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Degrees & Programs

Degrees & Programs

Alpena Community College offers courses that are equivalent in content and quality to freshman and sophomore courses at four-year colleges and universities. Students can complete programs of study preparing them to transfer to a four-year institution or to seek immediate employment. Those seeking personal enrichment or new or updated job skills, as well as visiting students from other colleges are welcome at ACC.   

ACC grants the following degrees: Associate in Arts (AA), Associate in Applied Science (AAS), and Associate in General Studies (AGS), Associate in Science (AS), Bachelor of Science (BS). Non-degree programs lead to a Certificate of Achievement (C).

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Program Outlines

Certificate of Achievement (C)
Certificate of Achievement programs are one- or two-year courses of study which provide specialized occupational training. Successful students develop essential skills and gain technical background which prepares them to enter the world of work.

Apprentice—Electrical Advanced
Apprentice—Millwright Advanced
Automotive Service & Repair
Automotive Service & Repair—Master Program
Business Information Systems—Business Services
Construction Technology—Green Building Certificate (Online)
Criminal Justice—Corrections Officer Academic Program
Customer Energy Service - Certificate
Industrial Technology - Certificate
Licensed Practical Nursing
Machine Tool Technology—Advanced Certificate
Machine Tool Technology—Basic Certificate
Network Administration - Certificate
Small Business Management - Certificate
Utility Arborist
Utility Technology
Utility Technology—Advanced Certificate
Welding Fabrication

Associate in Arts (AA)
The AA degree is designed for transfer to a four-year institution and forms the basis for many career options and majors. The student must select courses that provide the best preparation for transfer in a particular major field at a specific senior institution.

Business Administration
Computer Information Systems
Criminal Justice—Transfer
eSports Management - New for Fall 2024!
Fine Arts
Graphic Design
Liberal Arts—General
Political Science
Psychology (AA)
Sociology (Social Work)

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Program curriculums leading to AAS degrees are intense programs of study designed to prepare students for employment after graduation. Some may transfer to four-year institutions, but students planning to pursue a bachelor's degree should work closely with an academic advisor to plan for a successful transfer of coursework.

Auto Service & Repair
Business Information Systems—Administrative Professional
Business Management
Concrete Technology
Criminal Justice—Corrections
Criminal Justice — Pre-Service
Customer Energy Service - AAS
Electrical Maintenance Technician
Graphic Design - AAS
Industrial Sales
Industrial Technology - AAS
Machine Tool Technology
Mechanical Design Technology
Millwright Technician
Network Administration & Cyber Security - AAS
Registered Nursing
Small Business Management - AAS
Utility Technology - AAS
Welding Technology

Associate in General Studies (AGS)
The AGS degree is awarded to students primarily interested in general education. Courses may be selected to suit individual goals, however, students should consult an academic advisor for guidance in the selection process.

General Studies

Associate in Science (AS)
The AS degree is designed for transfer to a four-year institution and forms the basis for many career options and majors. The student must select courses that provide the best preparation for transfer in a particular major field at a specific senior institution.

Computer Science—General
Environmental Science
General Sciences
Natural Sciences
Pre-Construction Management
Pre-Fisheries and Wildlife Management
Pre-Medical Technology
Psychology (AS)

Bachelor of Science (BS)
ACC currently offers one Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Systems Technology. This BS program consists of four years of classes that build upon existing coursework that ACC offers in utility technology and electrical maintenance, as well as the development of new courses in the 300 & 400 levels. 

Electrical Systems Technology

Cooperative Degree Programs

In addition to traditional arts and science transfer programs described under the various associate degrees, Alpena Community College has special agreements with several institutions that expand opportunities for students interested in specialized programs not available in their entirety at Alpena Community College. For these cooperative programs, students complete specified courses at Alpena Community College and then transfer seamlessly to finish the requirements at another college. It is important to plan your course selections with the appropriate contact person at Alpena Community College right from the start.

Earn Your Associate Degree From ACC Even After You Transfer to a University

Bay De Noc Community College Associate in Applied Science Degree (AAS) in Water Resource Management 1 + 1 transfer program that allows students to complete the first year of the Associate in Applied Science Degree in Water Resource Management at Alpena Community College before transferring to Bay de Noc for the second year of the program. During the second year, a four-week co-op internship is required, and students may be able to complete this work experience in the Alpena area. Students interested in this program should contact Scott Ratz at 989.358.7303 or Kendall Sumerix at 989.358.7347 before registering for classes.

Delta College
Associate in Applied Science Degree (AAS) in Dental Hygiene 
For more information visit Delta’s website at www.delta.edu.

Associate in Applied Science Degree (AAS) in Chemical Process Technology
For more information visit Delta’s website at www.delta.edu.

Delta College Basic Police Training Academy
Alpena Community College students who are eligible may enroll in the Delta Basic Police Training Academy and transfer credits from Delta to Alpena Community College to be applied to Alpena Community College’s Associate in Applied Science Law Enforcement degree program. Once enrolled in a basic training academy, all trainees must successfully complete the MCOLES Physical Fitness Program in order to graduate. Successfully completing this program is determined by a passing score on the MCOLES Exit Test.

The educational prerequisites are as follows:

  • A minimum of an associate degree from an accredited college or university must have been completed; or
  • Completing degree requisites through Delta College’s Criminal Justice Law Enforcement Program with Basic Police Training Option; or 
  • Criminal justice students from Saginaw Valley State University, Mid-Michigan Community College, and Alpena Community College may also attend Delta College’s police academy as part of their law enforcement degree; or 
  • MCOLES may issue an educational waiver upon completion of a military police academy and one year of service as a military police officer.

