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Home | News | White House Honors EPCC Dean with Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring

White House Honors EPCC Dean with Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring

El Paso Community College’s (EPCC) Joshua Villalobos, current Dean at the Mission del Paso Campus and former Geology Professor, is one of 27 individuals that the White House has named as a recipients of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM).

“The PAESMEM award highlights, not only my work, but the remarkable opportunities that EPCC offers for both students and faculty,” Villalobos said.  “Very few community colleges support activities that allow their faculty to apply, run and be successful in research programs that promote research for community college students.”

PAESMEM recognizes outstanding efforts of mentors in encouraging the next generation of innovators and developing a science and engineering workforce that reflects the diverse talent of America.

Villalobos was recognized for his work to bring an Associate of Science in Geology degree back to EPCC as well as his engaged role in mentoring students.

“As a result of his efforts, EPCC is now produces more than 8 percent of all associate geology degrees in the country and our students now have a clearer educational pathway to transfer to UTEP and other institutions,”  Steve Smith, EPCC’s Vice President of Instruction and Workforce Education said.

“Additionally, Mr. Villalobos has served as a dynamic and engaged mentor who has guided our students for academic and research growth.”

Villalobos was nominated for the award in 2014 but the awards were not announced until today and says he is honored to be a recipient.

PAESMEM recognizes outstanding efforts of mentors in encouraging the next generation of innovators and developing a science and engineering workforce that reflects the diverse talent of America.

“The mentoring that takes place at EPCC between our faculty and students transforms lives,”  Dr. William Serrata, EPCC President said.  “We are very proud of Dean Joshua Villalobos for receiving the White House Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring along with the work he does every day to give students the guidance and inspiration they need to learn and succeed.”

Villalobos will receive his presidential certificates at a recognition ceremony in Washington D.C. later this week.

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While the initial information was provided by El Paso Community College, it has been reviewed and copy-checked by a Herald-Post editor. In some cases, the text has been reformatted for better readability.

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