Erie Community College
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|Erie Community College|
|Academic staff||519 (Buffalo campus),
607 (North campus),
400 (South campus)
|Location|| Williamsville, NY, US
120 acres (0.49 km2)
|Former names||New York State Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences at Buffalo
Erie County Technical Institute
|Colors||red and black|
|Affiliations||National Junior College Athletic Association, Region III, Western New York Athletic Conference|
ECC serves Erie County and the surrounding communities of western New York. The college currently enrolls more than 13,000 students.
The college has three campuses, located in Buffalo, Williamsville, and Orchard Park. ECC offers more than 90 associate degree and certificate programs, non-credit courses and training programs. The current president of ECC is former Congressman Jack Quinn, who was appointed in April 2008.
The college began as the New York State Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences at Buffalo in 1946. A few years after it joined the State University system in 1948, it became Erie County Technical Institute in 1953. In 1960 the college moved to its North Campus location in Williamsville. In 1968 the name was changed to its present designation. The South Campus in Orchard Park opened in 1974, and the City Campus in Buffalo opened in 1981.
In March 2011, ECC announced a partnership with whereby ECC Criminal Justice graduates may pursue a Cazenovia Baccalaureate degree in Criminal Justice and Homeland Security on the grounds of ECC, North Campus. The program takes approximately three years to complete. ECC offers a variety of EMS programs including EMT-Basic, the advanced EMT-Intermediate and is the only place in the area offering Paramedic. EMT-B is offered at South and North campuses while the advanced certificates are only offered in the Orchard Park location.
The ECC athletic teams (14 varsity sports) are called the Kats. As a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association Region III Division and the Western New York Athletic Conference, ECC teams compete against two-year and four-year institutions throughout the Northeast. The Kats football team, which competes in the Northeast JC Football Conference, plays at Jim Ball Stadium, an 1800-seat natural grass facility located adjacent to Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York.
In 2010, President Jack Quinn announced he was cutting eight sports in a controversial move. The eight sports included all of the track and cross country sports and men's and women's golf.
The cut to the athletic department was considered controversial due to the fact that the eight sports cut saved the school approximately $50,000 a year, compared to the $250,000 a season spent the on the football team.
Notable Alumni 
- Joel Giambra, former county executive of Erie County, New York
- "Baby" Joe Mesi, former heavyweight boxer
- "Erie Community College College (Buffalo Campus) Profile". http://www.petersons.com. Lawrenceville, New Jersey: Peterson's. 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-09.
- "Erie Community College College (North Campus) Profile". http://www.petersons.com. Lawrenceville, New Jersey: Peterson's. 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-09.
- "Erie Community College College (South Campus) Profile". http://www.petersons.com. Lawrenceville, New Jersey: Peterson's. 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-09.[dead link]
- "Fall 2009 enrollment increases 8 percent". News Archives. Williamsville, New York: Erie Community College. 2009-09-18. Retrieved 2010-04-09.