Frequently Asked Questions
Can you tell me about the programs you offer and what makes ACC different from the other schools in the Austin area?
- Our Program is one of the few in Texas that offers certificate and associate degrees specializing in Meeting & Event Planning.
- We schedule our courses in block time so students only have to attend a class once per week in the fall and spring and twice per week in the summer. A majority of the program courses are offered at the Highland Learning Campus. A limited number of courses will be offered online (DL). Hybrid (HYC/D) courses is the combination of the lecture and distance learning. For more information about our Distance Learning Standards click here.
- We are very active in our industry and in community service programs. The department is involved in events around the city and students are asked to assist with various duties. These events allow students to gain real work experience and to network with industry members.
- We offer job and internship placement assistance, departmental advising to all hospitality and meeting & event planning students each semester, professional development activities free to the students, and industry networking activities.
What are the requirements for entering each of the programs?
Students seeking to enter into the programs must first complete the ACC application process. Once they have completed the application, visited with an ACC counselor then they must meet with an advisor in our department. When the students meets with the departmental advisor, the discussion will center around the degree track the student desires to follow and the student and advisor will review course offerings.
What degrees and or certificates are available?
- Hospitality Management Certificate
- Meeting & Event Planning Certificate
- Associate of Applied Science Degree in Hospitality Management Baccalaureate Prep (designed to complete most basic courses and then transfer to a 4 year institution)
- Associate of Applied Science Degree in Hotel and Restaurant Specialization
- Associate of Applied Science Degree in Meeting & Event Planning
- Associates of Applied Science in Hospitality Entrepreneurship
I have taken classes at another school, will my credits transfer?
Courses from another institution will first be evaluated by the ACC admissions and records office upon submission of official transcript(s). Once the transcript(s) has been received and evaluated by ACC, the department can review the course and determine if there are additional courses specific to the student’s degree plan that can be accepted for transfer credit. Students should understand that a grade of a “D” or below will not be accepted for transfer credit by the department.
Are all of the classes offered each semester?
Not all of our courses are offered each semester. To help you plan out your semesters, please use this chart as a guideline to see when classes are offered and the course type that is being offered. Please note that the schedule is subject to change.
How do I schedule an advising appointment?
Appointments can be made online by visiting our advising page.
Advising is mandatory for all courses within our department except:
- Introduction to the Hospitality Industry
- Introduction to the Convention and Meeting Planning
- Special Topics: Business Professionalism