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ACC students adjust to a new normal in the classroom

ALPENA, Mich. — Yesterday we took a look at the opening of classes at Thunder Bay Junior High and today we take a look at Alpena Community College where there were mixed feelings about the adjustments to COVID–19.

Students at ACC have had to work through changes in how classes are now conducted.  Both Devon Mills and Ashley Nowicki are two ACC students who explained how they are adjusting and how the change has impacted the way they are learning.  Mills said when his concrete tech classes are filled, students go to an overlay room where televisions are available to see the professor and other classmates.  Nowicki said she is grateful that ACC made accommodations but talked about her preference when it comes to learning.

ACC President Don MacMaster describes the changes as an adventure, challenging but also inspirational.  MacMaster said enrollment decline was much smaller than many other community colleges and online enrollment was up 150 percent over last fall.