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Home | News | EPCC Opens First-Year Experience Center
Photo form left to right: Dr. Ken Gonzalez, Keri Moe, John Uxer, Dr. Julie Penley, Dr. William Serrata, Belen Robles, Dr. Carmen Olivas-Graham, Sandra Lujan, Steve Smith, Dr. Paula Mitchell, Dr. Jaime Farias.

EPCC Opens First-Year Experience Center

On Thursday, El Paso Community College (EPCC) held a grand opening celebration for its new First-Year Experience Center.

EPCC officials said the center is designed to help “college students from the beginning of their college experience and guide them to a successful graduation.”

“Student success is our goal,” Sandra Lujan, Early Alert Coordinator said. “As a result, students will develop essential career skills, such as team work, study skills, public speaking and oral presentations in an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary fashion.”

Students visiting the center will also receive the assistance of academic advisors and peer academic coaches. The peer academic coaches are students who provide mentoring support to help students successfully navigate the demands of college life.

The center will have access to state-of-the-art technology, resources, and multimedia equipment.

“The First-Year Experience Center provides innovation and an abundance of resources that makes our students successful,” Diana Villegas said. “As a peer coach, I am present in classroom settings, assisting instructor, providing stress management workshops, and am able to coach a cohort of students.”

Early Alert helps address obstacles students face in an outside of the classroom so they can stay in and excel in their classes.

The Early Alert Program and the First-Year Experience Center at EPCC rests on the collaborative efforts of faculty, counselors, advisors and academic support services working together.

The First-Year Experience Center is located at EPCC Valle Verde Campus, room A2433.

Students, faculty, staff, administrators and board of trustees attended the opening of this innovative center which operates in conjunction with EPCC’s Early Alert Program.

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