Austin CC debuts 200,000-SF Highland Campus in former mallAustin CC debuts 200,000-SF Highland Campus in former mallhttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=32322014-08-29T06:57:00Z2014-08-29T00:00:00Z

AUSTIN - Austin Community College (ACC) has opened its new Highland Campus. The 200,000-sf facility is located in what used to be a JCPenney’s in the former Highland Mall.

The ACC Highland Campus includes classrooms, a library, study areas and the ACCelerator, a high-tech math learning lab with more than 600 computer stations.

ACC and Austin-area officials welcomed more than 800 visitors to the new campus, which opened classes Aug. 25 with 3,900 enrollees, well above the college's projected 3,000 students, ACC President Richard Rhodes said.

ACC is in the midst of finalizing a master plan for the rest of the former Highland Mall, which first opened in 1971 and will close retail operations this year following the holiday shopping season.

In July, ACC board trustees approved a public-private partnership that potentially brings cloud management technology company Rackspace to the former Dillard's space on the south side of the mall. Rackspace intends to relocate 570 employees to the new Highland Campus by late 2015.

For more on Rackspace’s move to the mall, see previous story Rackspace clouds Austin CC Highland campus.

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