ECC Graduate Receives rootED Scholarship

October 8, 2021 10:19 am Published by
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 2:48 pm Published by
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

Former ECC Student Follows Path to Pharmacy Industry

May 12, 2021 10:39 am Published by
Attending classes at East Central College made a lot of sense to Dr. Sandy Mitchell, owner of Medley Pharmacy, Inc. and Sinks Pharmacy. After Mitchell earned a doctorate in pharmacy, she returned to where her passion for the industry began and today, she owns 14 pharmacies in seven counties . Mitchell, an Owensville High School… View Article

ECC Nursing Alum Earns Jeff City ‘Best Nurse’ Award

April 6, 2021 3:03 pm Published by
East Central College Alumna Erica Scott has been working as a nurse with veterans for nearly six years. This year, her hard work and dedication was recognized by the Jefferson City community. In March, Scott was named the “Best Nurse” in the Jefferson City Magazine “City’s Best Directory 2021.” “I was shocked, surprised and completely… View Article

ECC Grad Moves Up the Ranks After Earning Degree

May 11, 2020 7:03 am Published by
For Dora Lafferty to move ahead in her career, she needed to continue her education and earn a degree. That’s why she turned to East Central College in the Fall 2012 semester to work toward a certificate and later an Associate’s degree. Lafferty is the plant manager at Quality Custom Molding (QCM), Linn, Mo. She… View Article

ECC Grad Helping COVID-19 Patients in New York City

April 17, 2020 3:01 pm Published by
An East Central College graduate signed on to help patients in New York City — the new epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. Chris Barnes, a critical care travel nurse, enlisted to be part of the team of medical professionals treating patients in New York City. He graduated from ECC’s nursing program… View Article

Alum, Artist Returns to Share Her Story

March 2, 2020 11:13 am Published by
East Central College alum Shauna Le Ann Smith returned to the Art Department last semester as a visiting artist and educator. Her art installation—“The Gilded Doorways”—was a way for her to honor the place and the people that helped guide her life and career. While installing the work on campus, Smith meticulously placed gold flake… View Article

Alumni Spotlight – Chef Wins National Competition, Will Compete on World Stage

June 10, 2019 11:21 am Published by
He graduated from the East Central College Culinary Program in 2018, and Nathan Yount is already making a name for himself. Yount spends his days working under award-winning chef Paul Kampff at the St. Louis Country Club. Outside of work, he is an active competitor in culinary competitions. “I love the pressure of the kitchen,”… View Article

Alumni Spotlight – A Love for Foreign Languages Leads to an Adventure Abroad

February 26, 2019 9:44 am Published by
This winter, we’ve seen snow, sleet, hail and ice in the Midwest. It’s enough to make a person want to travel somewhere warm, which is exactly what Brandon Gassei did. “I decided to go to Costa Rica this semester,” he explained. “I wanted to go to a country filled with beautiful nature.” The Marthasville-native is… View Article

Alumni Spotlight – “ECC Will Always Have a Special Place in My Heart”

November 14, 2018 9:50 am Published by
Like many high school seniors, Rick Briggenhorst had no idea what he wanted to do after graduation back in 2011. “On my last day in high school, I had a conversation with my marketing instructor and my art instructor,” the Union-native said. “They told me ‘math teaches you how to succeed. Art teaches you how… View Article