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EPCC’s Mitei Named First Team Academic All American, 3 Others Honored

Shalet Mitei, EPCC Cross Country and Half Marathon, has been named First Team All American by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).

“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 four EPCC athletes, Amy Vidal, Michael Flores, Carlos Quintana and Mitei.

Mitei led the EPCC contingent of student-athletes, with a GPA of 4.0

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 grade point average (GPA) of 3.60 or higher.

Individual Academic Student-Athletic Awardees:

Shalet Mitei               First Team (4.00)                  4.00    Cross Country and Half Marathon

Amy Vidal                  Second Team (3.80-3.99)   3.87    Cross Country

Michael Flores          Third Team (3.60-3.79)       3.78    Cross Country and Half Marathon

Carlos Quintana      Third Team (3.60-3.79)       3.70    Baseball

Nominations are submitted by each athlete’s respective institution.


EPCC Men’s, Women’s Half Marathon Teams Recognized as Top Academic Teams in Nation

The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has announced its 2017-18 academic awards.  The El Paso Community College (EPCC) Men’s and Women’s Half Marathon teams were named the Top Academic Teams of the Year in the nation for their respected sports.

“EPCC is an academic institution first and foremost,” Felix Hinojosa, EPCC Athletic Director said. “Being awarded academic honors validates what we do as a college.”

The EPCC men finished with a combined grade point average (GPA) of 3.42 and the women finished with a combined 3.62 GPA. The women also captured the National Championship on the field as well this past November.

The EPCC Half Marathon teams were also honored this year by being selected to host the NJCAA National Half Marathon Championships in 2019 and 2021.

Since 1993, the NJCAA has recognized the team with the highest overall grade-point average for their sport and gender with the NJCAA Academic Team of the Year Award. The complete list of National Academic Teams of the Year for the 27 NJCAA sports is available online.


Women’s team pictured from left to right: Michelle Renteria; Shalet Mitei; Merari Valenzuela; Ocean Stevens; Celeste Zamarron Not pictured: Evaline Cheptoo
Men’s team pictured from left to right: Michael Flores; Michael Kirwa; Sammy Rono
Not pictured: Esteban Esquivel-Reyes; Boaz Kipkemei

White House Honors EPCC Dean with Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring

El Paso Community College’s (EPCC) Joshua Villalobos, current Dean at the Mission del Paso Campus and former Geology Professor, is one of 27 individuals that the White House has named as a recipients of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM).

“The PAESMEM award highlights, not only my work, but the remarkable opportunities that EPCC offers for both students and faculty,” Villalobos said.  “Very few community colleges support activities that allow their faculty to apply, run and be successful in research programs that promote research for community college students.”

PAESMEM recognizes outstanding efforts of mentors in encouraging the next generation of innovators and developing a science and engineering workforce that reflects the diverse talent of America.

Villalobos was recognized for his work to bring an Associate of Science in Geology degree back to EPCC as well as his engaged role in mentoring students.

“As a result of his efforts, EPCC is now produces more than 8 percent of all associate geology degrees in the country and our students now have a clearer educational pathway to transfer to UTEP and other institutions,”  Steve Smith, EPCC’s Vice President of Instruction and Workforce Education said.

“Additionally, Mr. Villalobos has served as a dynamic and engaged mentor who has guided our students for academic and research growth.”

Villalobos was nominated for the award in 2014 but the awards were not announced until today and says he is honored to be a recipient.

PAESMEM recognizes outstanding efforts of mentors in encouraging the next generation of innovators and developing a science and engineering workforce that reflects the diverse talent of America.

“The mentoring that takes place at EPCC between our faculty and students transforms lives,”  Dr. William Serrata, EPCC President said.  “We are very proud of Dean Joshua Villalobos for receiving the White House Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring along with the work he does every day to give students the guidance and inspiration they need to learn and succeed.”

Villalobos will receive his presidential certificates at a recognition ceremony in Washington D.C. later this week.

EPCC Opens Veterans Lounge at Transmountain Campus

On Monday, officials with El Paso Community College (EPCC) hosted a Grand Opening of its new Transmountain Veterans Lounge.

“The opening of the Veterans Lounge affords and opportunity for veterans to come together as comrades and fellow students in an area to call their own,” Arvis Jones, EPCC Director of Student Leadership and Campus Life.

One of the biggest challenges facing combat veterans is the social isolation they feel when they return from combat.  Many veterans have difficulty adjusting to civilian life, much less adjusting to the academic rigor and social atmosphere of a college.

