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EPCC remembers founding President Dr. Alfredo De Los Santos

On March 8, 2020, higher education lost a visionary leader in higher education: Dr. Alfredo de los Santos

Dr de los Santos was the founding president of EPCC and served from 1971-76. He strived to build a college to serve the students and community. More than a half a century later, his impact on EPCC is still seen today.

David Henry, recently retired EPCC English Faculty, gives De Los Santos credit for creating a shared governance model of leadership and emphasized a college focused on student success which still exists today. “Through his great force of character, Dr. de los Santos directed every aspect of the birth and infancy of the college. He interviewed all new administrators and faculty, looking to see if they shared his vision,” Henry said.

When reflecting on EPCC during the college’s 50th Anniversary in 2019, De Los Santos said, his original vision for EPCC had been fulfilled in three ways: “On a broader scale, EPCC has helped educate thousands of individuals in El Paso County who might never have the

opportunity. As well, many of the students who began their higher education at El Paso Community College have transferred to The University of Texas at El Paso. Thirdly, the community college has helped to prepare the work force that has helped employers—and has helped to drive the economy.”

Dr. de los Santos was proud of his work at El Paso Community College. “It would be almost impossible to measure to positive impact that

El Paso Community College has had on thousands of El Paso students over the years. Working to found the institution was an interesting adventure,” de los Santos said in a 2019 interview.

“I still have clear memories of working with groups of people in the community, hiring the administrators and the faculty playing basketball with the students—full court on the outdoor at Logan Heights–the hundreds of individuals who provided help and support.”

EPCC mourns the passing of Dr. Alfredo de los Santos, our college’s first President. “Dr. De Los Santos was a trailblazing leader who was among the first Latino community college presidents in the nation,” Dr. William Serrata, EPCC’s current president said. “He is known for his lifetime commitment to higher education and for his visionary leadership at EPCC. We are grateful for his legacy and impact. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

Read more about Dr. de los Santos’ legacy and impact via this article and these testimonials

Alfredo de los Santos (R), Joe Foster, 1st EPCC Board President (2nd R) Open 1st Campus Logan Heights 1972 | Photo courtesy EPCC
Alfredo de los Santos (circa 1974) | Photo courtesy EPCC

‘Valiant Women’ honored at EPCC event

The El Paso Community College (EPCC) Diversity and Inclusion Programs (EPCC) recently celebrated the history of women with their annual Diamond Awards.

This year’s event: “Envisioning 2020: Valiant Women Leading the Way.”

“The history of women is important to remember, all the achievements that women have accomplished,” said Olga Chavez, director of the EPCC Diversity and Inclusion Programs. “The goal of the Diamond Awards is to honor the commitment and hard work of EPCC employees.”

Mrs. Christina R. Sanchez was the keynote speaker. Sanchez, a member of the EPCC board of trustees, spoke about women have to achieving their rights and obtaining high leadership positions.

The EPCC Diamond Awards is in its 12th year of honoring EPCC staff for their hard work mentoring students. The Diamond Awardees are the positive face of EPCC diversity.

Rita Pando, Dr. William Serrata | Photo courtesy EPCC
Olga Chavez, Christina Sanchez, Patricia Martinez (MC) | Photo courtesy EPCC

EPCC adopts Anthony Elementary to promote a College-Going Culture

On Friday morning, El Paso Community College (EPCC) adopted Anthony Elementary as part of its school adoption program during a proclamation ceremony held at the school.

EPCC President Dr. William Serrata welcomed Anthony Independent School District (AISD) Superintendent Dr. Oscar A. Troncoso, Anthony Elementary Principal, Oralia Moseley 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.”

Anthony Elementary School is EPCC’s tenth school adopted and first for AISD.

“We want all of our students to be college ready. Elementary students are at a crucial point in their lives when career beliefs and aspirations are being developed. We all know that the more you learn the more you will earn. So a good education will benefit you but a great education will transform your life,” said AISD Superintendent Dr. Oscar A. Troncoso,

“Thank you to Dr. Serrata and El Paso Community College for taking this initiative to promote higher education and more importantly a better life and future for the children of this community.”

