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ECC-Specific Student Information

These are informational emails to all ECC students related to our College responses to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. All updates will include a date/time, with newer information at the top of this page.

STUDENT EMAIL (Apr. 29 @ 2:03 PM) RE: Spotlight on Graduates

Good afternoon,

If you are receiving this email, you have applied for graduation at Ellsworth Community College during the 2019-2020 academic year. It is extremely unfortunate that we will not be able to have Commencement as planned, but we still want to celebrate YOU and your accomplishments!

With the help of our Marketing Department, we will be launching a social media campaign to honor our graduates and we need your help! If you would like to be a part of the campaign, please reply to this email with the following:

  • Name (as you would like it published)
  • Anticipated credential earned (ex. AAS in Accounting, Diploma in Manufacturing Welding, etc.); if you’re unsure we can look it up J
  • Any honors you anticipate to graduate with (ex. Phi Theta Kappa, Panther Service Award, Honors student, member of the military, etc.)
  • What you plan to do after graduation (ex. Transfer to Iowa State, be employed by Alliant, etc.)
  • A relevant quote about your college experience (ex. Impact ECC had on you, accomplishment of graduating, etc.)
  • A picture you would like for us to include

By providing this information, you are giving ECC permission to publish your information on social media, our website, and printed materials. We would like the information by May 6th if possible.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me back!! Again, congratulations on your accomplishment and we look forward to celebrating you!

Barb Klein, Dean of Student Affairs

STUDENT EMAIL (Apr. 29 @ 8:59 AM) RE: COVID-19 Emergency Grant Application

Ellsworth Community College recently received Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to provide emergency grants for enrolled students.  These emergency financial aid grants will be awarded to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the pandemic. Students who have filed a 2019-20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and are eligible for Federal Student Aid (grants, loans, or work-study) are encouraged to apply.  Students who have not completed a 2019-20 FAFSA can do so at adding Ellsworth’s school code, 001862.  Unfortunately, the U.S. Department of Education does not allow these funds to be used for international students, undocumented students, non-degree seeking students, or students in distance-only (all online) coursework.

Students can complete the COVID-19 Emergency Grant Application online.  At this time we anticipate the first grants to be awarded the week of May 4.  Students who were living in campus housing and have filed a 2019-20 FAFSA do not need to apply unless they have other non-housing needs. If you have questions, feel free to email

Barb Klein, Dean of Student Affairs

STUDENT EMAIL (Apr. 20 @ 10:47 AM) RE: Scholarship Drawing! Register for Fall 2020!

Hello Students!

We all  hope that you are doing well and are finishing the semester strong.  Remember we are here for you if you need anything, and our tutors are helping students until for the next few weeks.  Final exams are just around the corner so reach out and ask for help if needed.

But before the semester if final, we are going to put the names of all students who have registered for classes next year into a scholarship drawing.  This scholarship is worth $200.00 for the Fall 2020 semester.  The winner will be announced the first day of final exams on Monday, May 4.  To be eligible to win, just be registered for Fall 2020 classes with ECC by Friday, May 1.  Don’t worry, if you have already registered, your name is already in the drawing. If you have not registered, please contact your advisor TODAY so we can get your name into the drawing.

If you have an outstanding balance, we have a plan for that!  Our business office is working with all students who may have a hold on their account.

Best wishes as you finish the Spring 2020 semester.

Tracy Crippin-Haake, Director of Student Success

STUDENT EMAIL (Apr. 2 @ 2:59 PM) Re: Tutoring

We hope this finds you well and you are adjusting to your classes via Zoom.  Please check in with your ECC Tutors who are ready and willing to help you!  Here are the subjects we can help with:

  • Accounting
  • History
  • Ethics
  • Physics
  • Statistics
  • Math for Liberal Arts
  • Writing
  • Microeconomics
  • Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Chemistry
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Working with Zoom and getting organized

Don’t see what you need?  Just ask!

You will find each tutor’s hours and how to reach them HERE.  The easiest way is to just email them and they will invite you to a Zoom meeting.

Next week our tutors are going to be sharing online success tips with you, so stay tuned. Remember, successful students use their resources!

Take care and be well.

