Austin Community College becomes one of 20 schools accepted to national innovation board

Austin Community College in March was named to the League for Innovation of the Community College board of directors.

Austin Community College in March was named to the League for Innovation of the Community College board of directors.

Austin Community College President and CEO Richard Rhodes announces the partnership between Texas A&M and Chevron, Corp. to form the engineering academy. Austin Community College President and CEO Richard Rhodes announces the partnership between Texas A&M and Chevron, Corp. to form the engineering academy.[/caption]

Austin Community College recently became one of 20 community colleges to sit on a think tank for innovative practices.

The League for Innovation in the Community College awarded ACC a spot on its 20-member board of directors in March.

The spot on the board now gives ACC the opportunity to sit among like-minded community colleges across the U.S. and Canada, according to ACC president and CEO Richard Rhodes.

Other schools represented on the board include Dallas County Community College and San Diego Community College.

But what does innovation mean for the league?

"It means risk-takers, basically," Rhodes said. "Not being afraid to try new things."

Getting a seat on the board wasn't easy, he said. First, ACC had to be nominated when a seat became vacant. Then the community college system was required to perform a self-study of its innovative processes.

"It's a great exercise for us," Rhodes said.

The innovations report, released in January, outlined ACC's achievements over the last few years—its purchase and revitalization of Highland Mall into a campus with a new state-of-the-art bioscience incubator, its Guided Pathways program to improve student success as well as its plans to build new facilities for first responder training and veterinary technicians, among other examples.

A campus site visit followed the innovations report, and ACC was approved to join the league's board of directors in March.

The league's mission is to cultivate innovation in the community college environment. It sponsors conferences, institutes, seminars and workshops; publishes reports, monographs, periodicals and books; and leads research and demonstration projects.

Board membership also unlocks free staff and faculty access to materials offered through the league’s iStream online resource bank.

The league's board meets twice a year at one of the member community college campuses.
By Marie Albiges
Marie Albiges was the editor for the San Marcos, Buda and Kyle edition of Community Impact Newspaper. She covered San Marcos City Council, San Marcos CISD and Hays County Commissioners Court. Marie previously reported for the Central Austin edition. Marie moved to Austin from Williamsburg, Va. in 2016 and was born in France. She has since moved on from Community Impact in May 2018.


MOST RECENT

Recipients of the COVID-19 vaccine wait after receiving their shot at the Delco Activity Center in Northeast Austin on March 13. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
National supply issues with Johnson & Johnson vaccine affect Austin-area shipments

After a manufacturing error ruined 15 million doses, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the supply will not increase until the plant in Baltimore is once again allowed to participate in production.

Romeo's Pizza held its Georgetown groundbreaking April 6. (Courtesy Romeo's Pizza)
Romeo's Pizza coming to Georgetown; Vacancy Brewing opens in South Austin and more Central Texas news

Read the latest business and community news from the Central Texas area.

Photo of a Moderna vaccine vial
Austin Public Health coronavirus vaccine portal opens to all adults April 12

APH will continue outreach efforts to high-priority groups.

Austin Public Health holds a vaccination clinic at the Delco Activity Center in Northeast Austin. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Coronavirus updates from Austin, Travis County; governor bans 'vaccine passports' and more top Central Texas news

Read the most popular business and community news from the past week from Central Texas.

Tavel Bristol-Joseph has started a scholarship fund that will provide $6,000 to two Austin Community College Culinary Arts students and give them opportunity to be mentored by Bristol-Joseph and to stage at one of the Emmer & Rye group's five restaurants. (Courtesy Emmer & Rye)
Austin chef starts scholarship and mentorship program for Austin Community College students

Tavel Bristol-Joseph started the scholarship fund, which will provide $6,000 to two ACC students and give them the opportunity to stage at one of the Emmer & Rye group's five restaurants.

Slaughter Lane will be extended east to US 183. (Courtesy Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam)
Slaughter Lane extension being designed for Easton Park in Southeast Austin

The transportation project could break ground in 2022.

Snow and ice cover the pond on the southeastern side of the Mueller development in East Austin in February. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
After winter storm, Austin puts together a plan for better temporary shelters

The locations, which could be schools, libraries or recreation centers, would be disconnected from traditional infrastructure and be able to sustain operations if the city were to experience widespread power or water outages.

Jersey Mike’s Subs opened its newest shop in South Austin on March 31. (Courtesy Jersey Mike's Subs)
New dog park, cafe on the way; Jersey Mike’s adds local location and more South Austin business news

A new pet shop has opened in South Austin, and a dog park is also on the way later this month.

Austin ISD is holding community conversation sessions April 12-May 6. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin ISD community conversation sessions continuing through May 6

The series offers AISD families an opportunity to learn about the district’s strategic plan and ongoing budget planning.

Vacancy Brewing is located across the street from The Yard development in the St. Elmo neighborhood. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
Vacancy Brewing opens in South Austin

Vacancy Brewing is located across the street from The Yard development in the St. Elmo neighborhood.

A resident at EdenHill Communities receives their second dose of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)
Amid the struggle to get vaccinated, these Austin moms have helped over 3,900 people get appointments

The women volunteer their time searching for hard-to-find time slots that often become available in the middle of the night.