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ACC Response to COVID-19

July 23, 2020

Selected Campus Buildings Open; Face Coverings Required

 
Alpena Community College will allow students and the public into select campus buildings beginning Monday, July 27, 2020.

Initially only three buildings — Van Lare Hall, Besser Technical Center, and the Newport Center — will be open. One entryway in each building will be unlocked.

 •            Van Lare Hall: use the main (north) entry.

•            Besser Technical Center: use the west entry adjacent to Parking Lot B (near the Facilities Office).

•            Newport Center: use the north entry adjacent to Parking Lot C (near the Library).

Doors to each building will be unlocked between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on weekdays.

Also beginning Monday, July 27, ACC will require all students, staff, faculty, and visitors to wear a face covering that covers the mouth and nose in any ACC building. This policy aligns with Executive Order 2020-147, signed by Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, which mandates the wearing of protective face coverings in indoor places of public accommodation.

Students with a documented medical condition will be granted a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); for information on requesting such accommodations, please contact Nancy Seguin, Dean of Student Services, at 989.358.7212.

ACC continues to take proactive steps to protect everyone’s health including promoting social distancing and other physical measures. Students can take classes at ACC and work toward their academic goals in a safe, supportive atmosphere.

ACC’s Fall Semester begins August 31, 2020. Current students can register for Fall classes online through WebAdvisor. More Fall Semester information can be found on the ACC website.

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May 20, 2020, 11:00 a.m.

ACC Announces Phased Re-Opening of Campus to All Employees

As of Tuesday, May 26, all ACC employees will return to their normal work schedules on campus. If alternate arrangements need to be made, please consult with your supervisor.

For more information on returning to campus, please read the ACC COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan.


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March 31, 2020, 3:00 p.m.

ACC Announces Open Registration for Summer and Fall Semester Courses

Registration for returning ACC students will open on Monday, April 6, 2020, for Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 courses. Students are encouraged to contact their advisors for more information on degree requirements and course selection.

For Summer Semester 2020, six-week traditional online courses will start May 18 and June 29. Most Summer 2020 courses will be offered remotely and will start June 15. Please carefully check the start and end dates of each course.

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March 26, 2020, 10:30 a.m.

ACC Postpones 2020 Commencement and End-of-the-Year Activities

With the health and safety of students, employees, and the public as its top priority, Alpena Community College has decided to postpone its 2020 Commencement ceremony and related end-of-the-year activities until further notice. Originally scheduled for May 7, 2020, Commencement will be rescheduled later in the year.

Even though ACC has postponed the Commencement ceremony, eligible students who have submitted a graduation application will still graduate. ACC Registrar Sheila Rupp will complete graduation audits after Spring 2020 Semester grades are posted to verify completion of requirements and degrees/certificates will be awarded to all eligible graduates. Questions regarding graduation status may be directed to the Registrar’s Office (rupps@alpenacc.edu, 989-358-7353).

Alpena Community College continues to monitor local, regional, and state sources related to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic and act accordingly. ACC is committed to the safety and health of students, employees, and the community.

Please refer to this web page for continuing updates on changes/cancellations and student resources. Students should check BlackBoard and ACC email daily to make sure they are completing all assignments and necessary course work.

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March 23, 2020, 10:30 a.m.

All ACC Courses Offered Via Blackboard or Video Conferencing

As of today, Monday, March 23, all Alpena Community College buildings are closed but the College continues to deliver all course work online and remotely using Blackboard and video conferencing.

Following is new information related to current ACC operations:

  • Students should contact their instructors daily to make sure they are completing all assignments and necessary course work.
  • For students who need internet access, ACC has provided new outdoor wifi hotspots in four parking lots around the Alpena Campus. Please see the outdoor wifi locations map for more information.
  • ACC has added a student resources web page which includes tips on communicating with instructors, finding internet options, arranging for ACC student services, and mental health resources.
Many ACC activities have either been changed or cancelled. Please refer to the ACC cancellations and closures web page for the latest information.

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March 19, 2020, 10:00 a.m.

ACC COVID-19 Update: ACC Campus Buildings Close

During this week of uncertainty and anxiety, I have proudly watched as the employees and students of Alpena Community College have come together and accomplished many great things. The safety of students, staff, and the community is paramount to me.

