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EPCC Graduates to be honored as part of school’s 50th Anniversary

On Friday, El Paso Community College (EPCC) will grant 2,290 degrees and certificates at its Fall 2019 Commencement exercises and welcome a special guest.

Former Texas Senator Joe Christie will be the Commencement Speaker.

Christie was instrumental in the creation of EPCC in 1969. His leadership and hard work in the Texas Senate created the framework and secured funding to open the doors to 901 students in 1971.

The fall graduation is the final event in the college’s yearlong 50th anniversary celebration, and the ceremony will be held at the Don Haskins Center on the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) campus.

“Graduation recognizes the prosperous futures of students who have completed their academic journey,” Dr. William Serrata, EPCC President said. “EPCC is committed to increasing the educational attainment in our region and commencement celebrates that success.”

The journey to the 50th anniversary for EPCC began with a vote. According to EPCC’s website:

The El Paso County Community College District was established in June 1969 when citizens of El Paso County voted to form a junior college district and elected a board of seven trustees to administer the college, but did not pass a tax or bond to fund the school.

By 1971, the Board of Trustees and citizens of the community requested state financial assistance to open the doors. The 62nd Texas Legislature appropriated funds and El Paso Community College became a reality, enrolling 901 students in September of that year.

“EPCC is annually recognized as the top grantor of associate degrees to Hispanic students in the nation,” college officials added. “EPCC focuses on completion to increase graduation rates and to prepare students with marketable skills for gainful employment.”

Currently, the college serves over 27,000+ credit students and 8,000 continuing education students each semester.

Graduation information:

Date & Location

December 13th at 5pm at the University of Texas El Paso Don Haskins Special Events Center, 151 Glory Road

Details

The Fall 2019 commencement times are as follows: Commencement 5:00 PM Check In at 3:30 PM

Associate of Arts

Associate of Arts in Teaching

Associate of Science

Associate of Applied Science

Certificate of Completion

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Professional Cameras Graduation Policy:

-Professional Cameras Allowed

-No Tripods

-No Backpacks

-No Zero-Gravity Rigs or Brackets

-No Umbrellas

-No Additional Light Sources

-No Cables/Wires

Prohibited Items

-Noisemakers

-Helium Balloons

-Large Signs/Banners

-Glass Containers

-Vapor Products (E-CIGS)

-Airhorns/Whistles

-Strollers

-Confetti

-Selfie Sticks

-Laser Pens

-Carseats

-Pets

EPCC selected to participate in Dana Center-led Collaboration

The Texas Transfer Alliance (TTA) has selected El Paso Community College (EPCC) as one of 26 Texas higher education institutions to participate in a one-year collaboration to improve student success in college.

“Changing the transfer landscape to improve student success requires dedicated collaboration between institutions,” said Martha Ellis, the Dana Center’s director of higher education strategy, policy, and services. “Seventy-five percent of Texans who earned a baccalaureate degree took courses at a community college as part of that degree. It is imperative that we work together to make sure students do not lose money, credits, and time when they move from institution to institution to complete their degrees. We anticipate very positive and visible impacts for Texas students, especially those from underrepresented racial and income groups.”

Every year, thousands of Texas students transfer between colleges and universities. Due to differences in policies and curricula among institutions, many students face major challenges in transferring course credits, leading to lost time and increased financial burdens that often impact their chances of successfully completing a degree.

Building on prior TTA work, the Dana Center leads this one-year effort, known as the Transfer Partnership Strategy (TPS), which is supported by a recent grant from the Trellis Foundation.

Since Fall 2018, TTA has collaborated with three national transfer partners—the Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program, HCM Strategists, and Sova—to develop a long-term strategy for improving successful student transfer in Texas, Minnesota, and Virginia.

Research indicates that successful student transfer relies on a broad range of local and regional factors including:

  • Alignment of degree requirements policies between colleges and universities to reduce lost credits
  • Reduction of time-to degree-completion
  • Introduction of student supports to promote the completion of entry-level mathematics and English courses within the first year
  • Student advising designed to provide four-year degree completion plans even for students attending two-year institutions.

The 26 Texas institutions selected for the Alliance’s TPS work represent two- and four-year institutions across the state. Institutions were chosen based on prior success in student transfer-related efforts as well as their relative sizes and positions within the state’s higher education landscape.

The Texas Transfer Alliance is a collaboration between the Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin, the Texas Association of Community Colleges (TACC), the Texas A&M University System, the Texas State University System, the University of North Texas System, and the University of Texas System.

EPCC Men’s Cross Country wins meet in California

The El Paso Community College (EPCC) men’s cross country team won the 29th Vanguard Invitational competing against 17 other schools.

