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

Former ECC Student Follows Path to Pharmacy Industry

May 12, 2021
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
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
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
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
East Central College alum Shauna LeAnn 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 on… View Article