It’s hard to fathom, but adjunct professor of communications studies John Karnatz’s 17-year tenure at ECC nearly didn’t happen. When an employment opportunity with ECC presented itself in 2002, it took some convincing from his neighbor, a former ECC trustee and friend. “He bugged me until I agreed to apply,” according to Karnatz.
Antonio Ramirez, assistant professor of history and political science at Elgin Community College, was awarded a 2019 Mellon/American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Faculty Fellowship.
“By receiving three amazing scholarships I am able to walk out of ECC debt-free, knowing I will be able to start a great career without anything holding me back.”
“My time at this institution changed my life. ECC focuses a lot more on who you can become instead of who you are.”
“I don’t know where I would be had I not started at ECC, but I truly believe that I would be nowhere near as successful as I am today.”
“Going back to school in your thirties can be really scary. My journey, however, has been amazing. In my short time at ECC, I have gained so much knowledge.”
“I’m glad I decided to come to ECC. Not only did ECC help me find ways to pay for college, but it helped me find the family I’ve grown fond of in Student Life.”
“I have consistently been challenged in my academics and have grown as a leader.”
“You feel the support here at ECC. I met staff leaders who always looked out for me and made sure I had the resources I needed.”
“ECC has given me direction, a sense of purpose, and hope for not only my future, but for the future I will be able to provide for my children.”
Over her 20-year career at ECC, Micaela Banks has made a real impact on the lives of her students. As the Director of Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program and Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education (ACCE) prepares for retirement, Banks reflects on her ECC experience and her colleagues with a feeling of sincere gratitude.
Charron Banaszak, office coordinator in Teaching, Learning, and Student Development wears many administrative hats in her role at ECC. She supports the Honors Program by processing student applications, monitoring enrollment and eligibility, and assists with events as well as the budget.
Assistant Professor of Accounting and Instructional Coordinator Ranae Ziwiski may teach accounting, but a big part of her job is supporting Elgin Community College students as they create their life stories.
Virginia (Ginger) McHugh-Kurtz’s first experience at Elgin Community College was as a student. When she decided to work at the college, her first experience took a familiar turn.
Associate Professor of English Sara Baker has been helping students map out their futures since she started at Elgin Community College in 2002, fresh out of her master's degree program and ready to play an important part in her students' lives.
Nothing is more likely to change a person’s future for the better than higher education. David Davin, executive director of institutional advancement and the Elgin Community College Foundation, remembers when he learned this lesson.
Thirty years ago, if you asked Economics Adjunct Faculty member Steve Tucholski what he wanted to do with this life, his answer would have been to end up exactly where he is now: retired from corporate life and back to teaching economics.
For Interim Associate Dean of Communications and Behavioral Sciences Mia Hardy, life is as sweet as you make it. Read more about Hardy, her philosophy on life, and how being an associate dean is a lot like being a student.
Late last month, while the college was closed for winter recess and most employees were taking a well-deserved break, Manager of Receiving, Records Retention and Mail Operations Gema Macklin and her department held limited office hours to ensure Elgin Community College’s mail operations continued to run smoothly.
The beginning of spring semester at Elgin Community College will be here before you know it! Are you as excited as we are?