Additional CARES Act Funds Available for ECC Programs

Additional CARES Act Funds Available for ECC Programs

July 30, 2020 |

There is a great opportunity for East Central College students to receive additional funding for short-term training programs.

That includes programs that could lead to a degree or certificate in manufacturing, business and health care fields.

There is $458,000 in CARES Act funding accessible through October to assist current and new students with financial support.

Individual students could qualify for up to $4,000 in funding if they are enrolled in the FastTrack career training. To see a list of the programs, visit

Funds also could be awarded to students who are enrolled in Career Technical Education (CTE) and Allied Health programs, including welding, precision machining, culinary arts, nursing, paramedic technology and medical assistant.

To confirm eligibility for funding, people must contact their local job center. To contact the Washington Job Center call 636-583-9649 or email

Funding is limited, those interested need to contact their local job center to confirm their eligibility.

FastTrack Training

ECC’s FastTrack programs are being held in conjunction with the Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development (MDHEWD).

The programs are designed to provide job skills in a variety of fields: manufacturing, IT, health care, logistics, aerospace, child care and business operations to prepare people with the skills to enter one of these high-demand careers in the area.

Each training program, other than the Certified Nursing Assistant program, is taught online or remotely and the length of completion for each program is approximately 2-4 months. The short-term programming is specifically designed in an effort to have the student complete the program in a timely manner to enter the workforce.

CTE/Allied Health

Through the CTE and Allied Health programs, students can earn a two-year degree or a one-year certificate in a career and technical field.

There are several areas of study, ranging from business and accounting to welding and precision machining technology.

The Allied Health division is home to six accredited health care programs, including nursing, paramedic tech and occupational therapy assistant.

ECC’s faculty and staff have decades of experience in the profession and in the classroom. To learn more about the many great career opportunities visit