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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

Walmart donates to EPCC Students with Food Insecurity

 The El Paso Community College (EPCC) Student Government Association (SGA) received a $500 check from Walmart check to support the Tejano Food Pantry.

EPCC officials say this donation will be used to purchase food items to help students in need during Thanksgiving season.

“Food insecurity is an issue that almost half of our student body at EPCC has dealt with. This helps a lot for our student body in conjunction with our Tejano Food Pantry.” Alex Rodriguez, SGA President said. “This donation also gives us the opportunity to hand out turkeys on top of our standard basket of goods that the pantry provides!”

The check from Walmart was presented by Representative Art Fierro, former Chairman of the EPCC Board of Trustees.

“This is the time of the year that partners like Walmart and our office get involved and they are able to give back to the community and to be partners with EPCC,” Representative Art Fierro said. “I wish we can contribute more because the need is here; this group of students gives back to the community, so this check is just the tip of the iceberg to help.”

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

The Tejano Food Pantry aims to minimize hunger among our students by providing free, accessible and nutritious food.

The pantry is located at the Valle Verde Campus, 919 Hunter Dr., room C102. For more information, call (915) 831- 2077.

EPCC’s Kemboi Places 2nd, Men Finish 2nd, Women 3rd at NJCAA Cross Country Nationals

El Paso Community College’s Everlyn Kemboi, 2018 National Champion, finished 2nd in the 2019 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division 1 Cross Country National Championships.

The men’s team finished in 2nd place and the women finished in 3rd place.

Two Tejanas earned All-American honors, Everlyn Kemboi (2) and Francisca Jebor (9). The Tejanos were led by Dennis Kiptoo (5) and Bradley Makuvire (8) both earning All-American honors.

 The season culminates with the NJCAA National Half Marathon Championships on November 23 at Ascarate Park in El Paso. Both the men’s and women’s are defending national champions.

EPCC Theater opens new season with My Sister In This House

El Paso Community College (EPCC) Theater Ensemble will begin its 2019-20 season with My Sister In This House directed by Ted Karber Jr. 

Performances will be held November 15, 16, 22 and 23 at 8:00 p.m. and November 17 and 24 at 2:30 p.m.

This extraordinary drama, produced to acclaim at the Actors Theatre of Louisville and at NYC’s Second Stage, tells the story of a celebrated 1930’s French murder case, in which two maids, who are sisters, were convicted of murdering their employer and her daughter.

“This very cinematically structured work explores the motivations which led the sisters to commit murder,” EPCC Theater officials shared via a news release.

An American Sign Language Interpreter will be provided for the November 23 performance. For theater information, call (915) 831-5056.

The EPCC Theater Ensemble performs at the EPCC Transmountain Campus Forum Theater, 9570 Gateway North.

Ticket prices are:

–       General Admission-$15

–       Non-EPCC students and Military-$10

–       EPCC students, staff and senior citizens-$7

Tickets are available at the door, cash only. The box office opens two hours before each performance.

(L-R) Cristy Zermeno as Christine Lutton , Daniela Mendoza as Lea Lutton
(L-R) Dominique Joseph as Isabelle Danzard, Veronica Frescas as Madame Danzard

El Paso Community College, Museum of History to host programs on Mormon settlements

El Paso Community College (EPCC), in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities and El Paso Museum of History, and the El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department, will be hosting two engaging public programs about the lives of Mormon settlers in Colonia Juarez in Mexico and El Paso.

The program will feature a brief history of the Mormon Colonies in Mexico and how the folklore concept of liminality has played a role in the settlers’ lives and relationships with Mexico and the United States.

Attendees will also hear directly from people whose lives are connected to the Colonies and will receive items and guidelines to help them in collecting their own heritage.

“The El Paso Museum of History is excited to partner with Lisa Elliott regarding her dynamic lecture that focuses on a unique group with ties to both sides of the border. Their story is relevant to the greater region’s cultural history and the experiences they’ve had will resonate with the contemporary El Paso community,” states Dr. Vladimir von Tsurikov, Director of the El Paso Museum of History.

“It’s great to work at an institution that supports faculty in pursuing grant projects like this one,” explains Lisa Elliott, EPCC Associate Professor and Program Director for the project.

“Through the support of El Paso Community College and the National Endowment for the Humanities, this project has allowed us to digitize images and to collect histories of people associated with the Mormon Colonies, preserving their heritage and sharing it with the community.  And, I’m so pleased to collaborate with the El Paso Museum of History to present the work via a public program and the Museum’s Digital Wall.”

For more information on the exhibition and El Paso Museum of History hours, visit the museum’s website.   For additional information about this and other EPCC events, visit their website.

The programs will be held:

  • Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. at the El Paso Community College Valle Verde Campus Cafeteria Annex, 915 Hunter Dr.
  • Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 7:00 PM at the El Paso Museum of History, 510 N. Santa Fe St.

UTEP, EPCC Presidents pledge to continue collaborating to promote student success

On Thursday, UTEP President Heather Wilson and EPCC President William Serrata renewed their institutions’ commitments to the creation of pathways to higher education for the area’s students.

Both institutions will continue to focus on “building on the successes of existing partnerships with local school districts, and eliminating barriers for transfer students and those who attend both UTEP and EPCC.”

