AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin Community College Pinnacle Campus will shut its doors to the public on Wednesday and send hundreds of students and staff to other campuses around Austin.
The college says it had to make this decision due to much-needed repairs.
“We’re in the process of relocating people at this point to other campuses,” said ACC vice president of Instruction Mike Midgley.
Cardboard boxes and bubble wrap line hallways at the ACC Pinnacle Campus. The college says the school is in critical need of updates, stating issues with the electrical system, accessibility and rooms so small they’re not meeting college-wide standards.
“Our concern wasn’t that the students wouldn’t find courses, it was that the courses would fill up too quickly and we wouldn’t have sufficient space,” said Midgley.
Midgley says 20 classes offered at Pinnacle were unable to be rescheduled due to not having the room or equipment needed. Most students will be able to attend classes at other south Austin campuses like south Austin, Riverside and the campus in Hays County.
“I’m wondering what the students are going to do because there are a lot of classes here that you’re not able to register anywhere else,” said former ACC student Austin Rodriguez.
Rodriguez remembers the hassle of driving from campus to campus to attend all the classes he needed. Although the south Austin campus is only seven miles away, some students may have to travel much further.
“Seven miles seems really close unless you have poor transportation and live near the Pinnacle, that’s going to be difficult for some. But as I say, we’re not seeing it as a huge impediment for most students,” said Midgley.
The campus will be closed for at least two years. Once everyone has left the campus, the college will perform a full evaluation and determine exactly what kind of changes need to happen to reopen.