2021

Three authors will join the ECC Writers Center for a virtual spring reading series.
Academics | Events
Published 09/10/2021

ECC Writers Center Reading Series Present Fall 2021 Line Up

The Writers Center at Elgin Community College will host three authors for the Fall 2021 Reading Series. Due to ongoing social distancing practices, the events will take place virtually. All readings begin at 7:30 p.m.

ECC Celebrates Latinx Heritage Month
Events | General | Student Clubs & Organizations | Student Resources
Published 09/09/2021

Somos La Fuerza y Esperanza: Together We Rise – ECC Celebrates Latinx Heritage Month

Elgin Community College’s Latinx Heritage Month (LHM) will include in-person, outdoor celebrations this year, with events built around the 2021 theme “Somos La Fuerza y Esperanza: Together We Rise.” The month’s events begin with the first-ever outdoor Latinx Heritage Month Kick-Off Celebration on Friday, September 17, from 6:30 – 9 p.m. in the green space behind Building C (Renner Academic Library).

President David Sam, Ph.D., JD, LLM speaks at memorial service honoring Polly Nash, former ECC staff member
Events | General
Published 09/07/2021

ECC holds memorial service in honor of former staff member

Elgin Community College held a memorial service on August 9 honoring Polly Nash, a former ECC staff member who passed away in December 2019. Nash was considered the heart of ECC for more than 20 years, serving as dean of several divisions and acting as the administrative design liaison for the Visual and Performing Art Center (VPAC - Building H) during its construction.

The ECC Foundation Gala: Dare to Dream is Saturday, Sept. 18.
Events | Foundation
Published 09/03/2021

Early-Bird Ticket Price Extended Until Sept. 10 for ECC Foundation Gala

Early-bird ticket pricing for the ECC Foundation Gala: Dare to Dream is extended to Friday, Sept. 10.

Official ECC logo.
Statement
Published 08/27/2021

New state COVID-19 mandates announced by Gov. Pritzker affects higher education employees and students

Gov. J.B Pritzker announced new statewide mandates that require all educators and staff working pre-K through college, college students, and health care workers to be vaccinated.

Fall 2021 African American Connection
Events | General | Student Resources
Published 08/26/2021

ECC’s African American Connection promotes student success and community support

Elgin Community College will hold the fall African American Connection event both in-person and virtually on Thursday, September 2, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Spartan Hub located in Building B. Those wishing to participate virtually can do so via Zoom at tinyurl.com/aafallconnect.

Project Backpack 2021
Events | General | Student Resources
Published 08/09/2021

ECC’s Project Backpack is back

Elgin Community College and its partners are preparing for Project Backpack, a community-based initiative to benefit area students in need. Following COVID-19 protocols, there will not be an on-site event, but the committee is coordinating backpacks, school supplies, and/or resources for students in need for fall 2021 from school districts U-46, CUSD 300, CSD 301, CUSD 303, D20, or ECC District 509.

ECC's Building A
Academics | General | Student Resources
Published 08/06/2021

ECC student services offices open for in-person assistance on two Saturdays in August

Extended business hours will be available on campus at Elgin Community College to support students from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 14 and August 21. Offices that will be open include academic advising, admissions, registration, financial aid, student accounts, and first stop.

The ECC Foundation's Dare to Dream 2021 Gala will be Saturday, September 18.
Events | Foundation
Published 08/05/2021

The Elgin Community College Foundation Gala encourages support for students who ‘Dare to Dream’

The Elgin Community College Foundation invites the community to celebrate the achievements of students, faculty, and staff at the ECC Foundation Gala: Dare to Dream event at 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 18, 2021.

School District U-46's 2021 Dual Credit Graduate Recognition Ceremony at ECC.
Academics | General | Statement
Published 08/04/2021

ECC to cover tuition for class of 2021 dual credit high school graduates

Elgin Community College President David Sam, PhD, JD, LLM, recently announced that all spring 2021 high school graduates in District 509 who have completed and received credit for any number of ECC's dual credit courses are eligible to have all tuition and fees covered for the 2021-22 academic year. The offer is part of many efforts taken by ECC to ensure that in the wake of the pandemic, financial barriers are removed for residents of District 509.

Official ECC logo.
Statement
Published 08/02/2021

Update: All Elgin Community College employees, students, and visitors must wear masks indoors at all ECC locations.

