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Project Backpack 2018
Published 08/13/2018

More than 2,000 backpacks given to students in need through ECC’s Project Backpack school supply fair

Backpacks, pencils, notebooks and other school supplies were distributed to hundreds of area students in need during the annual Project Backpack back-to-school supply fair. The event, which is part of a community initiative by Elgin Community College and other organizations, was held on Saturday, Aug. 11 in ECC’s Building J Spartan Events Center, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin.

Ruth Chae
Published 08/07/2018

ECC student wins 2018 Paul Simon Student Essay Contest

Elgin Community College student Ruth Chae of Elgin won top honors in the 2018 Paul Simon Student Essay Contest. Chae, who hopes to pursue an Associate of Applied Science degree in nursing from ECC this spring, says winning the award has been her proudest academic achievement to date, adding “I’m so blessed to think that my essay will have the ability to positively impact the lives of those who read it.”

Published 08/07/2018

Education and Work Center to launch select college-level classes

The Education and Work Center in Hanover Park, which has provided basic skills training and employment services to a traditionally underserved area, is expanding its offerings to better meet the needs of a changing community.

A young student holds a backpack
Published 07/30/2018

Students, families invited to annual Project Backpack school supply fair at ECC on Aug. 11

Backpacks, pencils, notebooks and other school supplies will be given to hundreds of area students in need during the Project Backpack back-to-school supply fair on Saturday, Aug. 11 at Elgin Community College. The event, which is part of a community initiative by ECC and other organizations, will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Building J Spartan Events Center, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin.

ECC campus
Academics | Events
Published 07/30/2018

Move ahead: Register now for fall classes at ECC

Registration for fall credit classes is under way at Elgin Community College and will continue until the semester starts Aug. 20, space permitting. College staff are ready and available to help new students through the application and enrollment process, regardless of the student’s age or stage in life. Students are advised to register as soon as possible to get the best selection of courses and times.

Welding instructor Marc Houchek demonstrates to students
Published 07/23/2018

High school students explore high-demand careers through ECC’s Manufacturing Camp

Elgin Community College held its first session of Manufacturing Camp, a new full-day summer camp for students ages 14 to 16, as part of its Kids’ College offerings, on July 16 to 19. The camp took place in the college’s Building O facilities, at 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin, where students learned about careers in manufacturing and gained hands-on experience in computer aided design (CAD), welding and sheet metal cutting.

Angela Andrada photo
Published 07/10/2018

ECC student returns to NASA for Community College Aerospace Scholars project

Elgin Community College student Angela M. Andrada returned to the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars program (NCAS) as a student assistant during the program’s onsite training at NASA’s Langley Research Center (LaRC) outside of Washington D.C. The program was held for four days during June, where Andrada led various activities, guided the next team of aerospace scholars in their rover competition and handled program logistics.

A manufacturing student works on equipment
Published 06/21/2018

ECC to offer manufacturing apprenticeship program this fall

Elgin Community College has partnered with Industry Consortium for Advanced Technical Training (ICATT), the leading apprenticeship program provider in the Midwest, to offer an industrial maintenance apprenticeship program to companies in Community College District 509 starting this fall.