Alpena Community College

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Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
The Higher Learning Commission
230 S. LaSalle St., Ste. 7-500

Chicago, IL 60604 

Accreditation 2017
Accreditation Reaffirmation

Alpena Community College was visited by the Higher Learning Commission evaluation team on September 25 and 26, 2017, for the purpose of renewing ACC’s accreditation. During this visit the evaluation team met with ACC Faculty, Staff, Students, Administrators, and the Alpena community in order to gather feedback.

in December 2017, ACC President Dr. Don MacMaster recieved a letter from the Higher Learning Commission reaffirming the institution's accreditation status through 2027-28. An excerpt of the letter is available below:

'This letter serves as formal notification and official record of action taken concerning Alpena Community College by the Institutional Actions Council of the Higher Learning Commission at its meeting on December 11, 2017. The date of this action constitutes the effective date of the institution’s new status with HLC.

Action with Interim Monitoring. IAC continued the accreditation of Alpena Community College with the next Reaffirmation of Accreditation in 2027-28. In conjunction with this action, IAC required the following interim monitoring.

Embedded Report. Interim Report to be embedded in the next Assurance Review: (1) Program level assessment in the B.S. in Electrical System Technology; (2) Assessment in all programs not leading to 3rd party certification; and (3) co-curricular assessment.'

For any questions about accreditation, please contact Wendy Brooks, ACC accreditation liaison, at 989.358.7249.

Higher Learning Commission Student Opinion SurveySurvey Results
All ACC students were asked to participate in a survey conducted by the Higher Learning Commission in April 2017. The survey was intended to give all students an opportunity to participate in the accreditation process. Their responses helped ACC Administrators identify possible questions for the accreditation visit.


The Alpena Community College Medical Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (, upon the recommendation of the Medical Assistant Educational Review Board (MAERB).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
Phone: 727.210.2350
FAX: 727.210.2354

Medical Assistant Educational Review Board (MAERB)
20 N. Wacker Dr., Ste. 1575
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: 800.228.2262

The Michigan Board of Nursing has accredited the following programs:

  • Licensed Practical Nursing Certificate
  • Associate in Applied Science Degree in Registered Nursing.
The Michigan Correctional Officers Training Council has accredited:
  • Corrections Officer Academic Program.

Alpena Community College is a member of: American Association of Community Colleges; College Entrance Examination Board; Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers; and Michigan Community College Association.