Effective immediately, all ECC employees, students, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear masks indoors. With the rise of the Delta variant of COVID-19, Kane County has been designated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as having a “substantial” risk of COVID-19 transmission, even by vaccinated individuals.

ECC sees 27% increase in summer enrollment as excitement builds for fall semester
Academics | General | Statement
Published 07/21/2021

ECC sees 27% increase in summer enrollment as excitement builds for fall semester

Elgin Community College is experiencing a significant rise in enrollment for the summer 2021 semester, with a 27.5 percent increase compared to summer 2020. More than 4,300 students are currently enrolled in summer programming at ECC.

ECC Nursing students administered vaccines to seniors during a February vaccine clinic hosted at ECC
Events | Statement
Published 07/14/2021

ECC Committed to Providing Vaccine Access for Community with a Vaccination Clinic

ECC is helping to increase ease and access to vaccines through upcoming vaccination clinics to be held on July 21 and Aug. 11 (second shot clinic).

Left: Kylee Backer (Soccer) Middle: Luke Menard (Baseball) Right: Nikolas Panico (Baseball) Not Photographed: Amber Allen (Volleyball) Kenney Venable (Volleyball)
Academics | Achievements | Athletics | General
Published 07/08/2021

ECC student-athletes awarded NJCAA academic honors

Each year the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) honors student-athletes for their academic achievement in maintaining a GPA of 3.6 or higher throughout the year. Elgin Community College is proud to announce that five of its student-athletes have made the 2020-21 NJCAA All-Academic Team for their outstanding commitment and dedication to their studies.

ECC Athletics will return to NJCAA Division II for the 2021-22 season.
Athletics
Published 06/24/2021

ECC’s athletic program returns to NJCAA Division II Level

The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCCA) and Elgin Community College President David Sam, Ph.D., JD, LLM, and the Board of Trustees approved ECC Athletics to return to Division II. ECC Athletics has been in the Division III level for the past five years, having previously been a Division II level school.

ECC's 2021 Spartan Women's Soccer Team, with Head Coach Edwin Jaramillo and Assistant Coach Emily Witt.
Achievements | Athletics
Published 06/22/2021

ECC women’s soccer makes program history

For the first time in 12 years, the team won the Regional Championship this past spring, going undefeated in regional play. They then went on to make history and be the first team in their program to compete at the NJCAA Division III National Championship in Newark, New Jersey.

ECC and Promineo Tech are offering affordable coding bootcamps this summer
Academics | General
Published 06/21/2021

Affordable coding bootcamps offered at ECC aim to close skills gap

To help meet the growing demand and close skills gaps, Elgin Community College is partnering with Promineo Tech to offer coding and data engineering boot camps in July, August, and September 2021.

Outgoing student trustee Taylor Vitacco received the 2021 Gigi Campbell Student Trustee Excellence Award. Timothy Kaar, MFA, professor of graphic design, received the 2021 Outstanding Full-Time Faculty Member Award.
Achievements | Board of Trustees | General
Published 06/14/2021

ECC faculty member and student receive ICCTA awards

The Illinois Community College Trustees Association (ICCTA) recently honored 2021 Elgin Community College graduate Taylor Vitacco and Professor Timothy Kaar with two prestigious awards. Vitacco and Karr were recognized at a banquet in Springfield, Ill., on Friday, June 4.

ECC is offering $500 gift cards to the bookstore and ECC merchandise to new students who register for fall 2021 classes between June 7 and June 30, 2021.
Academics | General
Published 06/09/2021

$500 in ECC bookstore cash offered to new students now through June 30

Elgin Community College is offering $500 gift cards to the bookstore and ECC merchandise to new students who register for fall 2021 classes between 12:00 a.m. CDT on June 7 and 11:59 p.m. CDT on June 30, 2021.

Backpacks ready for local students.
Events
Published 05/28/2021

ECC Project Backpack continues to help local students, despite pandemic protocols

Elgin Community College and its partners are preparing for Project Backpack, a community-based initiative to benefit area students in need.

MAGIC Black Lives Matter Series
Events
Published 05/20/2021

ECC discussion series checks in one year later

Elgin Community College’s Multicultural and Global Initiatives Committee (MAGIC) presents Part VII of its “Black Lives Matter” series this month. The community is invited to ‘One Year Later: What Has Changed? What Work Remains?’ on Tuesday, May 25, at 2 p.m.

