ECC is a comprehensive community college serving students at every stage of their educational journeys. ECC offers something for everyone, from university transfer programs to continuing education classes to childcare and arts center events for the community.
A Leader College
Elgin Community College is nationally recognized as Leader College by Achieving the Dream, Inc., a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping more community college students, particularly low-income students and students of color, stay in school and earn a college certificate or degree.
In 2021, The Aspen Institute named Elgin Community College one of the top 150 community colleges in the nation and we received the same honor in 2013, 2017, 2019. ECC is the only Chicago-land community college recognized as an Aspen Prize Top 150 college more than two times. As a top 150 college, ECC is eligible to compete for the $1 million 2023 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges. Awarded every two years since 2011, this is the fourth time ECC has made the prestigious top 150 college list.
Eligible colleges must show strong and improving student outcomes in key areas, including retention, completion, transfer, and equity. ECC and the other colleges selected for this honor stand out among more than 1,000 community colleges nationwide as having high and improving levels of student success and equitable outcomes for Black and Hispanic students and those from lower-income backgrounds. Eligibility for the Aspen Prize is based on publicly available data.
The Mission of Elgin Community College is to improve people’s lives through learning.
We will pursue our mission by focusing all our efforts on making Elgin Community College a national leader in promoting success for all students. This vision will be attained through a commitment to provide innovative and affordable learning opportunities for all constituencies and to promote cultural competence and community partnership in our decisions and actions.
Philosophy on Learning
Learning is the primary driver behind our Mission and Vision. We believe learning is a lifelong process of intellectual and interpersonal growth that occurs when individuals expand their depth of knowledge, skills, and experiences. We further believe that learning empowers individuals to improve their lives and the economic, social, and cultural conditions of local and global communities.
Our programs and services strive for the highest level of excellence to successfully achieve our vision. We use research-based methods to strengthen curriculum and deliver high-quality learning-centered instruction and services.
Freedom of Inquiry
We believe learning is most engaging and viable when a spirit of free inquiry exists, allowing everyone the freedom to explore new and diverse ideas and to express their interests and attitudes. We strive to create environments where inquiry flourishes and guides innovation.
We are an inclusive community that provides students, employees, and community members with full access to all resources needed to achieve their individual goals. We commit to creating an environment that is equitable and inclusive to all.
We value and honor diversity in all forms and perspectives. To successfully achieve our vision, we provide a safe and inclusive community that promotes and affirms individual growth, social responsibility, and self-worth for success in a global world.
We are responsible to carry out our work with honesty and integrity. Our decisions and actions are guided by our vision and not by personal interests, and they will be enacted with a sense of service to students and community members.
As a public institution, we commit to making the best use of resources. We strive to be transparent in reporting our decisions and actions and seek feedback from others as we continuously improve our practices.
We are actively committed to serving students, employees, and community members. The decisions and actions we undertake in carrying out our vision derive from working cooperatively with local through global constituencies.
When you work at ECC, you make bright futures possible.
Join a diverse community of professionals who work hard every day to improve people’s lives through learning. As an employee, you’ll play an important role in creating a safe and welcoming learning environment for our students. We welcome new applications for a variety of opportunities.