Since its founding in a wing of Elgin High School on January 10, 1949, Elgin Community College has grown into a nationally recognized institution that offers 130 degree and certificate options featuring dozens of transfer agreements with top four-year institutions, as well as career and technical programs to prepare students for immediate employment in rewarding careers. ECC’s 145-acre Spartan Drive Campus features smart classrooms; facilities, and equipment that mirror what is in use in the workforce; a vibrant and engaging campus experience; and support services that help students succeed.

The Burlington-based, 120-acre Elgin Community College Center for Emergency Services features classrooms, a three-story burn tower, training bays, and a diving pond to train current and future first responders.

ECC also serves its community through the Education and Work Center in Hanover Park. The center—a partnership between Harper College, the village of Hanover Park, the Chicago-Cook Workforce partnership, and the state of Illinois—offers English as a second language, adult basic education, and career skills development.

College History – Decade by Decade