Empire College UPDATE – Classes Restart Tomorrow, 10/17

October 16, 2017

To everyone in our amazing Empire College community:

Over the weekend, we attempted to call every student to ensure that they were safe and to ask about when they could return to school. The overwhelming response from the students we talked to was that they wanted to be back in their classes. Based on this response, we plan to open tomorrow, Tuesday, October 17 for classes starting at 8 am. We realize it will not be business as usual, but it will be the first important step.

At our faculty meeting this morning, we outlined a plan based on what we know now. Here is what we have noted going forward for Business School students:

  • The current module will be extended by one week. This means that this week will be week 5 and finals week will start on Monday, October 23. The next module start will shift to Monday, October 30.
  • Every attempt will be made to help students complete their classes this module.
  • Schedules for the (now) October 30 mod start will be released on Wednesday, October 25.

For Business and Law students:

  • The building is not damaged, however, be aware that there will be no heat until the gas is restored, hopefully Wednesday. Please dress appropriately. Medical students are not required to wear scrubs this week.
  • Unfortunately, there is residual smoke in the building. This is being actively addressed, but if you have a health issue, please take precautions or let us know if you cannot attend as a result.
  • Some students may have lost (or are not able to access) school supplies, textbooks, or scrubs. If you have any of these that you can share, please let us know.
  • For individual questions or concerns, feel free to contact us at (707) 546-4000 or email nsongster@empirecollege.com (Business School) or tchodora@empirecollege.com (Law School).

For students who have been affected, there is a Local Assistance Center (LAC) set up at 427 Mendocino Avenue (the first floor of the Press Democrat building downtown Santa Rosa). There are many resources available there.


Diane Aqui, Esq.

(Class of 2001)
Empire College gave me the opportunity to earn a Juris Doctorate while still working full time in my “first” career as an engineer. The professors are all practicing attorneys and judges and it is clear that they love what they do---guiding, teaching and mentoring a new group of potential lawyers, who one day will be their peers and practice alongside them in the legal community. I think one of my favorite cases since I graduated in 2001 was against a former Empire professor and I walked away with a win!

Andrew Conway, Esq.

(Class of 2014)
I decided to go to law school after interning for the Diversion program for the Sonoma County District Attorney's Office while I was in college. Empire provided me with friends who became colleagues, and Professors who became the Judges I appear in front of today. I have always wanted to work with the law and youth and I now manage a Dependency contract for Mendocino County, which has become my dream career as I get to do the exact job I wanted when I decided to go to law school. I definitely have my dream job thanks to Empire and their exceptional professors.

James V. Sansone, Esq.

(Class of 2006)
I picked Empire College because I had to juggle between family obligations and a fulltime job. Empire was the only option that allowed me to effectively manage my work and family obligations and still pursue a law degree. Thanks to Empire, I was able to pass the bar exam on my first try and begin a new, exciting, and lucrative legal career that I love.