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EPCC Theater Offers The Fantasticks starting Thursday

El Paso Community College (EPCC) Theater Ensemble will offer its next play of 2016 season with The Fantasticks.

The Fantasticks tells the story of two neighboring fathers who trick their children, Matt and Luisa, into falling in love by pretending to feud. With the father’s intentions of getting Matt to heroically save Luisa, they hire traveling actors to stage a mock abduction, ending the fake feud between their fathers.

When the two children become aware of the deception, they end the arranged match and separate. The rest of the story tells how the two renew their vows with more maturity.

Performances will be September 29, 30, October 1, 6, 7 and 8 at 8:00 pm and October 2 and 9 at 2:30 p.m. The EPCC Theater Ensemble performs at the EPCC Forum Theater (9570 Gateway North)

General Admission is $15, Non-EPCC students and military are $10 and EPCC students/staff and senior citizens are $7.

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

For Forum Theater information, call (915) 831-5056.

El Paso Community College’s Hispanic Heritage Month Starts Friday

The El Paso Community College (EPCC) Hispanic Heritage Committee will host a series of events for the annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration. This year’s theme, Preserving our Legacy, will focus and honor those who have impacted the El Paso community.

California based, award-winning author Victor Villaseñor will share his stories with EPCC students during this year’s annual celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

This year’s celebration will encompass several free events including the Veteran’s Event: Untold Stories of Hispanic American Veterans. Veterans will speak about their experiences and a video documentary and a panelist discussion will follow; Campus Read-Ins invite the public and students to read a poem or work of or about a Hispanic American and a screening of Empowering the People, the story of Willie Velasquez, who in 1980 registered 1 million Latinos to vote. His legacy lives on today.

This screening, made possible through a partnership with KCOS-Channel 13, will be at 6:00 p.m. September 29 th at the Administrative Services Center, 9050 Viscount Blvd. Building A.

The Mentor’s Dinner will honor influential past and present members of the El Paso community where Victor Villaseñor, award-winning author of Rain of Gold, will be the keynote speaker.

Selected mentors for this year’s dinner are UTEP President Diana Natalicio, The Mora Family of Chico’s Tacos, Fred Loya Sr. and David L. Carrasco. Carrasco will be presented with the award posthumously. His son, David Carrasco, a writer, activist and a professor at Harvard Divinity School, will receive the award on his father’s behalf.

The kick off for the month-long celebration will be from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., on September 16 th at the Rio Grande Campus and end with a Mentor’s Dinner on October 14 th . During the dinner two EPCC students will be awarded $1,000 scholarships.

All events at EPCC campuses, except Mentor’s Dinner, are free to the public. Tickets for the dinner are $25 and will be on sale September 1 through September 30 at any EPCC cashiers offices. Tickets may also be purchased online.

For more information, contact (915) 831-3324 or Visit us on Facebook.


EPCC Celebrates Grandparents Day Saturday

El Paso Community College (EPCC) will hold its 12 th Annual Grandparents Day Celebration from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Saturday, September 10 th at the EPCC Administrative Services Center (9050 Viscount, Building A.)

Health screenings will precede the event starting at 8:00 a.m. EPCC Officials say, “Help us demonstrate that El Paso honors and respects them and that we love to celebrate with our grandparents.”

This year’s event is themed The Power of Health and is co-sponsored by the EPCC Senior Adult Program, The Hospitals of Providence and the City’s Parks and Recreation Department.

Visit with over 20 service providers, join in games, enjoy the Border Walk Line Dancers, Sacramento Seniors Folklorico, El Paso Sun Desert Dancers, liven it up with Zumba and tone it down with Tai Chi plus many other performances. The Grandparents Day Celebration is free and open to the public.

By 2021, there will be 12 million retired grandparents fully engaged in life, in schools, sharing their life experiences with their grandchildren. Our community benefits from their volunteer contributions, and having active, healthy, mentally sharp grandmas and grandpas.

