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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

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

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.

EPCC Professor honored as Social Worker of the Year

El Paso Community College (EPCC) Criminal Justice professor, Hector Zamora, a Licensed Master Social Worker, was honored as Social Worker of the Year at the annual National Association of Social Workers Texas (NASW-TX) -Rio Grande Branch awards dinner.

Zamora was honored for his professional contributions and efforts to advance social justice and human rights.

Zamora’s criminal justice experience includes having worked as the Director of Special Programs with the West Texas Community Supervision & Corrections Department.; Assistant Chief Juvenile Probation Officer with the El Paso County Juvenile Probation Department. and Director of Dismas Charities-El Paso.

Zamora previously worked as a sex offender therapist for 16 years working with adult and juvenile offenders and their families.

Zamora is currently providing supervision of social work interns for Dimas Charities centers around the country, serves on the Foundation for EPCC Board of Directors, as a Service Learning Program liaison, Criminal Justice Club advisor, District Safety Committee member and has been assisting Student Technology Services in creating job opportunities in the criminal justice system.

The National Association of Social Workers is the largest organization of professional social workers and is committed to advocating and advancing the social work profession.

Each year, the NASW-Rio Grande Branch recognizes the contributions of outstanding individuals making a difference in our community.

EPCC Diversity, Inclusion Programs and Faculty Recognized as National Role Models

National Harbor, Md  Minority Access Incorporated named El Paso Community College (EPCC) a winner of the 2019 Diversity Institution Recognition Award at its 20th National Role Models Conference.

EPCC was also honored to have two professors, Dr. Rebecca Escamilla and Dr. Xiomara C. Chianelli, named as 2019 National Role Models.

“I am honored to have our program recognized for making a mark on diversity,” Olga Chavez, EPCC Diversity Programs Director said. “Dr. Escamilla and Chianelli represent EPCC faculty’s work to better every student’s life.”

Dr. Rebecca Escamilla is currently an Associate Professor of Biology at EPCC’s Northwest campus. She feels that in order to ensure lifelong learning for her students, she must work to engage and challenge her students, both inside and outside the classroom.

Dr. Xiomara Chianelli is an Associate Professor of Biology at EPCC’s Transmountain campus. She enjoys mentoring students new to research.

Chianelli is currently teaching courses in Biology where students perform relevant and authentic research.

The Role Models Project brings attention to minorities excelling in STEM-related fields, whether academically or professionally.

According to their website, Minority Access Inc. is “committed to increasing diversity, decreasing disparities and reducing incidences of environmental injustices.”

EPCC Instructor named one of El Paso’s Hispanos Triunfadores

Dr. Maria Alvarez, EPCC Biology Professor from El Paso Community College (EPCC), was honored during the 2019 McDonald’s Hispanos Triunfadores Award Ceremony and Luncheon.

“Our faculty provide the foundation of success for our students,” Steve Smith, EPCC Vice President of Instruction and Workforce Education said.

“Dr. Maria Alvarez is an example of an outstanding professor, mentor and role model who has transformed STEM education, secured more than $13.2 million dollars of grant funding and has created extraordinary experiences for our students.”

Her students say she helps them understand that they can aspire to be anything because and thank her for mentoring them on a pathway to achieving their dreams.

“I became not only the first in my immediate family to finish college, but also the first in my extended family to obtain a doctoral degree,” said Salvador Muñoz, who earned his Ph.D. and was post-doctoral fellow at the University of Rochester after studying with Dr. Alvarez.  “She makes the improbable possible for many young minds.”

The award recognizes individuals who serve as outstanding role models and are an inspiration to area youth in the fields of Government, Arts & Entertainment, Business, Lifetime Achievement Business, Science, Community Service and Education. Alvarez, the STEM honoree, was nominated for her impact on higher education and science.

EPCC Cross Country Team nationally ranked after strong Week One performance

The El Paso Community College (EPCC) Cross Country team started off the 2019 season ranked in the first 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 Lori Fitzgerald Memorial Meet on September 13.

Both teams finished 2nd in a meet where they were the only community college to compete. The women were led by Everlyn Kemboi, the reigning national champion, who finished 2nd.

The men were led by Gideon Cheplak who also finished 2nd.

The teams travel to San Antonio to compete at the Saints Collegiate Cross Country Invitational on September 21.

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

El Paso Chopin Piano Festival celebrates Silver Anniversary with three concerts

El Paso Chopin Piano Festival celebrates its Silver Anniversary this year and this season features three special guests.

For 25 years, El Paso has hosted some of the finest pianists in the world, this year, the festival features pianists Josh Wright, Mei-Ting Sun, and El Paso’s own Lucy Scarbrough in three separate concerts in September and October.