To help ease that transition, the new lounge offers computers, a printer, snacks and an informal place to study or socialize with other veterans.

EPCC officials added, “EPCC’s goal is to embrace the veteran, military service member and family members to ensure their success at EPCC.”

This is the second such veterans’ area opened by EPCC, as the first Veteran’s Resource Center opened on the Valle Verde campus in 2016.

The Transmountain Veterans Lounge is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

EPCC Students Selected for University of Alabama Pre-Law Program

The University of Alabama School of Law has announced the selection of two El Paso Community College (EPCC) Criminal Justice students to their Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Program. Evelyn Barraza and Adriana Franco were two of thirty chosen nationwide for this high honor.

The PLUS program will run from June 3rd through June 29th at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. They offer students this great opportunity free of charge and a stipend for living expenses.

“The PLUS admissions committee was very impressed with both EPCC students,” Daiquiri J. Steele, Director of Diversity & Inclusion and Assistant Professor of Law in Residence said. “Approximately 72 undergraduate institutions were represented in the applicant pool, so for El Paso Community College to have two students selected is remarkable.”

left to right are Evelyn Barraza and Adriana Franco.

PLUS will ready attendees with the skills to apply for law school as well as preparing for exams and career options. “Managing time during the rigors of law school will be one of the areas I plan to gain experience,” Adriana Franco said. The courses will familiarize students with the American legal system.

Both students graduated from EPCC this May with an Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice and plan to attend the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) in the fall. They will continue into law school with Barraza wanting to work in criminal law and Franco to become a prosecutor.

The EPCC program offers an Associate of Arts degree in Criminal Justice and an Associate of Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice and Homeland Security.

Professor Michelle Watkins, Ed.D. and Instructor Jeffrey Brockhoff have mentored Barraza and Franco through their time at EPCC. “Being able to connect with the professors at EPCC is most important,” Evelyn Barraza said.

Northwest Early College Celebrates 10th Anniversary, Partnership With EPCC, Canutillo ISD

Northwest Early College High School (NECHS) held a celebration Wednesday to commemorate the school’s opening in 2008.

“EPCC will be marking the 10th anniversary of two of its 12 early college high schools this summer: Northwest Early College High School, in partnership with Canutillo ISD, and Transmountain Early College High School, with El Paso ISD, both opened in July 2008,” Tonie Badillo, Dean of Dual Credit and Early College High Schools (ECHS) said.

“EPCC’s early college high school initiative has provided a unique opportunity to the youth in our region to earn an associate’s degree while in high school.”

ECHS initiative is designed to allow students to simultaneously earn a high school diploma and an associate’s degree in four years.

School officials, via a news release said, the ECHS “must target and enroll students who are historically underrepresented in higher education, including economically disadvantaged, first-generation, English language learners and minority students.”

The ceremony –  held in the school’s grotto to honor current students, faculty and graduates – was followed by a field day at the adjacent West Side Soccer Complex.

UTEP, EPCC, NMSU Prepare for Spring Graduations; Traffic, Parking Guidelines Released

The University of Texas at El Paso will celebrate spring graduates during UTEP’s three Commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 12, in the Don Haskins Center, while El Paso Community College will celebrate their graduations on Friday, May 11.

The UTEP celebrations are at 9 a.m. for the College of Liberal Arts; 2 p.m. for the colleges of Education, Business Administration and the School of Nursing; and 7 p.m. for the colleges of Science, Engineering and Health Sciences, and School of Pharmacy.

A livestream of each UTEP ceremony will be accessible from any home computer, mobile device or tablet at

As for the El Paso Community College (EPCC) Spring 2018 Semester graduates, they’ll take to the Don Haskins stage twice on Friday; with the Students earning Associates of Science Degrees,  Associates of Applied Science Degrees and Certifications at 2 p.m. and Students earning Associates of Science Degrees, Associates of Applied Science Degrees and Certifications at 6 p.m.

To make the most of the Commencement experience, graduates and guests should be aware of the following:

I-10 Closure

Map of I-10 closure available to download here.

Graduating students and guests driving to the Commencement ceremonies should expect delays and high traffic volume, especially if driving to campus from the west side of El Paso, due to a closure on I-10.

