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EPCC Ranked ‘#1 Degree Producer for Hispanic Students’ for 14th Consecutive Year

New York – The Hispanic Outlook on Education Magazine has once again ranked El Paso Community College (EPCC) on its Top Community Colleges for Hispanics list.

“Being ranked #1 for 2-year degrees awarded to Hispanic students exemplifies EPCC’s role as a national higher education leader and our reputation for student excellence,” said EPCC President Dr. William Serrata. “It reflects our commitment to open admissions with high expectations for the students we serve, and as a result, EPCC is strengthening our community, the state, and the entire nation.”

For the 14th year in a row, EPCC has earned the nation-wide distinction of being the #1 granter of associate degrees by 2-year schools.

According to data presented in the Top Community Colleges for Hispanics issue of the Hispanic Outlook Magazine, EPCC awarded 3,128 associate degrees to Hispanic students.  EPCC ranks #2 for total degrees and certificates combined awarded to Hispanic students, with 3.437 granted.

The College also ranks #2 among the Top 25 Community Colleges with the most Hispanic enrollees, with a Hispanic population of 24,537 students totaling 85% percent of the total student enrollment.

These rankings are just one of EPCC’s many national recognitions that EPCC President Dr. William Serrata is particularly proud of earning.

Serrata credits the work of faculty and staff for facilitating student success that helps students cross the stage at graduation and earn that degree or certificate.  As a first-generation community college student himself, he says it is extremely important help all students, including Hispanic students, and others underrepresented in higher education get degrees since higher education is the only path to the middle class.

The annual ranking is based on several factors, including the percentage of Hispanic students in attendance, total student enrollment, two-year schools awarding the most associate degrees to Hispanics, and the percentage of Hispanics awarded associate degrees by two-year schools.

“The capability of our students is exemplified by this ranking and we are especially proud of their dedication and success,” Steve Smith, Vice President of Workforce and Continuing Education said.  “This is evidence of our commitment to affordable and high-quality education, and is also testament to the efforts our excellent faculty, staff and administration who strive every day to provide our students with powerful educational opportunities.”

Data for the rankings is from the NCES IPEDS Database for community colleges granting the most associate degrees in 2017.

El Paso Community College Professor Honored with National Award

Louisville, Kentucky – Hector Zamora, El Paso Community College (EPCC) Criminal Justice Professor, received the Father William Diersen Award, the highest honor bestowed by Dismas Charities, Inc.

The award presented to Zamora during the awards banquet following the annual Leadership Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, is named in honor of Dismas’ founder.

Zamora is responsible for the development of a national initiative whose goal is to create internships in all Dismas Charities programs across the nation. His relationship with numerous universities have seen the company’s Internship Program grow quickly.

Many of the students become permanent employees of Dismas.

Education officials refer to Dismas as an ideal location as it is a controlled environment with multiple challenges. “Hector Zamora challenged me, constantly providing great feedback and being patient with me,” wrote one intern. Another offered that Zamora was “encouraging and supportive, and a positive step in my learning, ability, and progress.”

The criteria for the award states that the “recipient demonstrated exceptional motivation toward the betterment of the community through direct, active, and frequent action. They improved the quality of life of their fellow man and/or the citizenry by their leadership. They took on difficult issues and challenges, followed them through to successful fruition, made a brighter day, and offered hope for the future of his fellow man. The award-winner instilled a sense of belief and faith in others, pointing the way and offering encouragement and support and proved their honesty and integrity are at the forefront of every decision, and acted without thought of personal gain. Dismas Charities gives men and women releasing from state and federal incarceration the skills and motivation to re-enter society as contributing members. The work of Dismas is to end the cycle of victimization and to heal the human spirit.”

Dismas Charities is a not-for-profit company that operates 35 Re-Entry Centers nationwide. In New Mexico and Tennessee, it is known as Diersen Charities.

EPCC, UTEP, McDonalds Announce Partnership to Benefit Students

Officials with El Paso Community College (EPCC), the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and McDonald’s El Paso announced Monday a scholarship partnership between the three organizations.

