Staff Report August 1, 2019NewsComments Off on EPCC President named Top CEO by Association of Community College Trustees
The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) announced Thursday that Dr. William Serrata, EPCC President, was chosen as the recipient of the 2019 Western Regional Chief Executive Officer Award.
“He is a pivotal force that is transforming education with progress, innovation and engagement both for EPCC and higher education as a whole,” EPCC Board Chair Brian Haggerty said. “Dr. Serrata is a true champion of EPCC’s efforts to provide innovative opportunities in higher education and always seeks to improve student outcomes.”
The award recognizes community college CEOs for innovation, service to post-secondary education and strong leadership. The honorees are recognized not only for the impact at their community colleges, but also for their commitments to post-secondary education locally, regionally and nationally.
Via a Thursday afternoon news release, ACCT officials shared that, “Serrata has served at EPCC since 2012 where he has proven himself a dynamic and influential leader.”
“In the time he has served as EPCC President, the college has seen impressive increases in student success outcomes and has become a nationally recognized institution, including being named one of the Top 10 Colleges in the nation by the Aspen Institute in 2015 and received the prestigious AACC Student Success Award in 2016,” ACCT officials added.
The ACCT is a non-profit educational organization of governing boards, representing more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees who govern over 1,200 community, technical, and junior colleges in the United States and beyond.
This award will be presented during the 50th Annual ACCT Leadership Congress in San Francisco in October 2019.
Staff Report July 16, 2019News, TechComments Off on Trio of El Paso organizations partner to offer free Summer Camps for area teens
A three-way partnership between Workforce Solutions Borderplex, the Success Through Technology Education (STTE) Foundation and El Paso Community College mean free youth Summer Camp opportunities concentrating on robotics, entrepreneurship and app development are now open for registration.
The one-day camps, that begin July 25, are tailored for youth ages 13-18 years of age and are located throughout El Paso to ease the burden of transportation costs. Lunch will also be provided.
STEEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, and Math) Camp – Campers will work on a theme “Eliminating Paper Through an App,” where they will learn how to develop an app starting with Sketch Design.
They will discover the importance of User Experience (UX) and User Interface (UI). The camp will wrap up with a lesson on the “Lean Startup” and discovering the nine building blocks of the “Business Model Canvas.”
Robotics Camp – Campers will design, build, and code robots to compete in a tournament. Applying basic STEM concepts to a competitive atmosphere increases student engagement and makes lessons feel more real.
VEX robots bring code to life and allow students to see how what they’re learning has a direct impact in the real world, and how individual math and engineering elements come together to form a solution to a real problem.
Youth will learn how VEX Coding Studio, a custom-made programming software, works.
Camp Dates & Locations
STEEM Camp – Thursday, July 25 from 9am to 4pm at STTE Foundation (inside CoWork Oasis) 114 Texas Avenue
STEEM Camp – Friday, July 26 from 9am to 4pm at STTE Foundation (inside CoWork Oasis) 114 Texas Avenue
Robotics Camp – Monday, July 29 from 9am to 2pm at Eastwood High School, 2430 McRae Boulevard.
Robotics Camp – Tuesday, July 30 from 9am to 2pm at EPCC Northwest Campus, 9570 Gateway North Boulevard.
Robotics Camp – Wednesday, July 31 from 9am to 2pm at EPCC Transmountain Campus, 6701 South Desert Boulevard.
Where to Register
To pre-register for STTE Foundation Summer Camps, go online and a Workforce Solutions Borderplex representative will be in contact to determine eligibility.
Staff Report July 8, 2019SportsComments Off on EPCC Student Athletes named First Team Academic All Americans
El Paso Community College is proud to announce that two athletes have been named to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) First Team All American list.
Donald Hodgson, Cross Country, and Brittany Santellanes, Softball, achieved 4.0 grade point average during the 2018-19 academic school year.
“EPCC is an academic institution first and foremost,” said Felix Hinojosa, EPCC Athletic Director. “Being awarded academic honors validates what we do as a college.”
The Academic All American list includes a total of seven EPCC athletes.
Individual Academic Student-Athletic Awardees:
Donald Hodgson Cross Country 4.00 First Team
Brittany Santellanes Softball 4.00 First Team
Alyssa Martinez Softball 3.84 Second Team
Ivan Duarte-Trejo Baseball 3.78 Third Team
Genevieve Centeno Softball 3.77 Third Team
Samantha Corral Softball 3.70 Third Team
Carlos Quintana Baseball 3.60 Third Team
Since 1993, the NJCAA has recognized the team and individual student athletes with the highest grade-point averages. The student must have 24 credit hours or more with a GPA of 3.60 or higher.
