January 30, 2024
East Central Community College is excited to announce the launch of its new Honors College, set to commence in the fall of 2024. The Honors College will be open for enrollment to current high school seniors and current ECCC students who are eager to elevate their academic experience.
The Honors College at ECCC is designed to provide a unique and enriching educational opportunity for students seeking to excel in their studies. Regardless of their chosen major or program of study – including those in career and technical education – students are encouraged to express their interest in becoming a part of this new program.
Members of the Honors College will have access to a range of exclusive benefits, including specialized excursions that will expand their educational horizons and provide invaluable hands-on experiences. This program is tailored to challenge and support students through active and service learning trips, designated collaboration space on campus, professional mentoring, personalized recruiting experiences, and honors-to-honors partnership programs to allow students to not only seamlessly transfer ECCC coursework to a four-year university, but also to be accepted to partnering four-year university Honors Programs/Colleges, receive transfer scholarships, priority registration, and/or preferential housing.
New students interested in joining the Honors College do not need to apply; instead, an expression of interest should be submitted by the priority deadline of March 1, 2024. Prospective students interested in joining the Honors College will then be invited to learn more at an inaugural Honors Invitational, an informational banquet scheduled for Spring 2024. This event will offer a comprehensive overview of the program, an opportunity to meet with Honors College faculty advisors, ECCC administrators, and a chance to interact with fellow students who share a passion for an enriched college experience.
Once enrolled, Honors College students should maintain a 3.0 or higher cumulative average, maintain a satisfactory disciplinary record, and participate in Honors College activities. Planned activities include an active learning trip during the Fall 2024 semester focusing on the Mississippi Blues Trail Road, and a service-learning trip working with established nonprofits and locals on community-driven projects to make meaningful, sustainable contributions through hands-on work and deep exposure to different cultures. Through both types of activities, ECCC Honors College students learn vital collaboration and problem-solving skills and return inspired to make a difference at home, too.