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Elgin Community College: Elgin Community College (ECC) has a long history of serving the.

educational needs of Elgin, Illinois, as a part of the Illinois Community College System. Since its funding in January 1949, the college has continued to grow, and today it is a modern campus consisting of 13 buildings. with additional classes offered at satellite locations that bring opportunities for learning to the residents of nearby suburbs. Even in high school, students can begin taking advantage of the options offered by ECC through its Tech Prep Dual. Credit and Tech Prep Articulated Credit courses. Tis Middle College program also allows seniors at five local high schools to earn college and high school credits at the same time by taking certain ECC classes.

In 2012, ECC was one of only 66 institutions nationwide to be named a Leader College by Achieving the Dream, Inc., in recognition of its work in raising persistence and completion rates and closing achievement gaps. The college is currently accredited by the North Central Association/Higher Learning Commission, and individual programs may have additional accreditations. Among these programs is Histotechnologv. which is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).

There are two options offered in the ECC Histotechnology program--an Associate of Applied Science: Histotechnology and a Vocational Specialist Certificate: Histotechnology. In the certificate option, the curriculum is designed to be completed in nine months of full-time study. The classes include English Composition, Introduction to Healthcare Vocabulary. Histotechnology Topics I and II, Embedding and Cutting I and II. Special Stains and a practicum course that provides students with supervised experience in a histology lab, where they practice performing tasks such as grossing, processing. embedding, cutting and staining. They also experience interaction with other histology personnel. During a second practicum, they build upon that experience and knowledge with further practice of their skills. The certificate program also includes required courses in human anatomy and physiology.

In addition to the required classes in the certhicate program. the histology associate degree option includes courses in social and behavioral science and liberal education requirements. Among the other requirements are classes in microbiology, chemistry interpersonal communication and college algebra.

For students who wish to go on to earn bachelor's degrees. beginning a program of study at EGG can make transfer to a four-year college or university a seamless process. Entering direct ly into the field of histotechnology should also be a quick process for graduates of the EGG program, because upon completion of either the certificate or associate degree program., students are eligible to sit for the national certification exam administered by the American Clinical Pathology.

Organizations like the National Society for Histotechnology have noted that today there are more jobs for histotechnicians than there are educated professionals to fill diem. Therefore. it is very fortunate that programs such as the one at Elgin Community College are continuing to meet the need for well-trained and skilled professionals to work in this high-demand field.

Elgin Community College's Histotechnology program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences and offers an Associate degree and a certificate option.

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