ACM Outlook: Plans for Spring '21

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ACM’s Spring '21 semester is your chance to thrive in a safe, small college environment. It’s an opportunity to learn from dedicated instructors, make meaningful connections with fellow students, and move one step closer to achieving your goals.

This past year has taught us a lot about perseverance, collaboration, humanity, and humility. We can’t wait to welcome you to class – whether your classes meet in-person, online, or a mix of both – and help you succeed.

Spring '21 PlansClick to Hear from ACM's Senior VP of Instructional and Student Affairs

Enhanced Health & Safety Measures

We’re taking extensive precautions to keep you (and us) #ACMstrong.

We require all students, campus visitors, and employees to wear face masks or face coverings, practice proper hand hygiene and social distancing measures, and self-monitor for coronavirus/COVID-19 disease symptoms. Everyone is required to sign in when visiting an office or department, and attending class or a lab.

Hand sanitizer is available in all buildings. ACM campuses and education sites undergo intensive cleaning and sanitation daily. This includes the use of special cleaning chemicals and an ultraviolet (UV) sanitation cart for high touch areas like computer labs.  Disinfectant wipes will be provided to individual students as they enter their classroom.

We’ve changed the way we’re offering classes to reduce the number of students in each class. This act of reducing classroom density may help you build stronger relationships with your classmates and instructors in the process.

Options for Spring Learning

Spring semester Full-Term courses begin on Thursday, January 21, and Delayed start courses begin on Thursday, February 11. The previously scheduled March spring break has been eliminated.  All classes will end on Friday, May 7, 2021. 

We’re offering six different ways to learn for the Spring '21 semester. Your class schedule may be a mix of these different methods.

  • F2F or Face-to-Face Instruction
    You’ll be in an ACM classroom with a limited number of students. Primarily offered for small enrollment classes, labs, and clinicals. Personal protective equipment (PPE) will be provided to students working in close proximity.

Face to Face

  • F2FA or Face-to-Face Instruction with Alternating Schedule
    Your class will be divided into two groups. You’ll be in an ACM classroom with your group for one class period while the other group watches the course livestreamed. The next time the class meets, the rotation flips. Your group will watch the course livestreamed while the other group attends class.

Face to Face Alternating

  • Online Instruction
    You’ll take your class online from your residence. You may be required to take exams in-person depending on your instructor.

Online Instruction

  • Blended or Hybrid Instruction
    You’ll be in an ACM classroom 30-79% of the time and participate in online instruction or coursework activities the rest of the time.

Blended or Hybrid

  • Flex Instruction
    You choose whether you want to learn through face-to-face instruction in an ACM classroom, by watching a livestream of your class in session, or viewing a recording of your class at a time convenient to you.

Flex Instruction

  • Distance Learning or Telecourses
    You’ll be in a distance learning classroom at one of our two campuses for instruction. The course instructor will teach face-to-face from one location with video connection at the other location.

Distance Learning and Telecourses

Meetings & Appointments

You’re welcome on campus during business hours (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday) to meet with faculty and staff.  We recommend making an appointment to ensure you are able to receive services intended while visiting campus. To reduce the number of individuals present at any given time, we offer phone and virtual appointments through popular platforms like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and GoToMeeting.

Due to COVID-19 virtual appointments are highly encouraged. To set up virtual or in-person appointments, you can search our college directory or visit department pages.


Student Services

Advising and Enrollment Services

Registration for Spring '21 semester is in progress.  

Virtual and in-person advising appointments are available. Contact Jennifer Engelbach or Chelsey Bennett to set up an advising session with an ACM advising specialist.

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Student Financial Aid 

Student Financial Aid Staff is accessing email and can answer most of your questions via email. If your question cannot be resolved by email, Student Financial Aid staff will make arrangements to speak with you via telephone or schedule an in-person appointment. You may reach the Student Financial Aid Office by calling 301-784-5213 or 301-784-5400. Important updates and general information can be found here. A few main points:

You can securely send your documents to our office email account:

We are processing all requests for financial aid for the Spring 2021 semester. Please be sure to check your WebAdvisor Account. If you are having trouble accessing your account, you should immediately email our IT HelpDesk.

Students are encouraged to begin the FAFSA process for the 2021-2022 academic year.  The Maryland State Priority Deadline is March 1st. 

