Fall 2020 Welcome Message

JALC Students,

As we look forward to the start of the fall 2020 semester, I would like to take this opportunity to answer some questions about what students can expect. Additionally, a detailed plan for the semester will be posted on the College’s website next week. As most of you know, the situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic continues to change rapidly. In order to stay informed, students must continually monitor VolText, VolMail, student portal, and the college website for the most up-to-date information. The College Return to Campus Plan will adhere to the guidelines and safety precautions set forth by ICCB, CDC, IDPH, and WHO.

Important Dates:

  • Instruction begins on Wednesday, August 12, 2020.
    • Students should check MyJALC to determine class format, time, date, and location for each scheduled course. Locations for on campus meetings may be updated between now and the start of the semester.
  • Second block classes begin October 6, 2020.
  • Fall Semester Holidays
    • Labor Day – Monday, September 7
    • Election Day – Tuesday, November 3 (new scheduled holiday)
    • Veteran’s Day – Wednesday, November 11
    • Thanksgiving Break November 23 – 28
  • All courses will move to online instruction beginning Monday, November 30, through the end of the semester.
  • Final Exams are scheduled for the week of December 8 – 11 (online format)

Fall 2020 Course Formats:

Visit https://www.jalc.edu/fall-2020-course-formats for specific details on course formats and what that means for students.


Students must enter through one of these designated entrances. All other entries to the college will be restricted.


Again, the College is excited for the start of the start of a new semester. While things may look different from past semesters, the focus continues to be student success. Please remember to keep checking VolMail and the website for fall semester updates.


Dr. Melanie Pecord
Vice President for Instructional Services