Elgin Community College will hold two virtual commencement ceremonies for the fall 2021 graduating class on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021. Both ceremonies will stream at youtube.com/ElginSpartans. Students are assigned to the graduation ceremony based on the credential(s) earned.
Elgin Community College will be participating in the SHIELD Illinois Thanksgiving Community COVID-19 screening on Tuesday, November 23 from 3 – 8 p.m. at its main campus located at 1700 Spartan Dr., Elgin, Ill. ECC is joining SHIELD Illinois alongside nine other colleges and high schools in providing free COVID-19 testing.
Elgin Community College will hold an adult student information session on Wednesday, Dec. 1, from 6 - 7:00 p.m. in Building G, Spartan Auditorium, Room G100, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin. Adults who are considering returning to school or enrolling in college for the first time are invited to attend this free event.
Elgin Community College’s Multicultural and Global Initiatives Committee (MAGIC) presents Part 8 of the series, “Black Lives Matter,” on Tuesday, Nov. 30, at 2 p.m. The discussion will take place via Zoom, and is open to the public to attend. The link to join is https://bit.ly/31ze4tJ.
Elgin Community College Theatre’s production of “Baltimore” by playwright Kirsten Greenidge and directed by Susan A. Robinson, ECC Theatre Instructor and Program Coordinator, runs at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 19 and Saturday, November 20. On Sunday, November 21, the performance will run at 3 p.m.
Five Elgin Community College employees have been selected to receive the 2022 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Awards. The award recognizes outstanding faculty, staff, and administrators of community and technical colleges.
Each fall, Elgin Community College celebrates International Week, a showcase of the cultures, history, food, and more of ECC’s international students, faculty, and staff. This year, ECC’s International Education Week will take place both in-person and virtually from November 15 to 19, with daily events and activities for all to enjoy.
Registration for spring credit classes is underway at Elgin Community College and will continue until classes start on Tuesday, January 18, 2022. Continuing students can register for classes at elgin.edu/accessecc.
Eight student-athletes from Elgin Community College have been granted National Junior College Athletic Associate (NJCAA) and Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC) All-Region and All-Conference honors and honorable mentions for their performance in their fall season.
Elgin Community College named again as one of 150 U.S. Community College Eligible for 2023 Aspen Prize
The Aspen Institute named Elgin Community College one of the 150 institutions eligible to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation's signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America's community colleges. Awarded every two years since 2011, this is the fourth time ECC has been recognized as a top 150 college.
Elgin Community College will host a second Bill Pelz Global Speaker series titled “Afghanistan, ‘The Graveyard of Empires’: Lessons Learned?” on Tuesday, November 16, from 2 – 3:30 p.m., as part of ECC’s International Education Week activities. This event is free and open to the public. Join via Zoom at https://bit.ly/InternationalWeekDiscussion Passcode: 455706.
Elgin Community College now offers a new Student Success Coaching (SSC) program, which will provide individualized, equitable, high-touch, holistic support to students. The primary goals of the program include increasing course success, course progression, and student retention.
Elgin Community College will host a Healthcare Professions Job fair on Thursday, November 11 from 5 – 9 p.m. in Building A, Atrium. ECC’s healthcare department is searching for passionate individuals to fill several key administration, faculty, and staff positions.
The Elgin Community College Marketing and Communications team earned top honors at the 2021 National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) District 3 Conference, Oct. 3-5 in Grand Rapids, MI. The NCMPR Medallion Awards recognize outstanding achievement in design and communication in each of NCMPR's seven districts.
Graduates of Elgin Community College earn nearly $600,000 more over their career than those who did not complete an associate degree or long-term certificate, according to a new study from the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB). The return on investment for a student pursuing their education at ECC is 28 percent, above the statewide average of 26.8 percent.
The Elgin Community College Foundation recently added five new directors to its board. A five-member executive committee and 16 directors now make up the ECCF board, all of whom are independently elected.
Celebrating the spirit of student achievement, the Elgin Community College Foundation’s 2021 Gala Dare to Dream presented by OTTO raised more than $100,000 in support of ECC students, including funding for projects such as emergency assistance for students and mini-grants for innovative projects.
Elgin Community College will host a Bill Pelz Global Speaker Series event titled “COVID-19: From Global Pandemic to Global Endemic?” on Tuesday, Oct. 5, from 2 – 3 p.m. Part of ECC’s International Week activities; this event is free and open to the public. Join via Zoom at bit.ly/BillPelzSeries2021 Passcode: 958222
Learn about financial aid and how to pay for college at ECC at Financial Aid 101, a free, virtual event hosted by Elgin Community College on Saturday, Oct. 9, from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. The event will take place on Zoom. Register at elgin.edu/financialliteracy.
