Category: Campus News

ECC Marketing Team Recognized Nationally

March 26, 2024 | Campus News

East Central College’s Marketing team was honored with a prestigious national award for their postcard featuring photos of a local graduate taken during the College’s 2023 Commencement. The team clinched the 2023 Gold Paragon Award in the “Postcard” category from the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations (NCMPR) at the council’s annual conference in Seattle on March 15.

The award-winning postcard was mailed to potential students who had initiated the application process to ECC but had yet to submit their completed applications. It featured three photos of ECC graduate Carly Hamlyn as she crossed the stage to receive her diploma.

Hamlyn, an ECC Early College Academy and Washington High School graduate, symbolized the journey prospective students could embark on.

NCMPR judges praised the postcard with “Great photography! Strong message and visuals.” They particularly commended the call to action, emphasizing its role in motivating prospective students to take the next step toward their academic goals.

Gregg Jones, Director of Communications and Marketing, accepted the award at the NCMPR conference, acknowledging the collective effort of ECC’s communication and marketing team.

The 2023 Paragon Awards received over 1,500 entries from 210 community and technical colleges nationwide, highlighting the stiff competition.

ECC’s communication and marketing team includes:

  • Cynthia Cubas, External Relations Executive Administrative Assistant
  • Joel Doepker, Vice President of External Relations
  • Gregg Jones, Director of Communications and Marketing
  • Andy Kolb, Coordinator of Web Services
  • Abby Stanfield, Multimedia Assistant
  • Amanda Studdard, Multimedia Specialist

The National Council for Marketing & Public Relations (NCMPR) is dedicated to communication professionals at two-year community and technical colleges, providing invaluable opportunities for professional growth, advocacy, and recognition of excellence.

ECC Phi Theta Kappa Chapters Excel at Heartland Regional Convention

March 22, 2024 | Campus News ECC Rolla

Students and advisors from Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) at East Central College were recognized for their hard work and dedication at a regional convention where they received chapter and individual awards. The Chi Delta PTK Chapter at the Union campus and the Beta Omicron Phi Chapter at ECC in Rolla earned “5-Star Status” with recognition as Five Star Chapter programs during the Heartland Regional Convention in Overland Park, Kan.

The annual convention provided a platform for members to learn about Phi Theta Kappa programs, hear from esteemed guest speakers, and delve into the new Honors Study Topic, “The Power of Stories,” said Kevin Dixon, Union PTK advisor.

PTK is an international honor society for two-year colleges. Members pursue activities that fall under the direction of the society’s hallmarks of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Fellowship.

Throughout 2023, both chapters dedicated themselves to activities aligned with these core hallmarks. Members engaged in comprehensive research on the previous Honors in Action topic, “The Art and Science of Play,” and undertook a community service project.

Additionally, they collaborated with college leadership to design and execute a College Project aimed at directly benefiting ECC students. In mid-January, after meticulous preparation during the semester and holiday break, the chapters submitted their Hallmark Awards applications.

With 64 chapters in the Heartland Region, spanning Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska, the competition was formidable. Alongside nominations for officer and member awards, chapters had the opportunity to submit various art and media items for recognition.

Union Chapter

The Union Chi Delta Chapter earned first-place honors for their College Project Award and a second-place Distinguished Chapter award for the Heartland Region. The Chapter received an Honorable Mention for the Honors in Action Project Award.

Distinguished Chapter Officer awards were presented to Chi Delta members Sarah O’Bannon, second place; and Nicholas Rucker, fourth place.

The East Central College Phi Theta Kappa Chi Delta PTK Chapter was recognized as a Five Star Chapter program during the Heartland Regional Convention in Overland Park, Kan. The Chapter also earned first-place honors for their College Project Award, the second-place Distinguished Chapter award, and Honorable Mention for the Honors in Action Project Award. Distinguished Chapter Officer awards were presented to Chi Delta members Sarah O’Bannon, second place; and Nicholas Rucker, fourth place. Front row, from left to right: Ethan Sandstrom, Katelyn Rice, Dr. Wendy Pecka (advisor), Melanie Dixon (advisor), and Kylie Napier. Back row, from left to right: Elijah Long, Taylor Rowald, Maria Guevara, Nicholas Rucker, and Kevin Dixon (advisor).

Rolla Chapter

Beta Omicron Phi chapter advisor Dr. Elizabeth Rozema was recognized as a 5-Star Advisor and for completing the PTK Advisor Edge program.

