A new Austin Community College location opened up in Round Rock Friday, signifying the immense growth the school has experienced in recent years.
The Round Rock location is the eighth ACC campus. The school’s expansion is something educators, students and supporters are proud to see.
"This is the first campus or first college in the history of the United States that has opened at full capacity," ACC Board of Trustees Chair Barbara Mink said.
The new location has room for 5,000 students, and 4,800 have already registered.
Mikel Harsch is a nursing student at the new campus.
"The facility is spectacular, state of the art. Everything we could ever want as a student is here. Everything is very accessible and of course everything is very new and clean," he said.
Harsch said having the new campus in Round Rock makes it easy for him to go to school.
"I work right next door at Seton Williamson. I'm a surgical tech and I just wanted to advance my care giving abilities," he said.
ACC President Stephen Kinslow said more convenient locations are on the horizon.
"We are growing at a huge rate. Our enrollment increase this semester looks to be about nine percent," Kinslow said.
ACC has plans to continue expanding, but where new schools will be built is a decision up for consideration by area communities in November.
"For the upcoming annexation elections, it does mean campuses in Bastrop, Elgin, the Buda Kyle area and also San Marcos," Kinslow said.
The master plan for the Round Rock location calls for a second development phase that would allow for 11,500 students. No word yet on when the second phase will begin.