East Central College
|East Central Junior College to East Central College (1988)|
|President||Dr. Jon Bauer|
|242 in 2013-2014 |
|Students||3,200 in 2015 |
1964 Prairie Dell Road, Union, Missouri, USA|
|Campus||Union Main Campus then Washington and Rolla.|
|Colors||Royal Blue & Vegas Gold|
|Sports||Men's soccer - Women's volleyball and softball|
East Central College (ECC) is a comprehensive community college with three locations in east central Missouri in the St. Louis metropolitan area. The main campus is located in Union, Missouri, sitting on over 200 acres (80.9 ha). In addition, ECC also offers classes in Rolla and Washington. Approximately 2,100 students are enrolled in classes each semester. Students can complete the first two years of coursework toward a bachelor's degree and then to transfer to a four-year institution. More than 25 career/technical programs are offered with Associate of Applied Science (AAS) and certificate options available for students who intend to immediately enter the workforce. ECC is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
East Central College was founded in 1968 to serve the educational needs of the people in east central Missouri. In that same year 114 acres (46.1 ha) were purchased for what is now the main campus.
Classes began in rented facilities at the Union Memorial Auditorium in September 1969 with enrollment of 476 students the first semester. The Administration Building was the first facility built on campus, and it was completed in 1971. The Multipurpose Building came next in 1973, followed by the Vocational-Technical Building in 1978 and the Classroom Building in 1985. The Auditorium/Classroom facility was completed in 1998. The Health & Science Building with almost 52,000 square feet (4,831 m2) of space, was completed in January 2009. The Administration Building was completely renovated in 2011. The facility was renamed Buescher Hall and was dedicated October 30, 2011, to honor George H. Buescher. Mr. Buescher was instrumental in the establishment of the college and served as the first president of the board of trustees. That 61,166-square-foot (5,683 m2) building houses the Library, Learning Center, Student Service Center, classrooms and offices.
Degrees and certificates
East Central College offers four transfer oriented degrees: The Associate of Arts (AA), Associate of Science (AS) designed for individuals interested in pre-engineering, Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) and the Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT). Those four programs are designed for individuals who plan to complete the freshman and sophomore years of college at East Central and then transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a bachelor's degree.
The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) and career/technical certificate programs are designed for individuals who plan to enter the workforce after completing the appropriate classes at ECC.
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