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El Paso Community College’s Kristin Sanchez Honored with Librarian of the Year

On Thursday, the Border Regional Library Association (BRLA) named Kristin Sanchez its Librarian of the Year for 2019.

“I am very honored to receive the BRLA Librarian of the Year award.” Kristin Sanchez said. “The students inspire me to continue to learn and grow as a librarian so that I can help them on their path to success.”

Sanchez is an El Paso Community College (EPCC) Professor/District-wide Library Coordinator and Rio Grande Campus Head Librarian.

“Kristin is generous with her time, her talents and her willingness to help and do for others.” Paula Mitchell, Interim AVP Instruction and Student Success said.

“She is most definitely service oriented and makes me and other librarians feel good and proud to be part of a profession that helps so many who present diverse and unique informational needs.”

The Border Regional Library Association (BRLA) is an organization founded in 1966 for the promotion of library service and librarianship in the El Paso/Las Cruces/Juárez metroplex.

Current membership includes over 100 librarians, paraprofessionals, media specialists and library friends and trustees from all types of libraries in the tri-state area of Trans-Pecos Texas, Southern New Mexico and Northern Chihuahua.

Marathon Petroleum $167k Grant to Enhance Training in Welding, Machining Technology at EPCC

On Wednesday, officials with El Paso Community College (EPCC) and Marathon Petroleum announced a new partnership between the two organizations  for workforce development.

In addition to the new partnership, Marathon Petroleum presented EPCC officials with a $167,000 grant, that will go to support Welding and Machining Technology programs housed at it Advanced Technology Center on the Valle Verde campus.

“Education and ongoing training are required for today’s workers and the success of our community,” Dr. William Serrata, EPCC President said. “EPCC fills a vital role for our region’s employers to ensure that their employees have the skills they need to be successful in the workplace.”

With the grant, EPCC will expand its Welding and Machining Technology programs, offer additional credentials for students to receive advanced certifications and fund the latest equipment to train students in these high-demand fields.

“At Marathon Petroleum, we value the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others and are committed to collaborating with our stakeholders to create cleaner, safer, well-educated communities where we operate,” Billy McClain, Marathon Petroleum Vice President of Refining said.

“One way we believe we can make a difference is to invest in initiatives that better prepare career/technical education (CTE) students for professional and academic success by increasing access to high-quality educational resources and instruction. We are pleased to partner with El Paso Community College toward this objective.”

EPCC officials added, “Certified graduates will also expand the skill base of our regional workforce, by being prepared for work with training in the professionalism and safety required in modern industry.”

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.

EPCC Ranked ‘#1 Degree Producer for Hispanic Students’ for 14th Consecutive Year

New York – The Hispanic Outlook on Education Magazine has once again ranked El Paso Community College (EPCC) on its Top Community Colleges for Hispanics list.

“Being ranked #1 for 2-year degrees awarded to Hispanic students exemplifies EPCC’s role as a national higher education leader and our reputation for student excellence,” said EPCC President Dr. William Serrata. “It reflects our commitment to open admissions with high expectations for the students we serve, and as a result, EPCC is strengthening our community, the state, and the entire nation.”

For the 14th year in a row, EPCC has earned the nation-wide distinction of being the #1 granter of associate degrees by 2-year schools.

According to data presented in the Top Community Colleges for Hispanics issue of the Hispanic Outlook Magazine, EPCC awarded 3,128 associate degrees to Hispanic students.  EPCC ranks #2 for total degrees and certificates combined awarded to Hispanic students, with 3.437 granted.

The College also ranks #2 among the Top 25 Community Colleges with the most Hispanic enrollees, with a Hispanic population of 24,537 students totaling 85% percent of the total student enrollment.

These rankings are just one of EPCC’s many national recognitions that EPCC President Dr. William Serrata is particularly proud of earning.

Serrata credits the work of faculty and staff for facilitating student success that helps students cross the stage at graduation and earn that degree or certificate.  As a first-generation community college student himself, he says it is extremely important help all students, including Hispanic students, and others underrepresented in higher education get degrees since higher education is the only path to the middle class.

The annual ranking is based on several factors, including the percentage of Hispanic students in attendance, total student enrollment, two-year schools awarding the most associate degrees to Hispanics, and the percentage of Hispanics awarded associate degrees by two-year schools.

“The capability of our students is exemplified by this ranking and we are especially proud of their dedication and success,” Steve Smith, Vice President of Workforce and Continuing Education said.  “This is evidence of our commitment to affordable and high-quality education, and is also testament to the efforts our excellent faculty, staff and administration who strive every day to provide our students with powerful educational opportunities.”

