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Report to the Community

The Report to the Community provides a comprehensive review of the accomplishments of the students, staff, faculty, and administrators at Elgin Community College. This publication also presents a financial summary of the college, important facts and figures, and progress made through the Facilities Master Plan. Additionally, The ECC Foundation Annual Report FY 2016 is included reflecting the foundation’s accomplishments, impact and financial status, as well as its honor roll of contributors.

Here a few of the stories you'll find in this year's report to the community!

ECC is National Exemplar for College and Career Readiness

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From left: Martan Roorda (CEO, ACT); David Sam (ECC); Alison Douglas (ECC); Elizabeth Roeger (ECC); Jeremy Anderson (President, Education Commission of the States)

More organizations continue to recognize Elgin Community College’s student success efforts. In June 2016, ACT® named the college a National Exemplar in Career Preparedness after it was named an Illinois Exemplar in February 2016.

National Exemplars are recognized for their exceptional commitment to improving college and career readiness for themselves, their students, their employees, and their communities. ECC was honored for its Alliance for College Readiness partnership that prepares high school students for college, offering open-door unemployment services to more than 100 individuals each month, and local financial literacy programs. Also noted was ECC's use of nine types of ACT WorkKeys® assessments to provide career preparation to both students and unemployed community members.

Additional selection criteria included student success indicators such as retention, graduation, and four-year college transfer rates. Other factors included the strength of relationships with local employers and high schools; accessibility of career readiness assessments and career preparation programs; and in-place support structures for students, especially those from underserved populations.

“ECC is deeply committed not only to helping students succeed in higher education, but in offering the best foundation for career training in their fields,” said Elizabeth Roeger, EdD, dean of developmental education and college transitions. “This recognition from ACT demonstrates that the college is moving on the right path.”

Center for Emergency Services: Where Heroes Train

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After more than seven years of anticipation, the Elgin Community College Center for Emergency Services is now open and ready to train current and future first responders of District 509.

More than 200 attendees including first responders, ECC employees and students, the ECC Board of Trustees, local and state officials, and community members attended the grand opening last fall, held on site at 815 East Plank Road in Burlington.

Training current and future first responders is an investment that we are proud to be a part of,” remarked District 509 Board of Trustees Chairwoman Eleanor MacKinney. “I am confident that together we will carry out our mission to improve people’s lives through learning.”

Nearly 80 percent of police officers, fire fighters, and paramedics receive their credentials at community colleges.

First envisioned as part of the campus Master Plan funded by District 509 residents through the April 2009 bond referendum, the facility offers essential resources to students and community members, most notably educational opportunities for current and future first responders.

“Before the opening of this regional public training facility, first responders needed to travel outside their districts – sometimes as far as Champaign – for mandatory continuing education courses each year,” said ECC President David Sam. “Now these heroes can obtain exceptional training and continuing education close to home.”

The Elgin Community College Center for Emergency Services represents the completion of the 2009 Facilities Master Plan.

Alliance for College Readiness Celebrates 10 Years

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Ten years ago, a handful of Elgin Community College administrators and faculty met with teachers and administrators from Community College District 509 high schools to discuss not only how to prepare graduating high school seniors for college-level courses, but also to ensure their success in college. That was the first step in addressing the issue.

Then the group took action. Designated the Alliance for College Readiness, they launched a summer bridge program in 2008 that successfully helped 14 high school graduates enter college-level reading, English, and math courses at ECC. Without the program, those students would have been required to take college developmental courses that fall.

Today, that handful of members has grown into 11 working teams of more than 600 collaborators—and they have made significant progress. College and high school district data show increased numbers of high school students who are ready for college-level math, reading, and writing.

“This progress reflects what happens when faculty and administrators come together to work on what's important to them—improving student learning,” said Elizabeth Roeger, EdD, dean of college transitions and developmental education. “The growth in the alliance correlates to the desire we all have to help students meet the goal of college and career readiness.”

Although initially focusing on college-bound high school students, the program also targets middle school students. Informational brochures in English and Spanish were introduced in 2011, aimed at helping parents prepare their children for college. Additionally, the Transition Academy, launched in 2013, was designed to empower ninth-through-12th-grade students in District 509 to make positive academic and life choices that enable them to succeed in college.

Now the alliance is preparing to spread the college readiness message to an even younger audience: kindergarteners.

“Our hope for the Alliance for College Readiness is that it continues to evolve to meet the needs of faculty and students within our community college district and that we can help foster relationships among faculty and staff that are valuable for those students, wherever they choose to go to college,” Roeger said.

ECC Partnership Empowers Juvenile Justice Center Students

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From left: Darlene Harris (ECC); Kathy Lawson (Kane County Regional Office of Education); Elizabeth Roeger (ECC); Ivars Spalis (Kane County Juvenile Justice Center school); Rodrigo Lopez (ECC); Shirley LeClere (Kane County Regional Office of Education).

Elgin Community College is committed to improving people’s lives through learning—no matter where they are in District 509. When the Kane County Regional Office of Education sought a partner to work with students housed at the Juvenile Justice Center in St. Charles, ECC was a willing participant.

During the summer 2016 term, eight students participated in College 101 and General Student Development 120 courses, which allowed them to earn college credit while in high school. ECC Instructor Darlene Harris said College 101 taught self-management and self-awareness, while general student development aids students in learning more about occupational fields that are closely related to academic training.

“The classes we are offering should help build college and career readiness,” said Elizabeth Roeger, EdD, dean of developmental education and college transitions at ECC. “We want to help students become motivated, see a positive future, and believe they can get there.”

Students chosen to participate in the program were identified by their quality work habits and reading comprehension scores. Although all the students completed the program, measures were in place to make sure they did not jeopardize their academic standings in case they were transferred or released early.

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