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Story in Many Pics: Scottsdale CC vs EPCC Tejanos

The El Paso Community College Tejanos took to the diamond Friday morning to start the 2018 baseball season, taking on Scottsdale Community College.

In Friday’s double header, Scottsdale CC took both games, 14-5 and 5-4.


EPCC Hosts Texas State Librarian at Jenna Welch and Laura Bush Community Library

El Paso Community College’s (EPCC) Jenna Welch and Laura Bush Community Library on the Northwest campus hosted Mark Smith, State Librarian from the Texas State Library and Archive Commission (TSLAC).

“This is an outstanding library in its own right, but I am really excited about the cooperative project with the El Paso Public Library,” Mark Smith, Texas State Librarian said. “The library is an anchor to the community, it is a technology center where kids can progress to community college and beyond.”

Being the only library in a 10-mile radius, the Jenna Welch and Laura Bush Community Library offers educational services and community programs such as Summer Books and Beyond, Toddler Tech, physical fitness and citizenship classes.

On this first-ever visit by a Texas State Librarian to El Paso, Smith learned about the partnership between EPCC, the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and the El Paso Library System in offering services not just to EPCC students, but to the surrounding community.

Opened in 2003, the library was named for Jenna Welch, a former Canutillo resident, and her daughter Former First Lady, Laura Bush. The mother and daughter have visited the library sharing their love of books and family reading.


EPCC Baseball, Softball Usher in New Seasons

El Paso Community College (EPCC) opens both baseball and softball seasons this Friday, January 26th.

The baseball team begins their season at home with a doubleheader beginning at 11:00 a.m. against Scottsdale Community College on January 26th. The Tejanos are led by Interim Head Coach, Cesar Romero and Assistant Coach, Alan Droke.

The softball team begins their season on the road in Henderson, Nevada at the College of Southern Nevada Kickoff Classics on January 26th. Their first home game is February 17th against Cisco Community College.

The Tejanas’ head coach is Kathryn Gutierrez who is in her 9th season and is assisted by Coach Eileen Loy.

The men’s Tejanos baseball team is in their 23rd season and the women’s Tejanas softball team is in their 22nd season.  Both are members of the Western Junior College Athletic Conference (WJCAC) of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and the teams play their home games at the EPCC Valle Verde campus located at 919 Hunter.

EPCC engages students through both academics and athletics. “You cannot replace your education,” said Coach Romero. “Your athletic career can end on one play, but your degree is untouchable.”

In 2016-17, all six EPCC Athletic Teams finished with a 3.00 grade point average (GPA) or better for the second year in a row.

“Our athletes are students first, we strive for academic success,” said Coach Gutierrez. “The structure of athletics helps students be successful in school and in life. “

The season schedule for both teams can be found at

Tickets for the games can be purchased at the box office and are $5.00 for ages 18-59 and $3.00 for those under 18 and 60 and over.  EPCC students, faculty and staff with a valid ID are free.

Mellon Foundation Awards UTEP, EPCC $2M Humanities Grant

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a more than $2 million grant to The University of Texas at El Paso and El Paso Community College (EPCC) to establish The Humanities Collaborative.

UTEP will receive nearly $1.4 million and EPCC will receive $651,000 in support of the program.

The goals of this three-year project are to expand collaboration in the humanities between the two institutions and to invigorate humanities coursework and student research at both institutions through paid internships, community involvement, interdisciplinary mentored research and other high-impact experiences that will lead to increased undergraduate and graduate majors in humanities disciplines such as English, history, languages and philosophy.

UTEP President Diana Natalicio said the Mellon Foundation’s generous investment in this project validates the strong partnership between the two institutions and their abilities to build smooth pathways for students who start at EPCC and complete their baccalaureate degrees at UTEP.

“What is especially exciting is that these funds will be dedicated to encouraging the aspirations of students with a passion for pursuing graduate study and careers in the humanities, an area where such grant support is extremely rare,” President Natalicio said. “This program will surely offer life-changing options for its student participants. I join them and their faculty mentors in thanking the Mellon Foundation for its vision in creating this program and for the extraordinary opportunities it offers for Humanities programs at both EPCC and UTEP.”

EPCC President William Serrata also is proud to expand the institution’s ongoing partnership with UTEP.