EPCC has plans to continue adopting elementary schools across its district. Previously EPCC adopted the following schools:

  • 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
  • Frank Macias Elementary School from the Clint Independent School District
  • O’Donnell Intermediate School from Fabens Independent School District
  • Lorenzo G. Alarcon Elementary School from San Elizario Independent School District
  • Benito Martinez Elementary from Fort Hancock Independent School District
  • Tornillo Elementary School from Tornillo Independent School District

Marathon Petroleum grant enhances training in welding and machining tech at EPCC

On Wednesday, officials with Marathon Petroleum and El Paso Community College, as well as students and teachers in the Welding and Machining Technology programs at the Advanced Technology Center (ATC) met to discuss the partnership and celebrate a new grant.

Kathy Huffman, Director of the Marathon Petroleum Foundation, VJ Smith, Marathon Petroleum, El Paso, Manager, Government & Public Affairs,  and Ashley Cooke, Administrative Assistant visited El Paso Community College (EPCC) students and faculty of the Welding and Machining Technology programs at the Advanced Technology Center (ATC) to discuss the insight and advantages of the partnership between EPCC and Marathon Petroleum for workforce development.

During the meeting, Marathon Petroleum presented a grant of $167,000 to EPCC for its Welding and Machining Technology programs

Welding Student Using Marathon Grant Equipment

housed at the Valle Verde campus.

EPCC officials say the new grant funds the latest equipment to train students in these high-demand fields.

“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.”

EPCC officials added that, through the grant, the college has expanded its Welding and Machining Technology programs and offers additional credentials for students to receive advanced certifications.

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

Dr. Dolores Gross, Dr. Olga Valerio, Ashley Cooke, Kathy Huffman, VJ Smith, Steven Smith, Keri Moe

EPCC releases statement regarding college’s Coronavirus initial response and preparation

On Thursday, officials with El Paso Community College (EPCC) reached out to students and residents alike, regarding their preparations ahead of any local cases of the COVID-19 illness, better known as Coronavirus.

“EPCC is closely monitoring developments in the outbreak of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19),” college officials shared via a statement on their website.  “As always, EPCC will follow the guidance of local, regional and national health authorities.”

“Currently, there are not any known cases of COVID-19 at EPCC or in El Paso County,” officials added.

Officials went on say that the “health and safety of EPCC students, faculty and staff are of utmost importance and our campus community should take the preventive actions to prevent the spread of respiratory diseases as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)”

To that end, officials shared the following tips:

  • Practice good hand hygiene, including washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Follow appropriate cough and sneeze etiquette
  • Stay home, rest and avoid close contact with others when you are sick or have a fever
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe

“EPCC will remain vigilant of this situation as it changes and is prepared to act in a timely manner. The campus community should consult the CDC and City of El Paso Public Health Department for the most recent COVID-19 information.”

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EPCC ranked #1 Degree Producer for Hispanic Students for 15th consecutive year

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

For the15th year in a row, EPCC has earned the nation-wide distinction of being the #1 granter of associate degrees by 2-year schools.  EPCC officials say this ranking substantiates the college’s dynamic efforts to increase degree attainment in our region.

“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.”

According to data presented in the Top Community Colleges for Hispanics issue of the Hispanic Outlook Magazine, EPCC awarded 3,528 associate degrees to Hispanic students.

The College ranks #2 among the Top 25 Community Colleges with the most Hispanic enrollees, with a Hispanic population of 228,819 students totaling 85% percent of the total student enrollment.

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 to 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 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.”

The annual ranking is based on several factors, including the percentage of Hispanic students in attendance, total student enrollment; 2-year schools awarding the most associate degrees to Hispanics, and the percentage of Hispanics awarded associate degrees by 2-year schools. Data for the rankings is from the NCES IPEDS Database for community colleges granting the most associate degrees in 2018.

