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Report to the Community

The Report to the Community provides a comprehensive review of the accomplishments of the students, staff, faculty, and administrators at Elgin Community College. This publication also presents a financial summary of the college, important facts and figures, and progress made through the Facilities Master Plan. Additionally, The ECC Foundation Annual Report FY 2015 is included reflecting the foundation’s accomplishments, impact and financial status, as well as its honor roll of contributors.

Here a few of the stories you'll find in this year's report to the community!

Asst. U.S. Secretary of Education Johan Uvin Praises ECC as a Place of Opportunity

Assistant Secretary of Education Johan Uvin

Assistant U.S. Secretary of Education Johan Uvin observed that ECC is "a place where people have the opportunity to become successful, get jobs, and start a career."

When Eric Cusick ('14) first came to Elgin Community College, all he had was an elementary education and a glimmer of hope.

“I would have given up without them,” Cusick said. “Before I came to ECC to get my GED®, I didn’t know anything. I had never been to high school. I never had a job. And now I build cars for Chrysler. I owe my life to ECC.”

Cusick, of Marengo, earned two welding certificates in 2014. He was one of more than 30 current and former students of the Accelerating Opportunity (AO) Program who participated in a round-table discussion with U.S. Department of Education Assistant Secretary Johan Uvin, who visited the college in September as part of the Department of Education’s national Back-to-School Bus Tour.

During Uvin’s visit, he praised college officials, students, and their instructors for their hard work and commitment to the program.

“When we learned about what this college was doing, it was so clear that this was a place where people have the opportunity to become successful, get jobs, and start a career,” he said.

AO provides support in basic skills education while helping students succeed in career programs leading to certification, and eventually into employment areas such as computer numerical control (CNC), welding, dental office aide, and heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR). Most offerings are one-year programs leading to an industry-recognized certificate.

Gates Foundation Visits ECC to Study Success in Narrowing Achievement Gap For Latino Students

Latina student in classroom

Latino students at Elgin Community College are closing the achievement gap between themselves and their counterparts, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation wants to know how these results can be duplicated in other colleges across the country.

In September, Gates Foundation representatives met with ECC staff and faculty to learn about the college’s student success efforts. The Foundation will use this information as it prepares a public report on exemplary progress in degree and certificate completion.

ECC Latino students showed a 19 percent gain in college completion rates followed by Caucasian students at 16 percent, Asian students at 11 percent, and African-American students at 5 percent, according to new data released by the college’s Institutional Research Department.

This is in part due to new policies and interventions instituted in the 2006-07 academic year, which include a minimum competency placement requirement for most college-level coursework, a new first year experience program, and the Alliance for College Readiness, a unique partnership between ECC and District 509 public high schools.

“We can infer that at least a portion of the improvements has been due to these institutional efforts,” said Dave Rudden, director of institutional research. Latino students have gained academic success in other areas as well. Data from ECC’s fall 2011 cohort of new students show that 53 percent of Latino students completed their first college-level English courses within three years, representing an increase of more than 16 percent from the fall 2008 cohort of new students in which 37 percent completed their first college-level English courses within three years.

ECC Career Tech grads find more jobs — and greater job satisfaction with that job

HVAC student

HVAC student.

According to ECC and Illinois Community College Board data, ECC career tech graduates are ahead of the average Illinois graduate.

“That's great news for ECC,” said David Rudden, director of institutional research. “With a relatively large population and business infrastructure, it's generally easier for ECC grads to find employment here than grads in central or southern parts of Illinois.”

Further exploration of the data shows most graduates who report working are employed in fields that match their credentials. Asked whether their jobs are related to their programs of study, 72 percent of ECC grads reported yes (from 2004 to 2014), while 69 percent agree, at the state level.


Comparison Data

The two figures below illustrate a difference of nearly 10 percent between ECC graduates and other Illinois community college graduates in terms of employment rates and job satisfaction.

Employment Rates

Employment Rates Chart

Job Satisfaction

Job Satisfaction Chart

ECC’s accreditation renewed for 10 years

Accreditation Chart

Accreditation Chart

Elgin Community College’s accreditation by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools has been renewed for the next 10 years, following a recently completed evaluation and site visit from an HLC team.


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