Nominations are submitted by each athlete’s respective institution. See more at here.
Staff Report June 28, 2019NewsComments Off on 50 Years of Excellence Celebrated at EPCC Gala
Friday night, El Paso Community College (EPCC) celebrated its 50th anniversary with a gala attended by more than 400 education, business and industry partners and community leaders as well as distinguished members of its past and present student body and staff.
The event celebrated the institution’s legacy and its vision for building the future.
“EPCC has a long history of excellence,” Keri Moe, 50th Anniversary Co-Chair and Associate Vice President of External Relations, Communication & Development said. “This gala honors the great work that has been done and renews EPCC’s commitment to continuing that legacy.”
EPCC was honored with the attendance of Former Texas State Senator Joe Christie who spearheaded the formation of the college in the late-1960s and secured the funding to establish the college. “Every time I comeback to El Paso, I am amazed at the growth of El Paso Community College,” Christie said. “I feel it was the most important event of my legislative career.”
On June 28, 1969, the voters of El Paso County passed the ballot item that created EPCC and formed its first Board of Trustee chaired by prominent businessman Joe Foster.
In the fall of 1971, the first class of 901 students began a path that over one million have taken since. Today, more than 80,000 graduates have received associate degrees or workforce certifications.
“Honoring the past at El Paso Community College is really looking at the legacy of the institution. We have a history of strong community leaders who were determined to ensure individuals in our community had access to a community college, visionary trustees and past-presidents along with faculty and staff who have built a solid foundation so we can help students achieve their dreams and strengthen our community,” EPCC President Dr. William Serrata said. “EPCC has reached great heights because of a supportive community, dedicated staff and committed students.”
During the past 50 years, EPCC has become a nationally recognized institution of higher learning. EPCC just received the Seal of Excelencia by Excelencia in Education for promotion of equity and college completion for Latino students.
Since 2006, Hispanic Outlook on Education magazine has consecutively recognized the college as the #1 grantor of associate degrees to Hispanics in the nation.
In 2015, EPCC was named one of the Top 10 Community College’s in the Nation by the Aspen Institute. In 2016, the college received the prestigious Award of Excellence for Student Success from the American Association of Community Colleges.
Staff Report June 18, 2019NewsComments Off on Video+info: EPCC set to celebrate 50th Anniversary with gala on June 28
The EPCC Foundation in collaboration with College President, Dr. William Serrata and the Board of Trustees, are celebrating the college’s 50th anniversary and the community is invited.
In the 50 years since EPCC first open their doors, one million students have passed through their classrooms; with over 80,000 degreed alumni crossing the graduation stage.
The celebration is for the entire community that’s supported EPCC for five decades: students, faculty and staff – current and former – and all funds raised will go to student scholarships.
The Gala will showcase fine food, live music, and dancing; proceeds from the sales of tickets or tables will support student success scholarships at EPCC.
The Gala – which is set 50 years to the day that El Paso County voted to create the college June 28, 1969 – will be held at the EPCC Administrative Services Center, Building A located at 9050 Viscount Boulevard at 6:00 p.m.
Tickets are $125, table of 10-$1,250 To purchase a ticket, a table for 10 or for more info, click here.
For any any questions, interested parties can call 915-831-6483 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Staff Report May 7, 2019NewsComments Off on EPCC RISE Student Receives American Society for Microbiology Award
El Paso Community College (EPCC) Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) student, Blessing Savusa, received an award for her poster presentation at the American Society for Microbiology Rio Grande Branch Annual Meeting in Socorro, NM.
Her research project was done in collaboration with Dr. Maria Castillo at New Mexico State University (NMSU). The title of her presentation was Identifying and Characterizing Cultivable Bacteria Obtained from the Intestine of Euprymna scolopes.
The goal of Savusa’s research project was to “create a ‘Pathogenic Model’ that compares the immune system responses to pathogenic bacteria versus the symbiont Vibrio ficheri.” Savusa said, “This information can provide critical information to help understand the role of the immune system in recognition of beneficial symbionts.” Savusa used the knowledge gained from being a student in the RISE to the Challenge Bridge program at EPCC to complete her award-winning yearlong research.
EPCC was the first community college to be funded by the National Institutes of Health’s RISE Program, now called RISE to the Challenge Bridge Program.