Visit the magazine’s website for complete rankings.

UTEP, EPCC study focuses on Antibiotic Resistance in Rio Grande

A 1,260-mile portion of the Rio Grande flows between the United States and Mexico along the entire length of Texas’ southern border, providing water for drinking, irrigation and recreational activities to communities on both sides of the border.

But according to a study in the Journal of Health and Pollution, researchers at The University of Texas at El Paso and El Paso Community College discovered that the Rio Grande is a “hotspot” for multidrug-resistant bacteria, antibiotic residues and antimicrobial resistant genes, which “may represent a public health concern” for people who use the river.

“We know there is bacteria in the Rio Grande’s water, but we wanted to see if there was antibiotic multidrug-resistant bacteria and residues because the water from the river is treated as potable drinking water and kids and their families go and swim there, especially from Mexico,” said Maria Fuentes, a student in UTEP’s Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Ph.D. Program and the paper’s first author.

“This could potentially be a public health issue because if you come into contact with the contaminated water, it could lead to more gastrointestinal infections,” she added. “It could also contribute to the problem of antibiotic resistance through the development and spreading of more genes of resistance in the environment. However, more research needs to be done to see how serious of a public health concern this is.”

Fuentes participated in the yearlong 2017 study led by Delfina C. Domínguez, Ph.D., UTEP professor of clinical laboratory science (CLS) and co-investigators Wen-Yee Lee, Ph.D., UTEP associate professor of chemistry, and Maria E. Alvarez, Ph.D., professor and coordinator of biology and chemistry programs at EPCC’s Transmountain Campus. The Edward N. and Margaret Marsh Foundation funded the study.

During the months of February, April, July, September and December, Fuentes and EPCC students sampled water and sediment from three sites within a 16-mile radius of the river from El Paso to Sunland Park, New Mexico, and Anapra, Mexico.

In addition to collecting samples, EPCC students identified the bacteria isolated from the water and sediment. UTEP’s chemistry department conducted a chemical analysis to determine which antibiotics were present in the river. Fuentes and the CLS program collaborated to identify antibiotic resistance genes found in bacteria.

The study found that antibiotics were in 92% of both water and sediment samples gathered from the Rio Grande. Genes conferring resistance were recovered from all collection sites. Of the isolated bacteria, 64% were resistant to at least two synergistic antibiotic combinations and 15% were found to be resistant to 20 or more individual antibiotics.

“This project indeed involved different expertise and resources to study a very complex and unstudied issue on antibiotics and antibiotic resistance in our region,” Lee said. “The project required researchers from biology, chemistry and health sciences to provide a better understanding of what antibiotics (are in the water) and to what extent they have impacted our region.”

Fuentes said antibiotics have found their way into the Rio Grande through animal and human waste and discharge from wastewater treatment plants, which do not have the capability to filter medications out of the water after they’ve been flushed down the toilet.

Bacteria can develop antibiotic resistance after being exposed to drugs in the water, as part of a process of natural selection which, according to the study, may lead to an increased number and severity of infections, frequency of treatment failure, allergies and alteration of intestinal flora if people come in direct contact with the water.

Despite these findings, researchers suggest more studies are needed to determine the risk of the river’s water quality to public health. In the meantime, Dominguez hopes to raise awareness about the use and misuse of antibiotics and antimicrobial resistance in the border region.

“Other studies show that antibiotic-resistant bacteria have been found in rivers all over the world, not just the Rio Grande,” Dominguez said. “But we still need to study the impact on public health. We need to conduct surveys and do testing in the community. But very minimum concentrations of antibiotics are not good at all in the river because they may impact the microflora we have.”

Alvarez said the study has not only had a profound impact on the protection of water quality and human health in the U.S.-Mexico border region, but it also enabled students from different disciplines and institutions to engage with one another.