Data for the rankings is from the NCES IPEDS Database for community colleges granting the most associate degrees in 2017.

El Paso Community College Professor Honored with National Award

Louisville, Kentucky – Hector Zamora, El Paso Community College (EPCC) Criminal Justice Professor, received the Father William Diersen Award, the highest honor bestowed by Dismas Charities, Inc.

The award presented to Zamora during the awards banquet following the annual Leadership Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, is named in honor of Dismas’ founder.

Zamora is responsible for the development of a national initiative whose goal is to create internships in all Dismas Charities programs across the nation. His relationship with numerous universities have seen the company’s Internship Program grow quickly.

Many of the students become permanent employees of Dismas.

Education officials refer to Dismas as an ideal location as it is a controlled environment with multiple challenges. “Hector Zamora challenged me, constantly providing great feedback and being patient with me,” wrote one intern. Another offered that Zamora was “encouraging and supportive, and a positive step in my learning, ability, and progress.”

The criteria for the award states that the “recipient demonstrated exceptional motivation toward the betterment of the community through direct, active, and frequent action. They improved the quality of life of their fellow man and/or the citizenry by their leadership. They took on difficult issues and challenges, followed them through to successful fruition, made a brighter day, and offered hope for the future of his fellow man. The award-winner instilled a sense of belief and faith in others, pointing the way and offering encouragement and support and proved their honesty and integrity are at the forefront of every decision, and acted without thought of personal gain. Dismas Charities gives men and women releasing from state and federal incarceration the skills and motivation to re-enter society as contributing members. The work of Dismas is to end the cycle of victimization and to heal the human spirit.”

Dismas Charities is a not-for-profit company that operates 35 Re-Entry Centers nationwide. In New Mexico and Tennessee, it is known as Diersen Charities.

El Paso Community College Opens Spring Baseball, Softball Seasons

El Paso Community College (EPCC) welcomes spring with the opening of baseball and softball season.

The Tejanos baseball team in their 24th season and the Tejanas softball team in their 22nd season are members of the Western Junior College Athletic Conference (WJCAC) of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).

The teams play their home games at the EPCC Valle Verde campus, located at 919 Hunter.

The Men’s Baseball team begins their season on the road against Scottsdale Community College on January 25. The Tejanos’ first home stand will be versus Pima Community College February 1 and 2.

The Tejanos’ head coach Cesar Romero, is in his 2nd season at EPCC.

The Women’s Softball team begin their season on the road in Beeville, Texas at the Coastal Bend Community College Tournament. The Tejanas’ first home game is February 15 against Cisco Community College.

The Tejanas’ head coach is Kathryn Gutierrez and she is starting her 10th season at EPCC.

EPCC Programs Named Finalists for Bellwether Award

San Antonio – The Community College Futures Assembly (CCFA) named El Paso Community College (EPCC) Student Technology Service (STS) and Student Culinary Service (SCS) finalists for the 2019 Bellwether Award.

“This consideration is a statement to the hard work and dedication of the current and former students in the Culinary Arts program at EPCC,” Chef Jonathan Nickerson, SCS Manager said.

The program hires and trains students in the real work environment for future reference related to their major.

“STS has a positive impact for students to succeed at EPCC,” Debbie Aguilera, STS Manager said.

The STS and SCS programs were two of 10 finalists in the instructional programs and services category. The 2019 Bellwether awards

Photo courtesy EPCC

received over 200 applications.

STS is the student employment arm of the Instructional area of El Paso Community College. STS, managed entirely by students, is a program that empowers decision-making, budget management, and customer service.

Meanwhile, SCS provides hands on training and instruction to increase preparation skills in the culinary arts and restaurant management for students in the program.

The winners will be announced at the CCFA Annual Meeting on February 5, 2019 in San Antonio.

CCFA recognizes effective programs in the area of workforce development, instructional programs and services and planning, governance, and finance.

EPCC’s Annual K-12 Art Exhibit Now Open

El Paso Community College (EPCC) will host the annual K-12 Art Exhibit at the EPCC Administrative Services Center (ASC), Building A, 9050 Viscount.

The 1,140 art entries submitted from 92 teachers will be on display through Thursday, November 29, 2018.

As part of this event, there will be an awards reception where the top student artists will be honored.

The reception will take place Wednesday, November 28, beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the ASC Auditorium, students will learn if their art has won a prize, including a special President’s Choice award selected by Dr. William Serrata, President of EPCC.