National Grandparents Day is observed on the Sunday after Labor Day. Its purpose is threefold; to honor grandparents for their wisdom and experience; to allow grandparents an opportunity to show their love to their children’s kids; and to make children aware of the great source of knowledge, strength and guidance that can be gained from the over 150,000 age sixty plus seniors in El Paso County.

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Two EPCC Early College High Schools Honored

El Paso Community College (EPCC) is proud to announce the national recognition of two of its early college high schools.

Valle Verde Early College High School (34 th in the nation), Mission Early College High School (58 th in the nation) were cited for “Beating the Odds” by Newsweek Magazine.

Faculty and staff of these schools were recognized for their superior work in preparing students for college while dealing with the barriers of low-economic standing.

Officials added, “As EPCC strives to give the best education to all its students, this national recognition, along with other awards like the Aspen Award Top Ten Community College in the nation and The HEED Award for diversity, vindicates the work students, faculty and staff do to better our community.”

The “Beating the Odds” ranking is a “relative” list of schools weighing performance while accounting for poverty rates.

For the complete article, click here.

Classic Musical Hits El Paso Community College Stage

El Paso Community College (EPCC) Summer Repertory concludes its season with the classic musical Guys and Dolls.

Guys and Dolls was written by Joe Swerling and Abe Burrows, music composed by Frank Loesser and directed by EPCC Theater Director, Keith Townsend, The play is a musical romantic comedy set in Depression-era Times Square involving the unlikeliest of Manhattan pairings: a high-rolling gambler and a puritanical missionary, a showgirl dreaming of the straight-and- narrow and a crap game manager who is anything but.

The EPCC Summer Repertory performs at the EPCC Transmountain Campus Forum Theater (9570 Gateway North.) General Admission is $15, Non-EPCC students and military are $10 and EPCC students/staff and senior citizens are $7. Tickets are available at the door. The box office opens two hours before each performance.

Proceeds from the Summer Repertory go to Theater and Forensic scholarships.

Performances will be August 25, 26, 27, September 1, 2 and 3 at 8:00 p.m., with Sunday matinees on August 28 and September 4 at 2:30 p.m.

For EPCC Forum Theater information, call (915) 831-5056.

Sun Metro Reactivates Express Routes to UTEP, EPCC

Sun Metro is reactivating its express routes to connect students and passengers to El Paso Community College campuses, the University of Texas at El Paso and several transfer centers throughout the City.

The routes will start on August 22, 2016.  They are:

Route 80 Northeast/Mission Valley Express will provide express service from: El Paso Community College (EPCC) Trans Mountain campus; Northgate Transfer Center, 9347 Dyer; Eastside Transfer Center, 1165 Sunmount; EPCC Valle Verde campus; and Mission Valley Transfer Center, 9065 Alameda.

Route 70 University Express travels from the Eastside Transfer Center, 1165 Sunmount, to the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), and El Paso Community College (EPCC) Rio Grande campus.

Both routes will operate from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday during the fall and spring semesters.  Route 70 will offer service every 30 minutes during peak hours (6-10 a.m. and 3-6 p.m.) and every hour during non-peak hours. Route 80 will operate during peak hours ONLY (6-10 a.m. and 2-6 p.m.) and will offer service every hour.

With a valid student ID, UTEP and EPCC students can take advantage of Sun Metro’s reduced student fare ($1 per one-way trip). Students looking to save even more money and be environmentally conscious can purchase a weekly pass ($7) or a monthly pass ($30) that is good for an unlimited number of bus trips during the life of the pass.

Monthly passes may be purchased at the Eastside Transfer Center, Downtown Transfer Center, Five Points Transfer Center, Transit Operations Center, any of the city’s public libraries or by mail. Weekly passes may be purchased on any Sun Metro fixed-route bus traveling within the city limits.

Pre-paid passes can be used on any fixed-route bus except Route 83.

For more information about Sun Metro, visit or call (915) 212-3333. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @SunMetro.