“The collaborative nature of the projects conducted in the laboratories at UTEP and EPCC provide outstanding opportunities for students at both institutions to acquire expertise in research areas that directly affect our community,” Alvarez said. “Co-authors Stephanie Gutierrez, Daniella Sahagun and Jose Gomez were EPCC students when this project was done and Jose Mendoza and Stephanie Bauer were former EPCC students who graduated from UTEP and NMSU.”

For Fuentes, a 2018 graduate from UTEP’s Master in Public Health program, working on the project made her more aware of how the choices people make impact the environment.

Last summer, she continued her research by looking at the water quality at water parks and irrigation sites around El Paso, after the water has been treated. This pilot study showed that genes of antibiotic-resistant bacteria have the ability to survive the filtration process and find their way back to the community. Still, more data and research is needed to understand the impact of these findings as a health concern on antibiotic resistance.

“This (Rio Grande) study has definitely made me more aware of the environment,” Fuentes said. “It makes you think about what you’re drinking, what you’re eating, and what you’re throwing away. This study is more a reflection of our behavior. It is about understanding how we interact with the environment and how we all have to be responsible for how we treat the environment, because we depend on it.”

Author:  Laura L. Acosta – UTEP Communications

EPCC Vice President elected to Statewide Office

Julie Penley, Ph.D., El Paso Community College’s (EPCC) Vice President of Research, Accreditation & Planning has been elected to the Texas Women in Higher Education (TWHE) Board of Directors. 

Dr. Penley came to EPCC in 2002 and has since served in various roles at the College, including Professor of Psychology, Dean of Instructional Programs and Campus Dean of the Mission del Paso Campus, Associate Vice President of Instruction and Student Success, and her current role as Vice President of Research, Accreditation & Planning.

In addition to her time at EPCC, Dr. Penley has served on numerous local, state, and national boards and committees dedicated to higher education, and is beginning her second term on the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Undergraduate Education Advisory Committee. She holds a master’s degree and doctoral degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), as well as a master’s in Higher Education Administration from New Mexico State University (NMSU).

The TWHE is part of the American Council on Education (ACE) Women’s network representing Texas. Texas Women in Higher Education (TWHE) is a Texas non-profit corporation dedicated to developing, advancing and supporting women employed at colleges and universities across the state.

TWHE is committed to providing its members with the skills needed to reach leadership positions and to enhancing the leadership skills of those already in such roles.

Penley will serve on the board until 2021 and will work to transform higher education leadership in Texas and beyond.

EPCC Student Recognized as a DREAM Scholar

National Harbor, Maryland – Aylin Garcia, a freshman economics major at El Paso Community College (EPCC), was competitively selected as a 2020 DREAM Scholar by Achieving the Dream.

Aylin competed with hundreds of students nationally, and she is the first EPCC student to receive this recognition. Garcia received her award at the DREAM 2020 National Conference.

Garcia, a freshman economics major at El Paso Community College (EPCC), was competitively selected as a 2020 DREAM Scholar by Achieving the Dream. Aylin competed with hundreds of students nationally, and she is the first EPCC student to receive this recognition.

Aylin has faced significant struggles in her life, yet she has developed the grit and resilience to keep working to fulfill her dreams, like so many EPCC students.

Each day Aylin, a resident of Juarez, crosses the quarter-mile long bridge between the two countries to attend EPCC’s Rio Grande campus.

Although the two cities’ cultures, residents, and economies are closely connected, Aylin still felt a bit of a culture shock when she first started commuting to attend EPCC. She shares that she’s “still adapting to the American education system and looking forward to opportunities to grow as a human being and as a student.”

Aylin’s family encouraged her studies; however, her parents struggled with their own personal issues, including addiction. This led to a turbulent home life for Aylin and her siblings.

Throughout her childhood, she shares that she always felt anchored and supported by her grandmother, who taught her that “responsibilities and obligations must be placed on the top of our priorities.” Aylin says she found belonging and purpose at school, where she excelled academically and participated in a variety of extracurricular activities, like robotics and basketball.

Aylin attended Preparatoria Central and the Instituto Tesla, both in Juarez. She received rigorous academic training at Preparatoria, instilling a deep intellectual curiosity and love of learning. At Tesla, she learned more about how to be a good human being and developed strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills.

