Contact the USNCC Support Team at 320.762.4900 or
Hours: Mon-Fri 0900 - 1700 EST

After Hours: Contact MinnState Help Desk at 877.466.6728
Mon-Thurs: 0900 - 2100 EST                 
Fri-Sat: 0900 - 1730 EST
Sun: 1230 - 2100 EST

Note: ATCC and MinnState Help Desk are closed on all national holidays

  • Spring II 2024 term begins March 11, 2024!

    Mar 6, 2024 by ATCC-USNCC Support Team   Updated: 04/02/24

    Welcome to the Spring II 2024 term of the ATCC/USNCC partnership!  We're thrilled to have you join us! Be sure to check the Calendar & Important Dates section for course start/end dates and other essential information. We are excited to welcome our newest USNCC advisor, Simi Welsch, who has joined Beth as an additional person to support you. Her full bio can be found below, as well as both Simi & Beth’s contact information. 

    If you're starting a Spring II ATCC course on March 11th, please log in and begin your course on that date. If circumstances have changed, and you're unable to proceed with the registered course, please inform your ATCC Advisor by 11:59 PM on March 15th. This allows us to administratively drop you from the course without penalty. 

    For Summer course details, expect communication from either ATCC or USNCC in April, once the Progression Validation process is completed by USNCC.

Feel free to get in touch if you require assistance with anything related to your course or academic support. We're available to assist you! To track your progress towards the Certificate/Diploma or the AS degree, we encourage you to access eServices and download your degree audit reports (DARS). If you're unsure how to do this, please take a moment to watch these brief instructional videos.

As always, if you have any questions, please contact your ATCC-USNCC support team at or by phone at 320-762-4900.

USNCC Updates Archive:


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ATCC Student Information

Numbers to Know:

StarID (xx1234xx)

StarID is the student username and login for ATCC and all other Minnesota State campuses. It must be activated and managed at

Tech ID (12345678)

This eight-digit number is unique to ATCC. It is confidential and should be protected. Students may use this ID or email address to change their Star ID password.

StarID Self Serve: Activate your Star ID to log into many services, like email, D2L Brightspace, etc. reset your password, change profile preferences.

eServices: ATCC students can check final grades and view/print academic record (grades are not mailed out). View and revise personal information, such as changing your address.

Email: Your email address is the official form of communication from the college. Students are responsible to know the information sent to them from the college through their ATCC email. Login with [YourStarID] and your StarID password. 

Office 365: ATCC provides Microsoft Office to all currently registered students free of charge. Login with [YourStarID] and your StarID password. 

D2L Brightspace: Learning management system used across Minnesota State to provide online access to on campus courses and provide means of delivery for online courses. Login with your StarID and Password.

Zoom: Cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, collaboration, and chat. If using the desktop or mobile Zoom app, select "Sign in with SSO" and enter "minnstate" at the prompt ( Proceed to log in with your StarID and password.

How to Access Student Tools

These instructions and how-to videos provide more information about accessing eServices, registration, and understanding your degree audit report (DARS).

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USNCC Program Offerings

Naval Nuclear Engineering Technology AS

60 credits | Online

The Associate of Science degree in Naval Nuclear Engineering Technology (NET) program prepares students with the foundational STEM knowledge needed to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Energy Engineering Technology or related engineering technology disciplines. 

Naval Nuclear Engineering Technology Diploma

(Students accepted for Spring Term 2024 and beyond) 36 credits | Online

The Undergraduate Diploma in Naval Nuclear Engineering Technology program completes the lower division math and science-focused education necessary for success in engineering majors, providing the foundational STEM knowledge needed for students to continue their education. 

Nuclear Engineering Fundamentals Certificate

(Students accepted prior to Spring Term 2024) 28 credits | Online

The Undergraduate Certificate in Nuclear Engineering Fundamentals program completes the lower division math and science-focused education necessary for success in engineering majors, providing the foundational STEM knowledge needed for students to continue their education.

