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Dedication of Shook Student Center During May 16 Commencement

April 7, 2015 | Campus News

East Central College will honor Dr. Don Shook, the founding president of the college, by naming the Multipurpose Building on the Union campus in his honor.

Shook Student Center will be dedicated during ECC’s commencement ceremony Saturday, May 16, at 11:30 a.m.  Shook will give the commencement address.

The ceremony is open to the public and will be held in the gymnasium of the Multipurpose Building with a reception to follow.

“In so many ways, East Central College is the institution it has become because of the leadership and vision of Don Shook,” noted ECC President Jon Bauer.  “He led the college from its establishment, oversaw the construction of the main campus, and put into place the foundation that enabled the college to grow into a mature institution. Thousands of students became college graduates because of the work of Don Shook, and it is fitting that from this point forward every student who walks across the stage to become an East Central College graduate will do so in the Donald D. Shook Student Center.”

Shook led East Central for 18 years, the longest tenure of any president in the 47 year history of the college. He was the first employee hired by the Junior College District of East Central Missouri and was president when doors opened to students for the first time September 15, 1969.  At that time, classes were held in temporary facilities, including the Memorial Auditorium in Union.

During his administration at ECC, Shook was responsible for the establishment and growth of the current campus, including four major campus buildings. The college opened with 470 students.  At the time of his departure in 1986 more than 2,900 students were enrolled.

Shook served at four Missouri community colleges.  Prior to his work at East Central he was president of Crowder College in Neosho and dean at Mineral Area College in Park Hills.  He left ECC almost 29 years ago to become the founding president at St. Charles Community College and served there until his retirement in 1996.  Shook was also a college instructor, worked in admissions, and served as a high school principal and teacher.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in speech and English from Missouri State University, and his master’s degree and doctorate in school administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  Awards and honors included the Citation of Merit presented by the Alumni Association of UMC, Outstanding Alumnus Award presented by MSU, and Distinguished Service Award presented by the Missouri Community College Association, of which Shook is a past president.

Today, Shook lives with his wife, June, in Overland Park, Kansas.

ECC instituted a facilities naming policy in 2009.  It states that the board may consider naming honors for an individual who had a lasting and measurable impact on the college.  Trustees unanimously voted at their March meeting to name the building in Shook’s honor.

Differential Tuition Rate Effective This Fall

April 7, 2015 | Campus News

Most students at East Central College will see tuition remain unchanged next year, according to a plan approved by college trustees Monday, April 6. However, students in four career-technical programs at East Central College will pay more tuition this fall, due to the higher cost of operating those programs.

Trustees Monday night approved a two-tier tuition model. Tier 1 is the same tuition structure that is in place this year. Tier 2 includes higher tuition for precision machining, industrial engineering technology, nursing and culinary arts classes.

“These are our highest-cost programs,” noted Dr. Jon Bauer, ECC president.  “The tuition rate for classes in these programs will be at 125 percent of the appropriate in-district, out-of-district, out-of-state or international rate.” He stated that Tier 2 tuition only applies to classes in the programs; students would still pay the base, or Tier 1, rate for general education courses.

The current Tier 1 rate remains at $76 per credit hour for in-district students. Out-of-district students pay $111 per credit hour. Tuition for out-of-state students is $168 per credit hour, while the tuition rate for international students remains at $181 per credit hour.

Tier 2 courses will cost $95 per credit hour for in-district students and $139 per credit hour for out-of-district students.  Out-of-state students will pay $210 per credit hour with the rate for international students set at $226.

“Charging a higher rate of tuition acknowledges that fact that there are vastly different costs for our academic programs,” Bauer said.  Based on data from the 2013-14 academic year, the cost per full-year equivalent student was $14,459 for culinary arts, $13,169 for nursing, $11,833 for industrial engineering technology and $9,088 for precision machining.

Bauer noted that a growing number of college and universities are using differential tuition to account for the adjustment in program costs.  “Even with these changes, tuition at ECC remains very affordable compared to competing institutions,” stated Bauer.

Based on current enrollment, college officials estimate that the change in tuition will generate approximately $84,000 in additional revenue.

The college will continue to evaluate program costs and may recommend other programs for Tier 2 tuition in the future.

College Partners with Clemco to Offer MIG Welding Classes

April 2, 2015 | Campus News

East Central College is partnering with Clemco Industries to provide an Introduction to MIG Welding program.  On Wednesday, March 25, ECC’s Center for Workforce Development awarded certificates of completion to participants in the first Introduction to MIG Welding program held at the Washington manufacturer.

Five students completed the eight-week program. The training included OSHA10 certification, a National Career Readiness certificate, and five weeks of welding instruction.

Arnie Sallaberry, president of Clemco Industries, says Clemco is proud to be part of East Central’s MIG welding training program. “East Central has become a valued partner in so many aspects of our business and this program is just one more example of how ECC has worked hard to connect with the needs of local manufacturers.”