It was during this time that Aylin also gained confidence in her identity and came out to her family, which led to further estrangement with her father. She realized then that she had “no control over the reactions of others.”

Aylin reconnected strongly with her mother during her senior year of high school, but, sadly, her mother became ill with cancer and died a month after graduation. She says she never lost focus on excelling in school, but internally she felt shattered and lost.  “Life just lost its sense, its purpose…”

During the dark days after her mother’s death, she reflected on the many life lessons her mother had taught her, and she determined that she would have to give her own life a purpose. After taking a semester to recover from this devastating loss, Aylin started at EPCC.

By returning to her education, Aylin is also honoring her mother, whose only source of genuine happiness was her success in school, and her grandmother, who sacrificed to give her grandchildren a better life.

Aylin sums it up quite simply: “I get to lead the life I want to lead.”

After EPCC, Aylin plans to transfer to New Mexico State University to continue her studies. She is excited to attend the 2020 DREAM Conference, where she will have a unique opportunity to learn about the higher education system and to build professional skills and networks with the other DREAM Scholars.

 

EPCC opens State-of-the-Art Northwest Expansion

On Wednesday, El Paso Community College (EPCC) held a celebration to mark the opening of its new building at the Northwest campus. 

“Attending and graduating college is becoming more and more important, because by 2020, 65 percent of all jobs will require a degree or certificate,” Dr. William Serrata, EPCC President, said. “This facility is designed to provide students innovative learning spaces in a more campus-like environment.”

The new project will provide additional classrooms and three biology labs. It will also include a Flexitorium: a large, multi-purpose event and auditorium space.

The Flexitorium will offer flexible seating arrangements and audio-visual equipment conducive to innovative teaching and special events.

“To further enhance the student experience and provide a more campus-like environment, the Northwest Class-Lab project focuses on the development of a clear point of entry for visitors and students, something the campus has lacked since its initial development,” EPCC officials added.

This is the third of six construction projects to finish as part of the College’s Master Plan.

Learn more about Districtwide expansion via this link.

Photo courtesy EPCC

Horizon Heights, Burger King donate food baskets to EPCC Tejano Food Pantry

The El Paso Community College (EPCC) Tejano Food Pantry received a generous donation of food baskets from Horizon Heights Elementary School and Burger King.

During a Monday news conference EPCC officials said the donation will help students during the holiday who have food inadequacies.

“Burger King is proud to partner with Horizon Heights Elementary to see that EPCC students and their families in need receive a substantial meal this holiday season,” Bonnie Soria Najera, EPCC Board of Trustee member and Burger King Marketer said.

The Tejano Food Pantry, a service created by a student for the students, is operated by the Student Government Association at EPCC.

Officials add that the Tejano Food Pantry aims to minimize hunger among our students by providing free, accessible and nutritious food.

Bonnie Soria Najera, EPCC Board and Burger King Marketing Addresses Donation Event_hires

EPCC adopts Tornillo Elementary to promote a College-Going Culture

El Paso Community College (EPCC) adopted Tornillo Elementary as part of its school adoption program during a proclamation ceremony held at the school on Thursday.

EPCC President Dr. William Serrata welcomed Tornillo Independent School District (TISD) Superintendent Rosy Vega-Barrio, Tornillo Elementary Principal, Myrna Lopez 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.”

Tornillo Elementary School is EPCC’s ninth school adopted and first for TISD.

“We are beyond excited that Tornillo Elementary has been adopted by El Paso Community College.  This partnership will help us continue our district’s mission to educate our community that students are never too young to learn about the many doors that open when you go to college,” said Myrna Lopez, Tornillo Elmentary Principal.

“Through this collaboration, not just our students, but our entire community will also see that higher education is within reach.”

Officials with EPCC say they have plans to continue adopting elementary schools across its district.

“EPCC is 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,” college officials shared via a news release.