EPCC men took the first four positions in their race, while the women finished in 2nd place in their race.

The Tejanos were led by Gideon Cheplak who finished 1st in the 8K race with a time of 23.55.

The Tejanas were led by reigning National Champion, Everlyn Kemboi who finished 1st with a time of 17:09 in the 5K race. Teammate Francisca Jebor finished in 2nd place.

The Women are currently ranked 2nd in the nation and the Men are ranked 4th in the most recent US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Poll.

Next up for the Cross Country Teams is the University of the Southwest Invite in Hobbs, New Mexico on October 18.

This season will lead up to EPCC hosting the 2019 NJCAA Half Marathon Championship on November 23rd as the finale of its year-long 50th anniversary celebration.

EPCC Professor Co-authors book; Named finalist for Regional Honor

Lawrence Welsh, El Paso Community College (EPCC) Professor of English, with co-authors, Ray Gonzalez and Bruce Berman, were named finalist for the 2019 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award.

The University of New Mexico Press published Cutting the Wire: Photographs and Poetry from the U.S. Mexico Border.

A collaboration between El Paso photographer Bruce Berman and poets Ray Gonzalez and Lawrence Welsh, the book, according to critics and reviews, offers readers a way to really look at the border between Mexico and the United States.

Welsh and Gonzalez’s poetry blends wonderfully with Berman’s visual investigations of the everyday realities of the border – detention centers, Smeltertown cemeteries and kids playing along a river levee.

According to critics and reviews, the multilayered histories of the border landscape provide an inexhaustible supply of rich and fertile raw material for the book’s three authors.

In February, the Pima County Library System in Arizona named the book a 2018 Southwest Book of the Year.

10th Annual ‘Buddy Walk’ set for Saturday

The Down Syndrome Coalition for El Paso (DSCEP), in partnership with El Paso Community College (EPCC) will hold the 10th annual Buddy Walk and 5K Fun Run.

The event will take place on Saturday, October 5 at the EPCC Valle Verde Campus Americana Village, located at 919 Hunter.

The run begins at 8:00 a.m., the walk festivities begin at 9:00 a.m. with the walk starting at 10:00 a.m.

As October is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month, the DSCEP Buddy Walk is one of 250 walks nationally.   The walk/run raises funds for the DSCEP, EPCC scholarships for students with disabilities and the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS).

The 5K run and the one-mile walk circles EPCC’s Valle Verde campus. Activities include entertainment, food trucks and information tables. Run prizes will be awarded in many categories.

Those interested in the event can register in advance for the walk as an individual or as a member of one of the many teams online.

Registration is available the day of the walk at the event location. The registration fee is $15 for the walk, $20 for the run and $30 for both. Registration includes a 2019 Buddy Walk t-shirt.

All individuals with Down syndrome and children in attendance will receive a Buddy Walk medal.

EPCC Diversity, Inclusion Programs and Faculty Recognized as National Role Models

National Harbor, Md  Minority Access Incorporated named El Paso Community College (EPCC) a winner of the 2019 Diversity Institution Recognition Award at its 20th National Role Models Conference.

EPCC was also honored to have two professors, Dr. Rebecca Escamilla and Dr. Xiomara C. Chianelli, named as 2019 National Role Models.

“I am honored to have our program recognized for making a mark on diversity,” Olga Chavez, EPCC Diversity Programs Director said. “Dr. Escamilla and Chianelli represent EPCC faculty’s work to better every student’s life.”

Dr. Rebecca Escamilla is currently an Associate Professor of Biology at EPCC’s Northwest campus. She feels that in order to ensure lifelong learning for her students, she must work to engage and challenge her students, both inside and outside the classroom.

Dr. Xiomara Chianelli is an Associate Professor of Biology at EPCC’s Transmountain campus. She enjoys mentoring students new to research.

Chianelli is currently teaching courses in Biology where students perform relevant and authentic research.

The Role Models Project brings attention to minorities excelling in STEM-related fields, whether academically or professionally.

According to their website, Minority Access Inc. is “committed to increasing diversity, decreasing disparities and reducing incidences of environmental injustices.”

El Paso Community College to hold part time, seasonal job fair

El Paso Community College (EPCC) Career & Transfer Services (CaTS) will hold a Part-Time & Seasonal Job Fair Wednesday, September 11, 2019.

Employers from different organizations will visit El Paso Community College to promote employment opportunities.

Job seekers should dress professionally, bring copies of their resume and be ready to interview on the spot.

For more information on the Part-Time & Seasonal Job Fair, please contact Silvia Dominguez or Aurea Garcia at (915) 831-2636.

