Partnerships Focused on Equity and Diversity

Elgin Community College is a part of many collaborative projects to ensure that we are part of the efforts to ensure we strive for greater diversity in higher education. ECC is recognized nationally for its outstanding initiatives in equity and inclusion. ECC is also a Military Friendly School, a member of Illinois Equity in Attainment Initiative, an Achieving the Dream Leader College, an Aspen Top 150 Institution, and a Bellwether Award recipient for its Alliance for College and Career Student Success partnership and a nominee for its Financial Smarts Financial Literacy Program.

Institutional Partnerships

Take a look at the collaborative projects that impact organizational quality, performance issues, and local workforce needs.

Achieving the Dream

Achieving the Dream believes its mission is urgent and that the stakes for success have never been higher. Our country’s future requires strengthening our communities by relentlessly addressing systemic inequities within higher education to increase social and economic mobility for all students and families. We’re leading America’s largest community college network, working to become strong engines for student and community growth. Read the latest report and learn more about the Achieving the Dream initiative at Elgin Community College.

Alliance for College and Career Student Success

The ACCSS includes members from Elgin Community College District 509 and its public school districts, Community Unit School District 300, Central District 301, St. Charles School District 303, and Unit District 46. This group brings together high school and college constituencies to address the preparedness of area high school students to compete and succeed in college. Read the latest report and learn more about the Alliance for College and Career Student Success

The Center for International Education and Programs at ECC

We warmly welcome students from more than 25 countries. Studying abroad increases global awareness and cultural competency and boosts your resume in a competitive global marketplace. We offer study abroad and faculty exchange programs and participate in international education in professional associations, in the community, and at the national and international levels. Learn more about International Education Programs

Illinois Community College Diversity Commission

ECC is an institutional member of ICCDC. The mission of the Illinois Community College Diversity Commission is to advocate for Illinois community college diversity, equity, and inclusion practitioners in their effort to create strategic objectives to advance their campus diversity effort and address issues that impact community college stakeholders from diverse populations.

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities

ECC is designated a Hispanic Serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education. The HACU works to promote the development of member colleges and universities. They improve access to and quality post-secondary educational opportunities for Hispanic students. As a member institution, we are proud to meet the needs of business, industry, and government by developing and sharing resources, information, and expertise with the community. A Hispanic-serving institution is defined in federal law as an accredited, degree-granting, public or private nonprofit institution of higher education with 25 percent or more total undergraduate Hispanic full-time equivalent student enrollment. 

Illinois Equity in Attainment - ILEA

The college sets plans and engages in initiatives that address equity, diversity, and inclusion among students and employees. After conducting a comprehensive analysis of institutional data and identifying obstacles students face, ECC developed an Equity Plan containing seven strategies and annual growth targets. We will share progress updates publicly over the course of five years. Review the ILEA Equity Plan for Elgin Community College 

Student Learning Outcomes Assessment

The college places student learning as a top priority; assessment becomes a key factor in helping the college fulfill its educational mission. The Assessment Department plans, organizes, supports, and documents assessment activities throughout the college. Through a collaboration between faculty, ECC is working to improve student learning and strengthen its curriculum and services. Learn more about Student Learning Outcomes Assessment at Elgin Community College


TRiO programs are U.S. Department of Education grants designed to identify and provide services to individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. The ECC TRiO programs serve low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school through post-secondary programs. Learn about the Trio Programs at Elgin Community College


Transforming and Impacting Undergraduate Men Pursuing Higher Education (TRIUMPH) is a retention and mentorship program for students who are often the first in their families to enroll in college and work toward a college degree or certificate. The program is designed to increase the number of men of color who graduate by providing increased student services, academic support, community service projects, and mentoring for male students of color. Learn about the Triumph Program at Elgin Community College

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

WIOA is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services free of charge. These services, funded through the Kane County Department of Employment and Education, help individuals succeed in the labor market and match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. Elgin’s Office of Workforce Development has remote services available for eligible youth ages 16 to 24 through the Future Workforce Leaders Program and the Job Search Help Program. Learn more about the Workforce Development Division at Elgin Community College