‘Cookie’ Hays Named Outstanding ECC Alumni

May 18, 2023
Ina “Cookie” Hays is the only person to be a graduate, support staff member, professional staff member, administrator, and trustee at East Central College, giving her a unique perspective of the College. And now, she can add Outstanding ECC Alumni award recipient to the list. Hays was presented the award at the ECC Commencement on… View Article

Alum, AEL Director Presented with Missouri Community College Awards

December 2, 2022
East Central College Trustee and alumni Dr. Eric Park and Adult Education Program Director Alice Whalen were selected among their peers to receive 2022 Missouri Community College Association (MCCA) awards. Park was presented with the 2022 Distinguished Alumni Award for his service to ECC, his community and growing his professional career with roots planted at… View Article

Nine Students Inducted into ECC Rolla Honor Society

November 4, 2022
The Beta Omicron Phi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at East Central College in Rolla inducted nine new members into the honor society during its annual Fall ceremony. Carson Mowery, an alumna of the chapter and the ECC Campus Life & Leadership coordinator, was the keynote speaker during the in-person ceremony held Oct. 9 when… View Article

Former Student Returns to ECC to Follow His Dream

October 18, 2022
Austin Gildehaus knew as a student at St. Francis Borgia High School that he wanted to be a teacher one day. He enrolled in classes at East Central College shortly after high school graduation in 2014, dual credit hours in tow, Gildehaus started on his path toward a degree in education. “My journey through ECC… View Article

ECC Grads Receive rootEd Alliance Transfer Scholarships

October 11, 2022
Two East Central College Class of 2022 graduates are recipients of a rootEd Alliance Transfer Scholarship that is helping them fund their four-year degrees. The rootEd Alliance partners with the Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis to award new scholarships to undergraduate and transfer students from rural Missouri, filling critical gaps in students’ financial aid packages… View Article

Nominations Sought for Outstanding ECC Alumni

March 30, 2022
There are many great East Central College alumni making a difference in their communities, and throughout the world. The ECC Foundation is asking for the community’s assistance to recognize one of those former students with the 2022 Outstanding Alumni Award. Nominees must have completed at least one college credit course at ECC at some point… View Article

From New Haven to Seoul — ECC Grad Follows a Dream

January 6, 2022
In 2016, while working toward a liberal studies degree at East Central College, Kjia Zuroweste had no idea that a few years later she’d be living and working more than 6,600 miles away. But today, there is no place that Zuroweste would rather be than in Seoul, South Korea, her home for nearly two years…. View Article

ECC Foundation Kicks Off Scholarship Campaign

December 2, 2021
The East Central College Foundation’s annual Friends of the Foundation scholarship campaign is underway. “While the last two years have brought challenges due to the pandemic, ECC supporters responded in extraordinary ways,” said Bridgette Kelch, Foundation executive director. “Our community is emerging stronger, more resilient, than ever.” In the 2021-22 academic year, the ECC Foundation… View Article

ECC Graduate Receives rootED Scholarship

October 8, 2021
An East Central College 2021 graduate was the recipient of a rootEd Alliance Transfer Scholarship. Benjamin Schwanitz, who is now a student at Truman State University, Kirksville, was awarded up to $10,000 through the scholarship. The scholarship is renewable for up to five years as Schwanitz pursues a bachelor’s degree. “I am attending Truman State… View Article

ECC Alum Trenton Garvey is ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ Winner

September 14, 2021
East Central College graduate Trenton Garvey was named the winner of “Hell’s Kitchen: Young Guns” Monday night on Fox. Garvey graduated from ECC Culinary Arts Program in 2016 and he was taught by the current Culinary Arts Program Coordinator Chef Mike Palazzola, and previous program coordinator Chef Ted Hirschi. Palazzola remembers Garvey as a student… View Article