By KAROLYN GEPHART
Alvin Community College was recently named to the list of the 150 top community colleges in the country.
The list was compiled by the Aspen Institute. The company provides a wide range of programs that give students a fast track into a career.
The group reported that ACC grads achieve pass rates higher than the state average in several programs, including Nursing (ADN) (98%), Nursing (LVN) (100%), Sonography (100%), Respiratory Care (91%), and Criminal Justice (100%).
According to ACC officials, the college has partnerships with local businesses, industry, school districts, and universities to help ensure student success.
In the past two years, ACC has received more than $8.62 million in grants from various sources to fund training for local employers, new programs for students, development of articulation agreements, and the purchase of new equipment ACC officials report.
When Aspen institute officials researched ACC, they found the following demographics: in ethnicity/race, ACC is 42 percent white, 36 percent Hispanic, 12 percent African American, and 10 percent Other.
More than half of ACC students work 20-plus hours/week, more than a quarter of students have children and three quarters of the students are first generation college students.
Four of five plan to earn an Associate Degree while at ACC, 36 percent are dual credit, and the average age is 22. Of the student population, 52 percent live out of the district.
Recently, ACC President Christal Albrecht and members of her ACC staff attended Community College Day at the Capitol in Austin. They visited Representative Ed Thompson who learned of their award.
“Alvin Community College is a top notch school, so it comes as no surprise to me that they have been named in the Top 150 Schools by Aspen. Under Dr. Albrecht’s leadership and the Board’s guidance, I expect ACC to go on to even bigger and better things,” Thompson said.