Welcome to the ECC Foundation
ECC is truly a community college. Our community has relied on us to improve lives through learning for over 70 years.
As a member of our community, you are critical to helping our students succeed. When they succeed as a part of a passionate and highly-skilled workforce, they achieve their dreams, and our community prospers. Our students are truly tomorrow's leaders here in Elgin and around the world.
Whether through a donation, scholarship, grant, or strategic workforce partnership, we hope you will join us in our mission.
You can learn more about our work below. I invite you to contact the ECC Foundation when you’re ready to get started.
Together, we can help our community thrive.
Dr. David Sam, PhD, JD, LLM President
Meet Our Students
District 509 is incredibly diverse, and that diversity is reflected in ECC’s students. Many experience basic insecurities like food, housing, transportation, and childcare. Learn more about our students on the Campus Diversity webpage.
“I did not grow up in a wealthy family, therefore my parents weren't able to start a college fund for me at a young age. Despite this, I still pursued a college career, but I am completely responsible for covering all my student expenses. This scholarship has helped me avoid having to take out loans for my schooling, so I was able to graduate from ECC with no student debt.”- ECC Foundation Scholarship Recipient
Our Commitment to Our Community
The faculty, staff, and administrators of Elgin Community College are dedicated to the success of each student. Our goals include:
- Meet students where they are and help them bring their dreams to fruition, no matter their background or circumstances.
- Provide access to hands-on training for real-world, in-demand skills in programs that equip our students to immediately contribute to a 21st-century workforce.
- Develop partnerships with local industry, community, and education leaders to shape the future for our students. Learn more about ECC's role in our community and workforce partnership opportunities.
You Can Join Us
The ECC Foundation is looking for partners who can help ECC and our students succeed for generations to come. There are three key ways you can help.
- Support us financially through donations, sponsorships, grants, scholarship endowments, and legacy gifts.
- Volunteer with one of our many affinity groups or event planning committees, or express your interest in joining the ECC Foundation Board. Contact us for more information.
- Build a strategic partnership between your organization and our academic and advancement programs to explore opportunities for mutual success. Contact us for more information.
Invest in our students, our community, and our future!
The U.S. Department of Education designed ECC as a Hispanic-Serving Institution – we’re a majority-minority institution, with over 40% of incoming students identifying as Hispanic or Latinx.
26 Years Old
The average age of an ECC student is 26, and many students balance jobs, families, and other responsibilities in addition to their education.
Many are first-generation college students, and many experience basic insecurities like food, housing, transportation, and childcare.
Students choose a variety of programs based on their interests and career aspirations. 56% are in university transfer programs, 28% in career and technical education programs, and 16% in Adult Basic Ed or English-as-a-Second-Language programs