Erie Community College, also known as ECC, was established in 1946 as the New York State Institute of Applied Arts. It came to be known as the Erie County Technical Institute in 1953, and was finally given its present name in 1968. ECC operates 3 campuses across New York. The City Campus is in Buffalo, the ECC North Campus is in Williamsville, and the ECC South Campus is located in Orchard Park.
The college is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education, New York State Board of Regents, and Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. ECC is also a member of the State University of New York (SUNY) system. The college awards associate’s degrees in arts, science, and applied science. Students can choose from over 60 programs of study in the fields of engineering and technologies, liberal arts, allied health, and business and public health.
The academic programs at ECC are categorized under the following divisions:
- Business and Public Service Division
- Engineering and Technologies Division
- Health Sciences Division, and Liberal Arts Division
More than 20 certificate programs are also offered at ECC. These include courses in office assistantship, crime scene technology, CNC precision machining, web page designing, and entrepreneurship.
In addition, distance learning opportunities are available through ECC. The Associate of Applied Science and Associate of Arts degrees, as well as certificate programs, are offered in subjects like office management, business administration, social science, and computer applications.
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At ECC, eligible applicants can enroll in secondary education programs on a part-time or full-time basis. Both matriculated and non-matriculated students can apply for admission. To get the process started, one needs to call up the Admissions Office at the campus of his/ her choice. A free ECC application form can be secured on request. Then, the completed application form along with the application fee should be sent to the application processing center. While applying for admission, students also need to submit a copy of their GED scores, high school transcript, or proof of completion of 24 credit hours at a college. The same procedure applies to transfer students as well.
In the case of international students, the International Student Advisor office, located in the North campus, needs to be contacted. Applicants need to have a TOEFL score of at least 460. Also, since financial assistance is not available for international students, such applicants should be able to prove their financial stability prior to seeking admission. Those wishing to enroll for September classes need to send in their application forms, test scores, and all other relevant documents to ECC before the last week of May, while those applying for January classes have to send in the documents before the last week of October.
Some students may also be required to take a Placement Test. After the test results are evaluated, the college informs respective students of their admission status.
ECC provides a wide range of financial aid programs for students who need monetary assistance to fund their education. These financial aid programs include Federal and state subsidized programs, part-time employment opportunity, loans, and scholarships. In order to apply for aid, students need to submit the appropriate forms to the ECC Financial Aid Office.
The ECC Foundation offers a number of grants and scholarships, including institutional grants and private scholarships. Emergency short-term loans are also available through the institution. Native Americans can apply for NYS aid, which is basically an entitlement program. Bureau of Indian Affairs aid is also available for Native Americans.
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ECC is dedicated to encouraging holistic development inclusive of academic achievement, and social growth and consciousness. The college supports a variety of co-curricular and extracurricular activities for students. The Student Government Association at ECC is an elected body of student representatives that coordinates all the student activities of the college. In addition, there are several clubs and organizations in all three campuses of the college, including the Film and Theater Club, Phi Theta Kappa, Nursing Club, Anthropology Club, and Education Opportunity Program.
Child care and counseling services are offered to students at ECC. The college has extensive computing resources for both staff and students. There are more than 60 computer labs in the college and students have access to the latest software and online resources. The Career Resource Center at the college trains students to achieve their career goals. Regular career fairs and campus placement opportunities are made available to students.
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ECC is a member of the Western New York Athletic Conference and the National Junior College Association, Region III. The athletic program at ECC enjoys a high success rate with men and women participating and winning championships. The college has won more than 45 national championships, over 100 Region III championships, and several others at the Western New York Athletic Conference. The athletics teams of the college are nicknamed the Kats. Students participate in varsity sports like swimming, diving, volleyball, soccer, basketball, golf, football, softball and bowling. In all, the college sponsors over 20 different sports programs.