From 9 p.m. Friday, May 11, to 6 a.m. Monday, May 14, I-10 will be closed in both directions at the Sunland Park exit and entrance ramps. Sunland Park Drive southbound will close between Mesa Hills Drive and Paisano Drive. The Sunland Park Drive northbound overpass, the Sunland Park entrance ramp to I-10 westbound, and the Sunland Park flyover entrance ramp to I-10 eastbound all will be closed.

During the closure, crews will remove massive steel pillars from the old Sunland Park flyover ramp.

Plan for at least one extra hour of commute time prior to each Commencement ceremony.

Detour: I-10 eastbound traffic will exit at Sunland Park Drive (Exit 13) and immediately re-enter I-10 at the next ramp. I-10 westbound traffic will exit at Sunland Park (Exit 13) and follow it to North Mesa Street, turn left on North Mesa Street and re-enter I-10 westbound from the North Mesa entrance ramp.

Alternative routes: Eastbound traffic can use Doniphan Drive and Paisano Drive or Mesa Street. Drivers can also circle around the construction zone by using Transmountain Drive and U.S. 54 and head to UTEP via the westbound side of I-10.

Westbound traffic can exit I-10 at Mesa Street (Exit 19A) or Downtown (Exit 19B) to avoid any traffic backup that may occur on I-10 in the UTEP area.

If you are traveling from the Stanton Street Port of Entry or the Paso Del Norte Port of Entry from Juárez, it is recommended to plan for at least one hour for possible traffic delays.  For more information on the I-10 closure or international bridge times, visit and

Glory Road Closure

Glory Road from Oregon Street to Randolph Drive will be closed to enhance pedestrian safety, ease traffic congestion and help with the flow of crowds from the Don Haskins Center to Celebration Plaza.

Commencement Parking (Former lot names included below in parenthesis) Parking map available to download here.

Free parking:

  • Accessible via Glory Road: GR2 formerly P-9.
  • Accessible via Sun Bowl Drive: Lots SB2 (S-3), SB3 (S-4), SB10 (R-6) and the Sun Bowl Parking Garage. SB7 (R-2) will have reserved parking for event staff, but the remaining spaces will be available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Accessible via Schuster Avenue: Lots SC1 (P-4), SC2 (P-3), SC3 (P-2), SC4 (P-1), and Schuster Parking Garage

Parking with Fee: 

  • Glory Road Transfer Center and Parking Garage (accessible via Glory Road at Mesa Street). ($10)
  • Public monthly and daily parking lot at 3003 S. Mesa St., north of the Don Haskins Center between Mesa Street and Sun Bowl Drive.

ADA Parking: 

  • Permit required, Lots SB8 (R-3) and ME1 (R-4) near the Don Haskins Center.

Media Parking: 

  • Working media representatives will receive a special parking pass for the designated parking lots. Media can park in reserved spots in lot GR3 (P-10) and must present their credentials to the security staff.

Don Haskins Center Policies

Guests may not bring food, drinks, baby strollers, balloons, noisemakers, fireworks, poppers, glass containers, tripods or banners into the Don Haskins Center during Commencement.

Visit UTEP’s Website for the latest information about the University’s graduation ceremonies.


What:   EPCC Spring 2018 Commencement Exercises

When:   Friday, May 11, 2018

2:00 p.m.: Students earning Associates of Science Degrees,
Associates of Applied Science Degrees and
6:00 p.m.: Students earning Associates of Arts and Associates of




What: UTEP’s Spring Commencement

When: Saturday, May 12

9 a.m. for the College of Liberal Arts

2 p.m. for the School of Nursing and the colleges of Education and Business Administration

7 p.m. for the colleges of Science, Engineering and Health Sciences, and the School of Pharmacy


More than 2,000 New Mexico State University students will be earning their bachelor’s and advanced degrees this spring.

Commencement weekend will begin Friday evening with a hooding ceremony for doctoral candidates at the Pan American Center at 6 p.m. Friday, May 11.

Following that, students receiving their bachelor’s and master’s degrees will be honored Saturday, May 12, during two ceremonies. The first ceremony will take place at 9 a.m. and candidates from the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, College of Business, College of Engineering and College of Health and Social Services will be recognized.

At 2 p.m. students from the College of Arts and Sciences and College of Education will be honored.

Over 1,000 bachelor’s and master’s candidates are expected to receive their diplomas on Saturday and over 70 doctoral candidates are expected to attend Friday’s hooding ceremony.

The Pan American Center will open one hour prior to each ceremony. Tickets are not required. Graduates should check in east of the Pan Am in Lot 32.

