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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

Past and Present EPCC Students Honored

Two students with connections to El Paso Community College (EPCC) were highlighted at the Public Relations Association of the Southwest (PRSW) April luncheon.

EPCC student, Ebonee Norris and former EPCC student, Denisse Franco, received $1,000 scholarships to further their education goals.

Ebonee Norris is a Sophomore Communications/Journalism major at EPCC and Denisse Franco is a Communications major at the University of Texas at El Paso. Franco (left) and Norris (right) are pictured with EPCC Instructor, Lisa Elliott.

PR Southwest is El Paso’s only organization dedicated to advancing the profession of public relations in the Borderland. Its members are PR practitioners that represent business and industry, technology, counseling firms, government entities, associations, hospitals, schools, professional service firms and non-profit organizations.

El Paso Community College Student Selected to Visit NASA

Freda J. Adams of El Paso Community College in El Paso (EPCC), TX has been selected to travel to NASA’s Johnson Space Center this spring to participate in the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars project (NCAS).

Adams has been selected as one of 216 community college students from across the U.S. to be part of NCAS.

The five-week scholars program culminates with a four-day on-site event at Johnson Space Center and offers students the opportunity to interact with NASA engineers and others as they learn more about careers in science and engineering.

While at NASA, students form teams and establish fictional companies interested in Mars exploration. Each team is responsible for developing and testing a prototype rover, forming a company infrastructure, managing a budget, and developing communications and outreach.

The on-site experience at NASA includes a tour of facilities and briefings by NASA subject matter experts.

NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars is a project funded in part by the Minority University Research and Education Program, or MUREP, which is committed to the recruitment of underrepresented and underserved students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to sustain a diverse workforce.

With this project, NASA continues the agency’s tradition of investing in the nation’s educational programs. It is directly tied to the agency’s major education goal of attracting and retaining students in STEM disciplines critical to NASA’s future missions, which include missions to Mars and beyond.

El Paso Community College to Rename Two Departments, hold Open House Wednesday

El Paso Community College , Workforce and Continuing Education will hold an open house to celebrate the renaming of two departments.

Workforce Development is now the Center for Corporate and Workforce Training while Workplace Literacy has changed its name to the Center for College Access and Development.

“Our new name better reflects what we currently do. We now serve as a bridge for the adult education community into the college to access a continuum of education and training options for underprepared students,” said Sara Martinez, Director of the new Center for College Access and Development.

The Center for Corporate and Workforce Training prepares individuals to enter the labor force with skills in retailing, customer service, computer and general office, medical office, building trades and electrical maintenance. The center is currently providing customer training to Prudential, El Paso Electric and Fullbeauty Brand.

The Center for College Access and Development, introduced in 1985 as the EPCC’s Workplace Literacy Department, has grown in responsibility and commitment to El Paso’s limited-English population.

The program is committed to help non-native English speakers attain the language skills needed for employment, vocational training, or academic preparation.

The open house has been scheduled for Wednesday, April 20, 2016 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in Room B445, Building B, at the college’s Administrative Services Center, 9050 Viscount.


American Association of Community Colleges honors EPCC for Student Success

CHICAGO, IL April 12, 2016— The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) announced the winners for its 2016 Awards of Excellence, which recognizes exceptional work among the nation’s two-year colleges. El Paso Community College (EPCC) was named the winner of the Student Success Award.

The AACC Student Success Award recognizes a community college that has demonstrated, through evidence, a sustained commitment to and proactively advances the cause of student success at a community college.

“El Paso Community College (EPCC) is honored to be selected as the 2016 American Association of Community Colleges Student Success Award winner,” Dr. William Serrata, EPCC President said. ““This is a tribute to EPCC’s long history of commitment to student success and it is a testament to; the collective efforts of the Board of Trustees who set the College’s vision, our dedicated faculty, staff and administration and the students we are privileged to serve.”

Criteria used to competitively evaluate applications included that the college:

• Has developed a comprehensive, bold and strategic completion plan.

• Has achieved measurable and significant increases in:

◦ On-time degree completion

◦ Certificate completion

◦ Transfer from 2-year to 4-year institution(s)

• Has developed innovative programs that support student success in areas such as developmental

education, student support services, K-12 partnerships/collaboration.

• Has substantially contributed to the integration of completion goals and principles across the institution.

• Has scalable promising practices to advance student success.

“EPCC uses innovative strategies to ensure students in our community complete their degrees so they can reach their academic and professional goals,” Art Fierro, Board Chair said. “The Board of Trustees is committed to driving and supporting student success.”

The Student Success Award was chosen through a competitive selection process and presented to President Serrata along with members of the Board of Trustees attending AACC’s Annual Convention and meeting in Chicago, Illinois.

