Welcome to the ECC Foundation

David Sam

ECC is truly a community college. Our community has relied on us to improve lives through learning for over 70 years.

As a community member, you are critical to helping our students succeed. When they succeed as a part of a passionate and highly-skilled workforce, they achieve their dreams, and our community prospers. Our students are tomorrow's leaders here in Elgin and worldwide.

Whether through donations, scholarships, grants, or strategic workforce partnerships, we hope you will join us in our mission.

You can learn more about our work below. I invite you to contact the ECC Foundation when you can start.

Together, we can help our community thrive.

Dr. David Sam, PhD, JD, LLM President

Meet Our Students

District 509 is incredibly diverse, and that diversity is reflected in ECC’s students. Many experience basic insecurities like food, housing, transportation, and childcare. Learn more about our students on the Campus Diversity webpage.

Students in science class working on project

“I did not grow up in a wealthy family, therefore my parents weren't able to start a college fund for me at a young age. Despite this, I still pursued a college career, but I am completely responsible for covering all my student expenses. This scholarship has helped me avoid having to take out loans for my schooling, so I was able to graduate from ECC with no student debt.”

- ECC Foundation Scholarship Recipient

Invest in our students, our community, and our future!