Why ECC?

Making the choice to continue your education is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make. At ECC, we don’t take your decision lightly, so we do everything we can to be the best choice for you.

ECC is regionally accredited, so your college credits are transferable to other colleges and universities. In fact, ECC sends more transfer students to Rutgers University, Montclair State University, and the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) than any other two-year institution in New Jersey. We regularly send our students to Ivy League schools and other top institutions as well.

Of course, many ECC students aren’t looking to transfer at all – they want to quickly enter the workplace with marketable skills. ECC provides corporate training for 61 area businesses, and our graduates have secured employment at national firms like Goldman Sachs and Prudential.

Whether your goal is to push your education even further, start a career you’ll love, or learn new skills for the job you already have, ECC aims to be the right choice for you.

Spring 2020: Classes have begun!

Life at ECC

ECC is all about making your college life easier and more enjoyable. Between our three convenient campuses, we provide services for students of all kinds.

Students can enjoy the use of our fitness and recreational center, library, career resources center, computer labs, counseling, childcare, and more. Students can also enjoy world-class athletics from a program that sent 22 athletes to the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics.

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Who Attends ECC?

Essex County College is proud to have a student body and faculty that is a true symbol of diversity.

We welcome students from 53 different countries across five continents. More than half of our students receive some sort of financial aid, and we’ve been designated as a military friendly college.

ECC is attended by Ivy League graduates and Olympians, and it’s also attended by community members looking to learn some new skills. Whatever your goal, ECC is here to help you reach it.

Graduates transfer to top institutions


Essex County College is an open access community college that serves the diverse needs of students through comprehensive educational programs, training, and continuing education. Essex County College is dedicated to academic excellence and the success of its students.


A Beacon for Education and Knowledge, Essex County College attracts people who seek a better life through education. We transform lives, broaden learning and empower students to achieve their full potential. Our college community and graduates are change agents and leaders who contribute to the health, vitality and advancement of society

Our Values


We affirm teaching and learning as our primary purpose. The College seeks to instill in students general and specialized knowledge, the ability to think critically, and a commitment to civic responsibility. We value academic freedom and support the open exchange of ideas and experiences.


We believe in creating a learning environment that fosters high expectations for achievement. The College is committed to rigorous academic standards, faculty excellence, and responsive support services that enable students to reach their full academic, professional and personal potential. We provide excellent programs that utilize technology, demonstrate innovation, and undergo evaluation to ensure consistent and outstanding performance.


We support programs that enhance the economic and social development of Essex County. We value our role as a vital community resource and are dedicated to forging effective partnerships with our many constituencies.


We honor our history and valued traditions of Essex County College, the City of Newark and the County of Essex. We also welcome transformative power of education to change lives. Building upon our past achievements, we eagerly embrace the future by pursuing innovations in teaching, administration, and student services.


We support programs that enhance the economic and social development of Essex County. We value our role as a vital community resource and are dedicated to forging effective partnerships with our many constituencies.

Biology, Chemistry & Physics

The Biology, Chemistry and Physics Division offers A.S. degree programs designed to prepare students to transfer to four-year institutions.

Our experienced faculty members hold advanced degrees and have extensive research experience in their fields. The programs utilize state-of-the-art laboratories for biology, chemistry, and physics, and students have access to multimedia computer laboratories.

Academic Degrees:

Biology/ Pre-Medicine (A.S.)
Chemistry (A.S.)
Environmental Science (A.S.)
General Science (A.S.)

Dr. Eunice Kamunge
Chairperson of Biology, Chemistry & Physics


The Business Division offers A.S. degree programs designed to prepare students to transfer to four-year institutions and A.A.S. and certificate programs designed to prepare students for business careers immediately upon graduation. Our courses are also designed to develop technical skills in specialized areas.

The faculty have diverse academic and professional backgrounds including years of practical experience in the business field. Cooperative education credits are offered to students in a number of program areas to develop real world experience and to enhance employability skills.

Academic Degrees:

Accounting (A.A.S.)

Accounting (A.S.)

Business Administration (A.A.S)

Business Administration (A.S.)

Business Administration & Microcomputer Applications Option (A.A.S.)

Business Administration: Financial Services Option (A.A.S.)

Business Administration: Hospitality Management Option (A.A.S.)

Finance (A.S.)

Microcomputer Systems Applications (A.A.S.)

Supply Chain Management (A.S.)

Academic Certificates:

Business Career Development

Business Professional

Information Systems Office Operations

Certificate(s) of Achievement:

Internet-Web Design Specialist

Dr. Augustine Boakye
Chairperson of Business

Health Sciences

The Health Sciences Division offers A.S. degree programs designed to prepare students to transfer to four-year institutions and A.A.S. and certificate programs designed to prepare students for health careers immediately upon graduation.

The faculty are licensed to practice in their respective fields and have diverse academic and professional backgrounds. Most hold advanced practice credentials in their professional field. The programs utilize state-of-the-art on-campus laboratories to facilitate student learning.

Academic Degrees:

Health Science (A.S.)

Physical Therapist Assistant (A.A.S.)

Radiography (A.A.S.)

Vision Care Technology (A.A.S.)

Certificate of Achievement:

Vision Care Technology

Professor Darlyn Warner
Coordinator of Radiography

Humanities & Bilingual Studies

The Humanities & Bilingual Sciences Division encompasses art, cinema, communications, dance, drama, English composition, English literature, history, music, new media technology, philosophy, speech, and world languages.

