Erie Community College

121 Ellicott St 
Buffalo NY 14203 

(716) 842-2770

Erie Community College

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Erie Community College
Erie Community College logo.png
Established 1946
Type Community college
President Jack Quinn
Academic staff 519 (Buffalo campus),[1]
607 (North campus),[2]
400 (South campus)[3]
Undergraduates 14,328[4]
Location United States Williamsville, NY, US
42°57'34?N 78°43'18?W? / ?42.95932°N 78.721536°W? / 42.95932; -78.721536Coordinates: 42°57'34?N 78°43'18?W? / ?42.95932°N 78.721536°W? / 42.95932; -78.721536
Campus Suburban
120 acres (0.49 km2)
Former names New York State Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences at Buffalo
Erie County Technical Institute
Colors red and black         
Sports Football, bowling
Nickname Kats
Affiliations National Junior College Athletic Association, Region III, Western New York Athletic Conference
Erie Community College Kats logo.jpg

Erie Community College is a two-year community college that is part of the 64-campus SUNY system. It is the fourth-largest community college in New York State.[citation needed]

ECC serves Erie County and the surrounding communities of western New York. The college currently enrolls more than 13,000 students.[citation needed]

The college has three campuses, located in Buffalo, Williamsville, and Orchard Park. ECC offers more than 90 associate degree and certificate programs, non-credit courses and training programs. The current president of ECC is former Congressman Jack Quinn, who was appointed in April 2008.


The college began as the New York State Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences at Buffalo in 1946. A few years after it joined the State University system in 1948, it became Erie County Technical Institute in 1953. In 1960 the college moved to its North Campus location in Williamsville. In 1968 the name was changed to its present designation. The South Campus in Orchard Park opened in 1974. In 1971, the City Campus, housed in the former Bishop O’Hern High School in downtown Buffalo, had already opened, making ECC the first multi-campus college in New York State outside of New York City. In 1981 the city campus was moved to the newly-renovated Old Post Office, an architectural landmark, in the center of downtown Buffalo.


In March 2011, ECC announced a partnership with whereby ECC Criminal Justice graduates may pursue a Cazenovia Baccalaureate degree in Criminal Justice and Homeland Security on the grounds of ECC, North Campus. The program takes approximately three years to complete. ECC offers a variety of EMS programs including EMT-Basic, the advanced EMT-Intermediate and is the only place in the area offering Paramedic. EMT-B is offered at South and North campuses while the advanced certificates are only offered in the Orchard Park location.


The ECC athletic teams (14 varsity sports) are called the Kats. As a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association Region III Division and the Western New York Athletic Conference, ECC teams compete against two-year and four-year institutions throughout the Northeast. The Kats football team, which competes in the Northeast JC Football Conference, plays at Jim Ball Stadium, an 1800-seat natural grass facility located adjacent to Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York.

In 2010, President Jack Quinn announced he was cutting eight sports in a controversial move. The eight sports included all of the track and cross country sports and men's and women's golf.[citation needed]

The cut to the athletic department was considered controversial due to the fact that the eight sports cut saved the school approximately $50,000 a year, compared to the $250,000 a season spent the on the football team.[citation needed]

Notable Alumni

Sources: Google Maps, The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Wikipedia, Yahoo! Answers

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