Impact

Impact Magazine Summer 2020 cover

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


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

Juan Fernandez, Eric Fuertes, Nate Matthews: 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