Attendees included Dr. William Serrata, EPCC President, Dr. Diana Natalicio, UTEP President and Richard Castro of McDonald’s El Paso.

For 2019, McDonald’s El Paso will be awarding $50,000 in scholarships to qualifying El Paso students who wish to attend UTEP or EPCC during the 2019-2020 academic school year.

The academic institutions will be supporting this initiative by matching the scholarship amounts for a grand total of $100,000 in scholarships–attesting to its outstanding commitment towards education and the community of El Paso.

“The initiative’s sole purpose is to provide financial support to local, dedicated students who don’t have the financial means to realize their academic goals and seek an opportunity to better their lives through education,” said Richard Castro founder of the McDonald’s El Paso Scholarships program. “By partnering with UTEP and EPCC we take this initiative to a whole new level, enabling the cause to cover the tuition of a student’s entire academic year.”

The application process begins February 4th and ends March 11th.  Students can go online to apply and get more information.

The Foundation for EPCC will match the money received from McDonald’s El Paso creating 11-$4,000 EPCC scholarships for graduating El Paso high school seniors to use in the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters.

“The scholarships will help students get off to a great start in their college career,” Dr. Dolores Gross, Executive Director of the Foundation for EPCC said.

Dr. Gross added, “McDonald’s El Paso is showing its leadership by investing in El Paso’s future.”

The Foundation for El Paso Community College purpose is to raise funds to provide scholarships to EPCC students.

EPCC officials say, “The Foundation envisions a greater border community where all individuals pursue learning and improve their quality of life through education.”

El Paso Community College Opens Spring Baseball, Softball Seasons

El Paso Community College (EPCC) welcomes spring with the opening of baseball and softball season.

The Tejanos baseball team in their 24th season and the Tejanas softball team in their 22nd season are members of the Western Junior College Athletic Conference (WJCAC) of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).

The teams play their home games at the EPCC Valle Verde campus, located at 919 Hunter.

The Men’s Baseball team begins their season on the road against Scottsdale Community College on January 25. The Tejanos’ first home stand will be versus Pima Community College February 1 and 2.

The Tejanos’ head coach Cesar Romero, is in his 2nd season at EPCC.

The Women’s Softball team begin their season on the road in Beeville, Texas at the Coastal Bend Community College Tournament. The Tejanas’ first home game is February 15 against Cisco Community College.

The Tejanas’ head coach is Kathryn Gutierrez and she is starting her 10th season at EPCC.

EPCC Programs Named Finalists for Bellwether Award

San Antonio – The Community College Futures Assembly (CCFA) named El Paso Community College (EPCC) Student Technology Service (STS) and Student Culinary Service (SCS) finalists for the 2019 Bellwether Award.

“This consideration is a statement to the hard work and dedication of the current and former students in the Culinary Arts program at EPCC,” Chef Jonathan Nickerson, SCS Manager said.

The program hires and trains students in the real work environment for future reference related to their major.

“STS has a positive impact for students to succeed at EPCC,” Debbie Aguilera, STS Manager said.

The STS and SCS programs were two of 10 finalists in the instructional programs and services category. The 2019 Bellwether awards

Photo courtesy EPCC

received over 200 applications.

STS is the student employment arm of the Instructional area of El Paso Community College. STS, managed entirely by students, is a program that empowers decision-making, budget management, and customer service.

Meanwhile, SCS provides hands on training and instruction to increase preparation skills in the culinary arts and restaurant management for students in the program.

The winners will be announced at the CCFA Annual Meeting on February 5, 2019 in San Antonio.

CCFA recognizes effective programs in the area of workforce development, instructional programs and services and planning, governance, and finance.

$5k Donation from Pepsi to Support EPCC Food Pantry

On Friday, the Student Government Association (SGA) at El Paso Community College (EPCC) received a check for $5,000 from PepsiCo to support the Tejano Food Pantry for EPCC students.

