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Our campuses are open to select students and employees only. Online classes are going smoothly; lab classes and events remain canceled until further notice. Students can access services and staff through email. Our switchboards are accepting calls, but most staff are not on campus at this time.

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ECC’s Brant Friest receives Agribusiness Association of Iowa scholarship

Each February, the Agribusiness Association of Iowa (AAI) Foundation hosts over 250 Iowa community college agriculture/agribusiness students at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. On February 12, 2020, Ellsworth’s Brant Friest, a second-year Farm Management major from Hubbard, was awarded a scholarship sponsored by Bayer Crop Science. Friest was one of fifteen ag students, and the only…

2019 Homecoming King and Queen

Ellsworth Community College 2019 Homecoming King and Queen

This year’s homecoming activities have drawn to a close, but the King and Queen get to hold their title for the coming year.  Our 2019 Homecoming Queen is Laikyn Miller, a sophomore majoring in Liberal Arts from Parkersburg, IA.  Laikyn plays on the women’s basketball team, is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, and represents…

Adam Fahs

Adam Fahs named Ellsworth Community College’s interim head wrestling coach

After eight seasons as Ellsworth Community College Head Wrestling Coach, Cole Spree announced his resignation to start a wrestling program at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa. Taking on the role of interim head coach is Adam Fahs, who has been the Panthers’ assistant coach for three seasons. Spree says he is fully confident in…

David Frank with police cruiser

ECC alum hired as new Iowa Falls police officer

IOWA FALLS – Not everyone is cut out to be a first responder, let alone a police officer.  Luckily for the Iowa Falls community, David Frank always knew that is what he wanted to be.  After graduating from Iowa Falls High School in 2010, Frank started at Ellsworth Community College in 2012 in the Criminal…

John Lawless and Pam Westendorf

ECC nursing student has chance encounter with scholarship donor

Evelyn Oppold Lawless’ life was coming to a close, and Pam Westendorf’s was just beginning when the two women met in a chance encounter this fall. Evelyn, a 99-year-old farm wife who’d raised five children and found her passion in nursing, was admitted to Hansen Family Hospital on Nov. 10. She was weak, and was…

Dr. Martin Reimer, Kelbey Barbadillo and Joerg Rochlitzer

Barbadillo picked for European Union internship

Kelbey Barbadillo of Salt Lake City, UT, is the fourth Ellsworth Community College student to be selected for an eight-week summer internship in Brussells, Belgium, with Dr. Peter Jahr of the European Union. This week she’ll fly from Iowa to Brussells, returning to the U.S. in mid-July. “I have never been overseas, so I cannot…

Germany exchange program

Two more Ellsworth students heading to Germany

Ellsworth Community College sophomore Thomas Newhall of Dumont and freshman Blane Bark of Nashua have started preparing for the experience of a lifetime … they leave March 20 for two-month agricultural work/study experiences in Germany! Newhall and Bark were notified last month that they are the second-year recipients of Todd Welden Memorial Scholarships, which are…

ECC Students at Iowa Legislature

Provost, students visit Iowa Legislature

Representatives from the Ellsworth Community College Student Senate accompanied ECC Provost Dr. Martin Reimer to the IACCT 28th Annual Student Legislative Seminar in Des Moines last week. ECC Student Senate representatives included Kelbey Barbadillo, Terry Martin, Marcus Thompson and Carlin Whelpley. The four ECC senators were among 250 students from the 15 Iowa community colleges…


Staff & students celebrate MLK Day of Caring

Lots of Ellsworth Community College faculty, staff members and students took part in five different volunteer opportunities in celebration of the MLK Day of Caring on Monday, Jan. 18. The projects, organized by Maurie Tomke, ECC Coordinator of Student Engagement, included setting up for Iowa Falls Winterfest at the Boat Club (cancelled due to extreme…

Nursing students sort desserts

ECC Nursing students volunteer at Bethel Mission

ECC Nursing instructor Monica Warburton took her Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) students to volunteer at Hope Ministries’ Bethel Mission homeless shelter in Des Moines earlier this month. In two short hours the ECC students sorted 600 bread donations, sorted and stacked 500 desserts, shelved 67 crates of food, and helped serve 157 meals in the…

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All-Iowa Academic Team-ECC

Two ECC students named to All-Iowa Academic Team