ACC regents OK infrastructure projects

Alvin Community College regents have voted to move forward with two significant infrastructure projects.

The board on Oct. 25 unanimously approved a $332,598 contract with Structure Tone Southwest for electrical upgrades. The work, expected to be carried out during winter break, is part of the $25 million maintenance project approved by the board in 2018.

“It’s exciting after all of the planning and preparation to see work start on campus,” board chair Mike Pyburn said in a press release. “It’s the first step. We are looking forward to seeing our plan put into action.”

Board members also approved a $687,000 contract with DataVox to upgrade campus IT infrastructure, the college’s data center and networking equipment.

Additional approvals at the meeting included: a contract for the purchase of a Mobile Go Center; a grant application for an Alvin recycling project; resale of trust property; an amendment to the 2018-2019 budget; and monthly financial reports.

In other action, regents heard an annual, state-mandated report on the college’s access and affordability. The report compared students’ demographics, median income and tuition and fees to those of other local colleges. The report found ACC has the fourth-lowest tuition cost per semester credit hour among nine Gulf Coast colleges.

“The report demonstrates that increasingly diverse students are able to access higher education and that tuition and fees represent a reasonably low percentage of students’ annual income,” ACC President Christal M. Albrecht said in the release.

The regents’ next meeting will take place at 6 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Nolan Ryan Center. Learn more at