Mardy Leathers, executive director of ECC’s Center for Workforce Development, says the response to the program has been tremendous. “We are offering this program at four locations in our service area and we’re at capacity. In fact, we are considering expanding the program at Clemco to meet the high demand.”

The Introduction to MIG Welding program is funded by Missouri Manufacturing WINs, a U.S. Department of Labor grant-funded program that serves Trade Act participants as well as veterans, unemployed and underemployed individuals, and low-skilled persons in Missouri in manufacturing-related programs.

The MoManufacturingWINs program provides qualified students with low-cost or no-cost training in high-demand, high-growth industries at proven training institutions such as ECC.  Personal assistance is provided along the way from trained, professional career coaches and other college staff. In addition, recognized certifications such as the National Career Readiness Certificate can be obtained, giving students opportunities to enhance their employability and competitiveness in the job market.

The welding program will be offered every eight weeks throughout the year at Clemco Industries on Monday/Wednesday and Tuesday/Thursday evenings.  Registrations are now being accepted for upcoming classes.  Qualified students will need to pay a $40 fee and supply certain materials. The program is being offered at several locations in the area in addition to Clemco.


students who completed MIG welding classes at Clemco Industries

Five people recently completed the Introduction to MIG Welding class offered at Clemco Industries through a grant program administered by East Central College.  Shown, front row, from left are Chris Helsene, Justin Orf, and Lou Ann Feldmann (Clemco Industries). In back, from left, are Kody Fleming (instructor), Larry Wilken, Justin Spencer and Kristever Blair.


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Professional Clothing Donations Being Accepted

April 1, 2015 | Campus News

As people go through their annual spring cleaning ritual, the Student Government Association at East Central College is asking community members for donations of professional clothing for men and women to help current ECC students as they start to build a professional wardrobe.

“We are looking for gently used, professional clothing to outfit our students for upcoming seminars and interviews,” noted Brady Griffith, student activities coordinator at ECC.  “We would welcome any donations of suits, skirts, blazers, dresses and pants.  It would also be great to get some dress shoes, ties, belts, scarves and jewelry to complete the outfits.”  Griffith noted that students come in many shapes and sizes, so all sizes would be useable.  “In the past many students were able to put together appropriate interview outfits,” he said.

Clothing and accessories can be dropped off  at Room 133 located on the first floor of the Multipurpose Building on the Union campus weekdays before 3 p.m. from April 1 through 22.  People who are unable to stop by campus can call Griffith at 636-584-6583 to arrange an alternate drop off time.  All donations are tax deductible.

The Community Closet is part of the inaugural Graduation Fair for ECC students.  “Our Community Closet will be set up in the gym and students will begin ‘shopping’ Thursday, April 23,” Griffith said.  He noted that any clothing not chosen will be donated to local charities.

Alzheimer’s the Topic of April 8 Forum in Rolla

March 31, 2015 | Campus News ECC Rolla

Alzheimer’s the Topic of April 8 Forum at ECC in Rolla

The number of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias is expected to escalate rapidly in coming years as the baby boom generation ages.  To help families deal with this issue, East Central College-Rolla will host a free forum on Alzheimer’s Wednesday evening, April 8.

“Best Friends – Caring for our Loved Ones with Dementia” will be the topic at the 5:30 p.m. opening presentation by Judy Crane.  She is regional nurse consultant with Americare Assisted Living.  Crane’s presentation will be followed by several breakout sessions.

All activities will be held at ECC’s main Rolla location at 500 Forum Drive (at Rolla Technical Center).

Stephanie Jost, community relations manager with Alternative Hospice will discuss the various choices in care available to families.  Another breakout session will center on handling the challenges in the care of individuals with dementia and Alzheimer’s presented by Gretchen Rex, manager of New Hope Behavioral Center at Missouri Baptist Hospital in Sullivan.  Tina Gosh and Whitney Pelton with Americare will discuss creating memory boxes.

The April 8 event is the second in a series of free forums on issues affecting families hosted by the psychology and sociology departments at ECC.  Dr. Bill Cunningham, associate professor of sociology, noted that activities will wrap up at approximately 7:30 p.m.

The event is open to the public at no charge through the financial support of the ECC Foundation.  Refreshments will be provided by Dunsford Court Assisted Living of Sullivan.  Individuals with questions can call 636-584-6658 or email:

Cunningham noted that the forum series is designed to let families know about the resources available in the community.  “Every 67 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s.  We want to connect people with the experts in the field who can offer support and provide some direction as they struggle with this disease,” he said.

Opportunity for High School Students to Earn College Credit

March 17, 2015 | Campus News

This summer East Central College will once again offer high school juniors and seniors a unique opportunity to earn college credit at a reduced tuition rate.

The Summer Scholars program provides an institutional scholarship for eligible high school juniors and seniors to attend at a cost of $60 per credit hour for selected 2015 summer semester courses. Students are taught by ECC faculty at ECC locations or online alongside enrolled ECC students.