AACC is the primary advocacy organization for the nation’s community colleges representing nearly 1,200 two-year, associate degree granting institutions and more than 13 million students. The AACC annual meeting is among the largest and most dynamic gatherings of educational leaders.

“The Board is proud of our President and our Community College,” Selena Solis, EPCC Board of Trustees Secretary said.  “This national recognition serves as a reinforcement to El Paso our work as one of the Aspen Institute’s Top 10 Community Colleges and exemplifies that EPCC is a worthy investment.”

EPCC Showcases Student Art Through Friday

El Paso Community College (EPCC) Student Art Society is hosting its 39th annual Student Art Exhibition as part of the college’s Spring Arts Festival. Event entries are open to all EPCC students.

Presentation of jury selected pieces will be on display at the EPCC Administrative Services Center (ASC) Building A Foyer located at 9050 Viscount Blvd.

An award presentation and reception, open to the public, will be held in the ASC Building A Foyer, April 15th from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Awards will be presented for first, second, third place and honorable mention in the categories of two-dimensional and three-dimensional, as well as Best of Show.

Awards are made available through the Art Student Society.

This year’s Juror/Guest Artist is Melissa Barba. She is the Assistant Director of the Rubin Center for the Visual Arts at UTEP.  Before working for UTEP, she was the curator for YISD at La Galeria de la Mision de Senecu on Alameda.

The display is open to the public weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., available for viewing until April 15, 2016.

EPCC set to welcome Nolan Richardson, Honor ’66 Miners

El Paso Community College (EPCC) welcomes Hall of Fame recipient Coach Nolan Richardson. Coach Richardson will be the guest speaker for the last event of EPCC’s Black History Month Celebration. During the event, EPCC will be honoring the 1966 Miners.

The event will take place at 7:00 p.m. Monday, Feb. 29th in the Administrative Services Center building A (9050 Viscount Blvd).

During this event Coach Richardson will be honoring Willie Cager and the late Bobby Joe Hill. Accepting the award for Bobby Joe Hill will be his wife Tina Hill. EPCC will be awarding Cager and Hill with the EPCC Black History Award.

Coach Nolan Richardson began his coaching career at Bowie High School. He was the first African-American to win the National Invitation Tournament before moving to the University of Arkansas, where, he coached the 1994 men’s basketball team winning the National Championship against Duke.

While he was there he became the first African-American head coach to a major southern University. During his 17 seasons Coach Richardson won 365 games in 15 seasons or less, which earned him a spot next to coaching greats including Roy Williams and Tubby Smith.

El Paso Community College again named one of Top Community Colleges in Nation

El Paso Community College (EPCC) is proud to announce that it has once again been named the top Community College in the nation by The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education magazine.

EPCC topped the rankings in the categories of number of associate’s degrees granted to Hispanic students and the number of Hispanic students attending a community college.

This is the ninth year in a row the College has been recognized with these honors.

For over 25 years, The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine has been a top information news source and the sole Hispanic educational magazine for the higher education community, and those involved in running our institutions of higher learning.

Visit The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education’s digital edition for complete rankings.

Texas Mutual Insurance Company Awards $100K to Fund Risk Management Program at El Paso Community College

Texas Mutual Insurance Company has awarded a second $100,000 grant to El Paso Community College in four months to establish a risk management program, which will provide workplace safety courses for local employers, employees and the general public.

On Friday, Feb. 12, Woody Hill, vice president of safety services at Texas Mutual, presented the $100,000 grant to El Paso Community College President Dr. William Serrata and El Paso Community College Board of Trustees Chair Art Fierro at a ceremony on the El Paso Community College campus.

“El Paso Community College is so appreciative of the generosity and support that Texas Mutual has extended to El Paso area employers and employees,” Dr. Serrata said. “We are proud of the all the job training that is available at our college and pleased to focus on workplace safety through this grant. The College looks forward to a successful partnership with Texas Mutual and welcomes the opportunity to make our city and companies—and their employees—safer.”

Since 1999, Texas Mutual—the state’s leading provider of workers’ compensation insurance—has awarded $4.5 million in safety education grants. El Paso Community College is one of five community colleges in Texas, in addition to College of the Mainland, Kilgore College, Midland College and Del Mar College, that provides free safety classes via funding from Texas Mutual.

Later this year, El Paso Community College will launch its risk management program to provide training for increased safety awareness and to reduce work-related accidents and injuries. The EPCC risk management committee has proposed a wide range of courses relative to the El Paso area, including restaurant accidents and injuries, home construction accidents and injuries, OSHA courses.

“We’re taking a big step toward keeping workers safe by providing educational programs,” Woody Hill, vice president of safety services at Texas Mutual, said. “Through the classes at these five safety institutes, more Texas employees receive safety training, giving them tools to be successful in business. Workplace safety education is always a sound investment and these grants, along with other Texas Mutual safety programs, demonstrate the company’s ongoing commitment to workplace safety and the prevention of workplace accidents.”