EPCC Veteran’s Resource Center set to open Friday

El Paso Community College (EPCC) will host a Grand Opening of its Veterans Resource Center from 9:00 a.m. – noon, Friday, July 1st . The Center is located at the Valle Verde campus (919 Hunter, Student Services Center, room 139)

A special program of speakers takes place at 9:15 a.m. with a welcome by Dr. William Serrata, EPCC President. The celebration includes a College and Veteran Community Resource Fair. The event is free and open to the public.

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.

Therefore, the new Center offers computers, a printer, and informal meeting areas for students to congregate, meet and talk candidly with other veteran students, coffee, water, microwave and TV.

The center will eventually become a comprehensive one-stop- shop that provides individual case management to assists veterans with registering for classes, requesting benefits, applying for VA work-study, community referrals, peer-to-peer support, book exchange program, workshops, coordination of Veteran Affairs services and many other steps within their educational journey.

The goal is to embrace the veteran, military service member, and family members to ensure their success at EPCC. The Center will be open from 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Monday – Friday.

Foundation for EPCC Selects New Board Members

The Foundation for El Paso Community College (EPCC), a nonprofit organization supporting scholarships for EPCC students, has selected two community leaders as new Board members, Greg DiDonna and Jorge Mora, AIA. The Foundation for EPCC allocated $213,000 for student scholarships in the past year.

Greg DiDonna is Executive Vice President of Commercial Lending at Capital Bank. Capital Bank is a community bank dedicated to providing the highest level of service, technology and professionalism to El Paso’s leading businesses and private clients. Our focus on and deep expertise in the region mean we provide a unique banking opportunity for the El Paso community.

Jorge Mora, AIA is Vice President of Mijares-Mora Architects. Mijares-Mora Architects provides full architectural services stressing design excellence and economic responsibility. The Firm is also a Historically Utilized Business (HUB) as defined by the State of Texas and is 100% Minority owned.

The mission of the Foundation for EPCC is to promote access to scholarships and excellence in the educational process to benefit all individuals seeking learning opportunities.

Hospitals of Providence Partner with EPCC for $497,608 Job-Training Grant

The Hospitals of Providence has partnered with El Paso Community College (EPCC) to provide job training for 331 new and incumbent workers using a $481,813 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC).

The grant will benefit workers in the Workforce Solutions Borderplex area.

This grant will be used to provide customized training with classes and training focused on industry-related topics such as basic nursing, critical care, neonatal intensive care nursing, emergency and operating room care, chemotherapy infusion and respiratory therapy.

Trainees will include registered nurses, nursing assistants, phlebotomists, radiologic technologists and respiratory therapists. Upon completion of training, the workers will receive an average wage of $26.02.

Team SISD to host Dual Credit Summer Program for Seniors

The Socorro Independent School District, in partnership with Gear Up and El Paso Community College, is preparing students to get ahead in college while in high school with a dual credit summer camp.

SISD Superintendent José Espinoza, EPCC President William Serrata, and GEAR UP Executive Director Juliette Caire will welcome the students to the camp at the opening ceremony.

The camp will allow SISD seniors to earn credit for two college courses in four weeks. The new program is a first-of-its-kind in the El Paso region, and will benefit 400 seniors from five high schools in the district. Seniors will take a morning and afternoon dual credit class in two of the following courses: Education 1300, Speech 1321, Government 2305 or Economics 2301.

“Team SISD is proud to offer our students with endless opportunities that will prepare them for the future,” Espinoza said. “The dual credit summer camp is a great opportunity for students and is financially beneficial for their familiesbecause they can earn college hours while in high school.”

In order to take college courses while in high school, students must pass the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) exam. This year, the district increased the number of students who took the TSI for free to more than 6,000 compared to the 1,250 students who tested last year.

In addition, Team SISD also increased the capacity of dual credit teachers in the district through scholarship opportunities that allow educators to obtain their dual credit teaching credentials. Currently, about 60 teachers in SISD are taking graduate courses to earn their credentials to teach dual credit courses.