It offers numerous A.A. and A.S. degree programs transferable to four-year institutions, and A.A.S. and certificate programs in preparation for immediate employment upon graduation.

The Division is responsible for general education courses in art, English, history, music, and world languages required by various degree programs. It also handles developmental courses in reading and writing - including English as a Second Language (ESL) courses - to assist students who are not yet fully prepared for college-level courses.

To supplement the classroom experience, the Humanities and Bilingual Studies faculty develop and support various cultural events and organizations to promote positive cultural awareness among students and the bilingual communities of Essex County.

Academic Degrees:

Arts (A.A.)

Liberal Arts (A.A.)

Liberal Arts: Africana Studies Option (A.A.)

Liberal Arts: Communications Option (A.A.)

Liberal Arts: Journalism Option (A.A.)

Liberal Arts: Spanish Language Option (A.A.)

Music (A.S.)

New Media Technology (A.A.S.)

Academic Certificates:

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Certificates of Achievement:


Digital Media and Electronic Publishing

Dr. James Freeman
Chairperson of Humanities & Bilingual Studies

Mathematics, Engineering Technologies & Computer Sciences

The Mathematics, Engineering Technologies & Computer Sciences Division offers A.S. degree programs designed to prepare students to transfer to four-year institutions to pursue advanced degrees in mathematics, engineering, computer science and technology; as well as A.A.S. and certificate programs designed to prepare students to enter the workforce immediately upon graduation.

The Mathematics Department also provides general education courses in mathematics required for all degree programs, as well as developmental mathematics courses which, upon completion, enable students to perform successfully in mathematics-intensive courses and science courses required in their major area of study.

Faculty of the Division are experienced educators with diverse backgrounds in the various applied sciences and technical fields who are well qualified to prepare students for a wide variety of careers. Furthermore, many of the Division faculty have professional experience in industrial settings and have earned doctoral degrees or professional engineering licenses in their field of specialty.

The Center for Technology, which houses the Engineering and Computer Science faculty and laboratories, has 30,000 square feet of classrooms, laboratories, and office space. The engineering and computer science courses utilize cutting-edge equipment in spacious laboratories designed for training the next generation of engineers, technicians, and scientists.

Academic Degrees:

Applied Computer Science (A.S.)

Architectural Technology (A.A.S.)

Civil Engineering Technology (A.A.S.)

Computer Information Systems (A.S.)

Computer Science (A.S.)

Cybersecurity & Network Technology (A.A.S.)

Electronic Engineering Technology (A.A.S.)

Engineering (A.S.)

Health Information Technology (A.A.S.)

Manufacturing Engineering Technology (A.A.S.)

Mathematics (A.S.)

Mechanical Engineering Technology (A.A.S.)

Software Development Technology (A.A.S.)

Technical Studies (A.A.S.)

Technical Studies: Uniform Construction Code Technology (A.A.S.)

Academic Certificates:

Computer and Network Support


Database System Administration


Software Development & Programming

Certificates of Achievement:

Building Code Technology

Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Technology

Electrical Code Technology

Fire Code Technology

Plumbing Code Technology

Dr. Dmitriy Kalantarov
Chairperson of Mathematics, Engineering Technologies & Computer Sciences


The Nursing Department offers the A.A.S. degree program designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in hospitals and other health care facilities immediately upon graduation.

Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to take the certification exam (NCLEX) to become a registered nurse. The Department also offers the opportunity for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) to gain credit for previous LPN education and license toward the completion of an A.A.S. degree in Nursing.

The Nursing program utilizes state-of-the-art on-campus laboratories, including a nursing simulation laboratory and a multimedia computer laboratory, to facilitate student learning.

Many colleges have upper-division nursing programs which allow Associate Degree graduates to transfer most or all of their credits toward a Bachelor of Science degree program in Nursing (B.S.N.).

Currently Essex County College has such articulation agreements with New York University, New Jersey City University, St. Peter’s College, Felician College, Kean University, Rutgers University, Seton Hall University, and William Paterson University.

Academic Degrees:

Nursing (A.A.S.)

Nursing: Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Articulation Option (A.A.S.)

Academic Certificate(s):

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

Dr. Gale Gage
Chairperson of Nursing

Social Sciences

The Social Sciences Division offers A.S. degree and A.A. degree programs designed to prepare students to transfer to four-year institutions, and A.A.S. degree and certificate programs designed to prepare students for careers in the social sciences immediately upon graduation.

For students majoring in Human and Social Services and Education, there is a mandatory internship experience required as part of the curriculum. Students in select programs may earn cooperative education credits for work experience related to academic or career interests.

Students who wish to take specific career courses for employment advancement are encouraged to meet with the chairperson of the Division, or coordinators of respective programs for assistance in selecting courses that will meet their special needs.

The faculty hold advanced degrees, are professionally active, and are also involved in research and publication. They serve on numerous boards and committees, and are leaders in human service fields, frequently organizing training events for agency networks in the region.

Academic Degrees:

Criminal Justice (A.S.)

Education (A.A.)

Human and Social Services (A.A.S.)

Paralegal Studies (A.S.)

Physical Education (A.S.)

Social Sciences (A.S.)

Academic Certificates:

Legal Secretary

Massage Therapy

Certificates of Achievement:

Child Development Associate

Human and Social Services

Nurse Paralegal


Dr. Mamie Bridgeforth
Chairperson of Social Sciences