Five Elgin Community College employees have been selected to receive the 2020 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Award. The award recognizes outstanding faculty, staff, and administrators of community and technical colleges.
The Elgin Community College Arts Center has partnered with the nation’s largest community theatre, Omaha Community Playhouse, to bring you “A Christmas Carol.” This 45-year tradition has been adapted into a virtual theatrical performance for the entire family to enjoy. The performance is online now and can be viewed any time before Jan. 3, 2020.
Elgin Community College Theatre will present a virtual production of “As You Like It,” by William Shakespeare, on Saturday, Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. on the ECC Arts Center’s Facebook and YouTube pages.
Five-time Grammy-winning bassist Victor Wooten returns to Elgin Community College with an expanded version of his Music Lesson Workshop on Friday, Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Elgin Community College will host a Bill Pelz Global Speaker Series event in memory of the late William Pelz, Ph.D., who taught history and political science.
ECC’s International Week will be ‘Zooming Around the World’ from Nov. 9 to 13, with daily events and activities for all to enjoy.
Elgin Community College’s Multicultural and Global Initiatives Committee (MAGIC) presents Part V of the series, “Black Lives Matter,” on Thursday, Nov. 5, at 2 p.m.
The Elgin Community College Marketing and Communications Department received 25 awards at the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) District 3 Medallion Awards.
Elgin Community College proudly announces its 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award winner, Linda Deering Dean. She learned the value of Community College support.
The event was the final push needed for the Foundation to surpass its overall goal of raising more than $100,000 for the Student Success Fund by the end of 2020.
Elgin Community College will host "The Demand for Manufacturing Jobs," a webinar focused on manufacturing and technology jobs.
The 2020 Long Red Line Juried Art Exhibit at Elgin Community College is now viewable via a 360-degree virtual experience. Postponed initially in April due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the exhibit, which is on display in ECC’s E. Max Von Isser Art Gallery, is accessible at bit.ly/ECCGalleriesLRL until Friday, Nov, 13, 2020. ECC’s campus remains closed to the general public.
The Illinois Community College Trustee Association (ICCTA) recently honored two Elgin Community College trustees for their long-time commitment to public service.
Elgin Community College will host a virtual Bill Pelz Global Speaker Series event titled “Show Me the Money! COVID-19’s Impact on Global Economies” on Monday, Oct. 5 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public
Two U.S. Department of Education grants will keep Elgin Community College’s TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) and Student Support Services/English as a Second Language (SSS/ESL) programs funded for another five years.
The Writers Center at Elgin Community College will host three authors for the Fall 2020 Reading Series. Due to current social distancing regulations, the events will take place using the Zoom platform. All readings begin at 7:30 p.m.
Elgin Community College will host a virtual commencement ceremony to honor the spring 2020 graduates after postponing the originally planned in-person ceremonies in May. On Saturday, Sept. 26, at 10 a.m., the ceremony will premiere live on ECC’s YouTube channel at youtube.com/elginspartans.
The Elgin Community College (ECC) Foundation invites the community to celebrate the achievements of students, faculty, and staff at the ECC Foundation Gala Virtual Mas’k’erade: Dare to Dream event at 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 17, 2020. The online event will showcase the incredible tapestry of talent and resiliency found throughout the ECC community, as well as highlight several 2020 award winners and scholarship recipients.
Petitions for nomination for trustee of Community College District 509 (Elgin Community College) may be downloaded at https://elgin.edu/about-ecc/trustees/trustee-elections/ beginning Tuesday, Sep. 22, 2020.
With the start of the fall 2020 semester, the Elgin Community College Foundation is launching the Student Success Fund, an initiative meant to provide relief funding to students who face financial barriers as a result of the pandemic. With the success of the recent Emergency Student Relief Fund in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in assisting students, the Foundation wants to provide support for those students who aren’t yet on solid financial footing.
Elgin Community College’s Latinx Heritage Month (LHM) will be held virtually this year, with events built around the 2020 theme “¡Ya es el Tiempo!” (Now is the time).
Elgin Community College’s Spartan Food Pantry is now open to current all ECC students, regardless of need. Reduced fall 2020 hours are Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Project Backpack, a community effort to provide backpacks and supplies for families of District 509, looked a little different this year. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Elgin Community College was unable to host the event as in years past. The committee worked to develop an alternative plan for supply delivery to those in need.
At Elgin Community College, our mission to improve people’s lives through learning remains strong. Even amid unusual circumstances, we remain committed to every student and every dream. We also recognize that the current COVID-19 crisis presents a host of challenges and opportunities that we will navigate together.