As of 4:30 p.m. today, Thursday, March 19, ACC will close the Alpena and Oscoda campuses to the public and students until further notice. This includes the Testing Center and the Library. Courses will continue to be offered remotely. Students should continue to regularly communicate with their instructors about course work, etc. Buildings will be locked and only designated essential personnel will be allowed. Access is being limited and monitored. 

Essential personnel allowed/required to be on campus will be determined by supervisors. Departments which will be staffed include:

  • Faculty
  • Information Technology
  • Learning Technology
  • Accounting/Payroll
  • Human Resources
  • Admissions
  • Financial Aid
  • Facilities
  • Student Services/Accommodations
  • Emergency Management Team
  • Office of Public Information

Employees will continue to be paid based on their regular hours.

Thanks for your consideration and persistence during this unprecedented time.

Dr. Don MacMaster, President

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March 18, 2020, 2:00 p.m.
ACC COVID-19 Update:

Alpena Community College continues to monitor local, regional, and state sources related to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic and react accordingly. We are committed to the safety and health of our students, employees, and the community. Following is the latest information available from ACC.


As of today, Wednesday, March 18, ACC is postponing the start of registration for Summer Semester 2020 and Fall Semester 2020.

  • The Fall Semester class schedule is now available for viewing on WebAdvisor. Students are encouraged to talk with faculty advisors and begin building their schedules.
  • Fall Semester registration will be open to students on April 6.
  • The Summer Semester 2020 class schedule is still being adjusted and is not currently available. It will be released to WebAdvisor when it is ready.
  • ACC’s March 25 early registration day will be restructured; those changes will be communicated when they are available.

ACC will continue to update this web page each day (usually by 5:00 p.m.) to provide the latest information to students, employees, and the public.

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March 16, 2020, 5:00 p.m.

ACC COVID-19 Update:

Alpena Community College continues to monitor local, regional, and state sources related to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic and react accordingly. We are committed to the safety and health of our students, employees, and the community. Following is the latest information available from ACC, broken up by audience.

For Everyone:

  • If you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 (a fever of 100.4 or higher, respiratory issues like cough or shortness of breath) or you have been in direct contact with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19, please do not come to either ACC campus. Instead, call your healthcare provider and follow the CDC guidelines for self-quarantining.
  • Effective social distancing helps reduce the transmission of the COVOD-19 virus. ACC has taken action to limit close contact between people.
  • While ACC’s Alpena and Oscoda campuses remain open at this time, the College asks that the public not visit our campuses. If you are experiencing any other cold or flu-like symptoms, please do not come to campus.
  • If you have general questions about ACC operations, please call the College’s main phone number (989-356-9021) and continue to visit the ACC COVID-19 webpage.

For All Students:

  • All courses will resume in a remote format on Wednesday, March 18. Students will receive information from their instructors via ACC email and Blackboard.
  • ACC students should complete their remote course offerings at their homes or other locations.
  • All online classes will continue as scheduled.

For Faculty

  • Any faculty member exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 (a fever of 100.4 or higher, respiratory issues like cough or shortness of breath) or who has been in direct contact with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19, please do not come to either ACC campus. Instead, call your healthcare provider and follow the CDC guidelines for self-quarantining. Please contact the Vice President of Instruction and the Office of Human Resources.
  • For technical help with online/remote courses, please contact the Office of Information Technology at helpdesk@alpenacc.edu.

For Administrators and Staff

  • Any administrator or staff member exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 (a fever of 100.4 or higher, respiratory issues like cough or shortness of breath) or who has been in direct contact with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19, please do not come to either ACC campus. Instead, call your healthcare provider and follow the CDC guidelines for self-quarantining. Please contact the Office of Human Resources.

Athletics:

  • ACC Spring Semester athletics (Softball) are cancelled.