Pathways For Success (TRiO) 

The Pathways for Success Program will continue to offer services to students in an online environment and in person by appointment ONLY. Please email Deb Hardinger to schedule an in-person appointment.

The Pathways staff will remain active for “chat” on Microsoft Teams where students can “drop in” and talk. Students can also email staff to have questions answered or call 301-784-5630 from 9:00am - 4:00pm Monday - Friday.

Tutoring for Pathways for Success students will continue to take place online with limited in person options for math tutoring. Students should email Deb Hardinger for assistance in scheduling a tutoring appointment.

If you are new to ACM and wish to learn more about the Pathways for Success program, please visit our webpage, or email Pathways for Success Director, Tara DeVore

Tutoring and Testing 

Students should check their Brightspace account for details about assessing current online tutoring.  Information on tutoring can be found under the ACM Online Tutoring Page in Brightspace.

Study labs are available for mathematics, science, reading and writing, computer science, and student development 106.

Online tutoring is available through ThinkingStorm from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. daily.  Get help with a variety of subjects including mathematics, anatomy and physiology, biology, chemistry, physics, writing (essays for any course), accounting, economics, design software, and nursing.  Some subjects require appointments.

Questions about tutoring can be directed to Shirley Wilson and testing to Roger Vogel.


The ACM library's online resources, including research databases and ebooks, continue to be accessible 24/7 for all students and employees. Library Resources is the best starting page for library information and database access.

A green “chat with a librarian” box will be on this page while the chat account is being monitored, for live research assistance to students. Emails sent to ACM Library will also be answered.

The Pantry 

The Pantry provides food and personal care products to students in need. The Pantry is available and looking forward to assisting you. To avoid gatherings and wait times, appointments for picking up items are necessary.  Same day pick up is usually available.  Please complete a Pantry Request Form and watch your email for pick-up instructions!

Willowbrook Woods

ACM’s on-campus student housing, Willowbrook Woods, is open with modified housing density. Majority of apartments will house two students instead of four, which will provide each student their own bedroom and bathroom. Applications for the Spring '21 semester are still being accepted.  


New Student Orientation

New students are encouraged to participate in a student orientation session. Sessions will be held virtually for the Spring '21 semester. Questions about student orientation should be directed to the Director of Student Life



Metz Café will reopen for food service on the Cumberland Campus on Monday, January 18, 2021. Metz is complying with State of Maryland and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mandates for food service including social distancing, occupancy levels, face coverings, and other mitigation protocols. Students can order online for quick pick up.  Rotating daily specials are offered as well as prepared grab-no-go meals.



Winter/spring sports will begin in January. The ACM Athletics Department is following guidelines provided by the NJCAA and MDJUCO.  An announcement was made on July 13, 2020, by the NJCAA Presidential Advisory Council and the NJCAA Board of Regents regarding an adjusted action plan for the 2020-21 academic year. 


Campus Store

Books for the spring semester are available for purchase and pick up. Students may place orders online 24/7. Orders can be shipped directly to students homes or picked up at the Cumberland or Bedford County Campus. A Pick-Up Window has been installed at the Cumberland Campus to allow for social distancing and quick pick up. Students may also visit the Campus Store during walk-in hours. 


Virtual Learning Space

Class scheduling may not always allow students the feasibility to connect from their home to participate in a virtual course.  ACM has established Zoom Rooms in the Zimmer Theatre in College Center (59 max occupancy) and the Thomas Welcome Center lounge (13 max occupancy) for students who need a space to virtually learn on campus. Students attending the Bedford County Campus in need of a place to virtually learn, may stop by the Student Services Office for assistance. 

Students must practice physical distancing when taking advantage of these spaces.  Students must provide their own device, plug-in with earbuds, and wear a face covering for the duration of class. 


Gateway Center Transportation

Shuttle service for students to and from the Cumberland Campus to the Gateway Center/School of Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts in downtown Cumberland is available for the spring semester.  The bus departs from the parking lot of Allied Health nearest Old Willowbrook Road at 7:30 a.m. Monday through Friday.  


Continuing Education and Workforce Development

The Center for Continuing Education and Workforce Development will release its winter/spring course catalog in February. Questions about course offerings may be directed to the Office of CE Registration at 301-784-5341.


Health Clinics

All ACM health clinics have reopened.  More information on hours and current procedures can be found by visiting the clinics' webpages: Dental Hygiene, Massage Therapy, and Nurse Managed Wellness Clinic.  

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