ELGIN, Texas -- Austin Community College is celebrating the opening of its ninth campus. Doors at ACC Elgin opened on Thursday.
The 65,000-square foot building can accommodate 1,500 students. It will offer core curriculum as well as two programs designed specifically for the campus, including a veterinary tech program and an agriculture entrepreneurship program.
“That's going to be able to take students and allow them the opportunity to see how to grow their business profitably from the ground to table. That's an exciting new program,” said ACC President and CEO Richard Rhodes, Ph.D.
School and community leaders say the campus paves the way for more growth in the future.
“I think this is where we will begin to grow and prosper our community. This will be the beacon, the guiding light that we have going forward from here. We've already seen a lot of changes in our community. It won't just impact us educationally, but socially it's going to change things here as well as economically,” said David Glass of the Campus Advisory Committee.
ACC Elgin is not only the first college campus in Elgin, but in Bastrop County as well.
“I believe it represents the dawning of a new day for all of our citizens. I can tell you from personal experience that education is the ticket out of poverty to a better life. I know that it takes desire and motivation. Getting the education is the key that opens the door to opportunity for all of us,” said Honorable Paul Pape, Bastrop County Judge.
The campus stretches out over 98 acres. Plans for the rest of the land are still in the works.
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