East Central College celebrated the grand opening of its newest location in Rolla Thursday, March 20, with a Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting and student-led tours of the facility.

The Rolla North facility is located at 2303 North Bishop Avee.

“The location on a main highway through Rolla with good access to Interstate 44 is ideal,” said Dr. Jon Bauer, ECC president. “It’s a nice complement to our main operation in the Rolla Technical Center on Forum Drive. We look forward to the opportunities this additional location will present and are eager to serve even more students in the region.”

College trustees Jim Perry and Ann Hartley joined with the Rolla Chamber of Commerce, city officials and community members for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

ECC students, faculty and staff were also in attendance.

The move to North Bishop allows for more space for ECC’s nursing programs which were previously housed in leased space on Bridge School Road.

The 7,900-square-foot facility was remodeled last fall to meet ECC’s needs and opened in January with the start of spring semester classes. In addition to classrooms and clinical lab space for the nursing program, the building contains three general purpose classrooms, a computer lab, meeting room, student lounge/study areas and office space for faculty and staff.

ECC began offering classes in Rolla in 1996 as part of its mandate from the Department of Higher Education to service an eight county region in Missouri. ECC is one of 12 community colleges in the state under this mandate; each serving a different region of the state.

ECC opened its original campus in Union in 1969 with 469 students.

Students enrolled in ECC classes in Rolla can select from transfer degrees in general studies, health science and teacher education.

Associate of Applied Science degrees are offered in early childhood education; business/management and technology; and pre-licensure and LPN to RN bridge nursing.

The college also partners with Rolla Technical Center and Rolla Technical Institute to offer a variety of career/technical programs.