Individual awards were presented to members Justin Heberlie: Achievement in Photography, fifth place; and Briannah Tiarks: Distinguished Chapter Member, Honorable Mention.

“Congratulations go to the students who put in so much time and dedication to prepare these award applications, and a big thank you goes to my fellow advisors for all the work they’ve done on behalf of our Phi Theta Kappa students,” Dixon commented.

In addition to Kevin Dixon, Wendy Pecka and Melanie Dixon advise the Union Chi Delta Chapter.

To be eligible for PTK, students must maintain a grade point average of at least 3.4 for one semester and maintain a 3.2 GPA after their induction. Students can be pursuing any major, degree or certificate.

To learn more about PTK and to find contact information for advisors, visit East Central College Student Activities.


Pictured from left to right: Dr. Elizabeth Winters-Rozema (advisor), Mae May, and Justin Heberlie, members of the Beta Omicron Phi Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa at East Central College in Rolla. During the Heartland Regional Convention, Rozema was recognized as a 5-Star Advisor and for completing the PTK Advisor Edge program. Individual awards were presented to member Justin Heberlie for Achievement in Photography, fifth place; and Briannah Tiarks for Distinguished Chapter Member, Honorable Mention.

ECC to Host Public Forums on Levy Proposition

March 18, 2024 | Campus News

East Central College is organizing a series of public forums to offer residents the opportunity to stay informed and ask questions about Proposition ECC. These forums will delve into the details of the tax levy transfer and its benefits for both the community and the College.

The plan includes six in-person public forums in communities within the ECC Taxing District. Additionally, there will be a Facebook Live forum on April 1 from 6-7 p.m. on the ECC Facebook page, featuring ECC President Dr. Jon Bauer.

ECC is seeking voters’ approval for a levy transfer on the April 2 ballot that would result in no increase in the College’s property tax levy.

The forums are scheduled at the following locations:

  • New Haven Library — Monday, March 25, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • St. Clair Regional Library — Monday, March 25, 5:30-6:30 p.m. (Meeting Room B)
  • ECC Union Campus — Tuesday, March 26; 5:30-6:30 p.m. (Conference Room B)
  • Bourbon Community Center — Wednesday, March 27, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Washington Public Library — Wednesday, March 27, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Sullivan Regional Library — Thursday, March 28; 5:30-6:30 p.m.

The levy transfer is expected to generate $2.2 million annually for:

  • Enhanced safety and security measures on the Union Campus.
  • Necessary upgrades to modernize aging buildings, including the replacement of older HVAC units and repairs to campus parking lots and roads.
  • Renovations to campus spaces for the Early College Academy, STEM/Engineering lab, and a Veterans Lounge.
  • Assistance with rising health care, insurance, and salary costs.
  • Maintenance of affordable tuition and fees.

For more information about Prop ECC, please visit the Prop ECC page.


College’s CWD Sponsors First IT Apprenticeship

February 23, 2024 | Campus News

The first Information Technology-focused apprenticeship was recently completed through a partnership between East Central College’s Center for Workforce Development (CWD) and WEG Transformers USA. Erick Voss, a network and computer systems administrator at WEG, successfully finished a U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Registered Apprenticeship program tailored to IT positions, marking the first of its kind at ECC.

Voss acquired proficiency in Microsoft Azure tools and online Azure programs, emphasizing the significance of cloud computing. Additionally, he received training in cybersecurity tools provided by Cisco. Voss highlighted the opportunity to select training that would be most beneficial for his role at WEG USA.

“I learned commands and tools for troubleshooting and networking, and I gained insights into detailed cybersecurity threats and the best ways to combat them,” he stated.

WEG’s human resources department recommended the apprenticeship to Voss and collaborated directly with the CWD. “I highly recommend this to my coworkers in IT because it can be tailored to any skill set,” he added.

Melissa Richards, ECC’s CWD apprenticeship and business training program coordinator, mentioned that CWD partnered with SAFAL Partners, a DOL intermediary offering training resources and apprenticeship expertise for sponsors like ECC. She highlighted that ECC utilized DOL funding to create this customized apprenticeship, with registrations and validations provided by the DOL.

“Industry partners like SAFAL enable ECC to expand into new areas of training and study, as we are primarily involved in manufacturing apprenticeships,” Richards explained. “We are always seeking to broaden our apprenticeship offerings and fields of study for all industries in our service region.

“Programs like this enable us to customize and tailor training to a company, a department, or a specific employee so they receive the training they need in an area of study relevant to their work or career advancement.”