“Together our institutions are making impressive strides to increase higher education attainment in our region,” President Serrata said. “The generous grant received from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will further strengthen these ties, increase collaboration between UTEP and EPCC faculty and students, create clearer pathways for EPCC students to transfer to UTEP and raise the profile of the humanities in our border community.”

“We are pleased to support the partnership between El Paso Community College and The University of Texas at El Paso,” said Mellon Foundation Executive Vice President Mariët Westermann. “Since 2014, the Mellon Foundation has made 12 grants for humanities partnerships between community colleges and research universities. Building a healthy, sustainable pipeline to help students from community colleges earn four-year baccalaureate degrees is an investment in the future of humanities scholarship, higher education, and American democracy.”

Brian Yothers, Ph.D., a UTEP professor of English and the program’s principal investigator at UTEP, said the study of humanities contributes to professional success in many varied fields such as law, business and careers that benefit from enhanced abilities to communicate clearly and evaluate critically.

“We’re excited about this on many levels,” Yothers said. “We want more students to understand the range of exciting options for inquiry in the humanities and to develop research and writing skills specific to the humanities, which also happen to be skills in which many employers are interested. The possibilities for connections within the humanities and between the humanities and other disciplines, particularly the arts, are endless.”

Margie Nelson Rodriguez and Brian Kirby, associate professors of English, are co-PIs who will lead on the EPCC side.

“EPCC students will benefit from this collaboration because humanities transfer pathways between EPCC and UTEP will be strengthened, and students will be provided paid internship and research opportunities,” Nelson Rodriguez said. “This will collectively result in organized and purposeful opportunities to mentor EPCC and UTEP humanities student majors.”

Collaborative leaders will use much of the spring 2018 semester to promote the program among UTEP and EPCC students, and select faculty fellows from both institutions who will mentor the first cohort of student fellows. The program will launch officially on May 15, 2018.

Herald-Post Best of 2017: Year in Pictures

It’s another year in the history books, as 2017 fades and 2018 dawns.

From the streets of downtown, to the football fields of the schools around town, to the houses of worship throughout the Borderland and locations in between, our photographers were busy documenting our story.

Below are the best shots from our team of photographers: Chief Photographer Andres Acosta, and Kevin Venegas.

EPCC Announces New Vice President for Student Services

El Paso Community College (EPCC) announced Tuesday afternoon that Dr. Kenneth P. Gonzalez is the new Vice President of Student and Enrollment Services.

“I am happy to be part of this great team,” Dr. Gonzalez said. “Dr. William Serrata has a great vision for EPCC and I am here to contribute anyway I can.”

Gonzalez started his career as an instructor at San Diego State University where he also directed the Graduate Program in College Student Development, trained graduate students for careers in Student Services and conducted and published research on under­-represented students in higher education.

He formally served as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Our Lady of the Lake University.  He is an Achieving the Dream, Inc. Data/Institutional Effectiveness Coach where he provided guidance and leadership for institutional transformation initiatives to increase student success in community colleges.

Dr. Gonzalez will oversee the areas of Admissions & Registrar, Student Leadership & Campus Life, Student Financial Aid, the Center for Students with Disabilities, the Police Department, Career Services, Athletics, Outreach & Transition Services, College Readiness and Recruitment Services

Video+Gallery+Story: Pebble Hills High Artist Building New Vision for Art

I love art. Painting, a sketch, a simple stroke of ink that can express a whole world of thought in a single line. I love the expression it brings, the emotions it can evoke from the viewer. Art that leaves the viewer to bring their own experiences to bear, when viewing the piece, when deciding what it means is the best.

Not long ago I found such a piece and just had to have it. I spent three weeks trying to track down the artist and her teacher!

The El Paso Community College Administration Building, located off Viscount and behind the Fountains can be an amazing place. I don’t know if you’ve ever taken the time to visit, but when they have an art display, it is the best place to be.

I know, you probably think that we have the El Paso Museum of Art. I’m not knocking the Museum, or the collection it houses. Just – for me – what they have is too static. Except for a few shows, or seasonal changes, it’s the same.

I want variety, diversity of style and thought. I want art that expresses and shows what the artist was thinking, feeling, and how I may be drawn into their story. I want pure art. Not the product of years of education, shows, and whatnot. I want art.