At Elgin Community College, students like Jeanette Silva Haro are working towards their dreams and receiving the hands-on education to help them move forward. Registration for fall classes is underway. Courses will be delivered primarily online, with some classes using a hybrid of online and classroom instruction.
Extended business hours will be available on campus at Elgin Community College to support students from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 22. Offices that will be open include academic advising, admissions, registration, financial aid, student accounts, and first stop. The Saturday hours are offered to incoming and returning ECC students who would like in-person assistance before the start of classes on Monday, Aug. 24.
Elgin Community College’s Continuing Education Department has released the fall 2020 non-credit course schedule. Most courses begin in September, and range from single day to semester long. All classes are offered remotely at this time.
Registration for fall credit classes is under way at Elgin Community College and will continue until the semester starts August 24.
Elgin Community College’s Multicultural and Global Initiatives Committee (MAGIC) presents Part III of its new series, “Black Lives Matter,” on Thursday, July 9, at 2 p.m. The discussion will take place via Zoom, and all are invited to attend. The session will also be livestreamed on ECC’s Facebook page.
Project Backpack, a community effort to get backpacks and supplies into the hands of families of District 509, will look a little different this year. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Elgin Community College is unable to host the event as in years past. The committee has worked to develop an alternative plan for supply delivery to those in need.
On behalf of the members of the Elgin Community College Board of Trustees, I wish to express our endorsement of President, Dr. David Sam’s message of June 4, 2020, sent to students and employees imploring all peoples to support the rights of others and to take a stand on equity and fairness.
Elgin Community College President Dr. David Sam and District 509 Board of Trustees Chairwoman Dr. Donna Redmer applaud the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling, which, for now, blocks the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and provides protection against deportation for the more than 800,000 recipients who were brought to the United States as children on a quest to achieve the American dream.
Elgin Community College’s Multicultural and Global Initiatives Committee (MAGIC) presents Part II of its new series, “Black Lives Matter,” on Thursday, June 25, at 2 p.m.
Elgin Community College offers multiple opportunities for prospective students to visit campus, meet with a recruiter, and learn more about their options at the college. With the COVID-19 pandemic, on-campus visits are by appointment only, however, ECC’s Office of Admissions and Recruitment developed “Spartan Virtual Admissions Presentations.”
In response to the uncertainty of many variables associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, Elgin Community College has made the difficult decision to convert the majority of face-to-face courses for the fall 2020 semester to online courses. Specialized lab courses, where the face-to-face component is essential, will be offered on campus but may also include online learning.
Elgin Community College’s summer Kids’ College has moved many of its most popular courses online. Registration is now open for a variety of classes including art, coding, graphic design, and more. There are classes for children and teens ages 5 to 15.
Elgin Community College’s Multicultural and Global Initiatives Committee (MAGIC) will present a new series, “Black Lives Matter,” online this summer starting Wednesday, June 10, at 2 p.m.
This year has presented some of the most pressing issues of our time. Not only are communities of color dealing with the realities of the disparities that exist in health care as exemplified by the disproportionate representation of those affected by COVID-19, they are also living in a country where systemic racism thrives and repeated cries for allies seem to go unnoticed.
ECC is moving forward with our plan to gradually reopen the Spartan Drive campus to select employees and students taking lab courses beginning Monday, June 1, 2020. Please be aware that each of ECC’s phases will coincide with guidance outlined in Gov. J.B Pritzker’s Restore Illinois Plan and is contingent on a number of factors, all of which are subject to change.
Two recent graduates of Elgin Community College have been awarded over $40,000 in scholarships to attend Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinois.
Elgin Community College president and graduates from the class of 2020 took their minds off the reality of the COVID-19 crisis to have a little fun with ECC’s take on the popular #DontRush challenge, which features students who appear on camera for a few seconds dressed in their everyday attire and then magically transitions into their cap and gowns to make a statement.
The Elgin Community College Foundation is pleased to announce that it has successfully raised over $50,000 for the Emergency Student Relief Fund in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, achieving its goal to do so by the end of April.
Taylor Vitacco, the newly seated student member of the Community College District 509 Board of Trustees, wants to ensure that Elgin Community College students find fulfillment and feel comfortable. She is also committed to the pursuit equality for all students.
Associate Professor II of English as a Second Language Colleen Stribling and Physics Unit Adjunct Faculty Member Soma Chattopadhyay were recently recognized with the 2020 Orrin G. Thompson Teaching Excellence Award from Elgin Community College.
As a result of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s recent announcement to extend the state’s current “stay-at-home” order through the end of May, Elgin Community College will reopen its campus, to specific employees, utilizing a phased approach, beginning Monday, June, 1.
