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Art Department Prepares Students for Career

The job market in various artistic fields has seen a steady increase in hiring recently. The National Endowment for the Arts projected that jobs in the art field will grow by 11 percent in the next 3 years, according to data from the U.S. Labor Department. That rate is higher than the average job growth rate over all professions.

ACC offers Associate Degrees in Art, Drama, Music and General Liberal Arts.

The Fine Arts programs at ACC display student’s talents throughout the year through drama productions, student art exhibits and concerts. The college also participates in the Alvin Community Band and the Alvin Community Chorus in which ACC students perform with other members of the community.

The college offers enrichment workshops for local enthusiasts in jewelry making, pottery and more.

For more information www.alvincollege.edu/art.aspx

Instructors Reach Out to Local Schools to Promote Science Education

ACC science instructors visited the Rodeo Palms Junior High School in October to assist in a project in which students created a human Periodic Table of the Elements.

Dr. Esther Kempen and Dr. Stephanie Havemann originally presented the idea for the project to the students and then judged the results once the students completed it.

The project was aimed at helping them understand the importance of doing research in order to provide accurate information in scientific studies.

KACC

ACC is one of only two community colleges in Texas with a student-run radio station. KACC 89.7 FM was recognized as the best station in the region by the Houston Press in 2014.

Citing the station’s range of music offered, the Press wrote, “KACC earns its reputation as The Gulf Coast Rocker several times over, with a song selection that cruises easily from the 1960s through the 2010s with few gaps in continuity or momentum.”

In addition to playing a wide selection of rock music, the station has also aired Alvin and Manvel High School football games for more than 30 years. The station recently launched the ACCents program, which highlights college programs and departments.

ACC Receives Grant to Train Veterans for Workforce

Local veterans can take advantage of a recent Texas Workforce Commission grant which ACC was awarded $248,691 to provide training in pipefitting and welding.

The program is free to veterans who are accepted into the program and the grant will help provide training to 131 participants. The college has seen the number of veterans taking courses at ACC grow by more than 65%, from 120 in 2009 to 200 today.

The grant is from the Commission’s Skills Development Fund which was created to help find skilled workers for Texas Gulf Coast chemical plants and refineries.

Process Technology Receives New Training Module

The ACC Process Technology Department received a $339,000 grant to purchase a training module.

The unit will be used by students to learn about the different instrumentation used in process technology as well as certain chemical processes. The grant was provided by the Texas Comptroller’s Office.

Students in the Process Technology Department began using the new training unit in the fall 2014 semester.

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