Founded in 1928, East Central Community College (ECCC) is a small, two-year institution that serves five counties in east central Mississippi. The college offers nearly 30 academic, technical, and pre-professional credit programs. The college also serves non-credit students through adult education classes that lead to the General Education Diploma, as well as workforce training activities through the college’s Workforce Development Center.
Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, ECCC is part of the Mississippi Virtual Community College (MSVCC). The college offers its students flexible study options, including online instruction and other opportunities that are available through East Central and the MSVCC for online courses from other Mississippi community colleges. Distance learning is available for courses in areas of study that include psychology, literature, economics, child development, computers, music appreciation, and accounting.
The college also offers a number of physical and online resources that have been designed to help students succeed academically and socially.
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Students who are 22 years of age or younger and wish to apply to ECCC must complete the (online or paper) application form and submit an official high school or occupational transcript, or a GED score report, a Mississippi Occupational Diploma, an official ACT score report, and an official college transcript or AP transcript (if applicable).
Applicants 23 years of age or older must complete the application form and submit an official high school transcript, a copy of an official high school diploma, or a GED score report. Applicants must also submit a Mississippi Occupational Diploma and an official college transcript or an AP transcript (if applicable). The deadline for submitting an application varies by term, so prospective students should contact the school for specific dates. A nonrefundable application fee may also be required.
Adult students, transfer students, home-schooled students, and international students may need to use different procedures, so they should refer to the college’s website or contact the Office of Admission for more information about the admissions process and application requirements.
Students applying for any healthcare education program at ECCC must meet all of the college’s general admission requirements. Each program also has additional specific requirements for admission. Applications to the Practical Nursing, Associate Degree Nursing, and Paramedic Technology programs must be submitted to the Office of Healthcare Education before the departmental deadline. Similar conditions apply for applications to the Surgical Technology program, as well as LPN to ADN Bridge programs.
ECCC offers a wide variety of financial aid programs. A significant number of the college’s students receive some form of state, federal, private, or institutional financial assistance. Forms of aid that are available to students of the college include grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study. Some grants and scholarships are based on merit, while others require applicants to demonstrate financial need. There is also a separate scholarship application for endowed scholarships, which can be obtained from the Office of Student Services. All students who wish to be considered for financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If selected for verification, students will also need to complete a Federal Verification Worksheet and/or submit additional documents. Students are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office for more information and assistance with completing the financial aid application process. Students may also have to submit proof of residency to be considered for in-state tuition rates.
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The majority of students who attend East Central hail from Mississippi. About a third of the college’s students live on campus in one of several residence halls. The college also offers apartment-style residences for students who are married or who have families. Room assignments are made based on a first-come, first-served basis, but housing is guaranteed for first-year students. There are also resources and services designed to accommodate students who commute to the campus.
At the college, there is a wide selection of clubs, organizations, and activities that include academic, professional, political, social, talent, athletic, student government, media, religious, service, multicultural, special interest, and honor groups. One of the most popular and widely recognized student organizations at ECCC is the marching band, known as the “Wall O’ Sound.” The band has more than 150 members who perform at various school functions, including parades, football games, and pep rallies. The members of the Wall O’ Sound represent all of the counties in the college’s recruiting district and nearly all of the majors offered at the college. There is also a brass quintet, a concert choir, a pit orchestra, and a percussion ensemble. Many students also choose to write for the college’s newspaper or participate in student government. Students can check the college’s website for a complete list of clubs and events.
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The athletic teams at ECCC are known as the Warriors, and the school’s colors are black and gold. They compete in the National Junior College Athletic Association. Intercollegiate sports for men include football, basketball, baseball, soccer, tennis, and golf. Intercollegiate sports for women include basketball, soccer, softball, golf, and tennis. Students can also participate in cheerleading.
Students can also choose to participate in one of the school’s many intramural athletic programs.
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