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ECC's Project Backpack
Events | Student Resources
Published 07/16/2024

ECC Project Backpack Returns In-Person to Provide Supplies to Local Students

Elgin Community College and its partners are preparing for Project Backpack, a community-based initiative that collects and distributes school supplies to students in need in the area. The school supply giveaway event is back in person this year and will take place on Saturday, August 3, from 9 am to 1 pm in the Building J Spartan Events Center, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin, Ill.

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ECC Firefighter Academy
Accomplishment | Events
Published 07/15/2024

ECC Center for Emergency Services Recognizes First Full-Time Firefighter Academy Students

The Elgin Community College Center for Emergency Services (CES) will recognize its first full-time firefighter academy students on July 16. The ceremony will be at the CES located at 815 E. Plank Rd., Burlington, Ill., at 3 pm. Seven fire academy students will be honored at the ceremony.

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From left to right: Cherly Corley, Jacoby Cochran, and Jhmira Alexander at the National Forensics Association Hall of Fame. Photo Credit: Tafari Melisizwe
Accomplishment | Faculty Profile
Published 07/08/2024

From Competitor to Educator to Podcaster: ECC Professor Talks His Way Through Life

Jacoby Cochran, communications studies adjunct professor at Elgin Community College, has been inducted into the National Forensics Association Hall of Fame for the spring of 2024.

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ECC musical theatre students as the cast of
Arts Center
Published 07/03/2024

ECC Musical Theatre Department Presents “Rent” on July 26

Elgin Community College Musical Theatre presents “Rent,” a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning landmark rock musical, on Friday, July 26, in the ECC Arts Center Second Space Theatre on ECC’s Spartan Drive Campus, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin, Ill.

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Elgin Community College across Lake Spartan.
Published 07/02/2024

Elgin Community College Earns 3 State-Level Awards from ICCTA

Elgin Community College recently received high honors from the Illinois Community College Trustees Association (ICCTA) with three state-level awards and an equity and diversity award.

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ECC student-athlete Quinn Butera
Academics | Accomplishment
Published 06/20/2024

Thirty-six ECC student-athletes earn Academic All-Conference Honors

The Elgin Community College athletic programs had 36 student-athletes earn Academic All-Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC) honors for the 2023-24 academic year.

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Squonk: Brouhaha performing a show
ECC 75 | Events
Published 06/05/2024

Elgin Community College invites community to celebrate 75 years with summer events

Elgin Community College is celebrating a big milestone this year – 75 years of excellence in teaching and learning. To honor the college’s history and achievements, events and activities are planned yearlong to recognize the many successes of its students, employees, trustees, and community members, who have helped ECC grow and achieve over the years.

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Maria Borrero Veaz (left), manager of community engagement and legislative affairs, and Robin Seigle (right), secretary for the ECC Foundation at the YWCA Elgin's Leadership Luncheon
Accomplishment | Administrator Profile | Events | Foundation
Published 05/28/2024

Maria Borrero Veaz and Robin Seigle of Elgin Community College honored by YWCA Elgin

At the YWCA Elgin’s 40th Leadership Luncheon on May 9, 2024, two individuals from Elgin Community College were recognized.

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ECC President, David Sam, PhD, JD, LLM
Published 05/22/2024

Elgin Community College Announces Departure of President David Sam

The Elgin Community College (ECC) Board of Trustees announced the departure of President David Sam, PhD, JD, LLM. After 17 years of distinguished service, Sam announced he would retire as ECC’s eighth president, effective July 31, 2024.

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From left to right: ECC student Destiny Guevara; Mica Dugas, EDI coordinator; ECC student Maya Wade; and ECC student Yahir Najera
Student Profile | Student Resources
Published 05/20/2024

ECC’s First EDI Peer Leadership Team Celebrates 1 Year, Sends off 2 Grads

This spring marks the first anniversary of Elgin Community College’s Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) program, which aims to increase awareness and develop a bridge between its services and students.

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ECC's 2024 Women Build Team
Published 05/14/2024

ECC participates in Habitat for Humanity Women Build Event for Third Year

On Wednesday, May 1, a group of eight female administrators and staff from Elgin Community College participated in the Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley 2024 Women Build Event. Elizabeth Hobson, dean of adult education, led the group.

