About ACC

About Us

Our Mission

The mission of Alpena Community College is to meet lifelong learning needs by providing educational opportunities through effective stewardship of resources.

Great Careers Start at Alpena Community College!

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ACC offers two-year degrees, one-year certificates, customized corporate training, and community education to all of Northeast Michigan. Each semester, ACC attracts more than 2,000 students of diverse ages, backgrounds, and academic goals. Smaller class sizes, affordable tuition, and the convenience of two campus locations and online courses, make Alpena Community College a great choice whether you are starting college for the first time, or coming back to school for a new career or additional training. At ACC, you can work on a college degree or acquire specific skills in a number of fields to move you forward in your occupation, plus the courses you complete can be transferred to a four-year college or university.

Vocational/technical programs, distance learning programs, dual-enrollment, cooperative on-campus four-year degree programs and continuing education courses are all available right here, in Northeast Michigan. 

Our History

Founded in 1952, Alpena Community College began by offering classes at Alpena High School as part of the K-14 school district. The first class of 23 students graduated in June 1954. The current Alpena campus was established in 1957 when 23 acres of land were granted to ACC by philanthropist Jesse H. Besser. An additional 14 acres came from the City of Alpena and the Michigan Department of Conservation. Central Hall (now Van Lare Hall) opened in 1958. Additional donations from Besser have provided a total of 700 acres that now constitute the Alpena Campus.