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Important Information COVID-19 Precautions

Additional Resources:

Bookstore Campus Map & Parking College Resources Course Delivery Methods Dates and Deadlines Financial Aid Laptops & Technology Sexual Violence Prevention Training Tuition


Orientation Guidebook (PDF)

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Important Information

ATCC Email: Email is the official method of communication between ATCC and all students. Click here to access your email (use yourstarID@go.minnstate.edu and your StarID password to log in).

Student Handbook: The student handbook is an excellent source of important information. All students are expected to know the information presented in the handbook. It's available using the quick links on MyATCC.

Policies & Procedures

Star Alert: Star Alert is an opt-in emergency notification system. Once you've opted in, you will receive text messages and/or emails on situations such as school closings, evacuations, and other urgent information related to the college. To receive these emergency communications, update your contact information. This service is free; however, standard text messaging fees apply.

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COVID-19 Precautions

 

Use of Face Masks

Consistent with Executive Order 20-81, Alexandria Technical & Community College will require all employees, students and visitors to wear face masks or face coverings in all buildings as well as other designated confined spaces, except in locations or circumstances exempted under EO 20-81. Additionally, face masks or face coverings are required in outdoor areas where social distancing is not possible to maintain. The required face masks or face coverings must cover both the mouth and nasal passages. Masks that incorporate a valve designed to facilitate easy exhaling, mesh masks, or masks with openings, holes, visible gaps in the design or material, or vents are not sufficient face coverings because they allow exhaled droplets to be released into the air.

A face mask will be provided for you. Additionally, you should plan to bring several face masks with you to campus this fall.

 

Screening Tool

We continue to operate under Executive Order 20-74, which indicated that we “must establish policies and procedures, including health screenings, that prevent sick students or institution staff and instructors from entering the institution for in-person or on-site activities.” Therefore, beginning Monday, August 10, Minnesota State will launch a required health screening tool. This will be a very easy to use and navigate online questionnaire that each student, faculty and staff member will be required to complete prior to coming to campus daily. Please continue to watch your campus email ATCC News for more details. Having a successful fall will require you to have self-discipline, act responsibility and be honest about self-reporting your health conditions.

No student will be penalized for doing the right thing and self-reporting symptoms or reporting coming in close contact with someone who has been confirmed positive of COVID-19.

 

Classrooms, labs, & conference rooms

All classrooms, labs, and meeting/conference rooms will have adjusted capacities in alignment with social distancing standards.

ATCC has reconfigured classrooms to maintain six foot social distancing following the guidance from the Office of Higher Education and the Minnesota Department of Health. Maximum capacity for each classroom has been determined. If the total enrollment in a course exceeds the maximum capacity of the scheduled room, some students may be required to connect synchronously remotely to a class. Instructors will develop a schedule and will email it to their students to let them know which days each student may need to connect remotely. The college will have rooms and technology available for students to connect, if needed.

Self-use cleaning stations will be added throughout campus to allow students to help with additional cleaning. Cleaning stations include paper towels and disinfection solution that does not require the use of gloves, although hand-washing after chemical usage is recommended. Instructions on using these supplies will be clearly posted.

 

Student IDs and Parking Passes

For the health and safety of our students and employees, the process for obtaining student parking permits and ID cards is changing this year. The cards will be attached to a parking permit, and distributed via advisors or instructors. Students should not visit the IT Department for their IDs and parking permits.

 

Campus Café and Coffee Kiosk
The Campus Café and 700 building kiosk will be open to serve students this fall, with enhanced sanitation and social distancing protocols in place. Additional cleaning stations and hand sanitizing stations have been added for your protection.

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Bookstore

Please be sure to order your books through our virtual bookstore (eCampus) before classes begin! New, used, electronic, and rental textbooks are available for all courses offered at ATCC.

Book Charging: Book charging is available for all registered ATCC students. Books may be charged directly to your student account, through August 30. Account balances can be reviewed through eServices.

Rental Textbooks: If you are renting a textbook, a credit or debit card is required to be on file in case of loss or damage. Once you have secured the rental with a valid card number, you can charge the rental to your account.

Book Buyback: Used book buyback is available anytime on the bookstore website, and on-campus events may be held near the end of each semester.

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Campus Map & Parking

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Student Parking

Student parking is located in the North and South parking lots, designated by yellow stripes on the map above.

  • Parking permits will be available for pickup from your advisors during orientation.
  • You must hang your permit from your rearview mirror and park in designated areas.
  • Parking permits are required any time you are parked in an ATCC campus parking lot.

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College Resources

Information Center: The Information Center is a great resource for general questions, or if you don't know who to talk to about an issue. The office is located inside Door C (room 113), and is staffed Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm. Call 320.762.4600 or email info@alextech.edu with questions.

ATCC Calendars: Sync academic calendars, student life, and more important dates to your Outlook calendar so you never miss a thing! Click here to access the calendars.

Ask ATCC: This resource allows you to obtain information about the college 24/7.

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Course Delivery Methods

When registering for courses, each course will show its delivery method. The definitions below will help explain the differences between these options, and help you make the best choices for your learning style.

On Campus: These classes meet face-to-face at scheduled times and locations.

HyFlex: On-campus flex classes held in classrooms with the technology to link students by video, providing students and faculty with a lot of flexibility to adjust and adapt.

Blended/Hybrid: Blended courses combine elements of face-to-face and online learning to fit course needs. 25-75% of instruction is online, with more than 2 in-person meetings or 4 proctored exams required.

Mostly Online: >75% of instruction is online with up to two possible in-person meetings.  Up to four required proctored exams are not included in the in-person meeting. Course may have online synchronous components.

