Essex County College
|Location||Newark, New Jersey, USA|
|Colors||Green & Yellow|
Established in 1966 as the public, two-year, open access community college of Essex County, it admitted its first students in temporary quarters in Downtown Newark in 1968. It moved to its current permanent site in the University Heights district of the city in 1976. Dr. Gale E. Gibson was named the College's 7th President by the Board of Trustees on October 15, 2013. Two-and-a-half years later, in April 2016, the college fired Gibson and the college's top lawyer. The college's board of trustees did not provide a reason for the dismissals but they followed an athletics scandal and the opening of investigations of the college by both the state and federal government.
ECC offers AS, AA, and AAS degree programs in 48 different majors. Approximately 25,000 people enroll each year in Essex County College's various degree and non-degree programs. The college is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
Essex County College teams are represented in the Garden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) and Region 19 of the National Junior College Athletic Association. Its teams have produced All-Americans in soccer, men's and women's basketball, cross country, and indoor and outdoor track.
ECC's primary campus is in Newark. Other facilities include the West Essex Campus in West Caldwell and other satellite centers on Essex County. The Newark campus neighbors both the NJIT and Rutgers Newark campuses.
- Dan Ivers (April 21, 2016). "N.J. college fires president, top attorney amid mounting controversy". NJ.com. Retrieved April 24, 2016.
- Dan Ivers (April 7, 2016). "College scandal widens with state subpoenas, new focus on athletics". NJ.com. Retrieved April 24, 2016.
- Dan Ivers (April 19, 2016). "Feds now eyeing embattled Essex County College". NJ.com. Retrieved April 24, 2016.
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