The past few weeks have been a challenge to us all. We have been asked to have patience, to be flexible and forgiving, and to shift our priorities for the health, well-being, and safety of our community.
As we grapple with this new reality, I want to share with you ACC's promise to our students, employees, partners, and friends. We remain committed to supporting our students through this transition so that they may stay on track, complete their courses, graduate, and achieve their academic dreams.
Your community college is working tirelessly to assist our students in every way that we can. We have now transitioned classes and support services to a virtual environment. We are distributing technology to students in need and will offer a Pass/No-Pass grading option to give our students choices.This was not a change any of us could have expected at the start of this semester, but I’m proud of the resiliency of our Riverbat community.
Our top priority now is supporting our students who are struggling through these changes. Many now face additional hardships with financial loss and food and housing insecurity. To help, ACC expanded its Student Emergency Fund. This program provides immediate financial support so that students may pay their bills, cover childcare costs, get food, and even pay their tuition. Our goal is to raise $150,000 and the ACC Foundation has committed to match each donation dollar-to-dollar, up to $150,000 for a total of $300,00 to help our students who are most in need. If you are in a position to help, please consider donating or sharing with your friends and community.
Together, I believe we will come through this stronger and more united than ever before. I thank you for your continued support of Austin Community College, our students, and community.
Richard M. Rhodes, Ph.D.
Austin Community College District
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