“For nearly three decades, faculty and staff at both El Paso Community College and The University of Texas at El Paso have made a strong commitment to the residents of the Paso del Norte region, developing strategies to provide access to exceptional higher education along with raising the educational aspirations, degree attainment, and overall academic excellence of area students,” officials shared via a news release

EPCC UTEP Presidents Letter

El Paso Community College President Serrata named Top College CEO

SAN FRANCISCO — The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) presented Dr. William Serrata, EPCC President, the 2019 Marie Y. Martin Chief Executive Officer Award.

Serrata was originally announced as a Western region finalist and ACCT presented him the national award during the 50th Annual ACCT Leadership Congress.  The award honors chief executive officers who demonstrate commitment to excellence in advancing the community college movement.

“Dr. Serrata is a true champion of EPCC’s efforts to provide innovative opportunities in higher education,” Board Chair Brian Haggerty said.  “Under his leadership, EPCC has increased completion rates for degrees and certificates, improved transfer rates, accelerated college-readiness and achieved national and regional recognition for the college.”

The award also recognizes community college CEO’s for supporting innovation, service to post-secondary education and strong leadership.

“Dr. Serrata embodies the dynamic and visionary leadership ACCT seeks to recognize, not only for making a measurable impact at EPCC, but also for his commitment to education locally, regionally and nationally,” EPCC officials said via a news release.

Serrata has served at EPCC since 2012, where in the time he has served as EPCC President, the college has seen 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.

“Dr. Serrata is transforming education with progress, innovation and engagement,” Haggerty said.

For Dr. Serrata, it all begins and ends with student success which guides his vision as a leader.  “EPCC and the El Paso community as a whole could not have chosen a better leader than Dr. Serrata to advance student success,” Board Trustee Belen Robles said.  “His passion for ensuring that every student not only has access to higher education, but also the support to be successful is making a difference.”

Today, EPCC serves more than 28,500 students and offers 145 degree and certificate programs.

“The college remains focused on engaging students, growing community partnerships and fostering excellence.  By creating a college-going culture and implementing innovative student success initiatives, EPCC is transforming the pathway to higher education and developing a better-prepared workforce for our region,” EPCC officials shared.   

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.

School of Nursing’s early-admission program expands to Bel Air High School

Bel Air High School students now have a fast track to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, thanks to a partnership between the Ysleta Independent School District, El Paso Community College and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso.

Bel Air students who enroll in the program will be given conditional acceptance to the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing’s Accelerated B.S.N. program. By taking prerequisite college courses while in high school with EPCC dual credit courses, they will be on track to earn their B.S.N. in just 16 months after high school graduation.

“We are honored to join Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso and El Paso Community College to provide a new pathway toward a college degree for our motivated Health Professions students at Bel Air High School,” said Xavier De La Torre, Ph.D., superintendent of schools at the Ysleta Independent School District.

“As we continue to make advancements in technology and innovation, it is apparent that high school graduation is no longer the finish line for many of our students,” De La Torre said. “This is why it is so important for YISD to provide not only relevant and rigorous instruction in core academic subjects, but career and technical training that students need to compete in the global workforce.”

Bel Air is the first YISD school to participate in the early-admission nursing program. Franklin High School and Maxine Silva Health Magnet High School in the El Paso Independent School District also offer the early-admission nursing program.

Manny Santa Cruz, D.N.P., M.B.A., R.N., assistant dean at the Hunt School of Nursing, said participating students can take all of their required university prerequisites while in high school and earn an Associate of Arts Degree through our program partner El Paso Community College.

“Our vision at the Hunt School of Nursing is to create the future of the local nursing workforce by providing seamless pathways to a B.S.N. degree for the entire El Paso community,” Santa Cruz said. “With college dual-credit conferred by El Paso Community College, we can now make this a reality for high school programs.”

Bel Air students interested in pursuing the path to an accelerated B.S.N. would need to start taking the college courses during their freshman year of high school.

“The B.S.N. pathway for YISD students at Bel Air is yet another example of the strong collaboration El Paso Community College has with our K-12 and university partners in the region,” said Tonie Badillo, dean of the Dual Credit and Early College High Schools program at El Paso Community College. “We are hopeful that this carefully developed pipeline will help meet workforce demands.”

These partnerships help TTUHSC El Paso address critical, statewide nursing shortages. By 2022, about 20,000 registered nurses will be needed in Texas, with a shortage of nearly 3,000 nurses in West Texas alone.

The Hunt School of Nursing is working to bring the early-admission nursing program to high schools in the Canutillo and Socorro Independent School Districts.

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 Cross Country Teams hold steady in National Rankings

The El Paso Community College (EPCC) Cross Country team held its 2019 ranking in the 2nd United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division 1 Poll.

The Tejanas were ranked 2nd and the Tejanos ranked 4th after a strong showing at the Saints Collegiate Cross Country Invitational held on September 21.

The EPCC men took the first four positions. The women’s team took the first three positions, dominating the event.

The teams travel to South Plains, Texas to compete at the South Plains Community College Invitational on October 5.

For more information about the NJCAA rankings, visit  their website.

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