November 13, 2018

Each year, the Missouri Community College Association recognizes individuals at its annual convention. Awards are given to alumni, faculty and staff who are making an impact in their local communities. In 2018, the Distinguished Alumni Award was given to Ron Unnerstall. The award is presented to exceptional individuals who have attended a Missouri community college. […]

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November 5, 2018

When it comes to teaching math, it’s hard to find someone with more experience than Connie Lutz. “I spent 44 years as a high school math teacher,” she said. “My first semester as an adjunct professor at East Central College was in 1980.” She’s still going strong. “I enjoy mathematics,” Lutz explained, “the problem solving […]

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October 24, 2018

He considers his job, quite literally, as one of the best in the world. “I have always seen East Central College as the jewel in our community crown,” explained John Hardecke. “We support our students in innumerable ways – encouraging them to enhance their lives through education and cultural experiences.” For more than 20 years, […]

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September 19, 2018

Learning by doing. It’s the approach East Central College Culinary Arts Instructor Mike Palazzola uses with students every day. “We recognized there was something missing from our culinary classrooms,” Palazzola said, “We needed real life experiences in real time.” The award-winning chef, along with former culinary instructor Ted Hirschi, came up with a solution – […]

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May 3, 2018

The Missouri Community College Association (MCCA) Student Leadership Award is presented annually to an exceptional student leader from each community college campus. East Central College is proud to announce Michail Ratcliff is the 2018 recipient! “Michail uses charismatic leadership to mobilize students,” said Campus Life and Leadership Coordinator Courtney Henrichsen. “Michail is charming, humorous and […]

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November 6, 2017

Kevin Ijames Sr., Audrey Freitag, Kevin Dixon and Karen Butterfield were honored at the 2017 Missouri Community College Association in November. Ijames, President of Ace Manufacturing, was honored with the Distinguished Business and Industry Award. It is presented annually to individuals and/or businesses that have engaged in significant partnerships with their local community college to […]

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April 27, 2017

A report released on April 27 by the Missouri Community College Association outlined three problems with Missouri’s workforce and highlighted several ongoing efforts to address these issues. The report listed supply and demand gaps for key industries, the availability of middle-skill workers, and the availability of adequate soft skills as the top three gaps in […]

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February 16, 2017

East Central College President Dr. Jon Bauer, representing the Missouri Community Colleges Association, honored Missouri Senator Roy Blunt with the National Education Service Award this week. It was presented at The National Legislative Summit in the nation’s capital – an advocacy event that brings together more than 1,000 community college leaders to shine a spotlight […]

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