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Project Backpack
Events | Student Resources
Published 05/31/2023

ECC’s Project Backpack provides supplies to local students

Elgin Community College and its partners are preparing for Project Backpack, a community-based initiative to benefit area students in need from school districts U-46, CUSD 300, CSD 301, CUSD 303, D20, or ECC District 509. The committee is coordinating backpacks, school supplies, and/or resources for students in need this fall.

ECC students and SkillsUSA 2023 Welding Fabrication team Joshua Palmer, Meralia Gomez, and Colin Dameron
Academics | Accomplishment
Published 05/30/2023

ECC students place at SkillsUSA Illinois State Championship

Elgin Community College career and technical students traveled to Peoria, Illinois, to compete in the SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Conference on April 29-30.

ECC student at a commencement ceremony
Published 05/09/2023

ECC’s Spring 2023 commencement ceremonies take place on May 20

Elgin Community College recognizes the spring Class of 2023 with May commencement ceremonies. Three ceremonies will celebrate students earning their State of Illinois High School Diploma, associate degree, or career certificate.

ECC's kids college class
Published 05/08/2023

ECC Kids’ College brings ballet, videography, and firefighting

Elgin Community College’s summer Kids’ College returns in June with back-by-popular-demand classes and several new ones. Children ages 5 to 16 can find something that sparks their interest and feeds their passion at

Student trustee Ryan Kolbusz and student body president Victor Senese
Academics | Accomplishment | Student Profile
Published 05/02/2023

Student leadership set for the 2023-24 academic year

Five student leaders will represent the students of Elgin Community College for the 2023-24 academic year. Ryan Kolbusz, South Elgin, was elected as the District 509 Board of Trustees student trustee.

Anthony Ramos, EdD, ECC’s executive director of equity, diversity, and inclusion (center) with NADOHE President Paulette Granberry Russell and Interim Awards Chair James Felton III. Photo credit: Tim Trumble for NADOHE
Published 04/28/2023

ECC wins national award for excellence in diversity efforts

Elgin Community College receives the 2023 Inclusive Excellence Award from the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE). ECC won the Institutional Excellence Award for a two-year institution. The winners were announced during the NADOHE Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.

ECC forensics team members Aleah Janae, Hannah Carpenter, and Damian Hacz
Accomplishment | Events
Published 04/26/2023

ECC forensics team wins big at Phi Rho Pi National tournament

The Elgin Community College Forensics Team showed the nation what they could do during the Phi Rho Pi National Tournament in Bethesda, Maryland. Phi Rho Pi Nationals is the final tournament of their competitive season, with over 50 schools competing.

Heather Martin, DeD, assistant dean of the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching, Assessment, and Learning
Accomplishment | Administrator Profile
Published 04/24/2023

ECC’s Heather Martin named COABE 2023 State Advocate for Adult Education Fellow

Heather Martin, DeD, assistant dean of the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching, Assessment, and Learning at Elgin Community College, is the 2023 Illinois representative for the Coalition On Adult Basic Education (COABE)’s State Advocate for Adult Education Fellowship (SAAEF).