A $4 replacement fee may be charged. The charge for lost ID’s is also $4.

International Studies Program
The Center for International Programs demonstrates the global mission that is central to Austin Community College. The Center coordinates all international activities throughout the district. Its focus includes supporting innovative student/faculty exchanges, expanding contract training, internationalizing the curricula, strengthening language institutes, supporting our international students, and serving the international training needs of the Austin business community. ACC partnerships with local, national, and international organizations have benefitted students, faculty, and the community. Students, faculty and members of the community can use the center as a resource for study abroad programs, work-study programs, international service projects, international study tours and independent learning and student projects for credit. Help is also available for recruiting international students and faculty, assisting with academic advising and counseling, and other special international programs in consultation with appropriate departments. Call 223-7051 or come to the Highland Business Center for more information.

Instructional Resources and Technology (IRT)
ACC’s Office of Instructional Resources and Technology (IRT) is committed to effective instruction and support of instruction. IRT service areas for students include Open Campus, Instructional Technology, and Library Services.

Open Campus
Open Campus provides access to courses via distance learning. Distance learning courses offer students an opportunity to earn college credit by participating in a variety of non-classroom oriented courses. The content and transferability to four-year colleges is identical to the courses offered on campus. Students also follow the same admissions and registration procedures as on-campus students. Instead of attending on-campus classes, students participate in an orientation session, complete readings in texts and study guides, take periodic exams, and in some cases write papers or reports. Exams are taken at ACC Testing Centers or other designated testing centers at distant sites. Each course also has an instructor for students to contact when they need assistance.
OPC offers the following types of distance learning courses:
Telecourses (ITV) use recorded video programs that students may access on cable television or in ACC libraries and Centers. For most ITV courses videotapes may be rented from a commercial distributor for the semester.
Internet-based Courses (PCM) require students to have access to a personal computer with a modem. Blackboard is the only online course management system supported by the College.
Interactive Video Classes (IVC) use two-way audio/video technology. Interactive video classes connect two or more locations where students see, hear, and talk with their instructor and classmates at other sites.
Print-based Courses (PRN) are textbook-based courses. Some use video programs, e-mail or the Internet as supplementary activities.
Directed Study Courses (DIR) are offered on a limited basis. These require students to spend time at a social service, health or governmental institution or other sites as a major part of their course work.

Orientations
Students are required to participate in orientation sessions for distance learning courses. The current Course Schedule provides orientation information for the courses.

General Information
For general information and new Open Campus course offerings, see the current ACC Course Schedule, visit http://dl.austin.cc.tx.us or call (512) 223-8026, toll-free 1-888-223-8026 or email opc@austin.cc.tx.us with your questions.

Correspondence Courses
Austin Community College does not offer correspondence courses. Distance learning telecommunications-based courses which enable students to work at home and take tests in ACC Testing Centers are offered.

Teleconferences
Open Campus manages the College’s teleconference program. Teleconferences are offered at College sites on a wide variety of subjects throughout the year. Call 223­8070 for either a list of upcoming teleconferencing events or information about how local groups can use the College’s teleconference facilities.

Instructional Technology
Instructional Technology environments include Media Centers and open access Computer Centers. Media Centers offer students alternative formats for learning including videos, CD-ROMS and audiocassettes and hardware for viewing. Instructional Technology/Media Center staff assist students in locating and using media relevant to their courses. Computer Centers provide students access to instructional and productivity software and are equipped with computers, printers, software and access to Internet. Computer Center staff are available to assist students in using the resources available.