“The program offers paid year-round internships for EPCC students like Blessing to conduct scientific research and present their projects at regional and national scientific conferences.” Dr. Maria Alvarez, Professor, Coordinator of Biology and RISE and Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) Program Director said
“The goal is to provide EPCC students with all the tools to be successful in their science and mathematics classes at EPCC, so they can transfer to a four-year university including UTEP and NMSU and graduate with a baccalaureate degree and, eventually a PhD.”
The opportunities from being a RISE to the Challenge Bridge student at EPCC has opened many doors for Blessing Savusa both academically and career-wise.
“Being in the RISE Program I was able to learn a lot of basic research techniques. Just knowing how to work with research instruments really sets me apart from other students.” Savusa adds, “With this experience, I can pursue a career in biomedical research. This program has put me a step ahead and it was a great experience.”
On Monday, El Paso Community College officials announced the winners of this weekend’s student competition The Lights at EPCC.
The second annual The Lights at EPCC was held at the Valle Verde Campus Americana Village, and featured teams of students that constructed light sculptures.
“The Lights at EPCC is a festival of creative art light structures representing the inspirational culture of El Paso,” Dr. Kenneth Gonzalez, EPCC Vice President of Student and Enrollment Services said.
“EPCC wants to reach out to the community and be a major hub for community gatherings and events.”
This year’s Best of Show went to “Stardust.” This wonderful display was created by Architecture students Jerod Booth, Sofia Dominguez and Tristan DeAnda.
Attendees of the festival not only received information about EPCC, but were entertained by the student-produced light show.
The Lights at EPCC highlighted approximately 80 designs created by EPCC Art and Architecture students as well as students from area schools.
The festival, which was held on Saturday April 27, included live music, food, family fun and games.
Staff Report April 19, 2019NewsComments Off on EPCC Administrator Donates 100th Pint of Blood
Dr. Ron Stroud, El Paso Community College (EPCC) Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Blood Donation Director, was recognized for his 100th blood donation by Vitalant, El Paso’s blood banking organization.
According to Vitalant, the College is currently the No. 1 blood donor in the region.
“Every blood donation is critically important, and achieving 100 donations is incredibly rare”, Dr. Julie Penley, Vice President of Research, Accreditation & Planning said, “Dr. Stroud’s donations have helped countless individuals in our region, and are great examples of EPCC employees’ commitment to and involvement in our community. His is a goal every eligible donor should strive to achieve.”
Fifteen years ago, Dr. Stroud was appointed by the President of EPCC to turn the blood program around. Historically, the college of about 28,000 students was only contributing about 700 pints of blood to the community yearly. Now, the college has consistently increased blood donations and averages now 2,500 donations annually.
EPCC has contributed 1,762 donations in the 2018-2019 year thus far which helped as many as 5,286 people in need, as one donation can often help as many as three people.
In 2014, Dr. Stroud was selected as the recipient of the Donor Recruiter Volunteer Coordinator of the Year and was awarded the Best School Blood Drive Award for his effectiveness in spearheading the blood drives at EPCC.
Dr. Stroud was “pleased to have the opportunity to donate [his] 100th pint of blood and help as many as 300 people especially being a universal donor with type O negative blood of which there is always a shortage of in El Paso.”
He plans to continue to donate for the rest of his life, donating every 2 months or 6 times a year, and hopes that the EPCC faculty, students and community will follow in his footsteps.
Staff Report April 18, 2019NewsComments Off on El Paso Community College President named to National Board
ORLANDO, FL. — During the national conference of the American Association of Community Colleges annual conference, EPCC President Dr. William Serrata was elected to serve as Chair-Elect for the organization’s board of directors.
“It is an honor to be selected by my peers to serve as Chair-Elect for the Board of Directors of the Association of American Community Colleges (AACC). I look forward to working with Dr. Bumphus and his team to continue AACC’s commitment to advance the recognition and importance of community colleges,” Dr. William Serrata, EPCC President said.
“EPCC, like community colleges all across our nation are the pathway to the American Dream and the premier developers of the workforce. I am proud to continue the important work of advocacy, leadership and service for community colleges.”
The AACC is the primary advocacy organization for the nation’s community colleges representing nearly 1,200 2-year associate degree-granting institutions and more than 12 million students.
“Based on the work he has done, especially for us in the El Paso area and what he’s done for the region, he will be a great advocate for community colleges across the nation,” Brian Haggerty, EPCC Board Chair said. “On behalf of the board, I’d like to congratulate Dr. Serrata on this great achievement.”
AACC is governed by a 32-member Board of Directors. The board represents member community colleges, maintains a vision and performance standards for AACC.
24 members are elected by the AACC membership three institutional at-large members and three public at-large members, representing constituencies such as boards of trustees, business or government, are elected by the board itself.