All applicants must pass the MCOLES Pre-employment Test. For more information on the Delta College Basic Police Training Academy, please contact Rob Mills, Alpena Community College Criminal Justice Instructor, at 989.358.7208 or millsr@alpenacc.edu.

Eastern Michigan University Bachelor of Science in Technology Management
For more information visit EMU’s website at https://www.emich.edu/cot/tpsm/programs/tmgmt/

Ferris State University Bachelor of Science in Construction Management – Concrete Technology
Students graduating from Alpena Community College with a Pre-Construction Management (AS) degree can articulate their courses into the FUS Construction Management – Concrete Technology (BS) degree. Please see your Concrete Tech advisor for more information on this transfer opportunity.

Alpena Community College also has an Institutional Partnership Agreement with Ferris State University. For more information visit FSU’s website at

https://www.ferris.edu/HTMLS/colleges/university/transfer/collegetransfer/guides/AlpenaCommunityCollege.htm .

Kirtland Community College Kirtland Regional Police Academy
After successful completion of the first three semesters of the Alpena Community College Criminal Justice Pre-service Associate in Applied Science Degree Program, students can opt to substitute the fourth semester's classes by completing the Kirtland Regional Police Academy at Kirtland Community College.  Credits earned through successful completion of the police academy can be transferred back to fulfill the requirements of the fourth semester of the pre-service program and students can receive credit for CRJ119, CRJ222, CRJ224, and CRJ229 without taking the classes at Alpena Community College.  For more information on the cooperative agreement with the Kirtland Regional Police Academy, please contact Robert Mills, Alpena Community College Criminal Justice Director, at 989.358.7208 or millsr@alpenacc.edu

Lake Superior State University Alpena Community College and Lake Superior State University have a longstanding partnership to meet the degree completion needs of Alpena Community College students through transfer programs. LSSU provides transfer equivalency information at http://www.lssu.edu/admissions/transfer.php

Alpena Community College is currently working on articulation agreements for the following programs. (January 2017)

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration/International Business
  • Business Administration/Management
  • Business Administration/Marketing
  • Business Administration/Finance & Economics

Madonna University Bachelor of Social Work
Alpena Community College and Madonna University have developed this articulation agreement to facilitate the educational mobility and transfer of students from Alpena Community College to Madonna University. Please visit the Madonna University website for more information: http://www.madonna.edu/admissions/transfer

Mid Michigan Community College Associate in Applied Science Degree (AAS) in Radiography
Alpena Community College and Mid Michigan Community College offer a cooperative program that includes program prerequisite course work required for this program to be completed at Alpena Community College. Successful graduates will be eligible to apply for the certification examination offered by the American Registry of Radiographic Technologists. Career opportunities include work in hospitals and clinics as part of the medical team specializing in the use of X-rays for diagnosis and treatment.

Associate in Applied Science Degree (AAS) in Physical Therapy Assistant
Alpena Community College and Mid Michigan Community College offer a cooperative program that includes program prerequisite course work required for the Physical Therapy Assistant program to be completed at Alpena Community College. Mid Michigan’s program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

Enrollment in these programs is limited and careful planning is required, so students seeking entry into these programs should consult with an Alpena Community College advisor, Brenda Kelley at 989.358.7311 before registering for any classes.

Northwood University All Alpena Community College associate degrees are eligible to earn a Bachelor of Business Administration through Northwood University.

Bachelor of Business Administration Degree — Management (3+1 Option)
Bachelor of Business Administration Degree — Accounting (3+1 Option)
Bachelor of Business Administration Degree  Marketing
Bachelor of Business Administration Degree — Computer Information Management
Bachelor of Business Administration Degree — Health Care Management
Bachelor of Business Administration Degree  Entrepreneurship
Bachelor of Business Administration Degree  Entertainment, Sport and Promotion Mgmt.
Bachelor of Business Administration Degree  Finance
Bachelor of Business Administration Degree  Franchising Management
Bachelor of Business Administration Degree — Automotive Marketing & Management
Bachelor of Business Administration Degree — Aftermarket Management
Bachelor of Science  Applied Management

For more information on these cooperative programs please contact Northwood University Alpena Program Center Manager Madeline Briggs University Center at 989.358.7302 or contact the Northwood University-Main Campus Admissions Office at 800.622.9000.

Western Michigan UniversityBachelor of Social Work
Alpena Community College offers an articulation agreement with Western Michigan University to provide a 2+2 agreement in Social Work. This agreement offers an affordable and practical opportunity for career development in Social Work by enabling community members to start their degree at ACC and continue their studies locally through the partnership with WMU. 

For more information, contact ACC Instructor Amber Vesotski at vesotska@alpenacc.edu or visit the WMU transfer section on their website. 

University of Michigan-Flint Bachelor of Science in Nursing 
UM-Flint and Alpena Community College have collaborated to offer select UM-Flint courses leading to a BSN degree, through a combination of classes on-site in Alpena, Flint, and online.

Current Alpena Community College Students may enroll as a UM-Flint Guest Student while completing coursework at Alpena Community College. A Financial Aid Consortium Agreement is in place for students who wish to utilize financial aid between Alpena Community College and UM-Flint.

Mid-Michigan Medical Center RNs may enroll as a UM-Flint Transfer Student.

New Alpena Community College Students can apply to ACC online or contact the Alpena Community College Admissions Office at 989.358.7339 for more information about becoming a student.

Apply for U-M Flint
For more information about the UM-Flint BSN Program in Alpena, contact:

UM-Flint Advisor
Jennifer Spenny