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Important Dates:

ATCC Spring I Term 2024 (8-week courses)


(January 8 to March 1, 2024)

Course BeginsJanuary 8, 2024
Last Day to Drop/AddJanuary 12, 2024 23:59
Census DateJanuary 13, 2024 00:00
Last Day to WithdrawFebruary 21, 2024 23:59
Course EndsMarch 1, 2024


ATCC Spring I Term 2024 (16-week courses)

Composition I
Calculus I
Calculus II
Engineering Physics I
Engineering Physics II

(January 8 to May 8, 2024)

Course BeginsJanuary 8, 2024
Last Day to Drop/AddJanuary 12, 2024 23:59
Census DateJanuary 13, 2024 00:00
Last Day to WithdrawApril 16, 2024 23:59
Course EndsMay 8, 2024 


ATCC Spring II Term 2024 (8-week courses)

Composition II
Intercultural Comm.

(March 11 to May 8, 2024)

Course BeginsMarch 11, 2024
Last Day to Drop/AddMarch 15, 2024 23:59
Census DateMarch 16, 2024 00:00
Last Day to WithdrawApril 26, 2024 23:59
Course EndsMay 8, 2024

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ATCC-USNCC Support Team

The ATCC-USNCC Support Team is dedicated to providing quality education and support to you while enrolled at ATCC. USNCC students should contact the support team for assistance with logins, resetting passwords, assistance with Brightspace, email issues, finding information in eServices, contact information for other offices, and any other incidents that students may encounter.


Beth Kleinschmidt

Transfer & Advising Specialist
320-762-4900 | Bio

I grew up near Alexandria and then headed to Duluth, MN for college. I earned my B.A. in Elementary Education from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth in 2002. After graduation I returned to my hometown in Central MN to teach at an elementary school for four years, before returning to St. Scholastica in 2006 to work as an Admissions Counselor. In September 2021, I joined the staff at Alexandria Technical & Community College as the Transfer & Advising Specialist and assumed the advising responsibilities for the ATCC-USNCC program. I look forward to working with the USNCC students as they progress through the program with us.

Simi Welsch

Simi Welsch

EDI Coordinator & Student Success Coach
320-762-4900 | Bio

I am a first-generation immigrant from Nigeria, but I’ve called Minnesota home for over 25 years! I grew up in the suburbs of Minneapolis and graduated with a B.A. in Communication and Leadership Studies from Minnesota State University Moorhead. That is where my passion for work in higher education was born. The transition to ATCC has been one that I am grateful for because my passions align closely to what the college is doing in the field of student health and equity. I’m excited to join the team as an advisor for our USNCC students.

Julie Trosvig, Counselor

Julie Trosvig

Counseling Services: Personal, career, and academic. Telephone or Zoom appointments available Monday through Friday 0900 - 1700 EST

As a college counselor and licensed mental health professional, Julie works with students to help them identify short and long term academic and career goals and to overcome any barriers in achieving those goals. Before joining Alexandria Technical & Community College in 2007, Julie gained industry experience in a variety of different practice settings including special education, inpatient and outpatient medical care, human services, and corrections. Recognizing the value of higher education, Julie provides counseling support and advocacy to all students with a student centered, student focused perspective.


Anne Clark, Liberal Arts (English) Instructor

Anne Clark

Environmental Literature Instructor
320-762-4492 | Bio

I earned my BA in English from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and my MA in English, with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Applied Writing, from St. Cloud State University. I've worked as a writer and journalist, and I've performed some of my essays for radio. Although I'm not from rural Minnesota, my parents were from the Alexandria area, and my relatives were the 3rd settlers in Douglas County. I spent my childhood and teen years in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, but I returned to Minnesota to attend boarding school at Shattuck-St. Mary's in Faribault. I lived in the Twin Cities for a number of years, where I met my husband who was in the USMC and is a Gulf War veteran. After the Gulf War, we moved to Alexandria to raise our family. I'm grateful to have traveled around the world, but in that process I've learned that everyone has a story, and every story deserves to be written.

Andrea Dammann chemistry instructor

Andrea Dammann

Chemistry Instructor

My name is Andrea Dammann. I teach full-time science at Osakis public schools and part-time at ATCC. My bachelor’s degree is in pharmacology and toxicology from the University of Sciences of Pennsylvania. My research emphasis was understanding the arachidonic acid pathway of the cardiovascular system. My master’s degree is in educational leadership along with many master’s level courses in chemistry and physics. I am married and we have three daughters. I enjoy living in the Alexandria Minnesota lakes area and all of the outdoor activities that we can enjoy here. I am excited and honored to teach those serving our country.


