Message from the President | ECTC

Message from the President

Published on Jun 24, 2021

Over the last several weeks, thousands of individuals across our region celebrated a remarkable milestone — graduation.

At Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, graduation looked a little different this year. Still, our virtual and drive-thru style ceremonies were as moving and captivating as ever. That’s because behind each degree and diploma awarded, there was a graduate who had overcome the unforeseen challenges of COVID-19. They were on a path to a better life, and nothing would stand in their way, not even a global pandemic. We couldn’t be more proud of their dedication, hard work, sacrifice, and perseverance. 

The same is true for the high school Class of 2021. Their senior year was not what they expected, but they, too, persisted and met the challenge. The qualities these students demonstrated will continue to set them apart as they begin the next phase of their educational journeys. 

As this new phase begins, high school graduates may have more questions than ever about college. We know the pandemic has taken a toll on traditional college planning. For instance, college fairs went virtual this year and college visits were restricted. 

For those recent grads, there are two things I want you to hear. First, no matter what you do and no matter where you go, keep moving forward. Keep working for the life you want. 

Secondly, if you have questions about college, talk to us. ECTC is your community and technical college, and we’re ready to get you started, whether you’re confident in your chosen career pathway or need help exploring your options. 

ECTC’s Fall 2021 classes begin Aug. 16. Students eager to start in-person classes as well as students who prefer online classes have plenty of options. 

Plus, this fall begins our new eight-week class schedule, 8-Week Advantage, allowing students more flexibility and greater success as they focus on fewer classes at a time over the course of the 16-week semester.

There’s an incredible year ahead at ECTC, and we can’t wait to welcome all our returning students and new freshman to our campuses for Fall 2021. 

Take care of each other, and congratulations to the Class of 2021!


Juston C. Pate, Ph. D. 
ECTC President/CEO