What:             Opening ceremony for Dual Credit Summer Program

Who:               SISD incoming seniors, SISD superintendent, EPCC president, faculty, staff

Where:           Montwood High School, Tony Harper gymnasium | 12000 Montwood Dr.

When:             Tuesday, May 31, 2016  8 a.m.

EPCC Faculty & Administrator Receive NISOD Excellence Awards

Five El Paso Community College received National Institute for Staff & Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Awards at a ceremony in Austin.

These Excellence Award recipients also will attend NISOD’s annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence. During an Excellence Awards Dinner and Celebration each Excellence Award recipient received a specially cast, pewter medallion.

The EPCC honorees for 2016

 Mr. Steven Smith, Vice President of Instruction and Workforce Education

 Ms. Michelle Conklin, Associate Professor of Educational Psychology

 Dr. Jose Pacheco-Lucero, Associate Professor of Biology

 Ms. Virginia Madrid, Assistant Professor of Nursing

 Dr. Christian Servin, Assistant Professor of Computer Science

According to President Dr. William Serrata, EPCC is committed providing excellent academic experiences that result in student achievement. The educators being recognized exemplify the important work being done at EPCC every day.

“EPCC is proud to recognize these dedicated individuals who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment and contribution to our students and our college with the NISOD Excellence Award.” Serrata said. “The extraordinary work of these educators includes not only what they do for their students and colleagues, but what they do for our college and our community.”

Vice President of Instruction & Workforce Education Steven Smith was recognized with the NISOD Excellence Award for his exceptional work in advancing the college including leading important initiatives that increase student success and graduation rates as well as providing leadership that has increased grant funding in Workforce Education to nearly $2 million.

“Seeing students walk across the stage to receive their degree shows the profound impact of EPCC and the vital role education has in improving student’s lives,” Smith said.

NISOD Excellence Award recipient Virginia Madrid says her inspiration in life is caring, dedication, and making a difference for others. “I always knew I wanted to be a nurse and when I realized that I loved teaching just as much I decided to do both,” Madrid said. “Working with nursing students allows me to pursue two of my passions, caring for others, and making a difference in someone’s life.”

“As the first in my Family to earn a doctorate, I place an elevated importance on education,” Biology professor Dr. Jose Pacheco-Lucero said. “As a scientist I consider teaching, not only a duty, but also a privilege and a pleasure.  I hope to ignite a passion for science while mentoring students to continue with their education.”

“Recognizing those individuals who have contributed to student success and their colleges’ mission is something we look forward to doing each year,” said Dr. Edward J. Leach, NISOD’s Executive Director. “We’re honored to be able to play a part in celebrating their achievements.”

Since 1989, the NISOD Excellence Awards and annual conference has represented the largest gathering that recognizes the contributions and achievements of community and technical college faculty, administrators, and staff. Created in 1978, NISOD is committed to promoting and celebrating excellence in teaching, learning, and leadership at community and technical colleges.

EPCC Professor Awarded for “Digging” His Job

El Paso Community College (EPCC) would like to congratulate Josh Villalobos, Associate Professor of Geological Sciences. Mr. Villalobos was awarded the Donald and Carolyn Biggs Award for innovative and effective Earth Science teaching among early career faculty.

The award is given by the Geoscience Education Division of the Geological Society of America (GSA).

Villalobos was nominated by his students. Some student statements include, “His infectious enthusiasm for field geology and serious scientific inquiry was highly stimulating to my peers” and “he single handedly inspired me to become the most applied student I could be and to work my hardest at whatever I choose for myself.”

The award will be presented at the GSA Annual Meeting November 3rd in Denver, Colorado.

EPCC Students Garner Statewide Praise

El Paso Community College is proud to announce nine Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) students have been chosen to be part of the Louis Stokes Alliance Minority Participation Program (LSAMP).

