ECCC recognized for growth, academic success

From press reports

Students of all ages can f
ind success at East Central Community College in Decatur.
Located in the heart of east central Mississippi, EC is routinely
recognized for academic success by Mississippi’s Institutions of
Higher Learning (IHL).

The most recent report revealed EC graduates achieved the highest
cumulative grade point average (3.18) of all community college
transfer students at the state’s four-year institutions.

ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart said the report “confirms that
faculty and staff at East Central Community College are committed to
student success and to preparing students well for the academic
challenges of a university.”

EC offers the first two years of a four-year degree for more than 201
areas of concentration in academic studies, which are guaranteed to
transfer to the state’s four-year institutions.

Not only is East Central recognized for its academic success, the
College is considered one of the nation’s fastest growing community
colleges, according to Community College Week.

East Central is ranked sixth among community colleges with
enrollments from 2,500 to 4,999, and earned the recognition due to a
14 percent enrollment increase from 2010 (2,675) to 2011 (3,049).

EC’s national recognition is part of the College’s 2020 Vision.

“We want East Central Community College to be recognized nationally
as a premier community college and locally as the preferred gateway
to higher education and training for residents of east central
Mississippi, due to our focus on students and their success and our
commitment to communities and their development,” said Dr. Stewart.

In addition to academic success and growth, EC is recognized for its
affordable education. Tuition is currently $940 per semester, one of
the lowest in the state. EC also provides numerous scholarships and
financial assistance for students of all ages, and offers a “First
Course Free” program for qualified nontraditional students.

Beginning in 2014, EC will implement its guaranteed tuition program
for freshman students residing in its district counties (Leake,
Neshoba, Newton, Scott and Winston). Funding is provided from the
trust of alumna Frances Gaines Blum Slagle, whose record-setting gift
recently surpassed the $3 million mark!

EC also offers numerous career-technical courses and provides various
services through workforce training.

Career-technical courses include Culinary Arts, Early Childhood
Education, Carpentry, Cosmetology, Collision Repair, Welding,
Precision Manufacturing and Machined Technology, Auto Mechanics,
Heating and Air Conditioning, Electrical, Drafting, Hotel and
Restaurant Management, Business and Office Technology Computer
Programming and Computer Network.

The Workforce Development Center offers services to support
businesses, industries, individuals and communities with assessment,
training, job placement, consultation and educational ‘solutions’
designed to improve the economy by enhancing the employable skills of
area citizens.

To learn more, visit the College’s Web site,