Spring 2015 Issue

ECC Alums Speak Out:  Results of the 2014 Alumni Survey

In the waning months of 2014, ECC President David Sam corresponded with over 33,000 Elgin Community College alumni to re-connect and request input. We were so excited to hear from more than 700 of you, and we appreciate the insight and updates you took the time to provide. We can’t wait to share the results!
First, a profile of our graduates.

In the spring of 1951, the college’s first commencement ceremony celebrated the graduation of 22 students. May 2015 marked the college’s 64th spring graduation exercise, with 900 degrees and certificates awarded at the event. Since 1994, the college has also held a fall ceremony, giving summer and fall students a more timely opportunity to celebrate their achievements with their families, friends, and supporters.

Now, here’s what you told us.

Of the 709 who responded to the survey (2.2 percent of all alumni with a degree or certificate), the most popular responses and requests of the college were:

  • Offer a program for local and/or national discounts that you can leverage because of your status as an ECC alumnus.
  • Provide career networking opportunities.
  • Host events and activities related to your program of study where applicable (e.g., nursing, culinary arts, paralegal, athletics, among others).  read more...

Nursing Program Celebrates 50th Anniversary

ECC has Proudly Graduated 2,817 Students from the Nursing Program.

Nurses have been part of Elgin Community College’s student body since the school stared in the fall of 1949. 

In the mid-60s, state legislation was passed to allow nursing programs to prepare students to graduate in two years.  Dr. Richard Powers, a respected surgeon at Sherman Hospital and advocate of continuing education, was instrumental in helping the college take steps to launch the program . 

The college hired Margaret Gabler as the first program director and purchased the Gospel Chapel in Elgin to remodel it for classroom, lab and office use.  The first class of nursing students was admitted in September 1965, completed their clinical rotations at Elgin State Hospital and Sherman Hospital in 1966, and finishing with 17 graduates in 1967. read more....


Career Services Connection

Professional networking site LinkedIn lists 11,684 members who have included their Elgin Community College credentials in their online profiles. Eighty percent of ECC graduates live in the Chicagoland area, with the balance spread throughout the country. Regardless of where you live or what you do, ECC’s Career Development Services team has valuable tools that can help you in your current position or prepare you for your next step.

For alumni in the Chicagoland area:
You are invited to ECC’s ongoing collaborative workshops to gain expertise in the following areas:
•    Resumes & cover letters - get assistance and critiques from a trained professional.
•    Interview techniques - get coaching and tips for great answers to difficult questions.
•    Portfolios - make a statement about yourself during the interview; we can give you pointers.
For the calendar of events, go to elgin.edu/careerservices. Pre-registration is strongly advised.  read more....

Keep on Learning

Registration for the Fall 2015 is open now. Interested in continuing your education?  The course catalog for academic year 2015-2016 is available online at www.elgin.edu/catalog. Classes begin on Monday, August 17, 2015.

College and University Partnerships. If you have completed your associate degree but have not continued your education in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree, ECC has many college and university partnerships that can assist you. Make an appointment with an academic advisor in the Academic & Transfer Advising Services Office by calling 847-214-7390 or emailing advising@elgin.edu.   read more....

Students in Action

"Be a Hero" Campaign Winners
The Associated Nursing Students group participated in the Illinois Secretary of State’s “Be a Hero” campaign again this spring, encouraging students and community members to become organ donors. The group won the 2014 competition among Illinois community college peers for the most registrations, and student group member Candi Hopman won the first place individual prize of a paid internship. The group excelled again this year by exceeding their 2014 number of registrants and won the community college competition for the second year in a row.  Members of ANS generously donated their $1,500 winnings to help future nursing students through scholarships with the ECC Foundation.  read more...


Announcements and Volunteer Opportunities

Seeking Mentors!
ECC’s Transition Academy seeks mentors for high school students who will be the first in their families to consider attending college. The program empowers 9th through 12th graders to make positive choices in their academic and personal lives so they can reach their full potential and succeed in college. The time commitment is approximately one and a half hours per month, taking place on Saturdays from October through April. An orientation will take place in September. For more information, contact DeSean Coleman at 847-214-6942 or dcoleman@elgin.edu.
Nursing Program Assistance
ECC’s Nursing Program includes a modern lab in Building A, the college’s Health and Life Science Building, providing real-world learning environments within the safety of a simulation setting.  The program seeks volunteers to help in the lab and other programmatic areas.  RNs are strongly preferred, but all who have an interest in assisting are encouraged to inquire.  For more information, contact Ann Amaefule, director of nursing program at 847-214-7304 or aamaefule@elgin.edu.
Nominate an Outstanding Alumnus
Have you or one of your classmates done great things in your profession or your community since graduating from ECC?  Nominations are being accepted for the 2016 ECC Distinguished Alumni Award through October 2 online at www.elgin.edu/eccalumni; visit the Awards & Honors page.
Alumni Advisory Committee Seeks Members
Interested in providing input to the direction of the ECC alumni program and activities?  We value your guidance and engagement. The time commitment is approximately 2-5 hours, four times a year.  For more information, contact Katherine Sawyer at 847-214-7143 or ksawyer@elgin.edu.

New Option!  Text to Donate
Extend the gift of education to future ECC students by taking advantage of our Text to Donate option.  Text the following to 91011:  SPARTAN [Donation Amount] [Name or Message]   Example:  SPARTAN $20 Jeff Walker.  Or give online now.  Thank you for your generosity!

 We’re Interested in Your Input!  Let us know if there’s a topic you’d like to see covered in a future edition by emailing eccalumni@elgin.edu.

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Alumni Merchandise - elgin.edu/alumni

Transcripts - elgin.edu/transcripts

Career Services - elgin.edu/careerservices

Library - elgin.edu/library

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