“Kindness has come from the donation from PepsiCo to the Tejano Food Pantry,” Jones Arvis, Director of Student Leadership & Campus Life said. “This will go a long way in fighting food insecurities among our college family.”

Dr. William Serrata, EPCC President; Texas State Representative Mary Gonzalez; Rebecca Acuña from PepsiCo; Arvis Jones, Director of Student Leadership & Campus Life and EPCC Student Government Association President, Bryan Mena attended the check presentation at the EPCC Administrative Services Center

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

EPCC officials added, that the Tejano Food Pantry “aims to minimize hunger among our students by providing free, accessible and nutritious food.”

The pantry is located at the Valle Verde Campus, 919 Hunter Drive in room C102.

EPCC Adopts San Elizario ISD’s Lorenzo G. Alarcon Elementary School

On Thursday, El Paso Community College (EPCC) welcomed Lorenzo G. Alarcon Elementary School as part of its school adoption program during a proclamation ceremony held at the school.

“A student is never too young to learn the importance of going to college,” Dr. William Serrata, EPCC President said. “Reaching out to elementary school students and their parents allows students to learn that higher education is within their reach and we build a college-going culture.”

Alarcon Elementary School is EPCC’s seventh school adopted and first for SEISD.

“It is important to go to college because it breaks down barriers and allows you to take a seat at the table, where without a college education you would not have even been invited to sit and be a part of any decision making’” Dr. Jeannie Meza-Chavez, SEISD Superintendent said.

“Just think of the security and numerous financial and career options it provides for future generations.”

EPCC President Dr. William Serrata welcomed San Elizario Independent School District (SEISD) Superintendent Dr. Jeannie Meza-Chavez, Alarcon Principal Julissa Esquivel and the student body to the program.

EPCC has plans to continue adopting elementary schools across its district.

Previously EPCC adopted Campestre Elementary from Socorro Independent School District, Frederick Douglass Elementary from El Paso Independent School District, Ramona Elementary from Ysleta Independent School District, Canutillo Elementary School from Canutillo Independent School District, Frank Macias Elementary School from Clint Independent School District and O’Donnell Intermediate School from Fabens Independent School District.

EPCC’s Annual K-12 Art Exhibit Now Open

El Paso Community College (EPCC) will host the annual K-12 Art Exhibit at the EPCC Administrative Services Center (ASC), Building A, 9050 Viscount.

The 1,140 art entries submitted from 92 teachers will be on display through Thursday, November 29, 2018.

As part of this event, there will be an awards reception where the top student artists will be honored.

The reception will take place Wednesday, November 28, beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the ASC Auditorium, students will learn if their art has won a prize, including a special President’s Choice award selected by Dr. William Serrata, President of EPCC.

Trophies will be given to winners of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, as well as Honorable Mention in the four Divisions

Kinder – 2nd grade

3rd – 5th grade

6th – 8th grade

9th – 12th grade

The K-12 Art Exhibit is part of EPCC Salute to the Arts.  The exhibit is free and open to the public weekdays from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., excluding the Thursday and Friday of Thanksgiving week.

EPCC Designated as a ‘Center for Academic Excellence’ in Cybersecurity

El Paso Community College (EPCC) has been designated as a Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Security Agency (NSA) through the National Center of Academic Excellence.

Institutions are designated based on their robust degree programs and close alignment to specific cybersecurity-related requirements as validated by top subject matter experts in the field.

According to Tony Vargas, EPCC Regional Cisco Networking Academy Director, there are more than 300,000 cyber security related jobs that go unfilled each year.  Consequently, there is a significant workforce demand in this field and EPCC is preparing students to fill these high-demand jobs.

“EPCC has received this five-year designation beginning with the Fall 2018 semester. This will provide EPCC Information Technology students a strong resume for any job that requires knowledge and skills in Cybersecurity,” Vargas said.

According to the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS) a degree from a CAE designated school gives potential employers confidence in hiring a graduate. “Students can feel confident that their academic program will prepare them to enter this important and lucrative field, which reports earnings significantly higher than the national average.”