Arrowhead Drive between Triviz Drive and Stewart Street along the Pan Am will be closed during commencement. Graduates and the general public should park in the lots to the north and east of the Pan Am, with handicapped parking to the north and northeast of the building.

For family and friends who cannot make it out to the commencement ceremonies, Information & Communication Technologies Video Services will be live streaming them via this link. 

Media covering the event should park in the south lot and obtain a media pass in the tent located in Lot 32, east of the Pan Am.

For more information about the commencement ceremony, visit the website.

Tough Choices Lead EPCC’s Valenzuela to Success On and Off the Track

With graduation just around the corner, Merari Valenzuela’s future in cross country – and college -was uncertain.

In 2016, during her senior year at El Paso High School she had torn her ACL during basketball season and split her meniscus.

Merari was faced with the decision to either go through surgery – with the looming challenge of learning how to walk again before she could tie up her laces and race competitively in a 5k – or wait until basketball season was over.

With a full cross-country scholarship on the line – she chose surgery in the hopes of being better by the start of the cross-country season.

Then, the lengthy healing process began.

“Most institution usually opted to drop the student athlete, which is within the bounds of the National Junior College Athletic Association policies,” said Cross Country Coach Felix Hinojosa. “However, our program takes a different approach. We would rather work with the student athlete.”

For the first 6 months, Valenzuela could not run, but EPCC honored her scholarship and she was able to complete her education, while being red-shirted on the cross-country team for her first season.

“It was frustrating at times because you want to be with your teammates,” she said. “It’s like you see them running and you want to go but your leg doesn’t let you because it’s still trying to recuperate and heal. I had to learn how to walk again and learn all the basics,” Valenzuela said.

“We incorporated multi-joint movement training patterns, water running, woodway curve treadmill intervals and sport specific strength training,” Hinojosa said. With this additional strengthening and conditioning exercises from Cross Country Coach Felix Hinojosa,

Valenzuela was able to make a full recovery and run with her teammates in the women’s half marathon in 2017. The team placed second at the National Junior College Athletic Association Championship in Topeka, Kansas.

Throughout her training and healing process, Valenzuela also maintained a 4.0 GPA, which has earned her an Out of State Competitive Award of $15,579 per academic year at New Mexico State University.

Additionally, she was awarded the 1888 Leadership Transfer Scholarship which amounts to $2,500 per academic year.

“EPCC has helped me maintain a high GPA because our coach emphasizes the fact that we are students before athletes,” she said. “He expects us to maintain a high GPA because it opens up opportunities to receive academic scholarships. Having a high GPA allows us to be noticed more when it comes to honor societies as well.”

Valenzuela said since she started at EPCC, she decided to major in Biology in preparation for becoming a Neonatologist, or a doctor who works with newborns.

In 5 years she hopes to be finished with medical school and starting her residency. Valenzuela credits her success as a runner and as a student to her coach and EPCC. “Here at EPCC, you are close to home, but you are also independent, and athletically it helped me become a new runner and find out what are my strengths and weaknesses.”

EPCC Tejanas Playoff Games to Be Streamed Live

EPCC Tejanas fans will be able to follow all the action live starting Friday, as their run to NJCAA Championship will be broadcast online.

The El Paso Community College (EPCC) Tejanas Softball Team will take part in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region V playoffs in Lubbock, Texas, May 4th through 6th.

The Tejanas are seeded sixth and the playoff is in a double-elimination format. The games will be streamed live by the Texas Sports Radio Network (TSRN) online.

EPCC’s schedule for the first two games are:

May 4, 12:30pm (MDT) vs. Odessa
Win Game 1:  May 4, 5:30pm vs. Clarendon
Lose Game 1: May 5, 10:00am vs TBA

EPCC Medical Building, Parking Garage Signal Start of Rio Grande Campus Upgrades

On Wednesday, El Paso Community College unveiled the $32 million EPCC Rio Grande Academic Facility and Parking Garage set to be built at 919 Oregon Street in Downtown El Paso.

The single-level parking lot will become a multi-use, 7-story building with academic spaces and a parking garage, using double helix angle parking to accommodate the most parking possible.

Officials say, “The uniqueness of the Rio Grande Campus, in comparison to other El Paso Community College campuses, is that it is the only campus in an urban setting and sits within neighboring historic areas and neighborhood associations. Remaining wall stones from a historic home site will be accommodated into the structure.”

