East Central College, also known as ECC, is a public, two-year community college located in Union, Missouri. It was established in 1968 to serve the learning needs of the people in east central Missouri. The institute also offers classes in Rolla, Sullivan, Washington, and Warrenton. The campus covers an area of more than 200 acres.
The college is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. ECC awards degrees and certificates in diverse areas of study, such as anthropology, business technology, chemistry, criminal justice, economics, geography, mathematics, nursing, political science, and sociology. The career/technical certificate programs are designed for individuals who plan to enter the workforce after completing the appropriate classes.
The institution offers four transfer-oriented degrees, such as the Associate of Arts (AA); Associate of Science (AS); Associate of Fine Arts (AFA); and the Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT). These programs are designed for students who plan to complete the initial two-years of college at East Central and then transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a bachelor’s degree.
The Learning Center (TLC) at ECC is an all-inclusive student resource center for educational assistance. The staff offers free tutoring in math, English, and other subjects that vary by semester. The experienced, competent tutors provide free assistance to students with academic needs. Additionally, TLC also houses the Adaptive Technology Lab, the Testing Center, and an open computer lab for academic use.
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Freshman students seeking admission to East Central must send the completed application form, along with high school transcripts or GED scores, and any other official transcripts from previously attended secondary schools. International students are encouraged to apply for admission. Applicants from non-English speaking countries must take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) test to provide proof of their proficiency in the language.
All students seeking financial assistance must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form. The college offers financial aid through various mediums, including grants, scholarships, loans, work-study programs, and veteran benefits.
Grants and scholarships are gifts that need not be repaid. Some of the grants and scholarships offered at ECC are the Federal Pell Grant, Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Art Major Scholarships, Home School Scholarships, Non-traditional Student Scholarships, New Program Scholarships, Board of Trustees Scholarships, Student Senate Scholarships, Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships, Technical Skills Scholarships, and Bank of Sullivan Culinary Arts Scholarships, to name a few.
Students may also opt for the loans, however, this type of financial aid must be returned with interest. Some of the loans offered at ECC are the Federal Family Education Loans, Subsidized Stafford Loans, Unsubsidized Stafford Loans, and PLUS (Parent) Loans. The college participates in the federally funded Work-Study Program. It enables students to take up part-time jobs to pay for college.
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East Central boasts an active and vibrant student life. The Office of Student Life sponsors a variety of events and activities to foster the overall development of the students. The Student Government Association (SGA) represents the student body in diverse facets of college life and acts as a medium of communication between the administration, faculty, and student body. It also coordinates a variety of activities and community service events.
The campus is home to diverse clubs and organizations. Some of the registered student organizations are Campus Crusade for Christ, Engineering Club, Art Club, Biotechnology Club, Green Falcons, Literary Review, Phi Theta Kappa, R & R Club, A HERO Club, Prism Club, Science Club, and Student Nurse Association.
ECC also offers short-term professional counseling to students, regarding personal, educational, or career concerns. As required, counselors will refer to the community’s resources for further help. The services include individual crisis intervention, counseling, referrals to community resources, educational programs, online resources, self-assessments/resources, and consultation for faculty and staff.
The Student Government Association hosts a variety of fine and performing arts activities. Students are encouraged to participate in the events and activities, which include Gift of Art Exhibit/Sale; Student Recital; Actor’s Showcase; A Christmas Celebration; Sonatina Festival; St. Louis Wind Symphony Concert; East Central Choral Association; Choir Concert; Student Art Exhibit; and Vocal Jazz Ensemble Concert.
The college library is located on the first floor of Buescher Hall. It is well stocked with an extensive range of academic books, reference materials, CDs, journals, and so on. The mission of ECC Library is to provide recreational, educational, and informational resources to the community. Library research instruction is available as one-on-one or group/classroom sessions. Other facilities include a self-service photocopier, special collections, library conference room, study areas, and Internet access/academic use computers.
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ECC’s athletic department sponsors men’s and women’s teams in soccer, volleyball, softball, and basketball. The college competes as a member of the NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) in the Midwest Community College Athletic Conference. The athletic teams are nicknamed the Falcons.
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The Career Center at ECC aims to guide and educate students throughout the career development process in a way that is ethically responsible and mindful. The center seeks to develop as well as sustain positive relationships with students, faculty, staff, and employers. Services include career interest and value exploration; labor market and wage data; information on local job fairs; online job search accessibility; physical job board at Union Campus; and information on available internships in the area.
The Music Department at East Central provides an environment in which students can grow as musicians. Faculty assist students in developing individual skills to meet their personal and professional goals. The department also provides an associate degree program and coursework to prepare students for transfer to baccalaureate institutions.
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