December 18, 2014

Happy Holidays from ACC!

Check out a video from Dr. Christal M. Albrecht and the college as we recount our greatest moments in 2014.


Gone for the Holidays

ACC will be closing at the end of the day today for the Winter Break.

Offices will remain closed until January 5.

December 10, 2014

GED/CEWD Graduation

Take a look at some of the photos from last night's GED/CEWD Graduation Ceremony.




December 9, 2014

Community Choir Performs Tonight

The ACC Community Choir will host its first concert ever tonight at the First United Methodist Church in Alvin at 611 W. South Street.

The Choir will perform Handel's Messiah.

The concert is free and open to the public.


December 3, 2014

A 1940s Christmas Carol Starts


The Alvin Community College Drama Department will host the musical production of A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol on December 6-13.

The Christmas play is about an acting crew struggling to put on a production of A Christmas Carol over the radio.

“This play is a real holiday treat,” Drama Director Dr. Jay Burton said. “The show takes place in a New Jersey radio studio on Christmas Eve, 1943 in the middle of a snowstorm, and everything that can go wrong with a live radio broadcast does. It’s huge fun.”

Performances on December 6 and 11-13 will be at 8 p.m. There will be a 2:30 p.m. performance on December 7. To learn more about the auditions for the upcoming productions or to purchase tickets, visit www.alvincollege.edu/drama. You can also learn more by calling 281-756-3606.

November 26, 2014

ACC Regents Monthly Meeting

The Alvin Community College Board of Regents approved an early exit incentive by a unanimous vote during their meeting on November 20.

Under the plan, employees who have worked 15 years or more at the college may receive a tax-deferred payout for 75 percent of their annual salary.

Regents will vote on the final approval of the of the plan based on enrollment during the February 26, 2015 meeting.

The consultants project that the incentive would save the college between $400,000 and $587,000 over the five-year period if all positions are replaced.

The plan is administered by the Public Agency Retirement Services company.

In other action, ACC Community Advisory Committee members Lisa Butler and Pam Goergen delivered a presentation to the board regarding the committee’s first meeting in September. Butler and Goergen told regents that the committee offered several suggestions for the college to consider for the future including expanding facilities, adding to the Dual Credit program and increased opportunities for workforce development

The committee members included elected officials, business and industry leaders, education professionals and ACC alumni.

“Our goal was to generate feedback on how to improve ACC as an institution,” said Goergen, an ACC graduate. “The benefits of the discussion were absolutely phenomenal.”

Some of the biggest challenges the college will face in the next several years will include facilitating population growth in the west side of the district.

“It is for all of the tax base, so go west,” Butler said.

Also during the meeting, regents voted to increase the tuition rate for the 2015-16 school year. Students living in the district will see a $1 per credit increase. Tuition for students outside the district will increase $2 per credit and the non-resident student tuition rate will increase $6 per credit.

The Dual Credit costs will remain the same. Students who attend Dual Credit courses at Manvel and Alvin High School will pay $25 per credit hour along with a $30 registration fee. Dual Credit students at other high schools including Pearland, Dawson, Turner, Danbury and Living Stones High Schools will also keep the same rate of $44 per credit hour plus a registration fee and possible course fee.

Regents also voted to approve:

-Grant proposal for Nursing program

-Resale of trust property

-personnel positions including campus police officers, financial aid advisor and faculty positions in Nursing, Management and Psychology.

-monthly financial reports

The board will have its next meeting on January 22, 2015 at 7 p.m. at the Nolan Ryan Center.

Community Band Performs December 14


November 25, 2014

ACC Fitness Center Hours



Greetings, the ACC Fitness Center will remain open during regular operating hours with the exception of November 27.  We will only be closed for Thanksgiving, but will remain open as usual.  

Feel free to visit us and work off some of that “holiday goodness”.  If you have visitors that would like to come and workout during this time we have $5.00 guest fees which are valid for the entire day of purchase.  Our regular operating hours are as follows:

M-F – 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
Sat. – 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Sun. – 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

-Bonny Johnson, ACC Fitness Center Director

Handel's Messiah on December 9

The ACC Community Chorus will have their first performance on December 9. The group of 50 singers, which includes members of the community and students, will perform Handel's Messiah at the First United Methodist Church in Alvin at 7 p.m.

Learn more about the group and how they started:


November 20, 2014

Volunteer With The EPC and Earn College Credit



Starting in the spring 2015 semester, Alvin Community College will give students a chance to participate in local government while also earning credit toward a Bachelor’s Degree.

Students can now register to take Government 2306, which is an independent study course that includes an in-depth look at Brazoria County and Texas governments.

Those who take the course also will volunteer to work with the ACC Election and Policy Center to work with candidates for the April issue of The Ballot, which is a voter guide for the May 14 municipal elections.

“Students will be making a true difference to our community through educating and informing our voters about local government elections and their importance to all of us,” said Elizabeth McLane, ACC Government chair.

The course also will cover material on the Texas Legislature, which will convene in January. Students will learn about the legislative process and how state laws impact local communities.

Students who complete the course will also be able to use it toward as credit toward a Bachelor’s Degree at another four-year institution.

The Election and Policy Center is supported by a grant from the ACC Foundation.
Registration for the 2015 spring semester is now open and will close on January 13.

Students can register at the Enrollment Services Center or online at www.alvincollege.edu/registration. For more information, visit the website or call 281-756-3500.