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Jess Heiser, student trustee, and Seth Hernandez, student body president
Announcement | Student Profile
Published 05/14/2024

Elgin Community College Names Student Leadership for 2024-25 Academic Year

Three Elgin Community College student leaders will represent the college for the 2024-25 academic year. Jess Heiser, of St. Charles, Ill., was elected as the District 509 Board of Trustees student trustee. ECC’s Student Body Government will be led by President Seth Hernandez, of South Elgin, Ill., with Brianna Zlotow, of Hanover Park, Ill., as executive vice president.

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Back row from left to right: Lori Marco, assistant professor of the ophthalmic technician program; ECC graduate Daisy Solorazano; ECC graduate Nicole Caldrone; and Shelby Stanley, ophthalmic technician program director. Front row from left to right: ECC graduate Kawla Jane Ballesteros and ECC graduate Kenya Hernandez
Academics | Accomplishment | Commencement
Published 05/08/2024

Elgin Community College’s First Ophthalmic Technician Class Graduates this Spring

In the fall of 2019, Elgin Community College launched an ophthalmic technician program that was developed after local health care organizations reached out to ECC to help with regional demand. On May 18, ECC’s inaugural ophthalmic technician class will graduate.

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An ECC fall 2023 graduate
Published 05/03/2024

ECC Celebrates Spring 2024 Graduates at Commencement Ceremonies on May 18

Elgin Community College (ECC) will recognize the spring graduates with two commencement ceremonies scheduled for Saturday, May 18, marking not only the academic achievements of its spring 2024 class but also the illustrious 75-year journey of the institution.

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From left to right: Reyes Estrada, instructor of HVAC; David Scott, instructor of HAVAC; and George Rosa, instructional coordinator of HVAC and energy management
Published 05/03/2024

Elgin Community College’s SBCT Division Begins Solar Array Project Thanks to $39K Grant

Elgin Community College’s Sustainabilty, Business, and Career Technologies Division received the shipping container unit to begin constructing a fully functioning solar array by the fall of 2024. This project is being made possible through a $39,150 grant from the Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN).

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Elgin Community College across Lake Spartan.
Accomplishment | Student Profile
Published 05/01/2024

4 Elgin Community College Students Inducted into Golden Apple Program

Four Elgin Community College (ECC) students have been inducted into the Golden Apple Scholars program in Illinois and will receive up to $23,000 in scholarships. Students Trista Skelnik, Jozephine Carlson, Dulce Rivera, and Valeria Hernandez received official invitations in April.

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ECC students working in a lab
Academics | Announcement | Student Resources
Published 04/29/2024

ECC Students to Participate in Strategies of STEM ‘Success’ Course at Aurora University

Elgin Community College students can participate in a free, one-week Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Success course beginning May 20 at Aurora University (AU), thanks to a partnership.

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Bill Angelo, athletic coordinator and baseball head coach
Accomplishment | Staff Profile
Published 04/26/2024

ECC Head Baseball Coach and Alum Bill Angelo Achieves 800th Career Win

Elgin Community College baseball team head coach and alum Bill Angelo, ’91, achieved his 800th career win on April 9, sweeping Oakton Community College in a pair of games, the first of which locked in this latest milestone for Angelo.

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ECC culinary student Stephanie Kessel, first-place winner of the annual Fisher Nuts scholarship recipe contest with her Orange Walnut Crème Brûlée recipe.
Accomplishment | Events
Published 04/24/2024

ECC culinary arts students participate in annual Fisher Nuts scholarship recipe contest

Eight Elgin Community College culinary students competed for scholarship prizes in the annual Fisher Nuts Recipe Competition at the college’s Spartan Terrace Restaurant on Wednesday, April 17.

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Cast members from
Arts Center | Events
Published 04/18/2024

ECC Theatre Department Presents Opening Night of “Blue Stockings” on April 26

The Elgin Community College Theatre Department presents the opening night of “Blue Stockings” on April 26 in the Blizzard Theatre, located in Building H of ECC’s Spartan Drive Campus, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin, Ill.

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Erik Enders, student life coordinator for student equity, accepts a donation check, along with two ECC students and BSA club members, from the Grand Victoria Casino
Published 04/15/2024

ECC’s Black Student Achievers Receive Major Boost

Elgin Community College’s Black Student Achievers (BSA) Club received a generous donation of nearly $4,800 from the Grand Victoria Casino on April 5, 2024, further bolstering their efforts to support Black History Month initiatives. The donation, facilitated through the ECC Foundation, underscores the commitment of both organizations to empower and uplift the college’s diverse student body.