To learn more about registered apprenticeships through ECC’s CWD, visit our Registered Apprenticeships page or call 636-649-5800.

College Seeks Sponsors, Vendors for Senior Expo and Health Fair

February 7, 2024 | Campus News

East Central College is preparing for its 16th Senior Expo and Health Fair and is seeking sponsors and vendors for the annual event.

The Senior Expo and Health Fair will be Wednesday, May 15, from 9 a.m. to noon in the Donald Shook Student Center. This free event will feature many local vendors.

The purpose of the event is to provide information to adults 55 years old and over, promote health awareness through education and prevention, and to provide information about available programs and services in our area.

Area seniors, who are 55 and older, can receive free health screenings, listen to speakers on various topics and win prizes. The event is in the College’s gym. Elevator and shuttle services from parking lots to the building will be available for our patrons.

For more information, contact External Relations Executive Administrative Assistant Cynthia Cubas at 636-584-6742.

Information for Vendors

Each vendor is asked to provide informational or educational materials, demonstration, screening, or service. Although vendors may demonstrate products, our Board of Trustee policies prohibit sales on our campus of articles or services.

Vendors are welcome to gather contact information from anyone interested in purchasing products or services later.

The vendor set-up date is Tuesday, May 14, from 2-5 p.m. Staff will be available to assist, and the gymnasium will be locked overnight to protect equipment and materials.

Anyone who cannot set up until May 15 morning, should contact Cubas to make arrangements.

There will be presentation opportunities during the Expo and Health Fair. Anyone with expertise on a subject, or anyone who can recommend someone to give such a talk, are asked to indicate that on the reservation form. A committee will select five presentation topics from those proposed by the vendors to share in a 15- to 20-minute talk on a subject of interest to seniors.


ECC also is seeking event sponsorships. Listed are the sponsorship levels and what each level will receive:

Gold $500 donation — Sponsorship recognition on ECC’s corner digital sign, tabletop gold sponsor sign, KLPW radio interview the day of the event, sponsorship featured in event radio ad, sponsorship recognition in event advertising, company name and logo on sponsor recognition board, sponsorship acknowledgement on ECC’s website, sponsorship acknowledgement on social media and news releases and gold sponsorship acknowledgement in event program.

Silver $250 donation — KLPW radio acknowledgement the day of the event, sponsorship featured in event radio ad, sponsorship recognition in event advertising, company name and logo on sponsor recognition board, sponsorship acknowledgement on ECC’s website, sponsorship acknowledgement on social media and news releases and silver sponsorship acknowledgement in event program.

Bronze $100 donation — sponsorship recognition in event advertising, company name on sponsor recognition board, sponsorship acknowledgement on ECC’s website, sponsorship acknowledgement on social media and news releases and silver sponsorship acknowledgement in event program.

To receive sponsorship recognition information must be received by Friday, March 29.

Annual MLK Celebration to be Held at ECC on January 21

January 18, 2024 | Campus News Film and Lecture Series

The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, hosted by Neighbors United — Undoing Racism in conjunction with the ECC Film and Lecture Series, will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 21, at East Central College in Union. The free event will take place in the John Edson Anglin Performing Arts Center and is open to the public.

This year’s featured speaker is Kenneth W. Wheeler, a retired ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Wheeler is a sought-after preacher, public theologian, and writer. He serves as a guest lecturer on pastoral leadership in the 21st century at Wartburg Theological Seminary, where he received an honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree.

Wheeler often delivers sermons for the National observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday. Most of his writings, sermons, and lectures focus on faith, race, and social justice. He is a respected elder and mentor to young pastors and seminarians.

A native of Jackson, Miss., Wheeler earned a B.A. in Religion from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., and a Master of Divinity from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio.

The Rev. Eric Moeller of St. Peter’s UCC, Washington, will be performing original music as part of the program.

Neighbors United – Undoing Racism has been an active group in the Franklin County area, well-known for their Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations that bring together church and social groups to celebrate and work toward King’s legacy of equality and community. Church groups and individuals from across the area have joined forces to expand their reach and build relationships in the community. The Civic and Community Engagement Committee at East Central College co-hosts the event.