Trophies will be given to winners of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, as well as Honorable Mention in the four Divisions

Kinder – 2nd grade

3rd – 5th grade

6th – 8th grade

9th – 12th grade

The K-12 Art Exhibit is part of EPCC Salute to the Arts.  The exhibit is free and open to the public weekdays from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., excluding the Thursday and Friday of Thanksgiving week.

EPCC Designated as a ‘Center for Academic Excellence’ in Cybersecurity

El Paso Community College (EPCC) has been designated as a Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Security Agency (NSA) through the National Center of Academic Excellence.

Institutions are designated based on their robust degree programs and close alignment to specific cybersecurity-related requirements as validated by top subject matter experts in the field.

According to Tony Vargas, EPCC Regional Cisco Networking Academy Director, there are more than 300,000 cyber security related jobs that go unfilled each year.  Consequently, there is a significant workforce demand in this field and EPCC is preparing students to fill these high-demand jobs.

“EPCC has received this five-year designation beginning with the Fall 2018 semester. This will provide EPCC Information Technology students a strong resume for any job that requires knowledge and skills in Cybersecurity,” Vargas said.

According to the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS) a degree from a CAE designated school gives potential employers confidence in hiring a graduate. “Students can feel confident that their academic program will prepare them to enter this important and lucrative field, which reports earnings significantly higher than the national average.”

“EPCC’s programs meet the ever-changing employment needs of our region and nation,” Steve Smith, Vice President of Instruction & Workforce Education, said.  “The Cybersecurity field has growing demand for skilled and capable professionals to protect our nation’s infrastructure.  Being designated as a CAE in Cybersecurity is just one example of EPCC’s commitment to providing academic excellence and high-quality education.”

Via a news release, EPCC officials said, “Students who study cybersecurity learn skills needed to protect information systems vital for national security, commercial networks, and critical information infrastructure in the private and public sectors.   The work they do also protects people and businesses from cybercrime and cyberattacks.”

EPCC officials added, “By attending a CAE institution like EPCC, students have the opportunity to learn the necessary knowledge and abilities to protect and defend our nation’s infrastructure.”

EPCC Adopts O’Donnell Intermediate School, Will Promote a College-Going Culture

El Paso Community College (EPCC) welcomed O’Donnell Intermediate School as part of its school adoption program during a proclamation ceremony held at the school on Thursday, November 8, 2018.

EPCC President Dr. William Serrata welcomed Fabens Independent School District (FISD) Assistant Superintendent Michele Gonzalez, O’Donnell Principal Corina Ruiz and the student body to the program.

“A student is never too young to learn the importance of going to college,” Dr. William Serrata, EPCC President said. “Reaching out to elementary school students and their parents allows students to learn that higher education is within their reach and we build a college-going culture.”

O’Donnell Intermediate School is EPCC’s sixth school adopted and first for FISD.  “The mission of Fabens ISD is to prepare all students to be successful citizens,” Michele Gonzalez, FISD Assistant Superintendent said. “The mission does not end at high school graduation and includes making sure that our students are prepared to enter college and graduate from college.”

EPCC has plans to continue adopting elementary schools across its district.

EPCC officials added that they are “committed to increasing the number of students going to college in the region.  By building strong elementary school and college connections through campus tours, workshops, presentations, outreach programs and parental involvement, EPCC is building a college-going culture.”

Previously EPCC adopted Campestre Elementary from Socorro Independent School District, Frederick Douglass Elementary from El Paso Independent School District, Ramona Elementary from Ysleta Independent School District, Canutillo Elementary School from Canutillo Independent School District and Frank Macias Elementary School for the Clint Independent School District.

left to right: Dr. William Serrata, EPCC President; Corina Ruiz, O’Donnell Principal; Michele Gonzalez, FISD Asst. Superintendent; Art Fierro, EPCC Board Chair; Bonnie Najera, EPCC Board Member


EPCC Men’s, Women’s Cross-Country Teams Dominate Regional Championships

The El Paso Community College men and women’s cross-country teams won the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region V Cross Country Championships in Ranger, Texas.

Tejano, Gideon Cheplak (25m:50) in the and Tejana, Everlyn Kemboi (17m:47s) triumphed in the men’s 8K and women’s5K races.
This is the sixth year in a row that the Tejanas women have won the regional championship.

Five runners (1. Everlyn Kemboi, 3.Faith Jemutai, 5. Francisca Jebor, 7. Feliciana Kiptoo, 8. Dorothy Jemutai ) finished in the Top 10 to receive All-Region honors. South Plains College placed second and New Mexico Military Institute women placed third.