“EPCC’s programs meet the ever-changing employment needs of our region and nation,” Steve Smith, Vice President of Instruction & Workforce Education, said.  “The Cybersecurity field has growing demand for skilled and capable professionals to protect our nation’s infrastructure.  Being designated as a CAE in Cybersecurity is just one example of EPCC’s commitment to providing academic excellence and high-quality education.”

Via a news release, EPCC officials said, “Students who study cybersecurity learn skills needed to protect information systems vital for national security, commercial networks, and critical information infrastructure in the private and public sectors.   The work they do also protects people and businesses from cybercrime and cyberattacks.”

EPCC officials added, “By attending a CAE institution like EPCC, students have the opportunity to learn the necessary knowledge and abilities to protect and defend our nation’s infrastructure.”

With Solis’ Election as 243rd Judge, EPCC Looks for Interim Trustee

Selena Solis, El Paso Community College (EPCC) Board of Trustee member, announced her intent to resign after being elected to serve as 243rd Court Judge, and now college officials are looking for her replacement.

“Ms. Solis has been a dedicated trustee who is committed to ensuring EPCC strives for positive outcomes at every level,” Art Fierro Board Chair said. “She has served our students and community well by supporting EPCC’s efforts to provide high quality and affordable education.”

Solis represents District 4 which covers parts of Central, West and South El Paso and has served on the EPCC Board of Trustees since 2013.

During her tenure, EPCC was nationally recognized for many initiatives including successful Early College High Schools and Dual Credit, was named as one of the Top 10 Community College’s in the Nation by the Aspen Institute and received the American Association of Community College’s (AACC) Student Success Award.

In addition to her service at EPCC, she has been involved with many community organizations including the Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest, the El Paso County Civil Service Commission, Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid, Inc. and numerous others.

EPCC will begin accepting applications to fill the remainder of the term from interested residents from District 4 immediately.  Application information can be found online at the College District’s website or can be picked up at the President’s Office, located at 9050 Viscount Boulevard, Suite A131 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Applications must be received in the President’s Office no later than 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time on Monday, November 26, 2018. EPCC will be closed on November 22nd and 23rd in observance of institutional holidays.

EPCC Adopts O’Donnell Intermediate School, Will Promote a College-Going Culture

El Paso Community College (EPCC) welcomed O’Donnell Intermediate School as part of its school adoption program during a proclamation ceremony held at the school on Thursday, November 8, 2018.

EPCC President Dr. William Serrata welcomed Fabens Independent School District (FISD) Assistant Superintendent Michele Gonzalez, O’Donnell Principal Corina Ruiz and the student body to the program.

“A student is never too young to learn the importance of going to college,” Dr. William Serrata, EPCC President said. “Reaching out to elementary school students and their parents allows students to learn that higher education is within their reach and we build a college-going culture.”

O’Donnell Intermediate School is EPCC’s sixth school adopted and first for FISD.  “The mission of Fabens ISD is to prepare all students to be successful citizens,” Michele Gonzalez, FISD Assistant Superintendent said. “The mission does not end at high school graduation and includes making sure that our students are prepared to enter college and graduate from college.”

EPCC has plans to continue adopting elementary schools across its district.

EPCC officials added that they are “committed to increasing the number of students going to college in the region.  By building strong elementary school and college connections through campus tours, workshops, presentations, outreach programs and parental involvement, EPCC is building a college-going culture.”

Previously EPCC adopted Campestre Elementary from Socorro Independent School District, Frederick Douglass Elementary from El Paso Independent School District, Ramona Elementary from Ysleta Independent School District, Canutillo Elementary School from Canutillo Independent School District and Frank Macias Elementary School for the Clint Independent School District.

left to right: Dr. William Serrata, EPCC President; Corina Ruiz, O’Donnell Principal; Michele Gonzalez, FISD Asst. Superintendent; Art Fierro, EPCC Board Chair; Bonnie Najera, EPCC Board Member


EPCC Professor Honored by Association of Community College Trustees

New York City – El Paso Community College (EPCC) Biology Professor Dr. Maria Alvarez was honored with the 2018 National William H. Meardy Faculty Member Award by the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT).