For more information, contact Aimee Appell (Neighbors United chairperson and pastor of Peace Lutheran Church in Washington) at or Leigh Kellmann Kolb, Associate Professor of English, at

ECC Hosting 2024-25 Financial Aid Workshops

January 11, 2024 | Campus News

East Central College’s financial aid department will hold a series of workshops aimed at assisting students in completing the 2024-25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The workshops will take place in Buescher Hall, Union, room 182, from 5-6:30 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 16
  • Wednesday, Jan. 24
  • Tuesday, Jan. 30
  • Tuesday, Feb. 6
  • Tuesday, Feb. 20

These FAFSA Nights are designed to guide students through the application process and ensure they have the necessary support to access financial aid opportunities.

To attend the workshops, interested students must RSVP. To secure your spot, please call 636-584-6574 or email

For an effective workshop experience, students are encouraged to bring essential documents, including their Social Security number, driver’s license, W-2 forms, 2022 federal income tax return, and information on bank account balances, investments, and business or investment farm values.

ECC is committed to providing valuable resources to students as they navigate the financial aid application process. These workshops aim to simplify the FAFSA completion and ensure that every student can access the financial support they need for their education.

Foundation Seeks Outstanding ECC Alumni Nominations

January 8, 2024 | Campus News ECC Rolla

The East Central College Foundation is on the lookout for exceptional alumni who have left a lasting impact on their communities and beyond. Nominations are now open for the 2024 Outstanding Alumni Award, a prestigious recognition reserved for those who have demonstrated outstanding commitment and leadership.

Nominees must have completed a college credit course at ECC during their educational journey. Foundation Executive Director Bridgette Kelch said that nominees should be recognized as leaders in their respective fields, showcasing a dedicated commitment to community service. Residency within the college district is not required.

“Our annual Outstanding Alumni award serves as a fitting tribute to acknowledge the remarkable dedication of our alumni to both their careers and communities,” Kelch said. “We know that many of our alumni are deserving of this prestigious award, and we are reaching out to the community for assistance in identifying these outstanding contributors.”

Nominees are expected to showcase exceptional contributions to ECC or the community, with a sustained commitment to the college, she added.

Nomination Guidelines

Current candidates for public office and past recipients are not eligible for the award.

To nominate a former ECC student, write an explanation in 500 words or less as to why the person is worthy of consideration. The explanation should accompany the nomination. Nominations must be received by April 10, 2024. All nominations received within the last three years are eligible.

The nomination form can be accessed from the webpage: People also can email or call 636-584-6505 to request the form for more information.

The recipient will be selected by the ECC Foundation Alumni Committee. A formal invitation to the 2024 Commencement Ceremonies will be sent to the honoree and a plaque will be displayed at the ECC Union campus in his or her honor.

ECC LPN to RN Bridge Students Recognized With Awards

December 15, 2023 | Campus News ECC Rolla

Three East Central College Rolla nursing graduates were recognized for outstanding work in clinicals and in the classroom.

Kathrine Crider, Jessica Veloz and Brianna Courtney each were recognized Dec. 12 during a pinning ceremony for LPN to RN Bridge graduates.

There were 11 nursing graduates taking part in the pinning ceremony, which is held to recognize licensed practical nurses who continued their education to become registered nurses:

Stevie German, Shelly Gibson, Tina Feth, Jessica Veloz, Amy Hiatt, Kathrine Crider, Shelby Marler, Brianna Courtney, Emily Chastain, Tara Smith and Tanya Bausch.

Outstanding Student Nurse

Kathrine Crider received the ECC Outstanding Student Nurse award.

“She is an extraordinary person who is organized, determined, efficient, and well rounded. She is willing to adapt and jump into new learning experiences and push herself to have clinical experiences that are different than was she is used to,” Crider’s nomination read.

“She seeks out learning experiences that will help her grow and succeed in the field of nursing. She is highly successful in the clinical setting. She is a phenomenal addition to this clinical rotation and is always willing to ask questions to improve her learning.

“She is kind and willing to help a fellow student when needed. For these reasons and many more, this student will succeed and be a wonderful asset to the profession of nursing.”

To be considered for the Outstanding Nursing Student award, ECC has had to make a significant difference in the life of the student.

Spirit of Clinical Excellence

The awards for Spirit of Clinical Excellence in Nursing are presented to graduating nurses who demonstrate characteristics of caring and compassion, the spirit of inquiry, exceptional critical thinking and decision making and have superior organizational skills and the ability to effectively prioritize.

MoBap Spirit of Excellence 

Brianna Courtney received the Missouri Baptist Spirit of Clinical Excellence in Nursing Award because she is a great example of a compassionate nurse both in the classroom and clinical setting.