Justin Eberhardt, Math Instructor

Justin Eberhardt

Mathematics Faculty


  • M.S. Applied and Computational Mathematics, University of Minnesota Duluth
  • B.S. Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Minnesota Duluth
Mahmoud Eid

Mahmoud Eid

Engineering Physics Instructor

Education: Ph.D. Physics, Faculty of Science, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt and Physical Chemistry Institute, Westfälische Wilhelms University, Münster, Germany.

More information is available in Biographical Encyclopedia.

Kris Goracke, English Instructor

Kris Goracke

Intercultural Communication Instructor
320-762-4514 | Bio


  • BA in Communications, Luther College, Decorah, Iowa
  • BA in English/Literature/Communications Teaching Licensure, University of Minnesota, Morris
  • MA in Communications, Spring Arbor University, Spring Arbor, Michigan
  • English Graduate Concentration, Minnesota State, Mankato, Minnesota


  • Biking, gardening, snow shoeing, and spending time with family and dogs

Favorite Music:

  • Definitely rock bands from the 70s and early 80s

Favorite Book:

  • What’s Gone Is Gone - a children’s book I checked out weekly while in elementary school.

Best Part of Teaching:

  • Learning from my students
Cory McClellan, English Faculty

Cory McClellan

Liberal Arts (English) Instructor  320-762-4522 | Bio


  • M.F.A. (Master of Fine Arts), University of Massachusetts-Amherst 

I was born and raised in Casa Grande, Arizona. I have had the great fortune to have traveled and taught all over the country. Some of my favorite places to be are in a wild forest (let’s face it, counting mushrooms that I probably cannot identify), near a picturesque countryside (the one’s near picturesque diners that serve picturesque all-day breakfast and picturesque homemade pies), on a mountaintop (wheezing, but there), and on a beach (love the Oregon Coast… I am totally fluent in Sea Lion barks). Here are some of my random “likes”: 80s music (favorite band The Smiths), sci-fi films (favorites are Brazil and Blade Runner), and poetry (favorite authors: ee cummings, Charles Simic, James Tate, and Ai).  

To quote The Beatles: “You say, ‘Goodbye’ and I say, ‘Hello, hello, hello’ 

I don't know why you say, ‘Goodbye’, I say, ‘Hello.’ ”  

Andrea Dammann

Natalia McClellan

Mathematics Instructor


Mark Sagedahl, Mechatronics Instructor

Mark Sagedahl

Mechatronics Instructor

What I Do

Expose students to the hardware and software commonly found in automation applications. Teach them how to design, implement and troubleshoot PLC systems.

What I Like Most About My Job

Working through real world applications with students, creating experiences that they can take with them as they enter their careers

What I Like Best About CAM

The thing that I like best about the Center for Applied Mechatronics is the lack of complacency; the instructors are constantly looking at new technology as well as our industry partners bringing the technology in, ensuring that students understand the curriculum as well as its application to current as well as legacy products.


  • Alexandria Technical & Community College: Associate of Applied Science in Manufacturing Automation Technician
  • St. Mary's University of Minnesota: Bachelor of Science Industrial Technology

Occupational History

  • Boston Scientific Corporation, Maple Grove MN: Research & Development Technician
  • The Aagard Group, Alexandria MN: Electrical Controls Engineer

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The ATCC Library website provides convenient access to scholarly resources including electronic access to the library catalog and numerous subscription databases. The website also includes a link to 24/7 live chat staffed by librarians around the world.


The Registrar’s Office maintains student records. Questions regarding records or registration should be sent to

Tutoring & Support

The Support Services Office provides tutoring and academic resources for all ATCC students free of charge. Services include academic resources, tutoring, and writing assistance. To be connected with Support Services, send an email to or call 320.762.4900.

Additional resources: Online tutoring and homework help for U.S. military and their families, provided 24/7 at no cost by the U.S. Department of Defense and Coast Guard Mutual Assistance.

ATCC Writer's Block: Offers research assistance and helpful feedback, advice, general tips, suggestions, or ideas on any type of paper, résumé, or job application. Students can email for assistance.

