Skip to Navigation | Skip to Content

At Your Service

Communications Office
Bldg D, Room D110, ECC Campus
Tel: 847-214-7823
Hours: M-F 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Media Relations
Tel: 847-214-7769

Social Media
Tel: 847-214-7838

Follow Us

Social Media Stream

Academic Calendar

Calendar image

Know the important dates & follow academic calendar.

View online calendar»
View PDF versions»

Heinrich assumes a broader focus in new ECC role

Peggy #1

Once a cheerleader for ECC's Adult Education Program, Peggy Heinrich finds herself these days cheering for a bigger team: The entire college. She transitioned into the role of interim vice president of teaching, learning and student development in September 2016.

Prior to that time, Heinrich's world has been with the college's Adult Education Program. Although she was hired as the college's dean of adult basic education in 2007, her bond with the program was forged long before joining ECC.

“I worked for the Illinois Community College Board for a number of years prior to coming to ECC,” she said. “It was one of the colleges I supported. I knew it would be a great place to work and provided significant support to its adult education program.”

As associate dean, Heinrich helped the program transition from the college's former Fountain Square Campus in downtown Elgin to Building K in 2011. We caught up with Heinrich to ask her some questions about herself and her work at ECC. Here are her answers:

In your words, what do you do at ECC?

In a nutshell, I see my current role as a mediator, negotiator, listener, cheerleader and deliverer of news both good and bad, and advocate for what seems right for students and employees.  More specifically, I currently work with the team of deans and instructional staff/faculty to ensure we are using our resources wisely, offering high quality, innovative programming and focusing our efforts on student success.

What is your greatest accomplishment since you've been here?

I suppose I am most proud of the shift of the adult education program to focus more heavily on transitioning students successfully into college at ECC. In particular, I am proud of our Integrated Career and Academic Preparation System (ICAPS), which focuses on enrolling ESL and High School Equivalency (HSE) students concurrently into career technical education programs in CNC operator, welding, HVACR and dental office aide. This program will soon expand to include eight pathway areas and is a finalist for a Bellwether Award.

Many students have successfully completed a college certificate and degree programs and moved into solid jobs with advancement opportunities as a result of this program. There are so many excellent faculty and staff members involved, and the accomplishments of the students have been very rewarding to see.

What would you do if you were ECC president for a day?

Given a single day would be insufficient to implement lasting change, I would host an all-day, all-college meeting in the Building E Seigle Auditorium to watch the series “True Blood” from start to finish, with free popcorn and soda provided for all!

If there was a movie about your life, who would you want to play you?

I was going to go with Michelle Pfeiffer, but instead I am going to go with Sharon Horgan from “Catastrophe.” She's a brunette and Irish, but probably a better match.

What's on your “bucket list?”

Finishing my dissertation (by the end of the summer); taking my girls on some trips out of the country; writing a highly successful novel that is made into a highly successful, true-to-the book film; and learning to relax.

What's one fact we should know about you?

As they know well in the Adult/Continuing Education and Workforce Development Division, I am a terrible driver!

What's something about your job that others should know?

They should know where I am located, up in Building B, Room B215. It is awfully quiet up there … tumbleweeds occasionally blow down the hallway. Visitors are welcome!

What was your favorite class in school?

Creative writing in high school. It was the first time a teacher took notice of me and provided personal encouragement.

What was your first job out of school?

I delivered newspapers on my bike, rain or shine, for the Countryside Newspaper when I was in elementary school! But out of college? I was a substitute high school teacher in the Chicago Public Schools-an interesting experience!

Complete this sentence: “I enjoy working at ECC because … “

We are encouraged to innovate, to try and fail, to succeed and celebrate, and to debate while maintaining mutual respect. I can say the Building K crew are like a second family to me, and now that family is expanding to include many others.

I have never viewed my job as “just a job,” as we form bonds here, develop and grow here, and show the best and worst of ourselves here. So, I enjoy working at ECC because I care about the people, the students who attend, and the potential impact we can have on others if we just focus on the right things.



Go to top