Photo credit: Northern Illinois University. All 15 students of the first cohort of the
Achievements | Commencement
Published 05/13/2021

ECC and NIU celebrate first Elementary Education Transfer Pathway graduating class

Elgin Community College and Northern Illinois University hosted a recognition event on May 7 on ECC’s campus to celebrate the first cohort of 15 students who completed the ECC-to-NIU College of Education transfer pathway degree.

The ECC Foundation's 23rd Annual Golf Classic is Monday, June 21
Events | Foundation
Published 05/06/2021

ECC Foundation’s annual Golf Classic is back on June 21

Tickets and sponsorships are now available for the 23rd Annual Elgin Community College Foundation Golf Classic on Monday, June 21, at the Elgin Country Club, 2575 Weld Road, Elgin. Golfers of all ages and abilities are invited.

The ECC Arts Center Presents
Arts Center | Events
Published 04/30/2021

ECC Arts Center presents “These Shining Lives” – a drama with roots close to home

The Elgin Community College Art Center will premier “These Shining Lives” on Saturday, May 15, at 7 p.m.

Graphic promoting ECC Arts Center's American Grands XXVI Showcase
Arts Center | Events
Published 04/22/2021

Enjoy student piano showcase American Grands XXVI from anywhere

On Saturday, May 1 at 7:00 p.m., the Elgin Community College Arts Center presents the 2021 American Grands XXVI as a virtual concert.

Make summer classes part of your plan at ECC.
Academics | Student Resources
Published 04/15/2021

Registration begins for ECC summer sessions

Registration for summer credit classes at Elgin Community College is underway and will continue until the first day of classes for each summer session beginning on June 7, June 14, and July 12. space permitting.

ECC Arts Center Presents Family Mariachi Band Cielito Lindo
Arts Center | Events
Published 04/13/2021

Family Mariachi Band Cielito Lindo Performs for the ECC Arts Center

The ECC Arts Center presents Cielito Lindo, a family mariachi band, for a free virtual performance on Saturday, April 16, at 7 p.m.

Achievements | Faculty Profile
Published 03/23/2021

Timothy Kaar and Robert Russ receive 2021 Orrin G. Thompson Teaching Excellence Award

Timothy Kaar, professor of graphic design, and Robert Russ, business unit adjunct faculty, were recently recognized with the 2021 Orrin G. Thompson Teaching Excellence Award from Elgin Community College.

Bill Pelz Global Speaker Series
Events
Published 03/25/2021

Bill Pelz Global Speaker Series explores international relations in the Biden Era

This webinar, titled “Seismic Shift or Status Quo? U.S. International Relations and Immigration in the Biden Era,” will take a critical look at the first movement on international relations in the new Biden administration.

Erin Vobornik, ESL unit adjunct faculty
Achievements | Faculty Profile
Published 03/23/2021

ECC’s Vobornik Wins National State Advocate for Adult Education Fellowship

Elgin Community College Adjunct Faculty in Adult Education, Erin Vobornik, MA, has been named an inaugural Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) State Advocate for Adult Education Fellow for 2021.

Official ECC logo.
Statement
Published 03/22/2021

ECC stands with the Asian American Pacific Islander community; condemns acts of violence and racism in all forms

We were deeply saddened once again at Elgin Community College last week, as we discussed the most recent incident. ECC is unequivocally steadfast in condemning all acts of violence, hatred, and racism.

The ECC Virtual Apprentice Fair is Thursday, April 8, 2021.
Events | Student Resources
Published 03/19/2021

ECC hosts April Apprentice and Career Fairs

Elgin Community College's Office of Strategic Partnerships and Experiential Learning will host a virtual Apprentice Fair on Thursday, April 8, from 12 – 2 p.m., followed by a career fair on Friday, April 9. Both fairs are free and open to the public.

ECC Professor of History and Political Science Antonio Ramirez
Achievements | Faculty Profile
Published 03/18/2021

ECC Professor Receives Inaugural Elevating Equity Grant

Antonio Ramirez, assistant professor of history and political science at Elgin Community College, was awarded an inaugural Elevating Equity Grant from the Grand Victoria Foundation for his Chicagolandia: Oral Histories of Chicago's Latinx Suburbs project.

