July 29, 2015

Upward Bound Recognizes Students

Growing up in a small Indian village where his parents farmed to earn a meager living, Upward Bound student Chandresh Patel realized that he needed an education to improve his life.

His family moved to the United States while he was young and he began attending school. He had no idea how to enter or succeed in college.

The Alvin Community College Upward Bound program provided him with the guidance he needed, Patel said. He was the guest speaker during the Upward Bound’s Recognition Dinner on July 21.

“It helps you grow up to be who you want to be,” he said of the program. “It helps you become a better person.”

Upward Bound helped him apply to college, learn about finances, apply for financial aid and prepare for college life.

“This motivated me to make sure I was successful,” he said.

Patel graduated from the program in 2010 and in 2013 he received a Biochemistry degree from Texas A&M University. He now works as a researcher with Texas Children’s Hospital.

Upward Bound seeks to motivate low-income and/or potential first-generation college students and help them develop the skills they need to complete secondary education and succeed at the postsecondary educational institution of their choice. The purpose of the program is to build confidence and self-esteem, while providing the necessary tools and guidance to foster academic success.

The federally-funded program is created by the Department of Education and works with Alvin High School students.

Upward Bound students receive tutoring for their classes; take campus tours of Texas colleges; participate in academic and athletic competitions as well as receive help applying for college and financial aid.

Since the program began in 2004, 128 students have graduated from Upward Bound and more than half have finished their college education.

Several Upward Bound students were recognized during the annual dinner for academic and leadership achievements.

Students recognized for the 2014-15 school year are:



Graduate of the Year - Bryan Easton

Upward Bound Student of the Year - Ester Jimenez

Volunteer of the Year - Ethan Jenkins

Rising Star - Allison DeWeese

Spirit of Upward Bound - Jose Medrano

Leadership Award - Julie Higuera

Ms. Manners - Taylor Easton

Mr. Manners - Gerry Flannel

Most Improved - Kylie Moore

Good Citizen Award - Sofie Aguilar Teacher of the Year - Lenny Garcia

July 28, 2015

New Student Orientation

We will have a new student orientation session this Thursday from 8:30 a.m. – noon. All first-time ACC students must attend an orientation session prior to starting classes.

Please let me know if you have any questions. 281-756-3686.

-Amanda Smithson, Student Activities Coordinator

Cinderella Runs This Week

The Summer Children's Theatre Festival continues this week with performances of Cinderella.

All shows are at 10 a.m. in the ACC Theatre.

Purchase tickets online!

July 22, 2015

Pee Wee Bowen Closes out Alvin Live


The Pee Wee Bowen Band will close out the Alvin Live Summer Concert Series on August 13 at the K-219 studio.

Pee Wee Bowen is a local, classic rock group that performs at several local venues. Pee Wee Bowen has been singing and playing for more than 50 years in the Houston area.

The Summer Concert Series is sponsored by the ACC Foundation. Funds raised from Alvin Live performances are used for ACC Broadcast Communications student training and scholarships.

Since 2011, the ACC Live series has used the studio setting for its productions on 89.7 FM and KACC-TV, Cable Access Channel 16. The studio can seat 65 guests. When it's not used for public and private events, ACC students work in K-219 to gain experience in television and radio broadcasting.

Tickets for the final concert are $40 or $250 for a table of four.

Doors for all concerts will open at 7 p.m. Appetizers and adult beverages will be provided.

To purchase tickets over the phone, call 281-756-3600. To purchase tickets online, visit www.alvincollege.edu/AlvinLive.

ACC Paramedic Students Post 91 Percent Pass Rate

Recent graduates from the ACC EMT program posted a 91 percent pass rate from the National Registry Paramedic exam, which is required to hold a paramedic license.

ACC offers a two-year Associate Degree program for those interested in becoming a paramedic. Learn more at the ACC website.

Physics Courses Changed


Due to extraordinary circumstances, we’ve had to reschedule Physics 1401 and Physics 1402 from the 16-week fall 2015 semester to Second Start Fall 2015 session.

The courses will not be available under the 16-week semester in WebACCESS. You must look for them in Second Start.

Fall Second Start Sept. 21 – Dec. 12 2015

Physics 1401 -01
Lecture from 8am – 9:50am T-Th in Room S-230 Instructor: Garvin Wattuhewa
Lab from 10:00am – 12:50 pm T-Th in Room S-230


Physics 1402 -01
Lecture from 8am – 9:50am M-W in Room S-262 Instructor; Garvin Wattuhewa
Lab from 10:00am – 12:50pm M-W in Room S-230


-Dora Devery, Geology Instructor and Department Chair of Astronomy, Chemistry, Geology, and Physics

July 20, 2015

TCC Visiting ACC



Candy Cordova with Texas Chiropractic College will be at the Campus Café tomorrow, Tuesday, July 21st from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. 

Candy will be giving information about TCC programs and degrees.

-Alpha Treviño, Academic Advisor