Month: December 2023

ECC LPN to RN Bridge Students Recognized With Awards

December 15, 2023 | Campus News ECC Rolla

Three East Central College Rolla nursing graduates were recognized for outstanding work in clinicals and in the classroom.

Kathrine Crider, Jessica Veloz and Brianna Courtney each were recognized Dec. 12 during a pinning ceremony for LPN to RN Bridge graduates.

There were 11 nursing graduates taking part in the pinning ceremony, which is held to recognize licensed practical nurses who continued their education to become registered nurses:

Stevie German, Shelly Gibson, Tina Feth, Jessica Veloz, Amy Hiatt, Kathrine Crider, Shelby Marler, Brianna Courtney, Emily Chastain, Tara Smith and Tanya Bausch.

Outstanding Student Nurse

Kathrine Crider received the ECC Outstanding Student Nurse award.

“She is an extraordinary person who is organized, determined, efficient, and well rounded. She is willing to adapt and jump into new learning experiences and push herself to have clinical experiences that are different than was she is used to,” Crider’s nomination read.

“She seeks out learning experiences that will help her grow and succeed in the field of nursing. She is highly successful in the clinical setting. She is a phenomenal addition to this clinical rotation and is always willing to ask questions to improve her learning.

“She is kind and willing to help a fellow student when needed. For these reasons and many more, this student will succeed and be a wonderful asset to the profession of nursing.”

To be considered for the Outstanding Nursing Student award, ECC has had to make a significant difference in the life of the student.

Spirit of Clinical Excellence

The awards for Spirit of Clinical Excellence in Nursing are presented to graduating nurses who demonstrate characteristics of caring and compassion, the spirit of inquiry, exceptional critical thinking and decision making and have superior organizational skills and the ability to effectively prioritize.

MoBap Spirit of Excellence 

Brianna Courtney received the Missouri Baptist Spirit of Clinical Excellence in Nursing Award because she is a great example of a compassionate nurse both in the classroom and clinical setting.

“She has excelled with showing care and compassion from day one. She has incredible critical thinking and is able to successfully prioritize all the many demands of life and nursing school,” her nomination read.

“This student was great to work with and is very eager to learn and doesn’t shy away from the new or intimidating stuff. This student was very comfortable at the bedside and took great care when communicating with patients.  For these reasons and for many more there is no question that this student will make an excellent RN and be a lovely addition to any nursing unit.”

Phelps Spirit of Excellence

Jessica Veloz is the recipient of the Phelps Health Spirit of Clinical Excellence in Nursing Award due to her compassion, commitment, eagerness, and integrity to the profession of nursing.

“She is quietly assertive and develops a rapport with her patients, their families, and the staff making sure that their needs were met. She did not shy away from challenges, but rather exceled when the opportunities arose,” states her nomination form.

“She has displayed an abundance of compassion and patient- centered care in all areas of clinical rotations. She is dedicated to quality, and safe patient care, and insists on the patients receiving this.  She does a great job with putting knowledge into clinical practice and she is a good team player. Her kind, positive attitude, desire to seek out learning experiences, and following protocol are great attributes that she possesses.”

To learn more about the ECC Nursing and Allied Health program, visit, or contact Nancy Mitchell at

Back row, from left, are Nancy Mitchell, Dean of Health Sciences & Director of Nursing, Joannie Blakely, Rolla nursing coordinator, Stevie German, Shelly Gibson, Tina Feth, Jessica Veloz, Amy Hiatt, and Julie Chirban, LPN to RN Bridge instructor. Front row., from left, are Lavonda Lawson, Rolla administrative assistant, Kathrine Crider, Shelby Marler, Brianna Courtney, Emily Chastain, Tara Smith, Tanya Bausch, Trista Elias, nursing faculty.

ECC Awarded Funds for Career Training & Apprenticeships

December 11, 2023 | Campus News

East Central College has been awarded funds aimed at reducing training costs for individuals entering apprenticeships or enrolling in career-ready programs.

Those who qualify for programs could be eligible to receive up to $1,000 to cover the expenses associated with their training or courses. These funds are applicable to both pre-apprenticeship programs and Department of Labor (DOL) registered apprenticeship programs, as well as career technical for-credit programs.

This state funding provides valuable support for individual students looking to acquire new skills and businesses interested in enrolling employees in apprenticeship programs for skill development.

The pre-apprenticeship programs and registered apprenticeship programs are offered through ECC’s Center for Workforce Development (CWD). Learn more here:

To learn more about manufacturing programs offered through ECC’s career-ready division, visit

Programs Eligible for Funding:


  • HVAC
  • Welding
  • Precision Machining
  • Industrial Maintenance

Health Care:

  • CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant)
  • CMT (Certified Medication Technician)
  • CNA Preceptor

To learn more or participate in the funding program, please contact CWD Apprenticeship & Business Training Coordinator Melissa Richards at 636-649-5806 or

Funding is available on a first-come, first-served basis. All credit career and technical classes begin the week of January 16, 2024, and all forms or applications must be completed before classes start.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a pre-apprenticeship program?

Pre-apprenticeships are specifically designed to prepare individuals for entry into Registered Apprenticeship Programs (RAP) or other job opportunities. These programs, customizable to fit industry needs, may last from a few weeks to a few months. They provide a chance for companies to assess the abilities and commitment of new or existing employees before committing to a more extended training program.

What is a registered DOL apprenticeship program?

Apprenticeships are industry-driven, high-quality career pathways offering paid work experience, classroom instruction, mentorship, and a portable credential. ECC can assist in establishing companywide apprenticeship programs, guiding employers through the entire process.

How to participate in the funding program?

Employers should identify a training area from the list above, and ECC will collaborate to schedule the training program. Each trainee, whether sponsored by a business or an individual, will need to complete a registration packet and provide forms of identification.

How to register a DOL apprenticeship program?

ECC will partner with employers to create a comprehensive apprenticeship training program, including standards, training requirements, and on-the-job competencies. With partnerships already established with 30 area businesses and the training of over 100 apprentices, ECC is well-equipped to guide this process.

Benefits of a DOL registered apprenticeship program:

A registered apprenticeship program provides clear expectations and pay advances for apprentices and participating employers. ECC and the company will collaboratively design a training program ensuring competency in the field upon completion. These programs offer mentorship opportunities, allowing individuals to earn income while acquiring hands-on skills relevant to their daily work.

East Central College is an equal opportunity employer and provider of employment and training services.  Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

SkillUp Information Sessions for SNAP Recipients

December 1, 2023 | Campus News

East Central College will be hosting information sessions for SNAP (food stamp) recipients to learn more about the opportunity to receive an education for free.

The sessions will be held Dec. 12-14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Washington Job Center, 1108 Washington Square Center. Eligible SNAP recipients will be able to use the SkillUp program that provides free tuition and support services to complete a short-term (12 months or less) training program at no cost. The programs will provide individuals with a new career path and the opportunity to begin a career in a high demand industry.

ECC offers several SkillUp eligible programs, including Fast Track Welding, Heating and Air-Conditioning, Industrial Maintenance, Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA), Certified Medication Technician (CMT) and Medical Assistant. The Welding, CNA and CMT programs can each be completed in 16 weeks or less.

No reservations are needed for the sessions. Those interested need to ask for Melissa Schall-Willmore at the Washington Job Center.

For more information about the SkillUp program, visit or call 636-584-6530.