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An ECC Early Childhood Lab School Class
Published 04/04/2024

ECC to Host Early Childhood Education Job Fair on April 16

Elgin Community College and the Early Childhood Access Consortium for Equity (ECACE) are hosting an Early Childhood Education Job Fair on Tuesday, April 16, from 5 to 7:30 pm at the Spartan Drive Campus, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin, Ill. The event will be held in the Atrium of Building E and is open to the public.

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An art and design student demonstrates screen printing a t-shirt in the print shop.
Academics | Announcement
Published 03/18/2024

Elgin Community College Unveils State-of-the-Art Arts Center After Extensive Renovation

Elgin Community College celebrated the grand reopening of its Arts Center on Friday, March 15, following an extensive renovation process initiated in 2021.

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Experience ECC 2023
Published 03/12/2024

Community invited to ‘Experience ECC’ at April 10 event

Elgin Community College is hosting its annual Experience ECC event on Wednesday, April 10, from 6 to 8 pm at the Spartan Drive Campus, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin, Ill. This event will allow community members and prospective students to learn about ECC’s 120+ degree and certificate programs.

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ECC student Chris Lara tries the virtual reality headset
Student Resources
Published 03/07/2024

Virtual Reality Grant to Help Elgin Community College Students Explore Careers

Elgin Community College has received a $94,000 grant from the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) to help implement virtual reality equipment into Career and Technical Education programs.

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ECC truck driving program students and faculty view a live commercial vehicle inspection at the I-55 southbound weight station in Bolingbrook, Ill.
Published 02/29/2024

ECC Truck Driving Students Visit Weigh Station and Tour Trucking Company For First Time

Elgin Community College truck driving program students, led by program Director Todd Anderson, toured the I-55 southbound weigh station in Bolingbrook, Ill., Wednesday for a live commercial vehicle inspection. Following the live inspection, the group headed to GP Transco in Joliet, Ill., for a safety orientation and tour of the facility. This is ECC’s first time providing its students with this opportunity.

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Top row from left to right: Charles Dakarian, DMED, assistant professor of biology; Jacquelyn Dalke, instructor of nursing; Lisa Hodson, instructor of nursing; and Elizabeth Hultman, instructor/public service librarian. Bottom row from left to right: Thomas Limberis, instructor of welding; Chad Pearion, assistant professor of biology; and Rituparna Saha, PhD, assistant professor of chemistry
Accomplishment | Faculty Profile
Published 02/21/2024

ECC board grants tenure to seven faculty members

At the October 17, 2023, board meeting, the Community College District 509 Board of Trustees accepted the recommendation by the Elgin Community College administration to grant tenure to three ECC full-time faculty.

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ECC musical theatre students from left to right: Shaina Summerville, Ashley Estrada, and Cameron Graber
Arts Center | Events
Published 02/20/2024

ECC Musical Theatre presents “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown"

The Elgin Community College Musical Theatre department presents “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” on February 23 in the ECC Arts Center Second Space Theatre on ECC’s Spartan Drive Campus, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin, Ill.

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Project Backpack committee
Accomplishment | Events
Published 02/05/2024

Project Backpack served 1,680 students in need during 2023

Elgin Community College and its partners served 1,680 students in 2023 through Project Backpack, a community-based initiative to benefit area students in need from school districts U-46, CUSD 300, CSD 301, CUSD 303, D20, and ECC District 509. The initiative provided backpacks, school supplies, and agency resource flyers.

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Black History Month 2024
Published 02/01/2024

Black History Month 2024: African Americans and the Arts

Elgin Community College celebrates Black History Month through the 2024 theme of African Americans and the Arts with in-person events. Join ECC this year in honoring BHM with peer and employee networking and critical conversations through formal discussions, creative outlets, and community gatherings.

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The Chicago Tap Theatre, photo by William Federking
Arts Center | Events
Published 01/31/2024

The ECC Arts Center presents the Chicago Tap Theatre on February 10

The Elgin Community College Arts Center presents the award-winning Chicago Tap Theatre on Saturday, February 10, at 7 pm, in the Blizzard Theatre on ECC’s Spartan Drive Campus, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin, Ill.

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