“We instituted this program last summer and we’re excited to provide this opportunity to high school students who’ve shown an interest in college coursework.” said Nathaniel Mitchell, ECC’s director of admissions. “The program also highlights our dual credit program and how beneficial it is for students to begin their college career while they are in high school.”

Those eligible for the program include high school students in the graduating class of 2015 or 2016 who enrolled in dual credit, dual technical credit or dual enrollment courses with ECC or any other accredited Missouri college or university.  Current seniors who were enrolled as dual credit students as juniors are also eligible.  The class offerings include accounting, art, business, communications, computer science, English, history, math, music, philosophy, physical education, political science, psychology, sociology, Spanish, and a variety of sciences.

Interested students will need to complete an application for admission and the Summer Scholars agreement form and supply proof of dual credit classes. Students will be responsible for purchasing/obtaining appropriate books and supplies. Special fees may also apply to some courses.

Summer session classes begin Monday, June 1. Due to the winter weather that is causing some districts to extend their school calendar, students should contact ECC if a class schedule conflicts with the end of the school year.

Those interested in the program can apply online at or contact the Student Service Center at 636-584-6588 or

Building to be Named in Honor of Founding President

March 17, 2015 | Campus News

The East Central College board of trustees unanimously resolved at their March 2 meeting to rename the Multipurpose Building after Dr. Don Shook.  Shook was ECC’s first and longest serving president.

A naming policy instituted in 2009 states that the board may consider naming honors for an individual who had a significant, lasting and measurable impact on the college.  Board president Jim Perry noted that it’s appropriate to honor Shook in this manner based on his long-term commitment to the college.

Shook was hired in August of 1968 to lead East Central Junior College; a position he would hold for the next 18 years.  During that time enrollment grew from 470 when the first classes started in September of 1969 to 2,973 students in the fall of 1986.

“The original trustees hired the right person when they selected Don Shook to be the first president,” noted Jim Perry, president of the ECC board of trustees.  “Don Shook was responsible for hiring the charter faculty and took on countless other tasks involved with the day to day operations of a new institution.  He was instrumental in the growth of the college from its earliest days in temporary facilities through selection of a permanent campus site and the construction of four major buildings.”

Perry stated that Shook was also instrumental in establishing the ECC Foundation in 1975.  “It is truly fitting that one of the early buildings erected on the Union campus be named after ECC’s first president,” Perry stated.  “This is a well-deserved honor.”

“I am very pleased the board took this step and enabled the college and community to honor one of the most influential individuals in the history of ECC,” stated College ECC President Jon Bauer.

Shook worked in higher education for more than 30 years.  He was president at Crowder College for four years prior to being selected as  president at East Central.  He left ECC in 1986 to serve as the founding president at St. Charles County Community College.

A ceremony will be planned to honor Shook and formally rename the facility later this year. The multi-use building currently houses the gymnasium, cafeteria, bookstore, fitness center, locker rooms classrooms, as well as offices for faculty, staff and student organizations.

Summer & Fall Enrollment Now Underway

March 16, 2015 | Campus News

Registration is now underway for summer session and fall semester classes at East Central College.

Shelli Allen, vice president of student development, encourages anyone who is considering enrollment to contact the college as soon as possible to start the registration process since some class sections will fill quickly.

“Summer classes begin Monday, June 1,” Allen stated.  “Although applying for admission is easy and can be done online, completing the basic skills assessment and submitting financial aid information requires more time.  We encourage students to start the process now instead of waiting until May.  That way, students have time to get their classes scheduled, purchase their books and still plan for vacation and other summer activities,” she said.  “This is also the right time for students who are coming home from other colleges for the summer to pick up a couple of classes. If they talk with advisors at the institution they currently attend, summer is perfect for picking up some low-cost credits that they can transfer back.”

Allen stated that general advisors on the main campus in Union are available every weekday to meet with people individually and help them through the registration process.  She encourages new and returning students seeking more information to contact ECC at 636-584-6588.   Information is also available on the college’s website:

In addition to classes on the Union campus, ECC is offering classes this summer in Rolla, Sullivan, and Washington.

Fall Semester Registration Open

New students who plan to attend ECC in the fall should contact the college now to start the registration process.  “We gave our current students the opportunity to register early, and opened registration for new students March 23,” noted Allen.

Allen stated that all students are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine their eligibility for financial aid.  The application is available online at  “Many of our students utilize the payment plan which allows them to spread out the cost of tuition and fees over several months,” she said.  “We also accept payment by credit card.”

“We’re proud that ECC continues to be an affordable, high-quality choice in education,” said Allen.  Tuition and general fees are just $95 per credit hour for in-district students and $130 per credit hour for those who live outside the college district.

Missouri residents age 65 or older can take advantage of ECC’s Senior Citizens Waiver.  Those citizens pay just $57 in fees for each three-credit-hour class, plus the cost of books.