ACC, UH-CL Pearland to partner for classes

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By KAROLYN GEPHART

Alvin Community College and UH-CL Pearland campus are working together to help area students.

A partnership between ACC and the University of Houston-Clear Lake will offer classes for freshmen and sophomores at the Pearland site.

Classes include algebra, English composition, history and psychology.

The cooperative plan will be able to assist approximately 70 freshmen and sophomore students.

The idea for the partnership came about from discussions between ACC President Christal Albrecht and former UH-CL President William A. Staples, who has retired.

“Because the university’s Pearland campus mostly serves upper class and graduate students, the partnership will diversify the student body by integrating ACC freshman and sophomores. UH administrators hope that this partnership will interest students in transferring to a four-year school such as UH-CL after completed a two-year associates degree at ACC,” Kathy Dupree, executive director of campus operations at UH-Clear Lake Pearland Campus.

UH-CL looks forward to the partnership as an opportunity for the students.

“It gives students the chance to become acclimated with UH-CL,” Dupree said. “It’s a great way to let students get comfortable with a four-year college setting.”

For ACC it was assistance they were seeking after the rejection by Alvin area voters in November for a proposed bond of $48.5 million.

The failure of the bond left ACC administrators seeking ways to handle their increasing enrollment. For 2016-17, ACC’s enrollment was 5,677, up 563 from the year before.

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