Campus Updates Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

 

 June 27, 2020

No changes have been made to the information distributed on May 22, 2020

May 22, 2020

Alaska Christian College (“ACC”) has signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement that ACC has used, no less than 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

ACC has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students $100,839.

The total number of students at ACC eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act was 73.

The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act was 73.

The method(s) used by ACC to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act included crediting students for Room and Board due to early closure of the campus at 35109 Royal Place, Soldotna, AK 99669 in the amount totaling $135,961.77 ($77,866.18 for 73 students at $1,066.66 per student for Room, and $58,095.59 for 73 students at $795.83 per student for Board) effective March 16, 2020.

The CARES Act funding did not fulfill the total Room and Board additional obligation of $35,122.77 with an award lower than the actual cost due to early closure.

April 24, 2020 Update

Thanks again to all for your prayers, financial support, and letters of encouragement! We continue to see God move on our campus, despite the trials we are all experiencing, and ACC has especially experienced recently.
Please join me in celebrating and praying for the following:                                                    

1. ACC has completed all classes for the spring semester. We have had a number of students finish well. Others have found great difficulty in completing their studies due to poor internet and challenging circumstances. Generous donors have made it possible for ACC to provide Kindles, thumb drives, and to pay for sending books and assignments back and forth via snail mail. We’ve even helped pay for cell phone data plans in a few cases to provide students with all the resources they needed for success. It has been very trying for both students and instructors. I am grateful for our regular and adjunct staff that have gone above and beyond their pay and hourly requirements to see our students succeed.
2. Last fall semester, we celebrated eight students graduating. ACC is celebrating an additional seven students graduating this spring for a total of 15 students receiving their Associate in Arts degrees. Although they cannot walk the stage on April 25th as initially planned, we hope to celebrate later this summer. More details to come.
3. We are planning to re-open as normal on August 20th for the fall semester. However, ACC is making contingency plans in case on-campus education is not possible.
4. ACC continues to seek prayers for the well-being of our students.  Also, pray for the recruiting of the new class arriving in the fall of 2020. Finally, pray for the replacement of funding lost due to the reimbursement of room and board charges to the students; this was a great unbudgeted cost to ACC.

 

March 13, 2020

In view of the current and changing global health concerns around the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we are taking steps to protect the health of our students, the safety of our campus, and the well-being of the ACC community.

Of first priority is the safety and health of our students, staff, and faculty. We also want to see our students succeed academically, spiritually, and mentally.

In following the recommendations of the CDC and State of AK (see CDC and State of Alaska HSS websites), and consulting with our local medical provider, ACC’s leadership has decided the following:

  1. Again, ACC’s first priority is for the health of our students and their towns/villages. We will obviously be excusing students at their will to make it home as they deem necessary but will encourage an orderly process intended to care best for them.
  2. We will continue to have classes and normal events through the evening of Wednesday, March 18. On Thursday morning of March 19, vans will leave for Anchorage and campus will be closed to students.
  3. ACC will deliver its classes online or by other means that will best support our student’s ability to finish out the semester.
  4. We will meet with every student for a thorough check out process before anyone goes home so that we can insure their academic success and financial responsibilities, as well as cleaning of their rooms, returning books, etc.
  5. There will be exceptions made to students who find it particularly difficult to meet the Thursday morning deadline. All exceptions will be made by Nathan Stump for housing.
  6. Staff that are full time, all faculty, and most departments will continue to work on and off campus until otherwise decided continuing their full responsibilities. School is still in session for the next five weeks, albeit the academic delivery will be through distance delivery.
  7. All leaders, staff, and faculty will continue to assist our students in any way they can to be successful in every way.
  8. New Hope Counseling center will continue to offer counseling to students via Tele-Health.

This is a developing situation and this page will be updated as necessary.

Dr. Keith Hamilton

President

Coronavirus Response – Student Support:

If you’d like to make a gift to the Coronavirus Response in order to provide support for student needs due to early Modified School Closure, please visit HERE. Any remaining funds will be directed to support Student Scholarships.