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Academic Support Services (The Hub)

Mission: To provide Ellsworth Community College students, staff, and faculty with resources and services designed to foster success, persistence, and overall student development.

Ellsworth Community College provides a variety of academic support services to help students be successful. Most of these services are housed in The Hub, located in the lower level of Kruse Main Hall (entrance via the ramp on the south side of the building). The goal of The Hub is to provide a setting in which students can study/relax/collaborate as well as find all the academic support services they need. The Hub offers group and individual study areas, study pods, a small conference room for groups, and a large conference room. We’ve listed several resources below that will be helpful to you. If you aren’t sure which of these departments or services to use, email and we’ll put you in touch with the right person!

Hub Hours

The following hours are valid during fall and spring term:

  • Monday: 8 am to 7 pm
  • Tuesday: 8 am to 4:30 pm
  • Wednesday: 8 am to 4:30 pm
  • Thursday: 8 am to 7 pm
  • Friday: 8 am to 4:30 pm

Library – A variety of resources, including computer stations and online databases, are available in ECC’s Osgood Library in Kruse Main Hall (main floor, above the Hub). Stop in or check the Library web page for details.

Hub Guidelines

  • The Hub is zoned for social activity in the south area, a collaborative study area in the center, and a quiet study zone and tutoring at the east end of the facility.
  • The use of electronic devices is allowed as long as it’s not disruptive to others.
  • Noise level is also kept to a minimum as to not disrupt others
  • Food and beverages are allowed in the social zone.
  • Students will use their student ID card to sign in each time they visit.


The Hub is here to help you, too! Check out our New Parent Handbook with helpful information and resources to ease the transition for both you and your student!

Faculty and Staff

The Hub, TRIO SSS, and Student Success Services are offering presentations scheduled in advance for any faculty and staff who are interested in having their students hear about services for students and tips for success.  Please submit your request using the online form.


Director of Student Success

Tracy Crippin-Haake

Tracy Crippin-Haake

Director of TRIO

Molly Hippen

Molly Hippen

TRIO SSS Coordinator

Kimberly Brinkmeyer

Kimberly Brinkmeyer


Tina Ruch-Wesselmann

Tina Ruch-Wesselmann

Tina holds an associate’s degree in Business Education from ECC, a bachelor’s in Management from Buena Vista University, and a master’...

Tina holds an associate’s degree in Business Education from ECC, a bachelor’s in Management from Buena Vista University, and a master’s in Education from Iowa State University. Started in the ECC Admissions Office on Jan. 10, 2005. Her other duties have included being Coordinator of International Affairs, International Club Advisor, and Business Professionals of America...

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