Three Career Courses to be Offered at ECC

Three Career Courses to be Offered at ECC

December 15, 2020 |

There are new career courses available to students who enroll in East Central College’s Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) Program.

The Fast-Track classes begin in January 2021, so students must enroll quickly to complete the required AEL orientation prior to classes beginning. Local job centers will provide financial assistance for eligible students.

According to Alice Whalen, AEL director, Certified Nursing Assistant and Intro to HVAC courses are available at the Union ECC campus. A Maintenance Assistant (MA) certificate program will be available at the ECC Rolla North site.

“Students need to register now to begin these classes on time,” Whalen said. “The two-part orientation includes a meeting via Zoom followed by a day in person, masks required. Both steps must be completed.”

Proof of income and other documents are required if students are seeking a scholarship or funding assistance.

The Zoom orientation meetings are Monday, Jan. 5, from 5-6 p.m., or Tuesday, Jan. 6 from 10-11 a.m.

The in-person classes are Friday, Jan. 8, at ECC in Union; The classes are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

In Rolla, the in-person class is Saturday, Jan. 9, at ECC North.

Complete the registration form at or call 844-322-4235 for more information.

Job Centers

To confirm funding eligibility for the Fast-Track programs, contact the closest job center.

Contact Kim Kopp at the Washington Job Center at or 636-583-9649.

In Rolla, contact Trish Rogers with the Rolla Job Center at or 573-364-7030.

For the Job Centers in Warren, Lincoln and Montgomery Counties, contact Janet Hickey at or 636-456-9467.

Certified Nursing Assistant

The Certified Nursing Assistant program is available at the ECC Union campus and classes will be held four days each week.

The CNA training program prepares students for employment in a long-term care facility. It teaches skills in resident care under the direct supervision of a licensed nurse.

The state approved course requires 75 hours of classroom training, 100 hours of on-the-job training and successful completion of a two-part final examination, which includes a written (or oral) and practicum examination.

Some of the topics covered are basic nursing skills, fire safety, disaster training, resident safety and rights, social and psychological problems of residents and the methods of caring for the mentally confused residents, such as those with Alzheimer’s disease.

The cost of the program is $1,300.

Intro to HVAC

The Introduction to Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) will be taught at the ECC Union campus four evenings or three days each week.

In this course students learn the safe operation of hand and power tools used in the HVAC industry. They will learn the proper techniques in the use of testing equipment of high-pressure refrigeration systems and the basic operation of components typically in air conditioning systems.

Students will also learn the safety precautions needed to work on electrical systems used in the industry, as well as the safety precautions needed to work on electrical systems, learn to design basic electrical diagrams and apply diagrams to industry standards used in the HVAC industry.

The all-encompassing course will cover much more. The cost of the program is $1,600.

Maintenance Assistant

The Maintenance Assistant (MA) certificate program course. Taught at the ECC North site in Rolla, will be four evenings per week, or two day/two night “combos.”

A Maintenance Assistants (MA) certificate prepares students to understand the skills needed to ensure that facilities are clean and in good operating condition. Maintenance assistants are typically under the supervision of an experienced supervisor of maintenance.

This training is the first step in a career path to a supervisory position. The responsibilities of a MA could include cleaning buildings and rooms, and performing general maintenance and repair of the building, grounds, and equipment.

The cost of the course is $1,600.