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Hays Free Press July 17, 2013 HAYS HAS TALENT Former Hays student a singing success after Americas Got Talent. - Page 1C Page 3B The new Austin Community College Hays campus is on track to open in the spring of 2014. Construction of the 88,000 will offer a range of transferable courses as well as specialty programs for about 2,000 students. ays campus on BY KIM HILSENBECK Students heading into their senior year of high school will have a new choice in colleges right here in Hays County by the time they graduate. The Austin Community Col- lege (ACC) Hays campus opens in the spring of 2014. Voters in the Hays CISD approved the annex in 2010, paving the way for a community college in Kyle. Still in the construction phase, the campus is at the in- tersection of Kohlers Crossing and Kyle Parkway (FM 1626), catercorner from the Perform- ing Arts Center. The 88,000 square-foot structure will house about 2,000 students. Spokesperson Alexis Patter- son Hanes said construction is about 65 percent complete and is on track to open for the spring semester. According to Mike Midgley, director of curriculum, most of the courses at the new ACC Hays will be transferable to four-year colleges. "We'll have classes in U.S. history, American govern- ment, psychology, literature, algebra, freshman composi- tion and more," he said. Based on the recommen- dations of the Steering Com- mittee, an advisory panel that helped ACC develop the course offerings, Midgley said the Hays campus will also have specialized classes. Those courses include account- ing, management, business, computer science, computer information technology, com- puter networking, computer programming and introduc- tory child development. "These are the classes the Steering Committee felt would best meet the needs of the stu- dents in the Hays CISD area," he said. Tuition at ACC Hays is sev- eral hundred dollars less per credit hour than a four-year university. Under a new co-enrollment program with Texas State Uni- versity starting in the fall of 2014, students will have the option to be admitted to both schools simultaneously. ACC is already in the beginning phase of a similar agreement with the University of Texas at Austin. Registration begins in No- vember for new students. Midgley said registration for current ACC students begins in October. PHOTO BY AERO PHOTO square-foot building is about 65 percent complete. The campus ACC 1-on-1 Austin Community College is opening its ACC 1-on-1 hotline to assist prospective, current, and former students with questions about classes, registration, and getting started at the college. From July 15-31, individuals can speak directly with an advisor by calling a dedicated phone number or sending an email. Call (512) 223.7747 or email More information is available at The hotline is open to anyone interested in college information. This summer's program includes a special emphasis on reaching out to former students who may have left college due to work or family obligations. Even if students went on to another institution, they may be eligible for a reverse transfer degree. The Texas Comptroller's Office will partner with Texas Library Association to provide all public libraries and more than 1,100 public el- ementary schools with nu- trition and fitness- related books and DVDs geared COMBS to chil- dren and pre-teens in the fight against obesity. According to studies, one in three Texas children is overweight or obese, includ- ing almost half of the state's Hispanic children. This partnership is part of the agency's legislatively man- dated Reshaping Texas web portal- a comprehensive state- wide collection of resources and information to help Texans address the economic effects of obesity. Besides books and DVDs, the Comptroller is also supplying free sports equip- ment to public schools in areas identified as being at high risk for obesity. The Comptroller's office will order and distribute free of charge more than 15,000 books and DVDs to be distributed to all 910 Texas public libraries and more than 1,100 select public elementary schools in August and Sep- tember. The libraries include 588 main locations and their 322 branch locations, located in 248 of Texas' 254 coun- ties. The sports equipment will go to students in the fifth through eighth grades at m6re than 3,500 schools. For a complete listing of the book titles and DVDs, visit tent~reshaping-texas-books- libraries. SUBMITI'ED REPORT Grace Mueller, an eighth- grade language arts teacher at Miller Middle School in San Marcos CISD, was officially in- stalled as president of the Texas Classroom Teachers Associa- tion (TCTA) June 20 in San Antonio. San Marcos CISD Board of Trustees mem- ber Kathy Hansen, Mueller's longtime friend and former mentor, performed MUELLER the installation cer- J emony. Hansen, a 32- year educator who taught with MueUer at Goodnight Junior High, retired in 2006. Mueller took office as TCTA president June 1 and will serve in that role during the 2013-14 school year. ATCTA member for 28 years, Mueller has served at the state- wide level on TCTA'S Executive Board as Communications/ Public Relations Committee chair, Curriculum & In- struction Committee chair and District 13 director. Locally; she is active in the San Marcos Classroom Teachers Associa- tion, having served in roles including president, vice-president/trea- surer and faculty representative for 23 years. 114 points." PHOTO BY IRIS CAMPBELL Parents can register their children for Hays CISD pre-K from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. July 23-24 and from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. July 25 at Simon Middle School. nird; we in~rrecfly reported ADWARE SPYWARE ...... ............. MALWARE VIRUSES On-Site Removal (requires broadband internet access) Norton Internet Security and Anti-Virus 2010 Mfr, Rebates Available to Previous Owners To schedule an appointment, call 512-694-1746 Open every day 295-6008 FARMERS' Debbie Thames Insurance Agency AUTO HOME LIFE BOAT HEALTH 251 N. FM 1626 #2C Buda, TX 78610 Office: (512) 312-1917 Fax: 312-0688 Email: dvthames@austin'rr'cm Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm Your Business & Referrals Are Appreciated