For more information about the El Paso Community College Risk Management Program, contact Barry Bogle at (915) 831-7117.

Spring Enrollment up at El Paso Community College

El Paso Community College (EPCC) is proud to announce an enrollment increase for the spring 2016 semester. The student enrollment for the spring semester is 26,641. This represents a 1.11% (297 students) increase compared to spring 2015. The enrollment increase emphasizes EPCC’s commitment to student success and its role as an Aspen Prize Top Ten Community College.

The spring 2016 increase is the first spring increase at EPCC since the fall 2012 semester. This is the second semester in a row that EPCC has seen an increase in enrollment. Nationally, community colleges (47 out of 50 in Texas) have seen a decline over the past few years.

In 2013 under the leadership of EPCC President William Serrata and the EPCC Cabinet, an Enrollment Services Task Force (ESTF) was created to address the enrollment decline. The ESTF is comprised of many departments of the college that deal with the student population. Instruction, Student Services, Information Technology and Marketing are areas that are addressed by the ESTF.

One of the gains in enrollment is with area high schools. EPCC’s teamwork with high schools includes: Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Nights co-sponsored by EPCC, EPCC Dual Credit, EPCC’s eight Early College High Schools and direct advertising to the student population. These and many other recommendations have contributed to EPCC enrollment increase.

“We are extremely pleased that our efforts to create a college-going culture are proving fruitful.  The 300 student increase this spring is a tribute to our collaborative efforts with our Independent School District partners.  The increase in Dual Credit enrollment has been a focus not only at EPCC but also at the Collaborative for College Readiness,” said Dr. William Serrata, EPCC President.

EPCC plans to continue its work to promote student success and its benchmark educational programs to the community.

Josette Shaughnessy Named EPCC Vice President

Josette Shaughnessy, CPA has been named the Vice President of Financial and Administrative Operations at El Paso Community College (EPCC). She has held the Interim position since March, 2015.

Shaughnessy started at EPCC in 1991 as an accountant and was promoted to Associate Comptroller in 1992 and then Comptroller in 1993.  In 1995, she was appointed to the position of Associate Vice President.

Shaughnessy received her Associate’s degree in Accounting from El Paso Community College in 1981, her Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and a Master of Accountancy from the University of Texas at El Paso in 1983 and 1995 respectively. She also holds a Certified Public Accountant license from the State of Texas since 1990.

Prior to her tenure at EPCC, she worked in the private sector in a variety of positions from billing clerk to accounting manager.

EPCC Financial Operations Garners Award

El Paso Community College officials announced that their Financial Operations Department has been honored once again.

In a news release, officials said, “Under the coordination and financial expertise of the Vice President of Financial and Administrative Operations, Josette Shaughnessy, CPA and the District have received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting awarded by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for the 19th straight year.”

This Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) is judged by GFOA to adhere to program standards and represent the highest award in government financial reporting. The CAFR starts with the Annual Financial Report compiled at the end of the annual external audit in compliance with accounting requirements promulgated by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB).

The CAFR highlights not only the college financial results but also its achievements in every area of the District such as any new initiatives related to Student learning and success, technology and the various services provided to the community.

EPCC named ‘Top School’ in national guide for Military Advanced Education & Transition

Military Advanced Education & Transition (MAE&T) has awarded EPCC the designation of a Top School in its 2016 MAE&T Guide to Colleges & Universities, measuring best practices in military and veteran education.

The Guide presents results of a questionnaire of the military-supportive policies enacted at more than 600 institutions including private, public, for-profit, not-for-profit, four-year, and two-year colleges. From community colleges to state universities, online universities and nationally known centers of higher learning, MAE&T’s 2016 Guide to Colleges & Universities arms students with information about institutions that go out of their way to give back to our men and women in uniform.

Now in its ninth year of publishing the Guide, MAE&T was the first publication to launch a reference tool of this type. This year, institutions were evaluated on their military culture, financial aid, flexibility, general support, on-campus support and online support services. Each school’s performance rating by category is represented by an easy-to-recognize dashboard.

This enables prospective students to quickly target schools that follow best practices in military education, and then put these in context with other academic or career considerations.

“Our goal is to be a dynamic resource for active service members and those who have moved from the military to their civilian careers, helping them find the school that best fits their plans for the future,” said Kelly Fodel, Military Advanced Education & Transition’s editor. “We think this year’s Guide is our most comprehensive to date, thanks to our newly established advisory board. The board evaluated the drafts of the questionnaire, made pages of notes and suggestions and helped to redefine questions for clarity. We thank them for their thoughtful edits and additions to our process.”

The Guide was released late this December, and is available online at

Author: EPCC

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