Completely Online - Synchronous: Using video software such as Zoom, these classes have scheduled meeting times.  They provide structure and allow students to see their instructor and fellow students.

Completely Online - Asynchronous: Online classes have no scheduled meetings, although there are deadlines and assignments.

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Dates & Deadlines

Drop/Add Period: Drop/Add period for your fall courses ends on Friday, August 28. You can drop/add courses and make schedule changes as needed through eServices on a space available basis. Your tuition statement will adjust accordingly.

  • If a class begins after the first five days of the semester, you must drop it by the second calendar day after class begins to receive a full refund.
  • Dropping or adding courses may affect your financial aid.

Course Wait List: If an opening is available for a course, students on wait lists are contacted through the email indicated on the Wait List message. Beginning August 24, wait lists are no longer valid and admission to full classes is by instructor permission only.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid Status: Your financial aid status can be checked in eServices. If you intend to file for financial aid and have not yet done so, you should complete that process as quickly as possible.

FAFSA: To file your FAFSA, visit studentaid.gov. If you need more information please contact the Financial Aid office.

Financial Aid Distribution

Financial aid awards are applied to your tuition account in early September. If you have set up direct deposit in eServices, any credit balances are deposited to your bank account. If not, the Business Office mails overage checks to your permanent address on record.

Additional Financial Aid Info

Ask ATCC has financial aid information available 24/7. Find out when financial aid will be paid, look up ATCC's school code for FAFSA, and more.

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Laptops & Technology

Laptop Leases

Students who lease a laptop for the first time are required to attend a laptop orientation session. To minimize the risk of COVID-19 Laptop Orientation this Fall will only be offered in an online version.

To Self-Register for Laptop Orientation:

  • Go to Brightspace
  • Login with your StarID and Password.
  • Click the Self Registration link up top, under the ATCC logo.
  • Click the Course Offering Name, “Laptop Orientation”
  • Click Register.
  • Your information should automatically populate, click Submit.
  • Click Finish.
  • Click the link “Go to course offering Laptop Orientation” and complete the training.

Picking up your laptop: Laptop distribution will be the week before and during the first week of fall semester in Gym 120. The hours will be Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm, August 17 through August 28. Please be sure to bring your own pen and your ATCC Student ID Card if you have one.

Second-year students: Students who have already completed a laptop orientation are not required to do it again. Laptops may be picked up during Laptop Distribution (dates and times listed above).

Insurance: Students are strongly urged to independently insure their laptop. The most common method is to add a "rider" to an existing homeowner's or renter's insurance policy. Insure leased laptops according to the value stated on the laptop lease agreement.

Fees: Required laptops are leased on a per-semester basis. All fees are assessed directly to the student's account.

StarID

Your StarID is your username for most services at ATCC, including your email, Brightspace, Microsoft Office 365, and more. It's important you remember this number, and don't share it with others. Please visit StarID Self Service to activate your StarID, reset your password, or retrieve your StarID if you forget it.

ATCC Student Email

Email is the official method of student communication. Your email can be accessed from MyATCC. Log in to email and Office 365 using YourStarID@go.minnstate.edu and your StarID password.

MyATCC

MyATCC is a web portal for students, providing a variety of information and resources, including quick links to several services:

Brightspace

Depending on your course delivery method and how your instructors choose to use Brightspace, you may be able to access course information, assignments, handouts, presentation notes, online discussions, quizzes, or check your grades. Access BrightSpace via the icon in MyATCC. Use your StarID and password to log in (do not include @go.minnstate.edu after your StarID).

New to Brightspace? Check out this External link: orientation video to get acquainted:

 

 

Network File Storage

Students receive 1 TB (1,000 GB) of Office 365 OneDrive cloud storage. This space is available to store and share files. Access OneDrive storage from any device via the Office 365 icon in MyATCC, or sync the folder to your owned or leased laptop. Log in using YourStarID@go.minnstate.edu and your StarID password.

Campus WiFi

Connect personal devices to the ATCC wireless network (WiFi) using the following settings:

  • Wireless network name/SSID: ATCC
  • EAP method: PEAP
  • Phase 2 authentication: MSCHAPV2
  • Certificate: Do not validate (if prompted, accept certificate)
  • Identity: YourStarID or alextech\YourStarID
  • Password: Your StarID password

Device settings may vary. Contact IT  for assistance.

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Sexual Violence Prevention Training

Sexual violence prevention training is required for all new students.

Warning: Content in the sexual violence prevention training involves interviews with victims of sexual assault and other content that victims of sexual abuse may find disturbing.

The training can be completed anytime in Brightspace. If you have questions or concerns about the training please contact Counseling.

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Tuition

Tuition Statements: Statements are not mailed prior to the semester start. Only students with remaining balances after financial aid is applied are mailed statements. View your account or make payments online 24/7 in eServices.

Fall Payment Deadline: To keep your registration from being cancelled, you must complete one of the following by August 28, 2020:

Tuition Payments

Online: View your account or make payments online 24/7 in eServices.

Mail: When paying by mail, please include a printed copy of your statement. Send your statement and payment to:

ATTN: Cashier
Alexandria Technical & Community College
1601 Jefferson Street
Alexandria, MN 56308

Phone: To pay by phone, please call 888.234.1222 x4530 or 320.462.4530. ATCC accepts Visa, MasterCard, and Discover.

In Person: Payments are accepted at the Business Office walk-up window (room 106) Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Important: Students who have their registration cancelled due to non-payment may not be able to get in if classes become full. If you are not enrolled in a payment plan, tuition must be paid in full by September 30, 2020. A $50 late fee may be applied after September 30 for any unpaid balance.

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Need help?

Contact the Information Center
Monday through Friday, 7:30 am to 4:00 pm
320.762.4600 or info@alextech.edu