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2017 ECC Kids in College and STEM Camp is July 10-14

Ellsworth Community College Summer Kids in College and STEM Camp will be held July 10-14. The camp provides students an opportunity to study a particular subject in-depth with instruction not generally available in the regular school curriculum. Kids can choose between Beginning Chess, Exploring Chemistry, Clay Creatures, 911 Emergency and more. The camp is open…

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ECC Ag Students attend the Iowa Postsecondary Ag Students Conference

Ellsworth Community College Agricultural Students attended the Iowa Postsecondary Ag Students Conference in Moravia, IA last week. The Iowa Postsecondary Agricultural Student Organization is an organization associated with agriculture/agribusiness, agriculture technologies, horticulture and natural resources offerings in approved postsecondary institutions offering postsecondary degrees. PAS is one of the ten career and technical student organizations that has been…

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Precision Ag students combine technology and customer service

Ellsworth Community College has partnered with AgriSync to help students gain experience and develop superior customer service skills as part of their Precision Agriculture program. Students will receive a unique learning experience, not only gaining knowledge in agriculture technology and application, but also acquiring vital customer service experience. “We’re thrilled to have partnered with the…

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High school students experience “A Day in the Life …”

One of the best ways to learn about careers is to meet and talk with professionals in their actual workplace, particularly through a “job shadowing” kind of experience. A group of 17 Hardin County high school students interested in healthcare careers got that opportunity (and then some) at a unique “Day in the Life” event…

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ECC TRIO program is getting results

By Tracie Self Ellsworth Community College recently received approval for a federal TRIO-SSS grant for the 2015-2020 funding cycle. TRIO is a program designed to improve retention and graduation rates among first generation, low income, and disabled college students. Historically, these populations have been particularly vulnerable in higher education as they often enter college without the…

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ECC instructor’s final exam projects inspire

A college student’s typical reward at the end of final exam week is a grade. A teacher’s reward is in seeing students demonstrate that they’ve learned and can apply the concepts and skills covered during the semester. But one new Ellsworth Community College faculty member has found a way to ensure that her final exams…

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Kendra Pintar transitions internship into dream job

Ellsworth Community College graduate Kendra Pintar of Hoffman Estates, IL, made a U-turn in her career plans a couple of years ago … at age 22 she quit her job as a hairstylist, enrolled at ECC, and “moved to Iowa to play with horses.” She landed a dream internship with Royal Vista Southwest in Purcell,…

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Brian Klein was “driven” to attend Ellsworth

“It’s a funny story how I ended up at Ellsworth Community College,” says Brian Klein of Sanborn, Iowa. “I was looking for a college with a GPS (global positioning system) program so I googled ‘GPS College’ and Ellsworth was toward the top of the list. I looked into ECC and some other colleges, but ECC’s…

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125th anniversary becomes English research project

A quasquicentennial (125th) anniversary is a momentous occasion, so as Ellsworth Community College celebrates this milestone achievement in 2015, English instructor Honoria Balogh decided her students should get in on the action. Three sections of English Composition I, 60 students in all, did research projects on various aspects of the College’s history, and the results…

Music students in Puerto Rico

Music students visit Puerto Rico

Six Ellsworth Community College music students and two instructors raised enough money to take a Spring Break trip to Puerto Rico last month. Their trip included vocal performances at a restaurant (where a parrot whistled at them and danced along to the music) and on the beaches. The group stayed at a rented house on…

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Aspen Institute honors Ellsworth Community College