List of Changes/Cancellations

  • The March 17, 2020, ACC Board of Trustees meeting is cancelled.
  • The Wellness Center and Park Arena are closed until April 6.
  • The ACC Library is closed to the public until April 6; hours of operation: 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursdays; and 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays. Weekend hours are: 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Library testing services are available by appointment.
  • The ACC Bookstore is closed until further notice.
  • The Student Success Center has expanded hours.
  • The Testing Center hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday each week, and 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursdays, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays.
  • All courses will resume in a remote format on Wednesday, March 18. Students will receive information from their instructors via ACC email and Blackboard.
  • Community Education courses are cancelled until April 6.
  • Financial aid refund checks will be mailed to students; no in-person pickup.
  • The Oscoda Campus Just Jobs Outlet event on March 18 is cancelled.
  • The March 20 Utility Technology Orientation is to be rescheduled for a later date to be announced.
  • The March 25 New Student Orientation is rescheduled for April 14.
  • The Lumberjack Shack (on-campus food service) is closed until at least April 5.
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March 13, 2020, 5:00 p.m.

An Update from the President:

Alpena Community College continues to monitor local, regional, and state sources related to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic and react accordingly. We are committed to the safety and health of our students, employees, and the community.

Yesterday (March 12), Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-5 which, among other things, closes all K-12 school buildings to students from Monday, March 16, until Sunday, April 5. ACC is working with partner high schools to determine the best course of action on current courses.

ACC has made the following decisions:

  • All ACC courses offered in high school buildings are suspended for the duration of the K-12 school closure period (Sunday, April 5) unless students are otherwise notified by their instructor of other content delivery options.
  • ACC will strive to deliver course content via remote learning when/where possible. Some courses may not be able to be delivered via remote learning, including some occupational and lab classes (e.g. Concrete Tech, Utility Tech, Nursing, etc.). Detailed information and instructions pertaining to each individual course will be communicated to students directly from the instructor via ACC email or Blackboard. Students should regularly monitor their student email, Blackboard, SchoolMessenger, and the ACC COVID-19 web page for updates.
  • All current Online courses will continue as scheduled.
  • All ACC courses are cancelled for Monday and Tuesday, March 16-17. This suspension will allow faculty time to transition to remote instruction so our students may successfully complete the semester.
  • Park Arena and the Wellness Center on the Alpena Campus will be closed until further notice.
  • ACC employees are expected to report to work unless they are ill.
  • All non-ACC events held on the Alpena Campus have been cancelled through April 5.

ACC will continue to update this webpage each day (usually by 2:00 p.m.) to provide the latest information to students, employees, and the public.

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March 12, 2020, 3:00 p.m.

An Update from the President:

As part of Alpena Community College's efforts to prevent and contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), ACC has made the following decisions:

  1. All ACC classes are cancelled for Monday and Tuesday, March 16-17.
  2. All faculty shall report to their offices on Monday, March 16, at 9 a.m.
  3. A Department Chair meeting will be held on Monday, March 16, at 9 a.m. at the Alpena Campus, BTC 126.
  4. Administrators and staff shall report on Monday, March 16, at their normally scheduled times.
  5. Students, faculty, administrators, and staff should regularly monitor their ACC email accounts, this website, and SchoolMessenger for more information on the resumption of courses.

ACC will continue to update this webpage each day by 2:00 p.m. to provide the latest information to students, employees, and the public.

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March 11, 2020, 5:00 p.m.

A Message from the President:

Dear Students and Colleagues,

 
As COVID-19 has now been found in Michigan, colleges and universities are responding with a range of proactive measures designed to mitigate the spread of the virus and protect their communities.  Below are seven recommendations for colleges issued by Governor Whitmer during a conference call with college presidents this afternoon (March 11, 2020).  

  1. Educate students on COVID-19 and proper hygiene practices for preventing its spread.
  2. Encourage students, faculty, and staff to stay home when sick.
  3. Consider cancelling large gatherings or events of over 100 people or more
  4. Implement tele-learning practices where practical
  5. Encourage proper and safe hand washing
  6. Consider implementing distance (online) learning options especially for the most vulnerable populations
  7. Encourage students, faculty, and staff to eat alone rather than in groups in close proximity.

At this time, the College is working to implement each of these seven mitigation strategies.  Our sole intent in this effort is to protect students, staff, and the community.

Because this situation is fluid with events changing rapidly, please refer to this ACC webpage for the most recent updates. 

Thanks,

Dr. Don MacMaster
President
Alpena Community College