The EPCC Administration Building, from time to time, will display student art of all types, and kinds. Not just from EPCC students, but students within the El Paso school districts. That’s how I found four simple, ordinary bricks that were transformed into art and a story that took me back to my time in, and love for New York City.

Kailie Thomas is a student at Pebble Hills High School. She’s also, in my opinion, an artist we will hear more of in the future.

“It [art] was also something I always liked as a kid,” says Kailie. “In middle school, I always wanted to take it, but I was never able to take it because I had other priorities.” When she entered high school, she made sure art was a class she was going to have.

“I have so much freedom,” she says of art and her classed with teacher Julian Vidales.

“She is an out of the box thinker,” says Julian Vidales of Kailie. “Defiantly inspired by nature.”

Mr. Vidales has always allowed Kailie freedom to bend the rules and go beyond the boundaries of the projects they are working on.
“I know she is more than capable,” Mr. Vidales says. “She always comes up with different ideas and ways of constructing it.”

Then he mentions how she created a canvas out of four ordinary bricks.

“It was a great idea,” said Mr. Vidales. “She created this canvas out of this actual material that ties in well into the subject.”

The bricks, according to Kailie, is a piece that “I chose to do a four-way viewing because I wanted it to tell a story,” says Kailie. “The assignment was to choose a time that impacted us most, and I chose the 1920’s.”

The Roaring twenties gave birth to prohibition, Babe Ruth’s home run record, the Scopes Trial, and the changing role of American women.

“It was a big time for women, in general,” says Kailie.

The Twenties began to see women working in factories, building skyscrapers. A time for women to show that they were just as strong, willing and as powerful as any man. Kailie’s piece speaks to, and from that power.

Why bricks?

“I felt like it [the bricks] goes with my story I was trying to tell,” she said. “It was also the construction of cities, and the starting of us like people in our city and the United States.”

The piece also spoke to me. It took me back to New York City and my time there. I could hear the almost non-stop hustle and bustle of the streets, and sounds of construction, and those guys trying to get you to lose your money on Three Card Monte.

All of that came back to me, flooding my memory and emotions. That caused me to long for that city again. Kailie Thomas is someone we are going to be hearing from again. I think the world needs her as well as her art. Espically if she continues to create pieces, such as the bricks, that speak of equality, empowerment, and growth.

We also need more ways to appreciate the art created by those young visionaries in our public schools.

What EPCC is doing is a start, but more needs to be done. It’s one thing when your family and friends support you and your work. When a city can come out to support you, that’s another thing altogether.

We need public spaces for art. We need those spaces to be open to freedom of form and expression.

We need to see more from Kailie Thomas and those who attend art classes all across the city.

EPCC Recognized by Two Publishers for Work with Military

El Paso Community College (EPCC) announced on Friday that it has earned 2018 Military Friendly School Gold designation by Victory Media and a Top School designation by Military Advanced Education and Transition Journal.

“EPCC is committed to providing targeted support to veterans, military members and their families including clearing roadblocks to registration, developing clear pathways for degree or program completion, enhancing career exploration and improving networks for course acceptance and transfer,” Dr. William Serrata, EPCC President said.

The Victory Media Military Friendly Schools list is created each year based on extensive research using public data sources for more than 8,800 schools nationwide, input from student veterans, and responses to the proprietary, data-driven Military Friendly Schools survey from participating institutions.

To achieve Gold status, EPCC’s score was within 20% of the 10th ranked school.

Military Advanced Education & Transition Journal Top School designations are a results of a questionnaire of the military-supportive policies enacted at hundreds of institutions including private, public, for-profit, not-for-profit, four-year, and two-year colleges.

Military Advanced Education & Transition is the journal of higher education for service members and veterans making the transition from military to the civilian sector.

El Paso Community College Adopts Frank Macias Elementary School

El Paso Community College (EPCC) adopted Frank Macias Elementary School in Horizon as part of its elementary school adoption program during a proclamation ceremony held at the school Wednesday, December 13, 2017.

EPCC President Dr. William Serrata welcomed Clint Independent School District (CISD) Superintendent Dr. Juan Martinez, Frank Macias Principal Dawn Davis 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.”

