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Our Story and Trade School Mission

Who We Are

Austin Career Institute was established by Shawn Jamali, a licensed Professional Engineer and Rosha Teimuri, Texas State University Activate Program graduate and computer programmer.

ACI has received numerous recognitions at national and local level for its innovative approach to education and helping Central Texas community.

Our Trade School Mission
ACI's trade school mission is to lift low-income individuals, Veterans, displaced or laid off workers and New Americans into better paying, in demand careers through quality, short-term education using Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) principles, while simultaneously filling industry labor shortages, reducing the amount of government dependency, and strengthening the US Economy.

ACI leadership is committed to creating an environment that supports the well-being and exceptional experience of both our students and employees, all while maintaining the highest standards of regulatory compliance and integrity. These are ACI’s core values.
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Our Trade School Vision
ACI's vision is transforming workforce challenges into opportunities through innovative education and collaborative partnerships with leading community service providers, enabling upward mobility. The vision meshes perfectly with our trade school mission.

Meet our Team

Rosha
Rosha
Teimuri
President
Shawn
Shawn
Jamali
CEO
jim
Jim
Branham
Campus President
estella
Estella
Proctor
Director of Business Operations & Compliance
mike
Mike
Tucker
Director of Student Services
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Terry
Solis
Assistant Director of Financial Aid

alexandra
Alexandra
Sotomayor
Senior Admissions Representative
laura
Laura
Morales
Admissions Representative
kathie
Kathie
Kohout
Medical Department Chair
Matt
Matt
Stroh
Program Chair, HVAC-R
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John
Longmire
Program Chair, Electrical
Agustin
Agustin
Wong
Senior HVAC-R Instructor
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Jonathan
Miller
Senior HVAC-R Instructor
Albert
Albert
Echols
Senior HVAC-R Instructor
deon
Deon
Griffith
Senior Electrical Instructor
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Juran
Addison
Senior Electrical Instructor

Our Awards

White House Recognizes ACI
ACI was honored to be one of only 4 organizations in the Texas White House delegation, the only organization from Austin, and the only private school in the country picked among thousands of candidates nationwide.
For ACI’s contributions to American society and its innovative educational programs, Austin Career Institute was invited to participate in The White House’s National Skills and Credential Institute conference
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City of Austin Recognizes ACI

Austin Career Institute was honored by the presentation of a proclamation from the City of Austin. In the proclamation certificate Austin Mayor proclaimed December 1st, 2016 as Austin Career Institute Day in Austin.

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ACI gives award to City of Austin on behalf of the White House

City of Austin was also presented with a recognition certificate by The White House for its dedication and commitment to the principles of the Building Welcoming Communities Campaign. Texas White House delegates FMUMP and Austin Career Institute made the presentation.
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FMUMP Recognizes ACI
The Forced Migration Upward Mobility Project is pleased to list the Austin Career Institute as a Spotlight of Innovation. The Austin Career Institute’s innovative approach to combining vocational language and literacy simultaneous with hands-on, living-wage, skill training gives newcomers a quick path to living wages.
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CCST Recognizes ACI
The Career Colleges & Schools of Texas (CCST) Awards Committee selected Austin Career Institute as 2016 recipient of the Innovator Award. CCST is an association that represents over 200 schools that are a vital part of higher education in the state of Texas.
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WFS Partner of the year award

Capital Area Workforce Solution (C2) recognized Austin Career Institute as the partner of the year. This recognition was awarded to ACI for its high level of student outcomes. 2018/2019 TWC Reporting Period: HVAC-R Hybrid 92.5% Graduation Rate & 91.9% Employment Rate, HVAC Hybrid 93.8% Graduation Rate & 91.1% Employment Rate, HVAC-R Traditional 100% Graduation Rate & 100% Employment Rate.

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