With the COVID-19 pandemic reducing work hours and shuttering businesses, unemployment rates are up across the country. For those who have unexpectedly found themselves on the job hunt, Elgin Community College’s Workforce Development office is here to help.
The staff of the Elgin Community College student newspaper, the Observer, earned 13 awards for writing, photography, and design from the Illinois Community College Journalism Association.
The Illinois Small Business Development Center (Illinois SBDC) at Elgin Community College has recently reopened. The Illinois SBDC has provided no-cost business advising to existing and prospective business owners in the community for over 30 years. While the campus is closed to the public, services are currently being offered online. The center is located in the University & Business Center, Building E, at ECC’s 1700 Spartan Drive campus.
Elgin Community College (ECC) remains committed to the success of our students. With less than a month remaining to complete the spring 2020 semester for students in remote learning, we encourage students to complete the semester by utilizing all of the strategies, resources and support provided to you by the college. A list is available at elgin.edu/remotehub. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, ECC has established policies specific to the spring 2020 term, not only to promote successful com
Registration for summer and fall credit classes is underway at Elgin Community College and will continue until classes start, space permitting. Students can register for classes at elgin.edu/accessecc. Students needing help can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A trio of Elgin Community College faculty, staff, and alums are doing their part to support essential workers during the COVID-19 outbreak.
As a result of Governor Pritzker’s recent announcement to extend the state’s current “stay-at-home” order through Thursday, April 30, Elgin Community College will remain closed to the public until Monday, May 04. Consequently, the college will continue to provide academic, financial, and student support services remotely. Please see the attached updated Support Services Resource Guide. Most services will utilize phone, email, and/or Google Hangouts* as modes of communication.
Employees with essential responsibilities, as notified by their supervisors, will work remotely until we return to campus on Monday, May 04. All class instruction will continue to be delivered through alternative delivery formats for the remainder of the spring semester. Students taking lab and specialized courses will be contacted by their instructors on when their classes will resume.
Although Governor Pritzker’s Stay-at-Home order is currently in effect through Tuesday, April 7, please remember instruction resumes on March 30, 2020, in alternative learning formats (remotely) for most courses, with the exception of some lab courses and other specialized courses. No on-campus classes will be in session the week of March 30.
Thank you all for your commitment and dedication to our students during these unprecedented times. It is during times of hardship and uncertainty that our Shared Values come alive, guiding our decision-making and solidifying our mission. I am grateful for how our entire ECC family – faculty, staff, administrators, and community - has rallied around our students.
The Elgin Community College Foundation has established the ECC Foundation Emergency Student Relief Fund to help students most impacted by this crisis. The ECC Foundation Emergency Student Relief Fund has already been seeded with a generous donation of $10,000. We are seeking community support to ensure every impacted student can continue their education in these uncertain economic times.
Even as we write this email, we realize changes could occur that will affect campus operations, teaching, and instruction for the next few months. We also know in these uncertain times that it is important to have information that helps you make important decisions and plan ahead. At the time of this communication, there have been no confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 on any of the ECC locations.
Elgin Community College is aware that information regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to rapidly evolve. In fact, this worldwide pandemic has undoubtedly led to anxiety and uncertainty while impacting lives and daily business operations in every industry.
Elgin Community College will hold two virtual commencement ceremonies for the fall 2020 graduating class on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020. Both ceremonies will stream at youtube.com/ElginSpartans. Students are assigned to the graduation ceremony based on the credential(s) earned.
We are all concerned about the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on Elgin Community College. Working together as a team, the college continues to diligently monitor the situation. We have put several precautionary measures into place to limit potential exposure while assessing our policies and procedures.
Brooke Bohlin and Isabella Hernandez, students at Elgin Community College, have been named 2020 Coca-Cola Academic Team Bronze Scholars and will each receive a $1,000 scholarship.
The Ruth Moody Band and folk duo Dala co-headline a night of soaring vocals, heavenly harmonies, and moving musicianship at the Elgin Community College Arts Center on Friday, March 13. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m.
Elgin Community College will host an expo focused on programs in science, technology, engineering, math, and health sciences on Wednesday, March 11. The expo, which is free and open to the public, will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Building B Hallway on campus at 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin.
On Saturday, Feb. 22, Elgin Community College’s Engineering and Technology Club (ETC) participated in the VEX U Javid Habibi Memorial Qualifier at Purdue University. After passing inspections and qualifying to play, the team placed 13th overall at the event with their two robots nicknamed Wall-E and Eve.
Acclaimed stand-up comedian Lewis Black will bring his “It Gets Better Every Day” tour to the Elgin Community College Arts Center on Thursday, March 12. The performance begins at 8 p.m.