Along with the men’s championship, four runners (1. Gideon Cheplak, 2. Elias Loriposia, 4. Dennis Kiptoo, 5. Elvis Chelak ) placed in the Top 10 for All-Region honors.

Ranger College finished in second place and New Mexico Junior College in third.

Up next for the EPCC Cross Country teams is the NJCAA Championship on November 11 in Garden City, Kansas.

EPCC to Host Earth Science Day at Transmountain Campus

El Paso. A city of endless desert vistas, mountains, dark skies, and mild winters. A beautiful city to those that call it home.

But how much do we really know about weather and climate, natural resources, planetary and other geological processes that affect living and decision making in the El Paso region?

That’s why El Paso Community College would like to invite you all to their Transmountain campus for a free evening of fun and learning at their first ever Earth Science Day.

Back when I was a student there, I loved learning about the ecology and geology of this borderland region. Now, EPCC wants everyone to learn more about our regional geology through presentations and demonstrations. They’re going to take you on a journey into the past where you can experience our rich geological history through performances by EPCC Dance and explore our environment with the EAR 1 rover.

You’ll get to interact and engage with demonstrations in Augmented reality (AR), seismology, and more! In this way, you’ll learn about the environment using hands-on technology. We look forward to seeing you all there!

Admission is free and open to the public. So, join us Wednesday, October 17th from 5pm to 8pm in the Library and Mall area of the Transmountain Campus located at 9570 Gateway North Boulevard.

Contact John Olgin at or call 915-831-5058 for more information.

EPCC Women’s Cross Country Team Tops In New Mexico Meet

El Paso Community College (EPCC) Women’s Cross country team finished first at the New Mexico Junior College Invitational in Hobbs, New Mexico. The men’s team took second place at the meet.

This accomplishment comes on the heels of the national ranking of both teams by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Poll; the women placed second and the men fourth in the ranking.

Individually at the NMJC Invitational, EPCC’s Everlyn Kemboi won the race with a time for the 5K of 14:43. This was the second fastest time in the history of the race.

Leading the men was Dennis Kiptoo who finished second with a t time of 21:40 for the 7K men’s race.

EPCC’s next race will be on October 19 at the UCR Highlander Invitational in Riverside California.

EPCC Cross Country Teams Nationally Ranked

Both of El Paso Community College (EPCC) Cross Country teams – men and women – are ranked at the same time on the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Poll.

The women are ranked 2nd and the men 4th, thanks to their performances at the Lori Fitzgerald Open on September 15th, the men finished in 1st place and the women in 2nd place. The best competitors individually were Gideon Cheplak, finishing in 1st place for the men, and Everlyn Kemboi, finishing in 5th place for the women.

“Most important is that they all excel academically,” Felix Hinojosa, EPCC Athletic Director and Cross Country Head Coach said.  “Each team member is a leader and they depend on each other to excel.”

The next competition for the EPCC teams will be the NMJC Cross Country Invitational at Hobbs, NM on September 28th. This will be the next to last race before getting to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) regionals in the last week of October, and national championships in the first two weeks in November.

The teams are looking to repeat last year’s achievements, where the men finished in 2nd place and women in 1st place at the NJCAA regionals.

For complete rankings, visit the ustfcca website.

Video+Story: EPCC President William Serrata Shares State of EPCC with Community

During the annual State of the College Address on Thursday, Dr. William Serrata, President, shared El Paso Community College’s (EPCC) successes and vision for the future with students, faculty, staff and the community.

Serrata highlighted many programs, faculty and staff that successfully prepare students to transfer to university or enter the workforce. He also described the college’s healthy financial trajectory with sound fiscal management and the strategic plan that will guide EPCC into the future.

“EPCC works hard to facilitate success of our students,” Serrata said. “The college raises the bar, not lower it.”

Serrata emphasized the college’s Master Plan that has begun to transform the five campuses with building construction at each. Classrooms, labs and student spaces will accentuate the student success and life.

Student success is always a hallmark to the president.

Serrata highlighted student accomplishments and recognized many departments. He talked about efforts to engage students right away, saying “if you do not engage students early on, they might not complete.”

The address also previewed the upcoming 50th anniversary of EPCC.

Dr. Serrata spoke of activities being planned by a special 50th Anniversary committee. Large events are scheduled through the year as well as ongoing events that will have a 50th anniversary flare.

The State of the College Address was also the launching point for the golden anniversary logo to be used during 2019.

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