The chair is elected by the Board and serves one year as chair-elect, one year as chair, and one year as past chair.
Serrata was originally nominated and elected to the board in 2017 and has served on the Executive Committee since 2018. On the Executive Committee, Serrata chaired the Committee on Community College Advancement.
Staff Report April 16, 2019NewsComments Off on EPCC, UTEP team up to register all Ysleta ISD Seniors for college
As part of as part of the Operation College Bound Initiative, officials with El Paso Community College and the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) partnered with Ysleta Independent School District (YISD) to assist seniors in registering for college.
“EPCC is proud to partner with the school districts and UTEP to ensure graduating seniors in our region go to college,” EPCC President Dr. William Serrata said. “Operation College Bound helps students enroll and receive the information they need to make a successful transition from high school to higher education.”
Operation College Bound day at the YISD high schools provided seniors the ease and convenience to enroll in college in a familiar environment with assistance from representatives from the college and university.
“The success of our students is of paramount importance at the Ysleta Independent School District,” said YISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Xavier De La Torre.
“It is our privilege to partner with UTEP and EPCC to host Operation College Bound Days at our high schools, which supports our work to provide students with the opportunity, academic skills, and access toward realizing their dreams of postsecondary education. This allows our students to begin the transition from high school to college in a setting that is familiar to them, with resources for one-on-one assistance that they might not otherwise seek out on their own.”
Operation College Bound took place for Parkland High School on April 15th, the remaining YISD schools will be visited during April.
Staff Report April 15, 2019NewsComments Off on El Paso Museum of History hosts EPCC Anniversary Exhibition
Starting Friday, April 19, the El Paso Museum of History will be honoring El Paso Community College’s half century of contributions to the area via a very special exhibition.
El Paso Community College’s 50th Anniversary: Honoring the Past, Building the Future at the museum will give visitors an opportunity to see memorabilia and learn about important milestones in the college’s history.
“We are excited to host such a commemorative event in honoring this momentous occasion. Knowing how well established EPCC is within the community, this exhibition highlights not only the institution’s successes, but the importance of education made accessible to the El Paso community and beyond,” said El Paso Museum of History Director Dr. Vladimir von Tsurikov.
The exhibit highlights all aspects of college’s history from its beginnings at Logan Heights at Fort Bliss to all the growth and accomplishments that have helped more than 80,000 students earn degrees.
“El Paso Community College has a legacy of excellence and a real commitment to serving students,” said El Paso Community College President Dr. William Serrata. “I am proud of the work that our board of trustees, faculty and staff have done throughout the past 50 years to facilitate this success which is celebrated in this exhibition. EPCC has a long history of serving this community, serving the state, and ultimately serving the nation by helping students in our region earn the degrees and certificates that they need to achieve their dreams.”
“We invite the community visit the exhibition, to explore the vibrant past of EPCC as well as to look forward to the future we will build together,” said External Relations and 50th Anniversary Co-Chair Associate Vice President Keri Moe. “This is a real opportunity for us to honor the great work that has been done and to understand the power of education in our community.”
Established in 1969, EPCC is a nationally recognized community college that offers a variety of academic programs, continuing education classes and workforce training.
Today, EPCC serves more than 28,500 students and offers 145 degree and certificate programs.
Staff Report April 5, 2019NewsComments Off on Dr. William Serrata Receives Prestigious Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Award of Distinction
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) recognized El Paso Community College (EPCC) President, Dr. William Serrata with the Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction during PTK Catalyst 2019, the Society’s annual convention.
EPCC Phi Theta Kappa students nominated the president for this distinction.
“It is an honor to be recognized for supporting student success, it is even more meaningful to be nominated by students,” Dr. William Serrata, EPCC President, said. “Ensuring students have the support to enter college, graduate and achieve their dreams is our focus at El Paso Community College.”
This recognition is given to college presidents who have shown strong support of student success on their campus by recognizing academic achievement, leadership, and service among high-achieving students at their colleges.
Students nominate recipients and presidents are only eligible to receive the award once over the course of their career.
“He’s so inspirational, everything he does, he’s always leading by example and he’s always very supportive,” EPCC student and Phi Theta Kappa President Rachel Williams said.
Named in honor of the late Dr. Shirley B. Gordon, Phi Theta Kappa’s longest-serving Board of Directors Chair and a founder and long-time president of Highline Community College in Washington, The Shirley B. Gordon Award is Phi Theta Kappa’s most prestigious award for community college presidents.
Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of students at associate degree-granting colleges and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders.
More than 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 10 nations make up the Society; to learn more, visit ptk.org.