Standing Strong with Spartan Heroes

The pandemic presents less than ideal circumstances to work in every day. But many of our alumni, instructors, and students do just that. We want you to know that you are not alone. Your ECC family is thinking of you, believes in you, and is proud of what you do in our community! #SpartansUnited

"We are all dealing with a global pandemic, yet the ECC spirit remains strong."


Spartans at Work

ECC stands with faculty, alumni and students working on the frontlines of the pandemic.

Chris Bayot

Chris Bayot

Thank you for helping recovering COVID-19 patients.

Third-semester nursing student Chris Bayot works as a patient care technician for the rehabilitation unit at Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village. Chris currently working in a sub-unit dedicated solely to recovering COVID-19 patients. Thank you, Chris, and ALL the #healthcareheroes and #essentialworkers for continuing to keep our community safe.

Brian BoudreauECC Alum

Brian Boudreau

Thank you ALL municipal essential employees.

ECC alum Brian Boudreau, village manager of Gilberts, continues to work to keep his community safe. Thank you to ALL municipal essential employees, like public works, streets and sanitation, public safety, 3-1-1 operators, and more who have been there for residents throughout this pandemic.

Seth Brophy

Seth Brophy

Grocery store workers for keeping our community safe.

ECC student Seth Brophy works as the produce manager for Blue Goose Market in St. Charles. Thank you, Seth, and all grocery store workers for keeping our community safe while providing access to food and supplies. Stay safe!

Haniel Castro ECC Class of 2019

Haniel Castro

December 2019 graduate is an RN at Northwest Community Hospital. Thank you again to ALL the nurses who show up and keep our community safe every day!

Katarzyna Gawor-OfiaraECC Adjunct Clinical Instructor

Katarzyna Gawor-Ofiara

Have courage and be proud of who you are!

ECC adjunct instructor Katarzyna Ofiara is currently serving a 21-day contract in New York City helping hospitals with the overwhelming number of COVID-19 patients. Katarzyna offered words of advice to her fellow ECC health care alums:

Have courage and be proud of who you are!”

Thank you to ALL the essential workers who have stepped up and gone above and beyond to help their community during this pandemic.

Leslie GonzalezECC Class of 2018

Leslie Gonzalez

Let's give a Spartan shout-out to a local nurse.

Leslie is putting her skills to the test every day caring for patients and minimizing the spread of COVID-19.

Kelly Gunnett

Kelly Gunnett

Lab technician working on the front line.

ECC is honored to celebrate Medical Laboratory Professional Week with all our students, alums, and faculty. Kelly G. shared this selfie as a proud lab technician working on the front line of the COVID-19 response. Thank you, Kelly, and all #essentialworkers who are keeping our community safe.

Natalye Hernandez ECC Class of 2019

Natalye Hernandez

ICAPS EMT-B graduate in December 2019, passed her state exam in January 2020 and had a job in February. She is currently working at Northwest Community Hospital as an emergency room assistant, and is in the process of becoming an “official” Spanish translator for the ER. Here’s what she had to say:

“I am completely devoted to the emergency room life! I’m so glad I took the EMT program at ECC. I’ve been so inspired by this work that I’ve been thinking about studying to apply to medical school to become an ER doctor.”

Jason Highland

Jason Highland

Thank you first responders.

A shout-out to West Dundee Police Officer Jason Highland. Thank you for continuing to protect and serve your community during this pandemic.

Nicole Holland ECC Alum

Nicole Holland

ECC alumna is not only a new mom to Hayden, she’s also a dedicated police officer for the City of Aurora. Thank you for keeping the community safe!

Kurt Kojzarek

Kurt Kojzarek

Essential workers like Kurt keep infrastructure projects moving forward as a construction project manager. Thank you to ALL #EssentialWorkers who are keeping our communities safe and functioning during this time.

ECC Class of 2013

Sylvia Moreno

Nursing is both a passion and a purpose.

2013 ECC nursing student Alumni working in the critical care unit at Advocate Sherman Hospital is a hospital in Elgin, Illinois as an ICU RN.

Nicole Regina

Nicole Regina

Lab technicians are a vital part of the current pandemic response.

As timely as ever, this week is Medical Laboratory Professionals Week! Spartan grad Nicole Regina is a clinical lab technician at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington. Lab technicians are a vital part of the current pandemic response, running tests around the clock to determine if a patient has COVID-19 and ensuring that the tests are valid. In Nicola's words,

"We fight for you alongside your nurses and doctors. We went into this field because we wanted to play a part in saving lives."

Thank you to all the lab professionals on the frontlines keeping our community safe!

Jamie Ritchey ECC Class of 1998

Jamie Ritchey

Kick off a career with an AS degree in biology.

Jamie Ritchey, Ph.D., MPH, is the Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc., Tribal Epidemiology Center Director. @ITCAOnline TEC supports 44 American Indian Tribes and bands in Arizona, Nevada, and Utah. As part of its response to COVID 2019, Dr. Ritchey is working tirelessly to secure funding and resources and provide technical assistance for Tribal COVID 2019 along with her colleagues. Dr. Ritchey completed her AS degree in biology from ECC in 1998.

Karen Sarai-Gonzalez ECC Class of 2013

Karen Sarai-Gonzalez

Spartans on the front line.

Spartans are on the front line of the COVID-19 response all across the country! Karen Sarai Gonzalez ’13 works as an ER nurse in Silverdale, Washington. Thank you, Karen, and ALL #healthcareheroes and #essentailworkers who are keeping our communities safe!

Diane Shallcross ECC Adjunct Nursing Instructor

Diane Shallcross

Serving on the frontlines.

ECC adjunct nursing instructor Diane Shallcross is serving on the frontlines in two capacities: Running an antipsychotic injection program every Friday for Chicago's psychotic mental health population and working two days a week in the COVID-19 surge tent for the ER of a Level I Trauma Center in Chicago. Thank you, Diane, and all the #healthcareheroes and #essential workers out there!

Nancy Nieto, Wendy Raya, and Mia-Yasu Sidlin

Nancy Nieto, Wendy Raya, and Mia-Yasu Sidlin

All three are nurses at St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates. Thank you for keeping our communities safe and providing the best in patient care.

Michael Storey

Michael Storey

Managing partner at Beckatt Solutions. His company has joined others across the country in providing their services to print tools, medical supplies, and PPE like masks for hospitals and health care centers in need of these products. Thank you, Michael, and others who are doing their part to support the community!

Jessica Woloszyk ECC Nursing Professor

Jessica Woloszyk

Proud of the work that I do both as a nursing instructor and as a bedside nurse.

Jessica Woloszyk, ECC nursing professor, also works as a frontline healthcare worker at AMITA Health in the ICU. She says,

“I am proud of the work that I do both as a nursing instructor and as a bedside nurse.”

Thank you, Jessica, for teaching and caring so deeply about our community. And thank you to ALL the #essentialworkers for caring for our community!

Mady Wood ECC Alum

Mady Wood

Phlebotomists working to combat COVID-19.

Spartan grad Mady Wood works as a phlebotomist for ACL, Advocate Health Care. Thank you, Mady, and all the phlebotomists working to combat COVID-19, taking patient’s blood for tests as a vital part of the diagnosis process.

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