The Writers Center at Elgin Community College will host three authors for the Fall 2021 Reading Series. Due to ongoing social distancing practices, the events will take place virtually. All readings begin at 7:30 p.m.
Elgin Community College’s Latinx Heritage Month (LHM) will include in-person, outdoor celebrations this year, with events built around the 2021 theme “Somos La Fuerza y Esperanza: Together We Rise.” The month’s events begin with the first-ever outdoor Latinx Heritage Month Kick-Off Celebration on Friday, September 17, from 6:30 – 9 p.m. in the green space behind Building C (Renner Academic Library).
Elgin Community College held a memorial service on August 9 honoring Polly Nash, a former ECC staff member who passed away in December 2019. Nash was considered the heart of ECC for more than 20 years, serving as dean of several divisions and acting as the administrative design liaison for the Visual and Performing Art Center (VPAC - Building H) during its construction.
Early-bird ticket pricing for the ECC Foundation Gala: Dare to Dream is extended to Friday, Sept. 10.
New state COVID-19 mandates announced by Gov. Pritzker affects higher education employees and students
Gov. J.B Pritzker announced new statewide mandates that require all educators and staff working pre-K through college, college students, and health care workers to be vaccinated.
Elgin Community College will hold the fall African American Connection event both in-person and virtually on Thursday, September 2, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Spartan Hub located in Building B. Those wishing to participate virtually can do so via Zoom at tinyurl.com/aafallconnect.
Elgin Community College and its partners are preparing for Project Backpack, a community-based initiative to benefit area students in need. Following COVID-19 protocols, there will not be an on-site event, but the committee is coordinating backpacks, school supplies, and/or resources for students in need for fall 2021 from school districts U-46, CUSD 300, CSD 301, CUSD 303, D20, or ECC District 509.
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, August 14 and August 21. Offices that will be open include academic advising, admissions, registration, financial aid, student accounts, and first stop.
The Elgin Community College Foundation invites the community to celebrate the achievements of students, faculty, and staff at the ECC Foundation Gala: Dare to Dream event at 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 18, 2021.
Elgin Community College President David Sam, PhD, JD, LLM, recently announced that all spring 2021 high school graduates in District 509 who have completed and received credit for any number of ECC's dual credit courses are eligible to have all tuition and fees covered for the 2021-22 academic year. The offer is part of many efforts taken by ECC to ensure that in the wake of the pandemic, financial barriers are removed for residents of District 509.
Update: All Elgin Community College employees, students, and visitors must wear masks indoors at all ECC locations.
Effective immediately, all ECC employees, students, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear masks indoors. With the rise of the Delta variant of COVID-19, Kane County has been designated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as having a “substantial” risk of COVID-19 transmission, even by vaccinated individuals.
Elgin Community College is experiencing a significant rise in enrollment for the summer 2021 semester, with a 27.5 percent increase compared to summer 2020. More than 4,300 students are currently enrolled in summer programming at ECC.
ECC is helping to increase ease and access to vaccines through upcoming vaccination clinics to be held on July 21 and Aug. 11 (second shot clinic).
Each year the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) honors student-athletes for their academic achievement in maintaining a GPA of 3.6 or higher throughout the year. Elgin Community College is proud to announce that five of its student-athletes have made the 2020-21 NJCAA All-Academic Team for their outstanding commitment and dedication to their studies.
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCCA) and Elgin Community College President David Sam, Ph.D., JD, LLM, and the Board of Trustees approved ECC Athletics to return to Division II. ECC Athletics has been in the Division III level for the past five years, having previously been a Division II level school.
For the first time in 12 years, the team won the Regional Championship this past spring, going undefeated in regional play. They then went on to make history and be the first team in their program to compete at the NJCAA Division III National Championship in Newark, New Jersey.
To help meet the growing demand and close skills gaps, Elgin Community College is partnering with Promineo Tech to offer coding and data engineering boot camps in July, August, and September 2021.
The Illinois Community College Trustees Association (ICCTA) recently honored 2021 Elgin Community College graduate Taylor Vitacco and Professor Timothy Kaar with two prestigious awards. Vitacco and Karr were recognized at a banquet in Springfield, Ill., on Friday, June 4.