A state-of-the-art Simulation Suite will cater to health professions programs such as nursing, EMT, phlebotomy, radiology, and physical therapy. This building also allows EPCC to create a new Associate of Applied Science program in echocardiography. The campus will promote interactive, interdisciplinary learning strategies.

The skills lab, which will replicate real-life facilities and hospital spaces, will help ensure that the graduates are job-ready. The 400-space parking garage will alleviate the lack of parking on the campus and currently results in students parking throughout the neighborhood streets.

The final design, by Parkhill, Smith & Cooper (PSC), incorporates intriguing character reflecting the Sunset Heights neighborhood, with a landscaped pedestrian plaza that provides a social gathering space that also connects the campus to various campus buildings on the western side.

“This facility is addressing various campus challenges, such as lack of parking and academic spaces,” said Mary Stills, Senior Associate / Architect at PSC. She was the architect and project manager. “The building represents the investment that EPCC is making in the students to educate them and prepare them in real-world scenarios so they can be career-ready. It’s a privilege to design a building that will be utilized to its maximum potential for years to come.”

Construction is planned to be finished by the summer of 2020.

EPCC, Artists, Community Members Shine During Saturday’s Lights Festival

A student competition at El Paso Community College to construct light sculptures put a spotlight on the artists, the school and the community Saturday night.

“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,” he added.

The festival included live music, food, family fun and games. The festival goers were able to learn about EPCC while being amazed by a fantastic light show.

The Lights at EPCC was held at the Valle Verde Campus Americana Village and approximately 1,000 community members were in attendance Saturday night.

The exhibition showcased approximately 40 designs created by EPCC Art and Architecture students.

Regional Program Awards $250k+ in Scholarships for Teachers Seeking Dual Credit Certifications

Since 2015, the Council on Regional Economic Expansion and Educational Development (CREEED) has not only helped local students, but regional educators as well.


CREEED has awarded $259,000 through its Accelerated Certification of Teachers (ACT El Paso) Scholarship Program to help area high school teachers attain dual credit certifications.

To date, the program has funded 75 high school teachers who have completed certification or are currently studying to teach dual credit or early college courses in our region’s high schools.

Dual credit courses give high school students the opportunity to become acclimated to college coursework and to enroll in courses that earn them college credit while still in high school. CREEED has earmarked a total of $1M for the scholarship program, which aims to increase higher education attainment for El Paso students.

“We know that college-readiness is a clear indicator of whether our students will pursue and successfully obtain a postsecondary degree or certificate. The goal of this scholarship program is to increase college-readiness across the region by exposing more students to the rigor and idea of a college education,” said Richard A. Castro, Chairman of CREEED.

“By investing in our teachers to deliver high-quality dual credit courses, we are not only providing professional development opportunities to our educators, but giving our students a head-start at college coursework and ensuring our region is able to see economic prosperity in the future.”

ACT El Paso scholarships have been awarded to a total of 75 teachers in five El Paso County school districts: Canutillo Independent School District, Clint Independent School District, El Paso Independent School District, Socorro Independent School District and Ysleta Independent School District.

The scholarship funds were used by teachers to help pay for their credentialing process, which requires them to complete 18 graduate semester credit hours in the content area they will teach and successfully obtain a master’s degree.

Thanks to the scholarship program, Clint ISD will have a dual-credit credentialed Spanish teacher at every high school in its district by the end of this year.

“The scholarships help us address our school’s need for more dual credit certified teachers,” Clint High School Principal, Garrett Ritchey. “Although the scholarships go to the teachers, the students are the true beneficiaries.”

Currently, only one in six El Paso students who starts 8th grade earns  a postsecondary credential within 11 years, which places El Paso as the second lowest performing of all Texas regions. Additionally, only 70 percent of students who enter The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and 34 percent who enter El Paso Community College (EPCC) are fully prepared for college-level work. CREEED is working to improve these numbers by investing in initiatives that increase college readiness in our region.

Since 2014, there has been a significant increase (53%) of students taking dual credit or early college courses throughout El Paso County. While only 4,750 students enrolled in these courses at the start of 2014, that number jumped to 7,250 in 2017.

“The Ysleta Independent School District is appreciative of the funding that CREEED has dedicated toward THE MASTERS program, which offers our teachers a convenient, affordable, and supportive path for pursuing their master’s degrees and advanced certifications,” said Dr. Xavier De La Torre, YISD Superintendent of Schools.