The program provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to conduct undergraduate research during the summer through the Summer Research Academy (SRA).

LSAMP is National Science Foundation (NSF) funded and the mission is to increase the number of underrepresented minority students pursuing degrees in STEM careers.

The alliance includes all the universities in the Texas system and two junior colleges: El Paso Community College and Tyler College. This year there were a total of 200 applicants.

Itzel Tejeda, Noe Calderon, Kimberly Ornelas, Josue Lujan, and Hazael Hernandez were selected to participate in the SRA at the University of Texas (UT) Austin, Blake Mireles was selected to participate in the SRA at UT Arlington and Carolina Jaquez, Claudia Garcia and Edwin Melendez were selected to participate in the SRA at UT El Paso.

Itzel Tejeda said, “Another success in my path to become a top-researcher is earning the LSAMP summer internship at the University of Texas in Austin. This is an exciting opportunity that will help me grow as a student and a professional.” Blake Mireles added, “I hope to network with individuals that will be able to help me along in the medical field as I pursue an MD/PhD in my graduate studies.”

The research projects the students will be conducting during the summer align with their major they are pursuing and will allow them to network and acquire invaluable experience in their field. Students will be able to apply the concepts they learn in the classroom to solve real life problems.

After they complete their projects they will be presenting in the LSAMP conference this September hosted by UT El Paso.

Construction Begins on EPCC Architecture Building

El Paso Community College (EPCC) hosted a Groundbreaking Ceremony on May 12, 2016 at its Valle Verde campus. The event celebrated the beginning of construction on its Architecture Building.

The building is a partnership between the Architecture programs of EPCC and Texas Tech University (TTU). Dignitaries from both schools participated in the ceremony.

epcc arc1The Architecture Building is being built in part by a Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) STEM Grant with other funding from EPCC.

The building will comprise 19,606 square feet and be built at a cost of $4,041,900. The architect is Alvidrez Architecture Inc. with input from EPCC students.

Construction will be done by Baines General Contractors. The structure is expected to be completed in February, 2017.

Architecture students will have the opportunity to receive an associate’s degree from EPCC and continue onto TTU’s upper-level Architecture program in the same building.

Texas Education Agency Recognizes EPCC’s Valle Verde ECHS

AUSTIN – The Texas Education Agency, working with Education Service Center Region 13 in Austin, today announced that Early College High School (ECHS) Demonstration Site grants have been awarded to 13 campuses across the state.

The ECHS Demonstration Site Grant provides financial and technical support to high-performing ECHS campuses that are implementing defined best practices.

ECHS demonstration site campuses will provide mentoring, technical assistance, webinars and open house opportunities to new and prospective ECHS school leaders. The selected ECHS demonstration sites will also share best practices content through the ECHS website and regional and statewide conferences.

The 13 campuses have been designated as ECHS demonstration sites for the grant period of April 1, 2016 through May 31, 2017. Campuses eligible for funding were required to have been a Texas Education Agency-designated ECHS for at least four years (with a graduated class) and be at an exemplar level in at least three domains of the ECHS Blueprint.

To learn more about early college high schools, visit the Texas Education Agency website at

Campuses designated as ECHS demonstration sites (listed by school district) are:

 Aldine ISD – Victory Early College High School

 Bryan ISD – Bryan Collegiate High School

 Comal ISD – Memorial Early College High School with St. Phillip’s

 Corpus Christi ISD – Collegiate High School

 Dallas ISD – Trinidad “Trini” Garza Early College High School

 Humble ISD – Quest Early College High School

 Pasadena ISD – Pasadena Early College High School

 Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD (2) – PSJA North Early College High School;

   PSJA Thomas Jefferson T-STEM Early College High School

 Roscoe Collegiate ISD – Roscoe Collegiate High School

 Spring ISD – Early College Academy at Southridge

 Taylor ISD – Legacy Early College High School

 Ysleta ISD – Valle Verde Early College High School

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