Elgin Community College is offering $500 gift cards to the bookstore and ECC merchandise to new students who register for fall 2021 classes between 12:00 a.m. CDT on June 7 and 11:59 p.m. CDT on June 30, 2021.
Elgin Community College and its partners are preparing for Project Backpack, a community-based initiative to benefit area students in need.
Elgin Community College’s Multicultural and Global Initiatives Committee (MAGIC) presents Part VII of its “Black Lives Matter” series this month. The community is invited to ‘One Year Later: What Has Changed? What Work Remains?’ on Tuesday, May 25, at 2 p.m.
Elgin Community College and Northern Illinois University hosted a recognition event on May 7 on ECC’s campus to celebrate the first cohort of 15 students who completed the ECC-to-NIU College of Education transfer pathway degree.
Tickets and sponsorships are now available for the 23rd Annual Elgin Community College Foundation Golf Classic on Monday, June 21, at the Elgin Country Club, 2575 Weld Road, Elgin. Golfers of all ages and abilities are invited.
The Elgin Community College Art Center will premier “These Shining Lives” on Saturday, May 15, at 7 p.m.
On Saturday, May 1 at 7:00 p.m., the Elgin Community College Arts Center presents the 2021 American Grands XXVI as a virtual concert.
The ECC Arts Center presents Cielito Lindo, a family mariachi band, for a free virtual performance on Saturday, April 16, at 7 p.m.
Timothy Kaar, professor of graphic design, and Robert Russ, business unit adjunct faculty, were recently recognized with the 2021 Orrin G. Thompson Teaching Excellence Award from Elgin Community College.
This webinar, titled “Seismic Shift or Status Quo? U.S. International Relations and Immigration in the Biden Era,” will take a critical look at the first movement on international relations in the new Biden administration.
Elgin Community College Adjunct Faculty in Adult Education, Erin Vobornik, MA, has been named an inaugural Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) State Advocate for Adult Education Fellow for 2021.
ECC stands with the Asian American Pacific Islander community; condemns acts of violence and racism in all forms
We were deeply saddened once again at Elgin Community College last week, as we discussed the most recent incident. ECC is unequivocally steadfast in condemning all acts of violence, hatred, and racism.
Elgin Community College's Office of Strategic Partnerships and Experiential Learning will host a virtual Apprentice Fair on Thursday, April 8, from 12 – 2 p.m., followed by a career fair on Friday, April 9. Both fairs are free and open to the public.
Antonio Ramirez, assistant professor of history and political science at Elgin Community College, was awarded an inaugural Elevating Equity Grant from the Grand Victoria Foundation for his Chicagolandia: Oral Histories of Chicago's Latinx Suburbs project.
Michelle Kershner, MEd, professor of mathematics, is a 2021 recipient of the American Association of Community Colleges’ (AACC) Dale P. Parnell Distinguished Faculty award. One of only 23 recipients nation-wide, the award is recognition for faculty members making a difference in the community college classroom.
"Art Reaction! How Major Crises Inform, Impact, and Inspire Art" explores the fascinating history of art created during Global and national crises–from periods of pandemic, war, and unrest.
The Writers Center at Elgin Community College will host three authors for the Spring 2021 Reading Series. Due to ongoing social distancing practices, the events will take place virtually. All readings begin at 7:30 p.m.
Elgin Community College’s Multicultural and Global Initiatives Committee (MAGIC) presents the next installment of its popular “Black Lives Matter” series in conjunction with Black History Month. Part VI, titled ‘A Historical Perspective,’ is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 25, at 2 p.m.
Elgin Community College will host daily COVID-19 testing by the Illinois Department of Health throughout February.
Celebrate Representation, Identity, and Diversity in the Black Community during Black History Month at ECC
Elgin Community College's celebration of Black History Month brings the themes of diversity, representation, and family directly to the community with a line-up of virtual presentations, discussions, and interactive events.
Elgin Community College District 509 will issue approximately $92,990,000 in tax-exempt and taxable municipal bonds.
Elgin Community College District 509 Board of Trustees approved measures to freeze tuition rates for the 2021-2022 academic year and provide taxpayer relief for the 2020 tax levy year during its December Board Meetings.
Elgin Community College maintained its ‘Aaa’ credit rating according to Moody’s Investor Services, the highest rating attainable among municipal entities and one of the few Illinois Community College Districts to achieve the prestigious credit mark.
Extended business hours will be available at Elgin Community College to support students with enrollment for ECC’s spring semester, which begins Tuesday, Jan. 19. There is still time to register for spring classes. Classes are offered online and a hybrid format that combines online learning and in-person instruction.