Professional Development

At ECC, we support your work through multiple professional development offerings and academic resources.

Professional & Organizational Development


From leadership development to campus safety to specific computer skills, ECC offers dozens of professional development workshops each semester. In addition to live, instructor-led classes, ECC employees can also take advantage of online course sequences offered through our institutional learning department.

Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Resources

  • The Equitable Workplace: Cultivating Attitudes of Anti-Racism and Allyship
  • Seeking Cultural Consciousness and Competence in Hiring
  • Advanced Institutional Leadership in Equity

Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL)

Each semester, the Office of Professional and Organizational Development and CETL offers several programs dedicated to furthering equity, inclusion, and diversity throughout campus.

  • Culturally Responsive Teaching
  • Universal Design for Learning
  • Infusing Equity into Any Online Class
  • Growth Mindset: Developing a New Classroom Culture
  • We are Not Listening:  Supporting Trans* and Gender Non-Conforming Students
  • Your Syllabus as an Equity Tool

Safe Zone LGBTQ+ Training

ECC staff is offered several opportunities throughout the semester to increase their knowledge of LGBTQ+ diversity and acceptance. Get involved by calling 847-214-7390 or contact studentwellness@elgin.edu. Employees may register on the accessECC Portal. Learn more about Safe Zone training.

Military Ally Training for ECC Employees

Offered to ECC employees, Military Ally Training provides greater visibility and appreciation for military-connected students' unique needs, experiences, and perspectives. Participation is voluntary and free. If you have questions about the workshop and/or becoming an ally, please contact Anitra King.

Safe Colleges

Offered to ECC employees as a part of their overall professional development, ECC offers the following courses: 

  • Faculty and Staff Workplace Inclusion Suite
  • FERPA Basics
  • Clery Act Basics
  • Protecting Youth: Abuse and Neglect Prevention
  • Sexual Assault Prevention for Community College Students

Professional Development Reimbursement

ECC wants you to have the most up-to-date knowledge to succeed in your job. Depending on your work classification, you may be eligible for reimbursements for tuition and other expenses related to your professional goals. Consult your employee benefits summary and/or contract, as appropriate.

Faculty Development, Research & Scholarships


ECC recognizes the integral role of faculty and provides instruction-related resources to support your teaching and encourage your growth as an academic professional.

  • The Center for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning (CETL) offers faculty development resources, programs, and opportunities to connect with colleagues and learn new skills. Details can be found at CETL’s website. Sign-in required.
  • Faculty development funding can cover the costs of tuition, conferences, materials, and more. Eligible faculty members are invited to submit a sabbatical proposal.
  • Explore mentoring opportunities with experienced faculty members through the ECC Teaching Pairs program, and/or join the Faculty Research Community to design and administer a research project along with a faculty cohort. 
  • Create a welcoming and inclusive classroom environment through training opportunities that address cultural responsivity and related topics.
  • Learn about best practices in teaching and classroom innovation through the annual TeachECC event.
  • Explore and apply for grants through the ECC Foundation and the Grants & Research Development Office.

New Employee Orientation


Scheduled several times each year, ECC hosts a day-long orientation for recently hired employees. This session ensures that you have a complete introduction to the full range of offerings, departments, and services offered at the college. You’ll end the day with a deeper understanding of ECC's culture, mission, and shared values. New employees are invited to this session within the first few weeks of employment. Questions? Contact Human Resources or your manager.