November 17, 2017
Going to college can be a life-changing decision. No one knows that better than Ronda Esparza. “Ronda came to the Financial Aid department in the summer of 2013,” said Barb Kuelker, East Central College financial aid specialist. “I could tell she was a bit nervous.” Ronda had never gone to college. In fact, at the [...]
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October 25, 2017
The Chi Delta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa welcomed new members during its annual Fall Induction Ceremony. Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) is the international honor society for the two-year college. Members pursue activities that fall under the direction of the society’s hallmarks of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Fellowship. "Phi Theta Kappa membership is by invitation only," [...]
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October 18, 2017
East Central College nursing instructor Judy Bieker has been inspiring students for more than 23 years. “Not only has she educated more than 500 students over that time,” said Nancy Mitchell, nursing program coordinator, “she has also mentored numerous master’s students and new faculty members without hesitation.” Now, she is being recognized for her hard [...]
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September 26, 2017
Over the last 41 years, East Central College Instructor Lora Copeland has given her expertise on cardiac rhythm interpretation to more than 750 paramedic students. “She actually helped create what is now the Paramedic Program at the college back in 1976,” said EMS Program Coordinator Tom Fitts, “just two years after receiving her Registered Nurse [...]
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December 5, 2016
Going to college can be a balancing act. For some women attending East Central College, juggling a full-time work schedule and a family can make it difficult. Financial burdens can also bring on added stress. With the help of the Philanthropic Education Organization (PEO) International Sisterhood, these women have a helping hand toward earning a [...]
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November 1, 2016
You can collect them. You can mine them. You can even skip them across the water. Rocks and minerals are everywhere, and one ECC faculty member has made it a point for the last 17 years to explore them with his students. Every semester, Larry Pierce takes his geology class to the Missouri Mining Museum, [...]
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October 12, 2016
Denise Otto always knew she wanted to work in conservation, but she didn’t know what college could help her achieve that dream. “I was encouraged to go to East Central College by my counselor at Meramec Community College,” Otto said. “Once she learned I wished to have a career in conservation, she said ECC was [...]
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October 3, 2016
#InspiringExcellence - Two ECC Alumni Named “Outstanding Young Professionals” The Washington Area Chamber of Commerce recognized its fourth class of “Outstanding Young Professionals” at its annual member luncheon at the end of September, including two East Central College alumni! Angie Williams, branch manager for U.S Bank, and Rachelle Elbert, licensed realtor for Coldwell Banker Premier, [...]
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September 21, 2016
#InspiringExcellence - Culinary Arts Instructor Awarded Chef of the Year Chef Mike Palazzola, Certified Executive Chef (CEC), competed in the Chef of the Year Culinary Challenge on August 21, where he placed first. He was one of three chefs nominated to compete by the ACF committee out of the pool of CECs in the St. Louis [...]
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