In these ever-changing times, Northeast Alabama Community College (NACC) is focused on continuing to provide a top-notch college experience for students. Under the veteran leadership of NACC President Dr. David Campbell, Northeast administrators, faculty, and staff are hard at work preparing for the upcoming fall semester.
Northeast kicked-off the semester Wednesday with the annual In-Service professional development day. A first for the college, this year’s In-Service was held completely online via Microsoft Teams due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Dr. David Campbell began the day with a virtual welcome and a few words of encouragement to faculty and staff. The In-Service continued with presentations from several NACC administrators.
“Despite whatever happens, we at NACC are pledged to give our students a quality education, while assuring their safety,” stated NACC President Dr. David Campbell. “Our In-Service is focused on that. We want to be on top of everything we do!”
Dean of Workforce Development and Skills Training Dr. Mike Kennamer addressed employees to present the college’s coronavirus prevention procedures. The college has gone through great lengths to ensure administration, faculty, and staff are adequately equipped to conduct business and hold classes in the safest way possible.
“There is a lot of uncertainty related to the pandemic and the economy,” said Dr. Kennamer. “While I don't claim to have the answers to all these questions, I will say that we still have employers looking for individuals with technical skills and certifications in healthcare fields, advanced manufacturing, and industrial systems areas. The theory portions of these classes are available online, and the lab portions are provided on campus in a socially-distanced setting with full pandemic precautions. There is still time this semester to start training for a new career or to jump-start your current career.”
Interim Dean of Instruction Chad Gorham knows NACC instructors are anxious to begin the semester. “Our instructors are ready to get the fall semester kicked off,” said Gorham. “Over the past semester, our instructors have focused on enhancing student engagement. While Covid-19 may have forced most instruction for the fall semester online, it will not keep students from reaching their educational goals.”
This fall, the college’s theory and lecture courses will be held online to ensure students are not unnecessarily exposed to Covid-19. Some workforce program labs and nursing clinicals will be held on campus following the college’s Covid-19 prevention procedures. Campus offices will be fully operational and will continue to provide excellent service to students. Another added convenience and Covid-19 precaution, students have the ability to pay for classes online or through the OneACCS app. Students may also set up a tuition payment plan through TouchNet. To access these options, students may visit their MyNACC profile or call 256-228-6001 ext. 2344 for assistance.
Although final preparations are being made for the semester, it is not too late to register for classes! Students may register for fall classes until Tuesday, August 25th. Contact an advisor, visit nacc.edu, or call 256-228-6001 or 256-638-4418 to get started now.