ATCC Veterans Resource Center

The ATCC Veterans Resource Center on campus is available to veterans as well as past and current military members and their families. The Veterans Resource Center is available via email at


The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) offers support seven days a week for Minnesota Veterans and their families. This service is extended to our USNCC students, regardless of location. Phone, live chat, and crisis line help is available. More information at

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For additional information please see


Before receiving accommodations, students are responsible for identifying themselves and making their needs known to the college.

  1. To begin, schedule an appointment with Support Services by emailing or by calling (320) 762-4673 or (888) 234-1222 ext. 4673.
  2. Next, provide documentation of the disability to the ATCC Support Services office using email.
  3. Finally, meet with the Director of Support Services (using Zoom), at the beginning of each semester, to review needs and to sign a request for accommodations form.

Review our Disability Assistance page or reach out to your advisor for more information.

The USNCC funds up to five courses per year by supporting the costs of tuition, mandatory course fees, and required course materials (NOT including computers, calculators, or other electronic devices). These remain available provided you maintain eligibility by USNCC policies. You may briefly see a bill on your portal for USNCC funded courses as the system processes the credit. However, you should never pay a bill at ATCC for USNCC funded courses.

Please get in touch with your USNCC student success coach for further assistance.

USNCC students may use TA funding to take additional college courses ONLY when they are not concurrently taking a course being funded and supported by USNCC.

Students taking a 16 week course at ATCC may enroll in a USNCC Naval Studies Core course that begins in the 2nd half of that term.

USNCC students will typically begin their first course at ATCC or USNCC depending on their academic program plan and prior learning experience.

Students may enroll in up to 5 courses per year total (funded by USNCC). Students should plan to complete a minimum of 1 USNCC delivered Naval Studies course per 12 month period.

The default time zone in the course is Central. If you are working remotely and in a different time zone, you should update Brightspace to reflect that. This will help you with due dates and other time-related settings within the course. Brightspace will keep the actual moment in time the same for all students, but adjusts the display times according to time zone. For example, if the instructor in Minnesota sets an exam to be completed by midnight on a given day, a student in the Eastern Time zone would see the due date as 1am, and a student in Pacific Time would see it as due at 10pm. However, the test would all be due at the same moment in time which is 12am Central time.

  1. In Brightspace, click on your name in the top right corner, then choose "Account Settings"
  2. Scroll down to the "Time Zone" section. Choose the best location for you.
  3. Click "Save and Close" to save your preferences.

The USNCC highly encourages students to communicate often with their course faculty and student advisor about any job or life requirements that could affect their course performance. All of the USNCC participating colleges have extensive experience supporting service members pursuing a college education and will support as much as they are able to.

Courses will be delivered asynchronously, meaning there will be participation requirements throughout the course, but not at a specific time during the week, which supports a worldwide assigned student base.

Yes, all course work completed at ATCC will transfer and count in the Thomas Edison State University degree program.

The course work is completely asynchronous, meaning that learning activities do not require real-time interaction; instead, content is available online for students to access when it best suits their schedules, and assignments are completed to deadlines.

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Policies & Procedures

Alexandria Technical & Community College has policies and procedures in place in order to protect students’ rights and safety, and ensure their success.

Alexandria Technical & Community College’s policies comply with all local, state, and federal laws. The college also adheres to the policies and standards established by its governing body, Minnesota State and its accrediting body, the Higher Learning Commission.

Students are responsible to know and abide by the policies and procedures of Alexandria Technical & Community College and to seek assistance if they have questions. All students are encouraged to read ATCC Policies and Procedures and understand their responsibilities. It is particularly important students read and understand the following policies and procedures:

Designated Officers

Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunities Officer
Shari Maloney | 320-762-4466
Human Resources, Room 110

Human Rights Officer, Discrimination/Harassment Complaints Officer, Title IX Coordinator
Tam Bukowski | 320-762-4415
Safety & Security, Room 108

Americans with Disabilities/Section 504 Coordinator
Kaye Madigan | 320-762-4673
Support Services, Room 305

Need help?

Contact the USNCC Support Team at 320.762.4900 or
Mon-Fri 0900 - 1700 EST

After Hours: Contact MinnState Help Desk at 877.466.6728
Mon-Thurs: 0900 - 2100 EST
Fri-Sat: 0900 - 1730 EST
Sun: 1230 - 2100 EST

Note: ATCC and MinnState Help Desk are closed on all national holidays