The Alabama Community College System and Northeast Alabama Community College (NACC) are utilizing COVID-19 testing services through the UAB GuideSafeTM Platform, powered by UAB. As part of this effort, UAB will be randomly selecting community college students and employees to participate in COVID-19 testing each week. Only students working on campus or taking a lab or clinical on campus along with all faculty and staff have the opportunity to be tested.
To support a safe and healthy environment at Northeast Alabama Community College, we are implementing sentinel testing across our campus. Sentinel testing is a random sampling of all asymptomatic faculty, staff, and students to understand the underlying prevalence of infection at our college so we can respond promptly to any outbreaks or increases in infection rates. You are strongly encouraged but not required to participate in testing, and there will be no penalty for those who choose to opt out.
Over the next few weeks, you may receive an email from Healthy@Verily.com asking you to schedule an appointment for COVID-19 sentinel testing. Some of you may have already received this email. If you did not receive it or do not receive one over the semester that is OK. Log into your Verily account to complete pre-test symptom screen and schedule your COVID-19 sentinel test.
If you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 12 weeks, please do not retest at this time. If you are having symptoms or have a recent exposure, follow our college health and safety plan, and do not participate in sentinel testing; the health and safety plan can be found within the NACC Faculty and Staff Microsoft Teams files.
Check your email for a very important message from Healthy@Verily.com to schedule your COVID-19 sentinel test.
If you are selected for testing and your dedicated instructional site is not the location of testing, you may request travel reimbursement.
For any questions, please contact Dr. Myrna Williamson (firstname.lastname@example.org; 256.228.6001, ext. 2299).
We thank Governor Kay Ivey, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Chancellor Jimmy Baker of the Alabama Community College System for providing us with this opportunity. Although the testing is not required for relevant students, faculty, and staff, health and science officials say that testing is an excellent way to catch any possible COVID-19 problem at an early stage and to help slow the spread of the virus to others.
Dr. David Campbell, President
Northeast Alabama Community College (NACC), following the lead of its parent organization, the Alabama Community College System (ACCS), has announced its plans for reopening campuses for the Fall 2020 semester. NACC, to assure the safety and protection of its students and staff, will offer many online courses this fall. In fact, all lecture and theory classes will be offered online, with only some workforce and nursing clinicals being offered on campus.
“At this point with coronavirus, if an Instructor contracts the virus in a class of 30 students as they typically have contact with in the classroom, it could lead to all students and staff within the class having to be quarantined for two weeks. It would also run the risk of the individual obtaining a very serious or even life-threatening illness from the virus,” stated NACC President Dr. David Campbell. “By taking online courses and working in a safe and secure environment, students and staff avoid those Covid 19 risks from the classroom.”
Campbell noted that students at Northeast may even be admitted, register, sign up for their classes, and take their classes without ever having to interact with groups of students on campus. He also noted that online students are provided with the best of digital education at Northeast, including state-of-the-art equipment, tutors, advisors, and technology experts. “Beyond safety, our number one goal for our students is retention and completion of their programs. We are in fact rated as the number one community college in Alabama in regard to retention and the completion of associate and certificate programs. Our people work very hard to make our students successful,” Campbell continued.
In addition to the money students save by staying at home and being protected from the possibility of Covid-19 infection from group interaction, students at Northeast pay about one half the tuition four-year colleges in the state charge. Most all courses are guaranteed to transfer to a four-year school by law through the Stars and Articulation program in which Northeast participates. “By attending Northeast the first two years, students can save enough money from our less expensive tuition to pay for the last two years at another four-year school in Alabama,” NACC Business Manager Rodney Bone stated. “It’s like earning a scholarship in money you don’t spend to pay for the last two years of your education.”
“Alabama’s 24 community colleges have always been known for our flexibility when it comes to meeting the needs of our more than 174,000 students,” said ACCS Chancellor, Jimmy H. Baker. “With the quick and seamless response to online education due to the coronavirus pandemic, each of our colleges has proven yet again that we’re ready and able to quickly adapt to challenges. Our colleges’ plans for the fall semester are focused on maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, faculty, and staff and ensuring that each of our students is able to meet their individual educational goals.”
Dr. Campbell urged community members to be mindful of preventative measures while handling the coronavirus pandemic. “As we navigate this pandemic I encourage you to take the necessary precautions (on campus and in your everyday life) to protect yourself and others from coronavirus. Our actions impact others, so please join with me by being diligent to do our part in stopping the spread of this disease," said Dr. Campbell.