Tracy Crippin-Haake, Director of Student Success

STUDENT EMAIL (Apr. 1 @ 2:07 PM)

We hope you have been able to settle into your new way of college life.  Our faculty and staff are here to help you succeed in your classes so you can achieve your academic and life goals!  For this reason we have decided to extend the last day to withdraw from an individual Spring Term 2020 course to May 1 (the deadline was previously April 10).  We made this extension because we want you to have every possible opportunity to successfully complete each and every one of your courses.  As a reminder, our academic advisors are here to talk to you via phone, email or zoom.  Our tutoring staff is available to connect you with extra help.  Our faculty are committed to see you through your courses, and our entire team is cheering you on!

You may have heard that other colleges are using a pass-fail system.  We decided not to do that and here’s why.  First, when you read the details of other colleges’ policies, that option is only available for identified courses and sections, and we don’t view that as providing across-the-board equity for academic success. Second, having a pass-fail grade on your transcript could create a barrier for course articulation when you transfer because some bachelors programs require minimum grades in specific courses. Third, if you are considering graduate school at some point in the future, pass-fail grades may create transcript challenges in the admissions process (especially for competitive programs in the health sciences and engineering). And fourth, during this stressful time when you may be distracted by other issues, we want this process to be simple for you.

The bottom line is, we want you to be successful and we want you to complete your classes.  We hope that by extending the last day to withdraw from a course to Friday, May 1 (the Friday before finals), you’ll have nearly every bit of information you need to make the best decision for you.  We strongly encourage you to contact your advisor to discuss all of your academic success needs.

All the best,

Barb Klein, Dean of Student Affairs

STUDENT EMAIL (Apr. 1 @ 1:51 PM)

Students who have applied to graduate and completed their programs of study for this academic year will have their degrees conferred under usual processes during the summer.  Diplomas will be mailed to the address on file with the College.

All the best and be well,

Martin Reimer, ECC Provost

STUDENT EMAIL (Apr. 1 @ 9:40 AM) Re: 2020-21 Registration

Current students can begin registering for Fall/Winter Interim 2020 and Spring/Summer 2021 classes. As always, we encourage you to visit with your faculty or campus advisor. You can find your advisor’s information at PawPass in My Academic Tools. You can also do a course search from the Home tab and register for your classes. Remember to select the Ellsworth campus to simplify your search (or internet if you are looking for an online course). Students must have their bill paid in full or have made payment arrangements with Megan Dannen in the Business Office to register.

There are many classes that will fill up in these first few weeks. Be sure to get registered today so you get into the classes you need to graduate!

STUDENT EMAIL (MAR. 23 @ 11:41 AM) Re: Hub Updates

We are happy to bring you The Hub via Zoom!  The Hub’s Zoom room with Tracy will be available Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  An email was sent earlier this morning. for zoom room details.

We will begin tutoring via Zoom tomorrow, March 24. If you are not able to reach a tutor via Zoom, please email them. It could be a software problem.  This information will be emailed out tomorrow morning. Tutors can help you navigate technical items as well!

I found these tips for a successful transition to online classes and would like to share it with you!  Stay well.

Tracy Crippin-Haake, Director of Student Success

STUDENT EMAIL (MAR. 20 @ 4:50 PM) Re: 2020-21 Registration

Thanks to everyone for your patience as we continue to move forward in response to COVID-19. As we work through the many challenges that go along with that, please look for updates on your College email and the website to find the most current information.

Students who plan to return next fall can currently access the online schedule for Fall/Winter 2020 and Spring/Summer 2021 on PawPass. Priority registration for TRIO students and students receiving veteran benefits opened Monday, March 23. All returning students can begin registering for classes April 1. Be sure to work with your advisor to get into the classes that align with your degree. Unsure who your advisor is? Look in My Academic Tools in PawPass. Advisors will be reaching out to students through email.

Please remember that your bill must be paid in full before you can register. You can check on your bill or make a payment on the Finance tab on PawPass.

If you have registration questions, be sure to connect with your advisor or anyone in Student Services or the Hub.

Take care and stay healthy!

Barb Klein, Dean of Student Affairs


Barb Klein

Barb Klein

Barb has been a lifelong learner, earning her associate’s degree at Iowa Lakes Community College, bachelor’s degree in Business Administ...

Barb has been a lifelong learner, earning her associate’s degree at Iowa Lakes Community College, bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Buena Vista University, and master’s and PhD in Educational Leadership at Iowa State University (go Cyclones!). She is active in her community, where she serves on the Chamber/Main Street board and various committees, even...

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