Impact

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Impact Magazine is a bi-annual publication that features news and information on alumni, student success stories, updates from the Elgin Community College Foundation, and articles about how ECC is making a difference in our communities.

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Featured Stories from Impact Magazine


ECC Foundation Award Winners Adrienne Butler, Ed Hunter, Linda Deering Dean, Mike Shales, Robert Malm.
College Publication | Foundation
Published 12/08/2020

ECC Foundation surpasses $100,000 fundraising goal

The Elgin Community College Foundation Gala Virtual Mas’k’erade: Dare to Dream event took place on Saturday, October 17. The event was the final push needed for the ECC Foundation to surpass its overall goal of raising more than $100,000 for the fund by the end of 2020.

Bryan Arredondo received help from the ECC Foundation's Student Success Fund.
College Publication | Foundation | Student Profile
Published 12/08/2020

Rallying to help students succeed

After the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic last spring, it became clear that the disruptions caused in classrooms and overall student learning were more than an inconvenience. The effects of lock-downs and social distancing bled into loss of jobs, or conversely, increasing demands. The ECC Foundation determined that a solution was needed to assist students at risk of not continuing their educations or coursework due to financial concerns. The answer was the Student Success Fund.

ECC students persevered throughout the pandemic.
Academics | College Publication | Student Resources
Published 12/08/2020

Turning Challenges into Opportunities

At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, employees and students at Elgin Community College adapted quickly to suspend in-person classes and transition to remote learning for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester. As the crisis persisted, ECC’s faculty fully developed and expanded online course offerings for the fall semester, ensuring a smoother transition and innovative approach.

Toma Kpandeyenge, ECC alumnus, connects on LinkedIn
Alumni Profile | College Publication
Published 12/08/2020

Career Catalyst

ECC gave alumnus Toma Kpandeyenge a springboard to achieve a leadership role at LinkedIn.

ECC alumna Cathleen Nesheiwat cares for COVID-19 patients
Alumni Profile | College Publication
Published 12/08/2020

Health Care Hero

ECC alumna Cathleen Nesheiwat believes her ECC training prepared her to stay calm and work with the resources she has—a valuable trait when caring for patients who show symptoms of COVID-19, or have tested positive.

ECC graduate Jeanette Silva Haro.
Academics | College Publication | Student Profile
Published 12/08/2020

Blazing Trails

ECC students are blazing trails in the fire science field, as more women and minorities graduate from the program.

Cecil Smith
Alumni Profile | College Publication
Published 07/27/2020

Cecil Smith: Degree of Honor

During his 25-year career with the Elgin Police Department (EPD), Cecil Smith rose through the ranks from patrol officer to commander of the Special Investigations Division. Smith’s dream of leading a police department inspired him to enroll at Elgin Community College to help advance his career.

Masked Men
College Publication | Faculty Profile | Staff Profile
Published 07/27/2020

Mask Makers

As the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered schools and businesses across the country, Elgin Community College began to look for innovative ways to support essential workers. A trio of ECC faculty, staff, and alumni found a way to do their part with a little ingenuity and a lot of creativity.

Linda Deering Dean
Alumni Profile | College Publication
Published 07/27/2020

Linda Deering Dean: Leading with Heart

Linda Deering Dean never imagined herself as the president of a regional hospital. When she enrolled at Elgin Community College to continue her education, she was working full time as a registered nurse and raising a family. She appreciated having an affordable option in the community to help her achieve her goal of advancing to a high-level clinical nursing position.

ECC employee hands a Chromebook to a student
College Publication | Foundation
Published 07/27/2020

ECC Foundation: Emergency Student Relief Fund

Shortly after the implementation of Illinois' stay-at-home order in March, the Elgin Community College Foundation established the Emergency Student Relief Fund to help students most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Just one month later, more than 100 donors had pitched in to help reach the goal of raising over $50,000.

Dean Follmann
Alumni Profile | College Publication
Published 07/27/2020

Dean Follmann: Battling COVID-19

For years, ECC alumnus Dean Follmann’s work has been focused on the study of infectious diseases and clinical trials that evaluate therapies. Most recently, it has put him on the front lines in the quest to find a cure for the virus that causes COVID-19.

Bridget Mooney
Alumni Profile | College Publication
Published 07/27/2020

Bridget Mooney: From ECC to Soldier Field

Rising culinary star tackles tough challenges

Tim Slater
Alumni Profile | College Publication
Published 07/27/2020

Tim Slater: Driven to Success

ECC ignited a career path and paved the way to business ownership