Students - Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, NACC has made the decision to continue with online instruction through the 2020 summer term. Summer courses originally scheduled to be taken on campus will now be taught online. All course content for the summer term will be delivered via Canvas. *A limited number of courses will require on-campus labs.
If you have already registered for an on-campus course and wish to remain in the course online, there is nothing more you need to do. If you have concerns about completing any courses online for the 2020 summer term, please reach out to your advisor to discuss your options or to change your schedule. If you have yet to register for the upcoming term, there is still time! Registration will remain open through May 29th. Contact your advisor to register today!
Northeast will continue to provide the same services during the summer term as have been provided in the past. Please continue to try and stay well. We are looking forward to when we can all be back together on campus.
The Alabama COmmunity College System (ACCS) announced today that online instruction will continue at all of its campuses, including NACC, through the remainder of the spring semester. In addition, due to restrictions on event sizes by state and federal officials, all traditional commencement activities will be postponed. Northeast has postponed its graduation ceremony until September 3, 2020.
“Our System office and Chancellor look at what is in the best interest of faculty, staff, and students and monitor events closely before making decisions,” stated NACC President Dr. David Campbell. “We believe in doing the same thing here at Northeast. Regardless of whichever course of action is taken, our faculty and staff will continue to deliver top-quality, excellent education to our students. That is one thing that is a certainty.”
“Every decision concerning the operations of Alabama’s community colleges is being made with the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and administrators at the forefront,” said ACCS Chancellor Jimmy H. Baker. “While we couldn’t have imagined what this semester would look like for our colleges, I am incredibly grateful for the creativity, resilience, and commitment to learning shown by our faculty, staff, and students during this difficult time.”
NACC will continue to offer summer courses. As circumstances continue to evolve, a decision will come later and with guidance from local, state and federal administration on whether these classes will be offered in-person or online. At this time, NACC’s campus remains closed to public gatherings.
Hello to all. Based on information provided by the Governor’s office, ACCS Chancellor Jimmy Baker has canceled/postponed all formal graduation ceremonies in the Alabama Community College System for the spring, with the option of rescheduling.
Our plans at Northeast now tentatively are to have social media recognition sometime in May in which we honor the graduates and their awards and then hold a formal ceremony on September 3, 2020, at the Agri-Business Center in Rainsville. All of this is tentative, depending on the ACCS/state/federal/CDC coronavirus prevention guidelines that are in place at the time and the student interest/involvement in the formal graduation ceremony.
We regret this change, but as you all know, we are in very unusual times. Those students who have bought their caps and gowns may get a refund by contacting the Business Office.
All of you please take care, and put the safety of yourself and your family first. Please follow all the CDC guidelines to be safe! Thoughts and prayers with you all.
-Dr. David Campbell, NACC President
Upon the direction of the Alabama Community College System and Chancellor Jimmy Baker, NACC will temporarily suspend on-campus instruction March 17 – April 3. We will transition all on-campus courses to online instruction for students but will continue normal office operations on campus. President Dr. David Campbell is confident in NACC’s ability to transition to online instruction during this time. The conversion of on-campus courses to online is an ongoing process and should be completed by Tuesday, March 17. All plans will be communicated to students prior to Tuesday’s conversion via NACC student email accounts. All previously scheduled campus events during this time frame have been cancelled. We appreciate your patience and cooperating during this transition.
-Dr. David Campbell, NACC President
NACC is dedicated to the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff. We understand your concerns and appreciate your cooperation during this time. Following the directive of Chancellor Jimmy Baker and the Alabama Community College System, all out-of-state travel for all students, faculty, and staff will be cancelled immediately. Individuals with such travel plans should contact their appropriate Dean or Director for further instructions.
We look forward to further instructions from the ACCS as to how we will approach the Coronavirus crisis. Dr. Myrna Williamson, Director of Nursing, is serving as our on-campus COVID-19 Prevention Coordinator. Please direct any questions regarding this issue to her at email@example.com.
In the meantime, please follow these preventative actions:
1. Cover cough with tissue or sleeve.
2. Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.
3. Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
4. Avoid touching face with unwashed hands.
5. Use alcohol-based sanitizer when soap and water are unavailable.
6. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
7. Stay home when sick.
Again, we appreciate all cooperation during this time.
-Dr. David Campbell, NACC President
The Alabama Community College System is also providing frequent updates on their website: https://www.accs.edu/coronavirus/