“As of this spring, we will have 20 YISD teachers successfully complete their master’s degrees and advanced certifications ­through the program in either math, science, social studies, or language arts,” Dr. De La Torre said. “We firmly believe this will help our teachers significantly enhance their classroom instructional practices while positively impacting student achievement.”

Research shows that students who successfully complete 18 hours of dual credit courses are four times more likely to complete a college credential or degree program on time. College credits earned through high school dual credit courses are at no cost to the student, thereby lowering the overall cost of college tuition.

“We are proud of EPCC’s Dual Credit & Early College High School partnerships with our local Independent School Districts,” said El Paso Community College President Dr. William Serrata. “CREEED’s scholarships for educators have increased the number of high school faculty teaching college courses, helping our students earn credit towards college degrees even before while they graduate high school.”

CREEED aims to place teachers certified to offer dual credit courses in every high school in El Paso County.

ACT El Paso is part of the non-profit group’s larger plan to improve educational parity, enhance the quality of instruction, and see more students complete post-high-school degree or certificate programs throughout the El Paso region.

Texas Library Association Awards EPCC’s Northwest Campus for Library Learning Initiative

The El Paso Community College (EPCC) – Northwest (NW) campus faculty received the 2018 Library Project of the Year Award during the 2018 Texas Library Association Annual Conference.

The Library Instruction Project of the Year Award is presented annually by the Texas Library Association’s Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT). This award recognized an innovative or creative library instruction project or initiative in Texas.

“The project, led by Lorely Ambriz and Michael Duncan, was impressive because of the evidence they provided showing how their collaboration has positively impacted their students,” Joshua Wallace, LIRT Chair said.

The project, Improving College Students’ Literacy Skills Through Embedded Librarianship and Faculty Collaboration for Lifelong Learning was led by Lorely Ambriz, Head Librarian, and Michael Duncan, English Discipline Coordinator at the NW campus. The project involves embedding library skill into course curriculum.

Developed as a hypothesis by Ambriz, the project became an actual action research project as part of her participation in the EPCC Teachership Academy under the leadership of Dr. Lydia Tena, EPCC Northwest Campus Dean and Teachership Academy Coordinator. The Teachership Academy is an EPCC faculty development program focusing on teaching and learning.

Since the implementation of the project to embed literacy and library skills into course curriculum, out of the average student population of 2,800 students at the NW Library, the project has been able to outreach to 82% of the student population. The students, having attended at least one library session becoming aware of library services, learned how to perform basic library research, how to evaluate information sources and how to properly cite them.

Overall, faculty have seen the average score on -and quality of -the students’ annotated bibliographies and papers go up significantly over the past few semesters thanks to the literacy skills they have built, which leads to overall student success.

The 2018 Texas Library Association Annual Conference was held April 3-6 in Dallas.


EPCC Selected to Host NJCAA Half Marathon National Championships

The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has announced that El Paso Community College has been chosen to host the NJCAA’s men’s and women’s half marathon championships in 2019 and 2021.

“EPCC is honored to be selected to host the 2019 and 2021 NJCAA National Half Marathon Championships,” EPCC President Dr. William Serrata said.  “We look forward to welcoming athletes to our great city to give them the best hospitality and race experience possible.”

These championships will put the spotlight on the Sun City and allow the public see EPCC’s nationally ranked Half Marathon athletes compete.

Felix Hinojosa, Director of Athletics and head cross country coach at El Paso will serve as tournament host.

“EPCC and El Paso, Texas is an ideal site to host the NJCAA National Championships with fantastic fall racing weather and an excellent race venue,” Hinojosa said.  “We have many exciting surprises in store, including a well-designed course for athletes that can also safely accommodate media and spectators.”

The first event will be held on November 23, 2019

More information on the NJCAA can be found at

Story in Many Pictures: EPCC’s Tejanos, Tejanas Take on Midland, Clarendon

The beautiful green diamonds on the Valle Verde Campus for El Paso Community College were busy places this weekend, as both the Tejanos and the Tejanas were battling for wins.

The Tejanos were taking on Midland, while the Tejanas took on Clarendon College.  While battling first place Midland, the Tejanos took the series opener 9-8, but then dropped the next two games.  Right next door, the Tejanas fought the good fight, but dropped the series to Clarendon.

Our very own Steven Cottingham and Chantilly Bolgar were there, and bring your their view of the games in this, ‘Story in Many Pics’

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