Frank Macias Elementary School is EPCC’s fifth school adopted and first for CISD.  “The mission of Clint ISD is to prepare all students to be successful citizens,” Dr. Juan I. Martinez, Clint ISD Superintendent of Schools 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.”

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 and Canutillo Elementary School from Canutillo Independent School District. EPCC has plans to continue adopting elementary schools across its district.

EPCC officials added,  “We 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 where “college begins in kindergarten”.

EPCC Celebrates 2200+ Fall Graduates for 2017

Parents, relatives, spouses, children and scores of well-wishers packed the Don Haskins Center Friday night, all there to celebrate El Paso Community College’s Fall Graduation.

A total of 2,234 degrees and certificates were granted by EPCC during the Commencement exercises.

“Graduation recognizes the prosperous futures of students who have completed their academic journey,” Dr. William Serrata, President said.  “EPCC is committed to increasing the educational attainment in our region and commencement celebrates that success.”

The Fall 2017 Commencement Keynote was delivered by L. Frederick “Rick” Francis. Mr. Francis is Chairman of the Board for WestStar Bank Holding Company, Inc. and CEO of WestStar Bank.

Mr. Francis also serves as Chairman of the Hospitals of Providence Transmountain Campus and has served the Governing Board in multiple capacities since 1996. An EPCC Scholarship has been created in his honor.

EPCC is annually recognized as the top grantor of associate degrees to Hispanic students in the nation.

EPCC Adopts Canutillo Elementary School to Promote ‘College-Going Culture’

El Paso Community College (EPCC) adopted Canutillo Elementary School as part of its elementary school adoption program during a proclamation ceremony held at the school on December 7, 2017.

EPCC President Dr. William Serrata welcomed Canutillo Independent School District (CISD) Superintendent Dr. Pedro Galaviz, Canutillo Principal Julie Melendez 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.”

Canutillo Elementary School is EPCC’s fourth school adopted and first for CISD.  “We are excited and invite this partnership with EPCC as it exposes our students at an early age to the future college opportunities available to them,” Dr. Pedro Galaviz, CISD Superintendent said.

Previously EPCC adopted Campestre Elementary from Socorro Independent School District (SISD), Frederick Douglass Elementary from El Paso Independent School District (EPISD) and Ramona Elementary from Ysleta Independent School District (YISD).

EPCC officials added, “We 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 where college begins in kindergarten.”

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

Socorro ISD Students Earn Numerous Awards at EPCC Art Exhibit

Nine students from the Socorro Independent School District won honors in the 16th annual El Paso Community College K-12 Art Exhibit. Three SISD students earned first place.

The students competed among 1,000 entries. Thirty-four awards were given in the annual contest that is coordinated by EPCC’s Salute to the Arts program.

“Socorro does very well,” said Janine Rudnick, special assistant to the president, who is in charge of the Salute to the Arts. “This is a big show. We get entries from more than 91 different teachers in the region. Students can enter any kind of art they want to bring.”

El Dorado High School and Desert Wind School placed two and three students in the contest, respectively.

Alyssa Sepulveda from El Dorado received a Division IV First Place in the sculpture category for her work “We Can Make a Difference,” which features all recycled items made to look like a colorful peacock. Her classmate, Miriam Calzada, took the Division IV EPCC Art Student Society award for “The Enchanted Rose” piece.

“This is an especially hard competition to place in since they only give out a handful of awards amongst hundreds of entries,” said Candace Printz, an art teacher at El Dorado High School. “I am so proud of them.”

Desert Wind teachers and administrators were delighted by the three students who placed at this year’s exhibit. First place in the Division III 3D category went to Alice Valdez for her “Grizzly Roar.” While Kevin Cadena took a Division III EPCC Art Student Society award for his “Mr. Octo” and Clara Pena earned a Division III Honorable Mention award for her “Memory Capturer” piece.

“Wow! I am so excited,” said Patricia Franco, Desert Wind principal. “My art teacher, Karen Perez, has done a phenomenal job at extracting the talent from her kids. She provides them those opportunities so they can show their talent and shine. They have learned to love art and to love using their imagination to create these amazing pieces. It’s great.”

Other Team SISD winners included Eastlake High School’s Alondra Gonzalez, who won a Division IV First Place in Technology-Assisted category for her “Maya and Christine,” a photography and computer-generated piece.

