Full-Time Support Staff Benefits Summary

Schedule of full-time support staff (SSECCA) benefits

The information provided here contains general guidelines and information. If you have questions on eligibility or applicability of a benefit or policy, please refer to the current SSECCA Contract and benefit documents and forms located on eNet and/or contact Human Resources-Benefits by calling 847-214-7988 or 847-214-7125.

Medical Insurance


These college offers two medical insurance plans: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois PPO and HMO Illinois. Both provide access to a cost-saving, mail-order prescription program and various discount programs. The college pays a portion of the premium for employee and dependent coverage.*

Dental Insurance


The college offers a dental plan through Delta Dental for employees and their families, with an option of selecting an HMO or PPO/Premier plan. The college pays a portion of the premium for employee and dependent coverage.*

Life and Long Term Disability Insurances


Group term employee life and accidental death and dismemberment policy at two times base annual salary or $100,000, whichever is greater, rounded up to the nearest thousand, is provided at no cost to the employee up to a maximum of $350,000. Eligible employees may apply for and, if approved, purchase: Additional Employee Life, Spouse Life, Dependent Life and Employee Long Term Disability Insurances.

Vision Plan


Through the Blue Cross and Blue Shield medical plans, a no-cost vision discount program for exams, lenses and frames is available. Additional coverage can be purchased through ECC’s voluntary vision provider, VSP.*

Flexible Spending Account


Eligible employees can set aside earnings on a pre-tax basis through payroll deduction to pay for qualified health expenses not covered by insurance and child/elder care expenses as prescribed by law.

Retirement Plans


The State Universities Retirement System (SURS) provides retirement, disability, death and survivors’ benefits to eligible SURS participants and annuitants. ECC employees contribute a fixed percentage of gross earnings which is deposited into the retirement plan you choose. In addition, employees contribute a fixed percentage of earnings to fund a retiree health insurance plan.

Employees may elect to participate in a 403(b) tax-sheltered annuity plan and/or a 457(b) deferred compensation plan. Both plans allow employees to save for retirement by setting aside earnings on a pre-tax basis.

Time Off with Pay


ECC believes that employees should have generous opportunities to enjoy time away from work to help balance their lives. As such, full-time support staff** employees will earn:

  • Sick: 12 days per year.
  • Personal: Up to 4 days per year. For new employees personal days are pro-rated base on date of hire.
  • Vacation:
    • Non-exempt employees:
      • 1 – 3 years: 10 Days
      • 4 – 9 years: 15 Days
      • Beginning with the 10th year: 20 Days
    • Exempt employees:
      • 1 – 5 years: 15 Days
      • 6 – 11 years: 20 Days
      • 12 – 13 years: 21 Days
      • 14 – 15 years: 22 Days
      • 16 – 17 years: 23 Days
      • 18 – 19 years: 24 Days
      • 20+ years: 25 Days
  • Holidays: Full-time support staff employees will also enjoy the following paid days off as well as days the college experiences unexpected closures (unless required to work):
    • New Year’s Day
    • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
    • President’s Day
    • Spring Break (5 days per academic year)
    • Memorial Day
    • Summer Schedule (allowing for Fridays off)
    • Independence Day
    • Labor Day
    • Thanksgiving Day and the day after
    • Christmas Eve
    • Christmas Day
    • Winter Break (business days from December 26 through December 31)

Professional  Development


Each fiscal year, eligible employees have the opportunity to use funds (up to $2,200) for pre-approved professional growth and development activities and purchases on a first-come, first-served basis.**

Tuition Reimbursement


Employees may be eligible to receive reimbursement of tuition for credit courses they, their spouse, or children age 25 or younger take at Elgin Community College in which they earn a grade of "C" or better.**

Additional Benefits


  • Confidential Employee Assistance Program available 24/7.
  • Be sure to ask about discounts provided to ECC employees when frequenting local businesses.
  • See our Work-Life Balance information for other wellness benefits that may be available.

Please see rate sheet for details.

Please refer to the SSECCA contract for details.