“Chopin is heralded the world’s most influential piano composers, and his work knows no barriers of nation or culture,” EPCC officials share. “He is celebrated here in the El Paso-Juarez international communities to honor the love for cultural and musical diversity found in this region.”

The Festival is sponsored by the El Paso Community College “Salute to the Arts” Program, United Bank of El Paso, and the El Paso Chopin Piano Festival Society.

El Paso is one of a select number of cities outside of Europe that annually celebrates the great works of Frederic Chopin.

Josh Wright, Saturday, 28 September, 7:00 PM

Billboard #1 artist Dr. Josh Wright has delighted audiences across the United States and in Europe. The Washington Post described him as a pianist possessing “rarer gifts – touch, intelligence and the ability to surprise.”  His self-titled album “Josh Wright” topped the Billboard Classical Traditional chart just three weeks after its release in April 2011.

Josh was a prizewinner in many competitions, including the 2015 National Chopin Competition, where he also won the Mazurka prize.

Mei-Ting Sun, Saturday, 12 October, 7:00 PM 

Critically acclaimed pianist Mei-Ting has been heard in many of the world’s greatest concert halls, performing an extensive repertoire that includes the complete works for solo piano of Brahms, Chopin, and Debussy, in addition to all 32 Sonatas of Beethoven. After winning several major competitions, including the first Piano-e competition and the National Chopin Competition of the U.S.,
Mei-Ting’s career has taken led him to performances in 21 countries through five continents.

Lucy Scarbrough, Saturday 26 October, 7:00 PM

Lucy Scarbrough is a noted pianist and composer. Her concert features the works of Chopin as well as hers own piano compositions. Of her, noted composer Leo Sowerby wrote, “She has that star quality that makes her memorable.” Scarbrough has been hailed as “…a soloist of rare power and sensitivity.” (El Paso Times).

Where: Chamizal National Memorial Theater.

When: All performances begin at 7:00 PM

Admission: Free of charge. Arrive early to ensure a seat!

UTEP, EPCC partner with Hope Center, launch “Real Price of College” Initiative

With confusion over college prices making it hard for students to earn college degrees, the University of Texas at El Paso and El Paso Community College are partnering with four other Texas colleges and a national organization to help resolve this issue. 

The initiative is being launched by the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice, a nonprofit research center focused on rethinking and restructuring higher education.

Supported with a $650,000 18-month grant from Lumina Foundation, the project will help six Texas colleges and universities develop better ways to determine students’ financial need, provide more accurate estimates of cost of attendance, and improve communications related to financial need and price for students, their families, and institutional stakeholders.

“Our work demonstrates that when students don’t know what college really costs, they have trouble making ends meet, even falling short on money for food and housing,” offered Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab, Founding Director of the Hope Center.

“Community colleges and public universities are also dealing with their own budget crunches; we hope this project will help them identify cost-effective ways to help students.”

The project’s aim is to help the participating institutions develop enhanced ways to determine students’ financial need, provide more accurate estimates of cost of attendance, and improve communications related to financial need and price for students, their families and institutional stakeholders.

“Participation in this exciting new initiative reflects UTEP’s long-standing commitment to college affordability and access to quality educational opportunities,” said Gary Edens, Ed.D., UTEP vice president for student affairs. “We are pleased to add our voice and leadership to this important national discussion.”

UTEP will take part in the initiative with El Paso Community College, Amarillo College, West Texas A&M University, Dallas Community College District, and San Jacinto College.

The participating colleges will re-evaluate two components of the financial aid formula –  the cost of attendance and the expected family contribution (EFC) – and will develop tools to help colleges and universities utilize the information gathered.

Sara Goldrick-Rab, Ph.D., a professor of higher education policy and sociology at Temple University, founded the Hope Center.  She visited the UTEP campus to discuss research and advocacy for low-income students in 2018.

“Our work demonstrates that when students don’t know what college really costs, they have trouble making ends meet, even falling short on money for food and housing,” Goldrick-Rab said. “Community colleges and public universities are also dealing with their own budget crunches; we hope this project will help them identify cost-effective ways to help students.”

“We can’t effectively address affordability if we can’t accurately and reliably understand costs and need,” says Jesse O’Connell, Strategy Director for Federal Policy at Lumina. “This initiative presents a timely opportunity to work with institutions and support students in an effort to bridge that gap, while also informing policy at a critical moment for higher education.”

This project is especially important as federal policymakers consider better ways to assess and report on student need. Working within existing federal frameworks, the Hope Center team will implement and test ideas first outlined in work from Dr. Goldrick-Rab, including her book Paying the Price and a report issued by The Century Foundation.

