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Alvin_facts_and_findsACC Launches 5-year Strategic Plan

Educational institutions must develop a blueprint to deal with change whether it’s population growth, legal adjustments or funding issues. ACC launched its 5-year strategic plan in an effort to prepare for its future as an educational provider.

The plan was adopted by the Board of Regents in November and will be implemented between 2016 and 2021.

The Strategic Plan is an important document that outlines ACC’s mission to provide our students with a quality education and a path to a meaningful career. The strategies developed in the plan will focus on improving the budget process, facilities planning, marketing of the college, curriculum, programs and meeting demands of the local workforce.

The breakthrough strategies in the plan include becoming an evidence-based, data–driven organization to improve efficiency and increase student achievement; develop a facility on the West Side of the ACC district and address facility and technology needs for the existing campus; develop branding that is an effective representation of the college and its mission; develop programs and partnerships to meet job market demands; efficiently allocate revenues and strengthen human resources to create a staff that embraces change, supports open communication and provides for ongoing development.

ACC will implement the plan over the next five years.

For more details about the plan, visit www.alvincollege.edu/About/StrategicPlan.

Jean Carlos Correa signs with ACC

Jean Carlos Correa page 2Jean Carlos Correa, brother of Houston Astros star Carlos Correa, signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Alvin Community College next year.

“We’re excited because he is an excellent player and he will be continuing his career at ACC,” Head Coach Jason Schreiber said.

Correa decided to attend, ACC wanting to be close to his brother Carlos, Houston Astros shortstop and 2015 AL Rookie of the Year.

ACC is coming off back-to-back 40-win seasons in NJCAA Region 14 baseball.

Jean Correa is a middle infielder and will be a great addition to the Dolphins.

“He’s a tremendous defensive player and he’s definitely going to contribute significantly to our offense,” Schreiber said.

College Receives Grants to Provide Industrial Training and Upgrade Firing Range

ACC received two major grants to provide training for local petrochemical employees and update facilities.

The college was awarded $1.4 million from the Texas Workforce Commission to provide training to more than 500 employees with the petrochemical firms Team Industrial Services and INEOS.

The training includes courses in industrial safety, equipment repair/maintenance, plant processes and related technical applications of plant operations.

The college also received a $313,621 grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Target Range Grant Program to upgrade its firing range to permit rifle training.

The grant will pay for upgrades to the range including new backstop/traps, acoustical improvements and state-of-the-art target positioning systems with ten individual computerized control stations.

The upgrades will begin sometime in the fall and once finished will allow the range to handle rifle ammunition up to .308 caliber.

The improvements will allow rifle shooters to test for a number of certifications for professional and sporting classifications. ACC will also conduct classes on rifle safety and expertise as it currently does for handgun owners.

The ACC firing range is used by cadets in the Law Enforcement Academy. Local law enforcement officers from various agencies also utilize the range for required state training.

ACC Appoints Foster Care Liaison

To help former foster care students adjust to life in college, ACC recently appointed Counselor, Diana Stiles as the Foster Care Liaison Officer.

The Texas Legislature recently passed a bill to encourage the creation of Foster Care Liaison Officers at each college and university. The Liaison Officer is intended to help these students navigate the many resources and assist with the adjustments they must make when enrolling and taking college courses.

Stiles, a former foster mother, said the liaison program will be a tremendous benefit for foster care alumni who need guidance. The purpose of the officer position is to give former foster care students a direct contact and a hands up in their college education, Stiles said.

“There is so much thrown at them when they leave high school,” she said. “We can help guide them through needed services both on campus and off campus. This is a tremendous benefit for those students.”

Stiles was recently featured in radio interviews with Houston Public Media to discuss the role of liaison officer.

For more information call 281.756.3531 or e-mail dstiles@alvincollege.edu.

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