“She has excelled with showing care and compassion from day one. She has incredible critical thinking and is able to successfully prioritize all the many demands of life and nursing school,” her nomination read.

“This student was great to work with and is very eager to learn and doesn’t shy away from the new or intimidating stuff. This student was very comfortable at the bedside and took great care when communicating with patients.  For these reasons and for many more there is no question that this student will make an excellent RN and be a lovely addition to any nursing unit.”

Phelps Spirit of Excellence

Jessica Veloz is the recipient of the Phelps Health Spirit of Clinical Excellence in Nursing Award due to her compassion, commitment, eagerness, and integrity to the profession of nursing.

“She is quietly assertive and develops a rapport with her patients, their families, and the staff making sure that their needs were met. She did not shy away from challenges, but rather exceled when the opportunities arose,” states her nomination form.

“She has displayed an abundance of compassion and patient- centered care in all areas of clinical rotations. She is dedicated to quality, and safe patient care, and insists on the patients receiving this.  She does a great job with putting knowledge into clinical practice and she is a good team player. Her kind, positive attitude, desire to seek out learning experiences, and following protocol are great attributes that she possesses.”

To learn more about the ECC Nursing and Allied Health program, visit, or contact Nancy Mitchell at

Back row, from left, are Nancy Mitchell, Dean of Health Sciences & Director of Nursing, Joannie Blakely, Rolla nursing coordinator, Stevie German, Shelly Gibson, Tina Feth, Jessica Veloz, Amy Hiatt, and Julie Chirban, LPN to RN Bridge instructor. Front row., from left, are Lavonda Lawson, Rolla administrative assistant, Kathrine Crider, Shelby Marler, Brianna Courtney, Emily Chastain, Tara Smith, Tanya Bausch, Trista Elias, nursing faculty.

ECC Awarded Funds for Career Training & Apprenticeships

December 11, 2023 | Campus News

East Central College has been awarded funds aimed at reducing training costs for individuals entering apprenticeships or enrolling in career-ready programs.

Those who qualify for programs could be eligible to receive up to $1,000 to cover the expenses associated with their training or courses. These funds are applicable to both pre-apprenticeship programs and Department of Labor (DOL) registered apprenticeship programs, as well as career technical for-credit programs.

This state funding provides valuable support for individual students looking to acquire new skills and businesses interested in enrolling employees in apprenticeship programs for skill development.

The pre-apprenticeship programs and registered apprenticeship programs are offered through ECC’s Center for Workforce Development (CWD). Learn more here:

To learn more about manufacturing programs offered through ECC’s career-ready division, visit

Programs Eligible for Funding:


  • HVAC
  • Welding
  • Precision Machining
  • Industrial Maintenance

Health Care:

  • CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant)
  • CMT (Certified Medication Technician)
  • CNA Preceptor

To learn more or participate in the funding program, please contact CWD Apprenticeship & Business Training Coordinator Melissa Richards at 636-649-5806 or

Funding is available on a first-come, first-served basis. All credit career and technical classes begin the week of January 16, 2024, and all forms or applications must be completed before classes start.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a pre-apprenticeship program?

Pre-apprenticeships are specifically designed to prepare individuals for entry into Registered Apprenticeship Programs (RAP) or other job opportunities. These programs, customizable to fit industry needs, may last from a few weeks to a few months. They provide a chance for companies to assess the abilities and commitment of new or existing employees before committing to a more extended training program.

What is a registered DOL apprenticeship program?

Apprenticeships are industry-driven, high-quality career pathways offering paid work experience, classroom instruction, mentorship, and a portable credential. ECC can assist in establishing companywide apprenticeship programs, guiding employers through the entire process.

How to participate in the funding program?

Employers should identify a training area from the list above, and ECC will collaborate to schedule the training program. Each trainee, whether sponsored by a business or an individual, will need to complete a registration packet and provide forms of identification.

How to register a DOL apprenticeship program?

ECC will partner with employers to create a comprehensive apprenticeship training program, including standards, training requirements, and on-the-job competencies. With partnerships already established with 30 area businesses and the training of over 100 apprentices, ECC is well-equipped to guide this process.

Benefits of a DOL registered apprenticeship program:

A registered apprenticeship program provides clear expectations and pay advances for apprentices and participating employers. ECC and the company will collaboratively design a training program ensuring competency in the field upon completion. These programs offer mentorship opportunities, allowing individuals to earn income while acquiring hands-on skills relevant to their daily work.

East Central College is an equal opportunity employer and provider of employment and training services.  Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.