Elgin Community College welcomes Jeremy T. Wilson as the guest for the next Writers Center Reading Series on Thursday, March 12, 2020. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. in the ECC Arts Center, Building H, Room H142, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin.
Elgin Community College has been named a 2020 Military Friendly® School by VIQTORY. The Military Friendly® Schools list provides a comprehensive guide for veterans and their families to find the right school to match their needs and preferences. This is the eighth time ECC has received this designation.
Visiting chef Bridget Mooney will bring her Soldier Field specialties to campus on Thursday, March 5, at 6 p.m. at the Elgin Community College Spartan Terrace Restaurant located in Building I, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin.
Elgin Community College will host its annual Immigrant Women’s Roundtable on Thursday, March 5, from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The roundtable gathers immigrants from ECC and the community to tell their stories about coming to the United States, struggles they faced, and hopes that helped them to endure. The event takes place in the Heritage Room, Building B, Room B180 at 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin, and is free and open to the public.
Elgin Community College is partnering again this year with SkillsUSA Illinois to host the second North Region Qualifying Conference on Friday, March 6, 2020. Qualifying events will take place at both the Spartan Drive and Burlington campuses.
For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST®) Illinois Robotics will hold 2020 Illinois FIRST Tech Challenge Championship Tournament at Elgin Community College on Friday, Feb. 21 and Saturday, Feb. 22. The tournament will take place in Building J, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin. Friday night is for setup and judges’ inspections from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday begins the tournament rounds, with the finals set for Saturday afternoon.
In honor of Black History Month, the Elgin Community College Humanities Center Speaker Series will welcome Thomas Armstrong, a veteran of the early 1960s civil rights movement in the south, to campus on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 11 a.m. in the Spartan Auditorium, Building G, 1700 Spartan Drive in Elgin. This event is free and open to the public.
Elgin Community College welcomes Chelsea Biondolillo as the first featured guest of the spring 2020 Writers Center Reading Series on Thursday, Feb. 27. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. in the ECC Arts Center, Building H, Room H142, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin.
In March, Northern Illinois University will offer its Accounting 370: Accounting Career Planning Seminar class onsite at Elgin Community College.
Kids’ College runs Monday through Thursday from June 15 through July 23 in half-day sessions that last four days. All classes are held at Elgin Community College’s Spartan Drive Campus, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin.
On Saturday, Feb. 1, Mariel Franco became the second ECC basketball player to reach 1,000 career points this year. Men’s basketball player Kelvin Cortez-Harvey achieved this same feat just a few weeks prior.
Elgin Community College will host One Billion Rising: The Long Red Line, a community effort to support the global movement to end rape, violence and all forms of interpersonal violence, on Wednesday, Feb. 12, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Jobe Lounge, Building B, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin. This event is free and open to the public.
Acclaimed banjo duo Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn, called “the king and queen of the banjo” by Paste Magazine, will perform on centerstage the ECC Arts Center on Thursday, Feb. 6., at 7:30 p.m.
Elgin Community College's celebration of Black History Month kicks off on Friday, Feb. 7, with a performance by Gigi Coleman, the great-niece of Bessie Coleman, the first black female pilot in the U.S. The breakfast event begins at 8:30 a.m. in the Building E Dining Room at the college, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin.
Over 460 pianists of all ages and skill levels will celebrate the silver anniversary of a beloved annual music event during American Grands 25 on Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Elgin Community College Arts Center. Performances will be held at 1, 4, and 7 p.m. in the Arts Center’s Blizzard Theatre, located in Building H on ECC’s Spartan Drive Campus, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin.
Elgin Community College, in partnership with Centro Studi Italiani, is proud to offer a new, faculty-led summer study abroad program in Urbania, Italy. The program provides students an immersive experience to learn the Italian language and culture. The four-week program runs from May 17 to June 14, 2020.
Together, the President of ECC and the Assistant Vice President of Student Services and Development/Dean of Students recognizes the level of high academic scholarship demonstrated by 3,131 students during the Fall 2019 semester. This recognition will appear on a student's grade report and on a student's transcript.
The Long Red Line is Elgin’s expression of One Billion Rising, a global movement of women and their allies rising to end rape, violence, interpersonal domination and oppression against women. To further raise awareness and honor survivors and community support, The Long Red Line is offering an art exhibit from April 1-30, 2020. ECC students, staff, and community members are invited to submit their artwork for the exhibit. Artwork must embody the mission and theme of The Long Red Line.
Elgin Community College’s Multicultural and Global Initiatives Committee (MAGIC) will present a new series, “Confronting Racism Head On,” online as a follow up to the successful summer series “Black Lives Matter.” Part I of this new series, ‘Racism on Display,’ is scheduled for Thursday, August 6, at 2 p.m.