Haley Sifuentes from Socorro High School was given a Division IV Honorable Mention for “Golden Retriever” piece. Kate Hernandez, a student at John Drugan Elementary, was awarded the Division I EPCC Art Student Society award for “Pigs,” and Damian Macias, from Campestre Elementary, took home a Division I Honorable Mention for “Winter Freedom.”

“Huge congratulations to Alondra and all of the other winners,” said Claudia Castañeda, an art teacher at Eastlake. “The event had some amazing artwork.”

Click here to view additional photos.

EPCC Partners with Sheriff’s Department to Keep El Paso Warm

On Tuesday, November 21st, El Paso Community College’s (EPCC) Professional Staff Association (PSA), Police Department and Service Learning Program presented 189 blankets to the El Paso County Sheriff’s Department as part of their Keep El Paso Warm Coat campaign.

“The El Paso community has always supported EPCC and in turn, we look for ways to pass it on, Cheryl Bowman, Project Lead, EPCC’s 4th Annual Keep El Paso Warm campaign said.

EPCC President, Dr. William Serrata (right) addresses Sheriff’s Department and honored guests.

“The EPCC Police Department and the EPCC Service Learning Office along with the EPCC PSA Humanitarian Outreach Fund know the heart-wrenching situations that the Sheriff’s deputies encounter throughout the county when their duties take them into homes in desperate need.  By working together, we can do more than we can alone.”

The Sheriff’s Department will distribute the collected items to those in need throughout El Paso County.

Via a news release, EPCC Officials added “EPCC’s PSA shows the importance of giving back.

For several years, the PSA has held multiple drives throughout the year and will continue to help the community of El Paso.”

For more information on the EPCC PSA Humanitarian Outreach Fund, contact Cheryl Bowman at 831-6574.

EPCC Half Marathon Teams Place at Nationals

Topeka, Kansas—El Paso Community College (EPCC) women’s half marathon team finished in second place at the National Junior College Athletic Association Championship (NJCAA) held in Topeka, Kansas.

Sophomore Shalet Mitei received All-American honors finishing second. The men’s team finished fifth in the national competition.

“I am proud of how the runners matured as the season progressed,” Felix Hinojosa, EPCC Athletic Director and Half Marathon Head Coach said.

“Each team member is a leader and they depend on each other to excel.”

At nationals, the Tejanas women’s cross country team was led by Mitei who placed 2nd in the 13.1 mile run. Iowa Central Community College finished first in the women’s division.

The Tejanos men’s cross country team was led by Michael Kirwa who finished in 9th place.

Iowa Central Community College placed first in the men’s division.

The Tejanas times are as follows:
1      Shalet Mitei 1:21:35
8      Ocean Stevens 1:27:27
10    Michelle Renteria 1;28:06
24    Celeste Zamarron 1:38:15
39    Merari Valenzuela 1:50:40

The Tejanos times are as follows:
9     Michael Kirwa 1:11:57
20   Sammy Rono 1:15:509
23   Michael Flores 1:15:58

For more information on EPCC Athletics, visit

EPCC Culinary Arts Hosts Thanksgiving Luncheon for Veterans

El Paso Community College (EPCC) Culinary Arts program and its Culinary Veterans Club gave back to area veterans by hosting a Thanksgiving Luncheon.

EPCC Culinary Arts did preparation work the entire week preceding the event.

Veterans were served traditional holiday foods including turkey, cornbread stuffing, candied yams and an assortment of pies and deserts.

This is one of many events EPCC Culinary Arts hosts during the year.

“The Culinary Veterans Club is always looking for ways to support the EPCC Culinary Arts program and the community,” William Graham, Culinary Arts Veterans Club member said.

Officials with EPCC added, “This is just one way EPCC serves Veteran and military related students. The EPCC Veteran Resource Center assists students with counseling, registration and student life as they transition out the military.”

EPCC Culinary Arts partnered with many food service providers as co-sponsors.

The Thanksgiving so-sponsors include El Super!, Sarah Farms Dairy, Quality, SYSCO, Walmart, Sam’s and Costco.

The event was held at the One-Stop Veterans Center at 9565 Diana Drive on November 17, 2017.


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