The ExperienceECC event takes place April 7, 2021
Academics | Events | Student Resources
Published 03/10/2021

Community invited to ‘Experience ECC’ on April 7

District 509 community members interested in attending or learning more about Elgin Community College programs are invited to Experience ECC on Wednesday, April 7.

Michelle Kershner, M.Ed., professor of mathematics
Achievements | Faculty Profile
Published 02/24/2021

ECC’s Michelle Kershner receives Dale P. Parnell Distinguished Faculty Award

Michelle Kershner, MEd, professor of mathematics, is a 2021 recipient of the American Association of Community Colleges’ (AACC) Dale P. Parnell Distinguished Faculty award. One of only 23 recipients nation-wide, the award is recognition for faculty members making a difference in the community college classroom.

Foyer of the Blizzard Theatre in Building H
Arts Center | Events
Published 02/10/2021

#MakeArtAlways Spring Virtual Series at ECC

The #MakeArtAlways virtual series continues this spring with the first event on Friday, Feb. 1, 2021.

Bill Pelz Global Speaker Series
Events
Published 02/10/2021

Bill Pelz Global Speaker Series returns and explores art in the midst of chaos

"Art Reaction! How Major Crises Inform, Impact, and Inspire Art" explores the fascinating history of art created during Global and national crises–from periods of pandemic, war, and unrest.

Official ECC logo.
Academics | Achievements
Published 02/10/2021

ECC Recognizes Fall 2020 Academic Scholars

Together, the President of ECC and the Assistant Vice President of Student Services and Development/Dean of Students recognizes the level of high academic scholarship demonstrated during the semester.

Three authors will join the ECC Writers Center for a virtual spring reading series.
Events | Writers Center
Published 02/09/2021

ECC Writers Center Reading Series Present Spring 2021 Line Up

The Writers Center at Elgin Community College will host three authors for the Spring 2021 Reading Series. Due to ongoing social distancing practices, the events will take place virtually. All readings begin at 7:30 p.m.

Get into STEM with ECC!
Academics | Events
Published 02/05/2021

ECC presents Math and Science STEM Speaker Series

A virtual STEM speaker series presented by ECC STEM faculty will be offered on Zoom.

MAGIC Black Lives Matter Series
Events
Published 01/28/2021

ECC discussion series delves into the history of racism in the Midwest

Elgin Community College’s Multicultural and Global Initiatives Committee (MAGIC) presents the next installment of its popular “Black Lives Matter” series in conjunction with Black History Month. Part VI, titled ‘A Historical Perspective,’ is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 25, at 2 p.m.

Official ECC logo.
General
Published 01/27/2021

ECC Partners with Illinois Department of Health for COVID-19 Testing in February

Elgin Community College will host daily COVID-19 testing by the Illinois Department of Health throughout February.

2021 Black History Month at Elgin Community College
Events
Published 01/26/2021

Celebrate Representation, Identity, and Diversity in the Black Community during Black History Month at ECC

Elgin Community College's celebration of Black History Month brings the themes of diversity, representation, and family directly to the community with a line-up of virtual presentations, discussions, and interactive events.

Elgin Community College across Lake Spartan
Statement
Published 01/13/2021

Elgin Community College District 509 Bonds Available to Community

Elgin Community College District 509 will issue approximately $92,990,000 in tax-exempt and taxable municipal bonds.

Elgin Community College across Lake Spartan
Board of Trustees | General
Published 01/12/2021

ECC trustees approve tuition freeze and tax relief measures saving taxpayers more than $2 million

Elgin Community College District 509 Board of Trustees approved measures to freeze tuition rates for the 2021-2022 academic year and provide taxpayer relief for the 2020 tax levy year during its December Board Meetings.

Elgin Community College across Lake Spartan.
Achievements | General
Published 01/07/2021

ECC retains Moody’s Aaa credit rating

Elgin Community College maintained its ‘Aaa’ credit rating according to Moody’s Investor Services, the highest rating attainable among municipal entities and one of the few Illinois Community College Districts to achieve the prestigious credit mark.

Recruitment Coordinator Shirley Bell.
General | Student Resources
Published 01/07/2021

ECC student services offices special hours for enrollment assistance

Extended business hours will be available at Elgin Community College to support students with enrollment for ECC’s spring semester, which begins Tuesday, Jan. 19. There is still time to register for spring classes. Classes are offered online and a hybrid format that combines online learning and in-person instruction.