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EPCC, El Paso Sheriff’s Department Team Up to Warm the Community

El Paso Community College (EPCC) students and staff presented 656 blankets to the El Paso County Sheriff’s Department as part of the fifth annual Keep El Pasoans Warm Campaign.

“The El Paso community has always supported EPCC and in turn, we look for ways to pass it on,” Cheryl Bowman, Keep El Pasoans Warm Campaign Chair said.

“The college knows the heart-wrenching situations that Sheriff’s deputies encounter throughout the county when their duties take them into homes in desperate need.   By working together, we can do more than we can alone.”

The fifth annual campaign is a partnership between the EPCC Professional Staff Association, Police Department, Service Learning Office, Student Technology Services, Chemistry Club, Fire Tech Academy, Criminal Justice Club and the entire EPCC family.

The Sheriff’s Department will distribute the collected items to those in need throughout El Paso County.

For more information on the EPCC PSA Humanitarian Outreach Committee, contact Cheryl Bowman at 831-6574.

Left to right: Carmen Wages, EPCC Professional Staff President; Sheriff Richard Wiles; Christian Venegas, EPCC Student Technology Services; Savannah Caraveo, EPCC Student Technology Services; Dr. William Serrata, EPCC President; Chief Jose Ramirez, EPCC Police Department

UTEP & EPCC Social Work Interns Help SEISD’s Alarcon Elementary

Lorenzo G. Alarcon Elementary is proud to open its doors to students in the Social Work Internship Program from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and El Paso Community College (EPCC).

“We are always so grateful every time UTEP and EPCC sends us interns,” said Nora Garcia, Counselor at Alarcon Elementary. “We love having them here. They serve as additional support to our students, parents, and staff and make an incredible difference in our students’ social and emotional growth. Interns will always be welcomed here with open arms.”

The interns sent to Alarcon Elementary are completing their Associates, Bachelors, and Masters degrees in Social Work at the end of the 2018-2019 school year. They made the commitment to complete 16 hours of internship per week for a total of 240 hours.

Both UTEP and EPCC have assigned several of their students to complete their internship hours at San Elizario ISD’s Alarcon Elementary.

“So far this experience has been very humbling because I have never worked with kids in a school setting before,” said Diana Romero, a Social Work major at UTEP.

“The environment at Alarcon Elementary is very welcoming and the students and staff are all so friendly and full of energy. I am having a great time here.”


For residents that may be interested in interning at Alarcon Elementary, please contact Nora Garcia at (915) 872-3930  ext. 3458.

EPCC Runner wins Cross Country Event in California

El Paso Community College (EPCC) Men’s Cross country team member, Gideon Cheplak won the University of California at Riverside Highlander Invitational on October 13, 2018.

Cheplak’s time for the 8K race was 24m: 24s. Over 250 runners participated in the men’s race from universities and colleges all over the southwest. The Tejanos’ team finished fifth overall.

Everlyn Kemboi, who finished seventh in the 5K race, led the women’s team with a time of 17m: 18s. The Tejanas’ team finished fourth overall.

The EPCC men and women’s teams consistently have been ranked nationally in the top five by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Next on the schedule, EPCC will compete at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region V Championship at Ranger, Texas on October 27, 2018.

EPCC Holds Grand Opening for New Fire Training Academy

El Paso Community College (EPCC) held a grand opening celebration for its state-of-the-art Fire Technology Academy Training Facility on Tuesday morning.

During the event, EPCC and area fire department dignitaries attended as current Fire Technology Academy gave life-saving demonstrations.

“The Fire Technology Academy Training Facility is an example of how EPCC provides high-quality and affordable instruction,” Steve Smith, Vice President of Instruction and Workforce Education said. “EPCC is training workers with the skills to sustain and improve quality of life in our region.”

“The students trained at this facility have committed to a career of saving lives and helping individuals in our community stay safe,” Myshie Pagel, Dean of Career and Technology Education.

Since beginning in the 1970s, the program has graduated over 1,000 students adding to the workforce locally, throughout the state and the nation.

Additionally, regional fire departments look to EPCC to provide training for their departments.   For more information on the program, click here.

