Austin Community College resumes some in-person classes July 6

Austin Community College President and CEO Richard Rhodes
President and CEO Richard Rhodes spoke to Austin Community College trustees at a July 6 meeting. (Screenshot courtesy Austin Community College)

President and CEO Richard Rhodes spoke to Austin Community College trustees at a July 6 meeting. (Screenshot courtesy Austin Community College)

While Austin Community College is continuing to host the vast majority of its classes online during the coronavirus pandemic, President and CEO Richard Rhodes told ACC trustees July 6 that the district has resumed some in-person classes.

“ACC has implemented plans to slowly and carefully return to campus,” Rhodes said. “Today we began a small number of on-campus courses that require face-to-face instruction.”

He said the in-person classes align with local workforce needs, including in the areas of applied sciences, nursing, automotive work and welding.

The district’s in-person classes are also operating under reduced class sizes, and students and staff are required to follow new safety protocols. Rhodes said facial coverings or masks will be required while inside ACC facilities, and temperature checks will be mandatory prior to entering a building.

The district has also launched a health screening phone app, which students will be required to use before coming to campus, he said.


Overall, ACC has seen 26,500 students register for summer classes, a 9% enrollment increase this summer compared to enrollment last year, Rhodes said. The majority of those students are enrolled in online classes only.


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