This event is free and open to the public.

What: EPCC Career & Transfer Services Part-Time & Seasonal Job Fair
Where: EPCC Valle Verde Campus  |  Student Services Center 1st Floor Lobby  |  919 Hunter Dr.
When: Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

EPCC Board of Trustee members sworn in for new terms

El Paso Community College (EPCC) held a swearing-in ceremony for trustees during the May board meeting. The swearing-in ceremony welcomed Ms. Nina Piña who was newly elected.

Also sworn in were incumbents Dr. Carmen Olivas Graham and Ms. Christina Sanchez. All three won their respective elections on May 4, 2019.

“We are pleased to welcome Ms. Nina Piña, Ms. Christina Sanchez and Dr. Carmen Olivas Graham who were elected and sworn in as EPCC Trustees for a 6-year term,” EPCC President Dr. William Serrata said.

“The Board of Trustees has a laser-focus on student success and sets the vision for EPCC in achieving our mission of providing accessible, affordable and quality education so our students are able to achieve their dreams.”

Mrs. Nina Piña is the newly elected representative for District 6. As an educator for 11 years, former student and the parent of EPCC students, she advocates for the importance of higher education because it is the vehicle for upward mobility.

“As a businessperson, I’ve seen how higher education assists in our current economic environment,” Piña said.

Ms. Christina Sanchez is serving her first full term representing District 4 after originally being appointed to the board to fill a vacancy.

An El Paso native and the first generation of her family to attend college, she has practiced law with the El Paso County Attorney’s Office and currently serves as the Division Chief for the Commissioners Court Legal Unit.

In 2018, she became the President-Elect for the El Paso Women’s Bar Association.

Dr. Carmen Olivas Graham will serve her third term as District 5 Representative.

She has served Texas public schools for more than 27 years in various capacities starting as a teacher, administrator and parent educator.

As an adjunct professor, she has taught both at the university and community college levels and has worked with various international and local teacher education programs.

In addition to swearing-in trustees, the board also elected officers as follows:

Mr. Brian Haggerty, Chair

Dr. Carmen Olivas Graham, Vice Chair

Mrs. Belen Robles, Secretary

EPCC education students, staff heading to Finland, Sweden

A team of El Paso Community College students majoring in Education and select faculty will travel to Finland and Sweden for a teacher preparation program.

The tour is part of EPCC’s new partnership in the NASA Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program.

“This trip will also highlight a developing collaboration with NASA’s GLOBE program with the University of Helsinki and EPCC,” John Olgin, EPCC Physics Instructor said. “Now students in STEM education and teachers in our region can become official GLOBE teachers through EPCC workshops and actively participate in submitting earth science data to NASA.”

The students will gain insight on how these countries implement successful educational practices, and will incorporate this experience in their classrooms.

Finland is a leader in collaborative learning, student well-being and hands-on approach to learning. NASA GLOBE program collaborators in Finland will show how to engage students in studying environmental changes.

“My goal for this trip is to soak in as much information on teaching practices, culture, and experience as I can and use it to help people,” Myca Nguyen, EPCC Education Student said.

Follow the EPCC team on Facebook, beginning on May 18 for daily reports on their learning opportunities and travels.

Journalist, former EPCC Student Alfredo Corchado to discuss Mexican Immigration

El Paso Community College (EPCC) will host award-winning journalist, former EPCC student and University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) graduate, Alfredo Corchado for two discussions on the transformational Mexican immigration to the United States over the past three decades.

Corchado is an award-winning journalist and Mexico-Border correspondent for the Dallas Morning News.  He is the author of two acclaimed books: Midnight in Mexico and Homelands: Four Friends, Two Countries and the Fate of the Great Mexican-American Migration.

He was also the first editor of EPCC’s student publication, Borderlands.

The discussions are part of the EPCC 50th Anniversary Celebration and Spring Arts Festival.  The May 9th discussion will be held in partnership with the Jenna Welch & Laura Bush Community Library at EPCC’s Northwest Campus.

The evening discussion is held in partnership with the El Paso Museum of History as part of EPCC’s 50th Anniversary exhibition which is currently on display.

Both events are free and open to the public.

WHAT:                       Discussion with Alfredo Corchado

WHEN:                      Thursday, May 9, 2019, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

WHERE:                    EPCC Northwest Campus Library  |  6701 South Desert Blvd.

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WHAT:                       Discussion with Alfredo Corchado

WHEN:                      Thursday, May 9, 2019, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

WHERE:                    El Paso Museum of History  |  510 N. Santa Fe St.

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.”

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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.

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