KVUE — It's hard to tell that Austin Community College's new Highland Campus used to be a mall.
The college marked the grand opening of the new campus Wednesday morning in a sustainable state-of-the-art facility that still contains much of the original materials used in the building's construction.
The 200,000-square-foot campus includes a library, study areas and the "ACCelerator" — the nation's largest learning lab, which has more than 600 individual computer stations.
Those amenities are just part of what the school's leaders envision as a "regional center of educational excellence and mixed-use development."
Long-term plans for the campus include a regional workforce innovation center, regional health sciences center, professional incubator space and expanded public and private partnerships. If approved, a bond and property tax cap election in November will fund those projects.
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