Additionally, leading financial aid researchers Dr. Robert Kelchen of Seton Hall University, Dr. Douglas Webber of Temple University and Derek Price of DVP-Praxis will lend their collective expertise to this effort.

The Hope Center’s project team includes Managing Director and Director of Research Dr. Christine Baker-Smith, Research Associate Dr. Tiffani Williams, and Senior Practitioner-Researcher Edward Conroy (a former financial aid practitioner).

The project will last 18 months.

Participants include:

  • El Paso Community College
  • Amarillo College
  • West Texas A&M University
  • University of Texas-El Paso
  • Dallas County Community College District
  • San Jacinto College

El Paso Community College to hold part time, seasonal job fair

El Paso Community College (EPCC) Career & Transfer Services (CaTS) will hold a Part-Time & Seasonal Job Fair Wednesday, September 11, 2019.

Employers from different organizations will visit El Paso Community College to promote employment opportunities.

Job seekers should dress professionally, bring copies of their resume and be ready to interview on the spot.

For more information on the Part-Time & Seasonal Job Fair, please contact Silvia Dominguez or Aurea Garcia at (915) 831-2636.

This event is free and open to the public.

What: EPCC Career & Transfer Services Part-Time & Seasonal Job Fair
Where: EPCC Valle Verde Campus  |  Student Services Center 1st Floor Lobby  |  919 Hunter Dr.
When: Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Student travels over 200 Miles every week to attend EPCC

Throughout its 50 years of service, El Paso Community College (EPCC) has impacted the lives of thousands, granting them diplomas, certificates and unique skills required for the workforce in different fields of study.

One of the most popular programs within the college is English as a Second Language offered by the Language Institute. So popular in fact, that one student – Saminda Fonseka – takes to the road every week to attend.

Fonseka, a 32-year-old native of Sri Lanka, works as an engineer in a land process research company in Socorro, NM. He travels over 200 miles every Saturday to attend an Intensive English class at EPCC.

“I chose EPCC because of its great quality in education, safe and friendly environment and affordable tuition compared to other educational institutes,” Fonseka said, “I have only missed two classes since I started at EPCC, that is a testament to how much these classes have impacted me.”

“At the Language Institute, we are committed to offering classes in a dynamic, multicultural and effective environment with the most innovative, supportive resources imparted by highly qualified and competent faculty members,” said Lucy Flores, Manager of the Language Institute.

“Our team ensures student success through innovative teaching practices that challenge our students to acquire the level of global competency essential to being college, career, and world ready and assume responsible leadership roles in our global society.”

The program not only prepares students who want to start taking courses in the United States, it also provides the grammatical, writing and speech skills to professionals who have found a job opportunity and need to improve their English.

For more information on the program, click here.

EPCC Pasos Program named Finalist for state’s Star Awards

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) named the El Paso Community College (EPCC) Pasos Program as a finalist for the 2019 Star Awards.

“EPCC and its Pasos Program are inspired knowing that a significant number of our students work hard motivated by their goal to become the first in their family to complete college,” Lucia Rodriguez, Director, Office of Student Success said.  “Pasos is leading the way at EPCC in closing achievement gaps using culturally relevant teaching (CRT), student learning and civic engagement.”

Officials add that Pasos was nominated for “exceptional contributions toward meeting one or more of the goals of the Texas higher education plan, 60x30TX.”

The mission of the Pasos Program is to increase the number of educationally underserved students who enroll in four-year colleges and universities; earn certificates and higher degrees; and to return to the community as mentors and leaders of future generations.

The winner(s) will be announced on November 22 during the annual Star Awards luncheon and ceremony that will be held in conjunction with the 2019 Texas Higher Education Leadership Conference on November 21-22 in Austin.

The annual leadership conference brings together regents, trustees, chancellors, presidents, chief academic/instructional officers, and other higher education leaders to discuss critical higher education issues such as the 60x30TX strategic plan.

Kharisma James Run to Honor Alumna, raise scholarship funds on Sunday

Kharisma James tragically lost her life walking her children to school in 2018, now the school that she gave so much to returns the favor.

To honor her life and contributions, El Paso Community College (EPCC) Veterans Resource Center organized this inaugural run and walk.

Money raised will go to a scholarship in her name.

James, a veteran and EPCC graduate, was also student government member who was involved in the creation of the EPCC Veterans Resource Center.

Tickets available online

WHAT:                       Kharisma James 5K Run and 1 Mile Adaptive and Fun Walk

WHEN:                      Sunday, August 11, 2019, 8:00 a.m.                  

WHERE:                    EPCC Valle Verde Campus Americana Village  | 919 Hunter

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