Smarter Summer | ECTC

Smarter Summer

Have a smarter summer! During Summer 2021, ECTC is offering a new program to help students get ready for college. You can participate in one or multiple activities depending on your individual needs. Each service is designed to help you connect with college resources and make greater progress in the fall.

Summer Classes

Get a head start by taking a developmental course over the summer. Online and in-person sections of RDG 20, ENG 90 and MAT 61 are June 7 – August 1. Classes are limited to 10 students, meaning you’ll get more individual attention.

ECTC’s First Year Experience (FYE 105) course also will be offered in person as part of the Smarter Summer program. This class covers academic and personal success strategies and developing career goals, and it’s a great way to get familiar with ECTC before you start your fall classes.

Did we mention free tuition? That’s right! Tuition is free while scholarship funding lasts.

Tutoring will be available throughout the summer classes, and all Smarter Summer participants will have an opportunity to work with a peer mentor during the 2021-2022 academic year.

To learn more about enrolling in these summer classes, email

Smarter Summer Bootcamp

If you’re close to testing out of a developmental English or math class, you can save your time and money with Smarter Summer Bootcamp. This intensive tutoring program includes guided test prep in group and one-on-one settings, preparing you for the KYOTE and TABE placement tests. Smarter Summer Bootcamp is free and the testing fees are waived.

Register for one or both week-long bootcamps. If you’re not satisfied with your test scores at the end of the first week, that’s OK. You can continue working with bootcamp tutors and test again during the second week.

Use the links below to register:

New Student Orientation

New student orientation is the best way to learn the ropes at ECTC. And students who attend orientation are historically more successful. We’re offering in-person and virtual orientations throughout the summer. Register for orientation today!

Online Student Success Center

Coming this summer! Smarter Summer participants will have access to the Online Student Success Center, where you’ll find helpful resources for in-person and online learning, career services and financial aid options. Check back soon for details!


Designed to support underrepresented minority and low-income students, Creating Opportunities for Diversity in Education (CODE) provides resources for every aspect of succeeding as a college student. CODE will host the following events during Smarter Summer:

  • Cracking the CODE to Student Engagement
    June 18, 2021, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., Learning Resource Center (LRC)
    Join us to learn how to get engaged on ECTC’s Campus and why student engagement is so crucial to your future. A faculty and Phi Theta Kappa advisor will discuss opportunities within Phi Theta Kappa and opportunities to study abroad for a low cost. Pam Best will chat with you about options available with the First-Year Experience Club. Register today!
  • Cracking the CODE to Student Success at ECTC
    July 23, 2021, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., Learning Resource Center (LRC)
    This is your chance to learn about services, faculty, staff, tools, tutoring, and resources that you can use to increase your chances of success at ECTC and beyond. CIT faculty member Kae Cooper will provide an overview of Blackboard. Shannon McCullough will introduce you to our free online assistance. Faculty member Katrina Eicher will show you how to communicate best with your instructors. Register today!

WOW Week

Week of Welcome, or WOW Week, is a fun-filled event geared specifically for students during the first two days of classes each fall semester at ECTC to make them feel engaged and comfortable. This event hosts a variety of activities for students, including live bands and a DJ, food trucks, games and competitions, and door prizes and giveaways.

Many of our community businesses and agencies, transfer colleges, military branches, and ECTC student clubs and programs set up table booths at the event to inform students of their services, hire students for part-time jobs, and the list goes on and on!

WOW Week is August 16 and 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. - 2 p.m. on our Elizabethtown campus. Make plans to attend to become better acquainted with our college culture and support system! ECTC is here for you!