Dr. Alvarez received the award during their annual leadership congress held in New York City.  ACCT recognized her for her excellence in teaching and in scientific research.

“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.”

One of many programs Alvarez has initiated and developed at EPCC is the Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) Program which gives students opportunities to conduct research and other opportunities.

As a result of her efforts, hundreds of minority and underrepresented students have had the opportunity to engage in high-level scientific projects.

In addition, her students have gained tools needed to succeed in college and take the opportunity to continue their education by earning transfer baccalaureate, master and doctoral degrees and ultimately pursue STEM careers.

Her students say she helps students 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.”

Through the programs she has developed and through more than 20 grant-funded projects, she has created opportunities for her students to be involved in hands-or research in state-of-the-art facilities.  Under her guidance her students have completed scientific research with real-world implications and impact.

“The outstanding results Dr. Alvarez has achieved demonstrates her tireless efforts to find innovative ways to engage her students,” EPCC Board Chair Art Fierro said.

Each year ACCT recognizes faculty members from community colleges across the nation for their outstanding leadership.

EPCC Men’s, Women’s Cross-Country Teams Dominate Regional Championships

The El Paso Community College men and women’s cross-country teams won the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region V Cross Country Championships in Ranger, Texas.

Tejano, Gideon Cheplak (25m:50) in the and Tejana, Everlyn Kemboi (17m:47s) triumphed in the men’s 8K and women’s5K races.
This is the sixth year in a row that the Tejanas women have won the regional championship.

Five runners (1. Everlyn Kemboi, 3.Faith Jemutai, 5. Francisca Jebor, 7. Feliciana Kiptoo, 8. Dorothy Jemutai ) finished in the Top 10 to receive All-Region honors. South Plains College placed second and New Mexico Military Institute women placed third.

Along with the men’s championship, four runners (1. Gideon Cheplak, 2. Elias Loriposia, 4. Dennis Kiptoo, 5. Elvis Chelak ) placed in the Top 10 for All-Region honors.

Ranger College finished in second place and New Mexico Junior College in third.

Up next for the EPCC Cross Country teams is the NJCAA Championship on November 11 in Garden City, Kansas.

EPCC Men Receive Highest Ranking Ever; Teams Continue to Earn National Attention

As the El Paso Community College (EPCC) Cross Country men’s and women’s teams continue their winning ways, coaches and others are beginning to take notice.

Both teams are now in the top five rankings in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Poll of October 17, 2018 for Division 1 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) teams.

The teams are coming off a very successful meet at the University of California Riverside Highlander Invitational. They competed against Division 1, 2 and 3 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) universities.

The Tejanos are ranked third in this week’s poll, the highest ranking in their history. The men finished fifth at the Highlander Invitational with EPCC athlete Gideon Cheplak winning the race.

The women are ranked second for the third poll in a row. The Tejanas placed fourth at the Highlander Invitational.

Next on the schedule, EPCC will compete at the NJCAA Region V Championship in Ranger, Texas on October 27, 2018.  For more information about the NJCAA rankings, visit the website.

EPCC Runner wins Cross Country Event in California

El Paso Community College (EPCC) Men’s Cross country team member, Gideon Cheplak won the University of California at Riverside Highlander Invitational on October 13, 2018.

Cheplak’s time for the 8K race was 24m: 24s. Over 250 runners participated in the men’s race from universities and colleges all over the southwest. The Tejanos’ team finished fifth overall.

Everlyn Kemboi, who finished seventh in the 5K race, led the women’s team with a time of 17m: 18s. The Tejanas’ team finished fourth overall.

The EPCC men and women’s teams consistently have been ranked nationally in the top five by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Next on the schedule, EPCC will compete at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region V Championship at Ranger, Texas on October 27, 2018.

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