Library Services
Library Services and Instructional Technology include libraries, media centers and computer centers. All ACC libraries offer access to the college online network of resources. Library Services at Northridge, Rio Grande and Riverside campuses have larger general collections of reference and circulating print materials and periodicals as well as electronic resources. Media centers at these campuses have audiovisual collections, and computer centers have a general selection of instructional and productivity computer software. The Riverside Campus library also focuses on materials for the health sciences curriculum.
Cypress Creek, Eastview, and Pinnacle campuses have small collections of general circulating and reference books, periodicals, and media as well as computer centers. Resources and services vary at the evening open campuses located in high school sites. All ACC library, media and computer center locations are linked to the ACC online catalog listing print, audiovisual, and computer software materials available for your use.
Hours and Locations
Call the information number (223-3084) for a recording of the library, media centers and computer center hours, pick up the Locations and Hours brochure at an ACC library, or visit the Library Services web site for complete information, http://library.austin.cc.tx.us.
Reference Help
Librarians are faculty members who are professionally trained to assist students in finding and using information. They have designed or are familiar with library assignments handed out in classes and also offer instruction in the print and electronic research process. They can help you at campus reference desks, by phone, or by e-mail.
Access
Using library workstations or your own computer off-campus, you can reach the library web site (http://library.austin.cc.tx.us) which allows you to access the library web catalog, locate full-text periodical articles, search electronic reference sources, print out electronic reserves, view study guides, tutorials and recommended web sites, or search the Internet.
For instructions on how to access the library’s electronic resources (450+) from home, view http://library.austin.cc.tx.us/research/databases/proxy/offcamp-instr.htm. You must validate your current ACC ID at a campus library every semester and assign yourself a PIN to access indexes and reference databases from off campus. Call campus reference desks for assistance in remote use.
Materials
All library locations are linked to a web catalog listing more than 130,000 items. This catalog is accessible through the Library Services web site at http://alicat.austin.cc.tx.us/screens/opacmenu.html. Materials and services available in libraries include current periodicals; back issues of periodicals on microfilm; online full-text databases of periodicals and reference materials; local, state and national newspapers; circulating books; the Internet; and a wide variety of audiovisual materials such as videos.
More than 2000 periodicals and newspapers are available in print or online. You can locate articles in online and print periodical indexes, which librarians can help you use. Many indexes offer the full text of periodical articles that you may print, download or email to yourself. You may check out periodical back issues at many libraries as well. In addition, there is a reserve collection of materials, placed on reserve by instructors for specific classes. All media materials and the equipment to use them (ex. videotapes, audiocassettes, and CD-ROMs) are available for use in the libraries.
Printing and Copying
Current ACC students may print from library workstations; however, all students are encouraged to bring formatted 3.5” disks to libraries and computer centers for downloading information. Most libraries have photocopiers and high-speed audiotape duplicators for your use.
Material From Other Libraries
If you need material that is at another campus, you can request that it be sent to your campus through intercampus delivery. Also, ACC Library Services offer TexShare Cards, and through this statewide consortium agreement, ACC students may use the libraries of many other local libraries.

Fines

All items except reserves 25 cents/day
Two-hour reserves $1 first hour;
25 cents/hour thereafter
Other reserves
$1 first hour;
$1 a day thereafter

If you do not return materials within four weeks from the due date or if you owe $10 or more in fines, you will be placed on student records hold. This hold must be cleared before students can check out more materials, register for classes, receive grades or obtain transcripts.
For more information on Instructional Technology and Library Services visit http://irt.austin.cc.tx.us and http://library.austin.cc.tx.us.

Access, Use and Check-out
Procedures for Libraries, Media Centers and Computer Centers
Students need a current ACC I.D. and a photo I.D. to check out materials or renew them. Students must also have the appropriate identification listed above to use Computer Centers. Books are loaned for two weeks. Reserve material loan periods vary and may include room-use only restrictions.

Video Services
Video Services provides the technology to deliver distance learning courses and campus-to-campus instruction to students via cable outlets in the Austin area and streaming video technology. Video Services also maintains the College’s interactive classrooms and provides technical support to its users. Additionally, Video Services supports the instructional needs of faculty through its production services by creating video class orientations, ‘virtual fieldtrips’, workshops, and other instructional audio and video programs.

Reserve Officers Training Corps (AROTC—Army)
The Army Reserve Officers Training Corps (AROTC) offers many unique opportunities for both male and female students. ROTC normally is a four-year program: the basic course is conducted during the first two years of college, the advanced course during the last two years. In order to qualify for the advanced course, credit must be received for the basic course. Through a cooperative agreement between ACC and The University of Texas at Austin, ACC students may earn ROTC credits applicable to the four-year program.
Credit for the first two years does not obligate the student for further military service, but it does prepare him or her for entry into the advanced phase of ROTC with eventual commissioning as a 2nd Lieutenant in the active Army or Reserve Force. In addition, entrance into the basic ROTC program gives students the opportunity to be eligible for ROTC scholarships.
Students may register at ACC for two semester credit hours of Military Science (MLS) each semester (see Course Descriptions). All instruction, however, will be conducted at The University of Texas at Austin.

Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC—Air Force)
Students transferring to senior colleges and universities for upper-level work leading to a bachelor’s degree, have the opportunity to earn a commission in the Air Force by participating in the AFROTC four-year program. AFROTC units are hosted by The University of Texas at Austin, The University of Texas at San Antonio, The University of Texas at El Paso, Baylor University, Texas Christian University, Angelo State University, Southwest Texas State University, North Texas State University, Texas A&M University, East Texas State University, and Texas Technological University. Both scholarship and non-scholarship options are offered. In addition, AFROTC offers a two-year program for juniors and seniors, and several special one-year programs for nurses and lawyers.
Students interested in the two-year program should contact the AFROTC unit, The University of Texas, Austin, TX 78712 (471-1776), during the first semester of their sophomore year. All AFROTC students attend AFROTC courses on the senior university campus. Graduates are commissioned as Air Force Second Lieutenants and go on to become pilots, navigators, missile officers, engineers, and staff officers in a multitude of career fields.

Safety and Security
ACC Campus Police Department
The Campus Police Department is a public service-oriented law enforcement agency charged with the responsibility of providing police protection for the college’s students, faculty, staff and property. It is staffed by state licensed police officers responsible for enforcing federal, state and local laws in addition to college rules and regulations.
All accidents, thefts or other criminal matters that occur on ACC property are to be reported to the Campus Police Office at the site where the incident occurs. Students may also contact the Campus Police for assistance with dead batteries, keys locked in vehicles or to get an escort to a vehicle. Lost and found is also located in each Campus Police Office. The Central Dispatch emergency number is 223-7999.

Alcohol
Possession, sale or use of alcoholic beverages on ACC premises is prohibited by policy. State law and ACC policy prohibit possession or use of alcoholic beverages on ACC premises by a person under the age of 21.

Drug Free Campuses
ACC policy and state law prohibits the possession of illicit drugs and drug paraphernalia on any of its premises.

Weapons
State law and ACC policy prohibit the possession of weapons as defined in Article 46.03 of the Texas Penal Code and prohibitive weapons as defined in Article 46.05(a) of the code on ACC premises. A legal weapon may be used as a teaching aid if prior approval has been obtained from the Campus Provost’s Office and the campus police are notified.

Campus Facilities
Austin Community College has six full-service campuses located in the district:


Cypress Creek Campus: 1555 Cypress Creek Rd., Cedar Park, TX 78613; (512) 223-2000
Eastview Campus: 3401 Webberville Rd., Austin, TX 78702; (512) 223-5100
Northridge Campus: 11928 Stonehollow Dr., Austin, TX 78758; (512) 223-4000
Pinnacle Campus: 7748 Highway 290 W., Austin, TX 78736; (512) 223-8001
Rio Grande Campus: 1212 Rio Grande, Austin, TX 78701; (512) 223-3000
Riverside Campus: 1020 Grove Blvd., Austin, TX 78741; (512) 223-6000

While not all programs are offered at all locations, campuses have a wide variety of day and evening classes (and some weekends) and a large array of student and educational services.

Centers
The College, in partnership with area independent school districts, offers evening courses at some high schools which are referred to as Centers. Courses and support services vary and, in some cases, may be provided through a designated ACC campus.

Parking
Parking at many Austin Community College locations is limited. Students enrolled for classes at the Rio Grande Campus are encouraged to utilize the Dillo Express Service (East and West routes) which originates at the City Coliseum and goes to the campus every fifteen minutes throughout the instructional schedule.
Parking is by permit only. Parking permits for faculty, staff and students are $10.00 per academic year. Students may obtain their parking permits at any Campus Police Office. Copies of the ACC Parking Policy can be obtained at any Campus Police Office.
Adult Education, Business Services, and Continuing Education students may call 512-223-7723 for applicable policies.

Housing
Austin Community College neither operates residence halls nor maintains lists of available or approved housing. Housing is available in the city of Austin. Students are responsible for their own housing arrangements.

Student Right to Know
Copies of the crime report as required by the “Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act” are available at each Campus Police Office and Campus Library. They also are published in the ACC Student Handbook and on the Web at www3.austin.cc.tx.us./evpcss/accpd/stats.htm

WorkKeys Service Center and Highland Assessment Center
The WorkKeys Service Center provides job and occupational profiling to determine the skills needed for successful employment, and assessment of individuals’ skill levels to help in determining the education and training they need to meet these standards. The Highland Assessment Center provides additional career and placement assessment services to individuals and organizations.

 

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