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, Frank Macias Elementary School for the Clint Independent School District, O’Donnell Intermediate School from Fabens Independent School District, Lorenzo G. Alarcon Elementary School from San Elizario Independent School District and Benito Martinez Elementary from Fort Hancock Independent School District.

EPCC Administrator selected to attend U.S. Department of State Seminar

Santa Fe, New Mexico – Keri Moe, Associate Vice President of External Relations, Communication and Development at El Paso Community College (EPCC), was competitively selected to participate in an Alumni Thematic International Exchange Seminar (Alumni TIES).

Moe was formerly a Fulbright-Hays Scholar in Morocco and is the only community college educator selected to participate in the “Art, Culture, and Transforming Conflict” seminar being held in Santa Fe.

The seminar will convene approximately 40 alumni of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs who will bring unique skills and expertise in leveraging the arts for social change, community reconciliation and conflict transformation to bridge differences and build peaceful communities.

Alumni will join subject-matter experts and U.S. government officials to discuss current challenges, share best practices, engage in dialogue to learn from one another, and develop solutions for peacebuilding, social change, community reconciliation, and conflict transformation through the arts.

The program is being implemented by World Learning on behalf of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

EPCC opens Transportation Training Center

Wednesday, El Paso Community College (EPCC) officials and invited guests held a celebration to mark the opening of the Transportation Training Center (TTC) at the Valle Verde campus. 

“Attending and graduating college is becoming more and more important, because by 2020, 65 percent of all jobs will require a degree or certificate,” Dr. William Serrata, EPCC President, said.

“The Valle Verde Transportation Center will provide many innovative opportunities that will help us reach our goal of educating more students, placing them on a path to completing their degrees and increasing educational attainment in our region.”

The TTC will train El Paso’s future workforce in the areas of Diesel Technology, Automotive Technology and Auto Collision and Repair.

“Studies have shown that these careers have a high demand, now and in the future,” college officials shared. “EPCC is committed to transforming students’ futures by providing high quality and affordable education opportunities for our region. These programs will enhance student life and experience while providing new and innovative learning opportunities.”

Students say they choose to study at EPCC for the state-of-the-art facilities, experienced faculty and for the high-quality training they receive.

One student, Chloe Bauer, who is also an active duty soldier, is working towards her Associate of Applied Science in Diesel Technology and says this program will prepare her to embark on a successful career path.

“I chose the EPCC Diesel Program because it offers an excellent value over the private colleges with similar degree offerings in El Paso. The EPCC facility is wonderful,” Bauer said.  Students have everything we need to prepare us for the workforce.”

Students, using the state-of-the-art equipment and instruction from EPCC accredited faculty, will be highly skilled and lend to bettering the quality of life in our region.

This is the second of six construction projects to finish as part of the College’s Master Plan. Learn more about Districtwide expansion by visiting this website.

 

EPCC, El Paso Sports Commission, hosts the NJCAA National Half Marathon Championships

The El Paso Community College (EPCC), as part of its 50th anniversary celebration, will host the National Junior College Athletic Association Half Marathon Championships.

Over 120 of the nation’s best long-distance runners will complete the 13.1 mile course that crosses Ascarate Park and the Playa Drain Trail.

The race will include athletes from 16 colleges nationwide.

Felix Hinojosa, Director of Athletics and head cross country coach at El Paso will serve as tournament host. Hinojosa was pleased to receive the bid for two upcoming championships, when they were announced in Spring of 2018.

“El Paso Community College is honored to be selected to host the 2019 and 2021 NJCAA Half Marathon National Championships. We look forward to welcoming student-athletes to our great city to give them the best hospitality and race experience possible.”

El Paso will host the 2019 and 2021 championships while Kansas City, KS will host in 2020.

The race is sponsored by The El Paso Sports Commission and the County of El Paso.

What:                  19th Annual NJCAA Half Marathon Championships

When:                 Saturday, November 23, 2019 – 9:00 a.m.

Where:                Ascarate Park Pavilion – 6900 Delta Drive

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