EPCC Named ‘2018 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity’ Award Winner

On Friday, El Paso Community College (EPCC) officials announce that the college received the 2018 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

“El Paso Community College is proud of our efforts to always be at the forefront of diversity and inclusion.” Dr. William Serrata, EPCC President said. “The HEED Award validates the college’s hard work to champion diversity and equity.”

As a recipient of the annual HEED Award — a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion — EPCC will be featured, along with 95 other recipients, in the November 2018 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

This is the sixth year in a row EPCC has been named a HEED Award recipient.

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine selected EPCC because of its work to foster and promote cultural awareness and respect not only among employees but also among our students and the surrounding El Paso community. The target is to educate and disseminate information that highlights and celebrates the numerous cultures that construct and influence our world.

“The HEED Award process consists of a comprehensive and rigorous application that includes questions relating to the recruitment and retention of students and employees — and best practices for both — continued leadership support for diversity, and other aspects of campus diversity and inclusion,” said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

“Our standards are high, and we look for institutions where diversity and inclusion are woven into the work being accomplished every day across their campus.”

For more information about the 2018 HEED Award, click here.

Video+Story: EPCC Grants Scholarship for Children’s College

The El Paso Community College (EPCC) Pride Committee announced the winner for their “Draw Tejano Jack” contest, Jocelyn Nuñez, from Canutillo Elementary School.

“I am so excited to win this prize,” Jocelyn said, “I want to continue my education and become an engineer and design airplanes in the future.”

The winner was announced in a brief ceremony among faculty, classmates and principal from Canutillo Elementary as well as the Community College Pride Committee from EPCC.

As part of their pride celebration in April, EPCC invited fifth graders from five adopted elementary schools to submit a drawing of the EPCC mascot, Tejano Jack (TJ).

Five-hundred fifth graders submitted their drawings; A winner from every adopted school was selected to represent their district:

Kimberly Vidal – Douglass Elementary, El Paso ISD

Mia Cruz Ramirez – Ramona Elementary, Ysleta ISD

Oswaldo Ponce – Campestre Elementary, Socorro ISD

Leyla Garcia – Frank Macias Elementary, Clint ISD

Jocelyn Nuñez – Canutillo Elementary, Canutillo ISD

Jocelyn was the Grand Prize Winner of the EPCC Children’s College Certificate, which includes a scholarship to enroll in the Continuing Education Children’s College for the Summer 2018 semester.

Jocelyn Nuñez, Tejano Jack Drawing Contest Winner for scholarship to enroll in a Continuing Education Children’s College for Summer 2018

Grand Prize Winner EPCC Children’s College Certificate of Recognition Monday, May 7, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Canutillo Elementary #EPCCpride #TheBestPlacetoStart

Posted by El Paso Community College on Monday, May 7, 2018

EPCC Student Awarded $40,000 Transfer Scholarship

El Paso Community College (EPCC)student Andrea Porras is one of 47 recipients of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship (JKCFUTS). This highly competitive national scholarship will provide Andrea Porras with up to $40,000 annually for a maximum of three years to complete her bachelor’s degree.

Porras was raised in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, graduated from Chapin High School in 2015 and soon after, started taking courses at EPCC in the Fall 2015.

Porras has been actively involved in EPCC. She is currently serving as the President for the EPCC Student Government Association, enrolled in the Honors Program, Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society, has listed on the Dean’s and President’s List.

For Porras it is not the first time she has earned a scholarship. In 2016 she received the North East Rotary Club and the Student Government Scholarship; 2017 she earned the Hispanic Heritage Month Scholarship.

With all these achievements is no surprise that Porras will graduate in May 2018 with an accumulative GPA of 3.96/4.00.

With the support of her family and this prestigious scholarship Porras is planning on studying out of state. “I am applying to different universities such as Stanford, UTSA, Baylor and NYU,” Porras said “My goal is to earn my Bachelors in Communications and Public Relations and then go to law school.”

“On behalf of the Board of Trustees, El Paso Community College congratulates Ms. Porras’ selection as one of 47 students selected nationally for this most prestigious scholarship. EPCC is committed to helping students achieve their academic goals and preparing them for transfer to UTEP and other 4-year institutions,” Dr. William Serrata, EPCC President said.

“We produce competitive and qualified students and Ms. Andrea Porras, selected for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, is one example of EPCC’s academic excellence.”

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