By Renee De Haro
He is often the first person seen entering the Valle Verde campus.
Although he doesn’t work directly with the students or teachers, he plays a role in forming
the public image of EPCC.
For his commitment to serving and his quality of work, EPCC Valle Verde Maintenance
and Landscaping worker Antonio Perez was selected as the “Employee of the Semester for Fall 2014” by the college’s Institutional Effectiveness team.
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Antonio Perez at the VV campus.
“My family was so proud,” Perez said. “I was surprised, it [the award] was wonderful.
I enjoy everything, I talk a lot with the students and teachers and they know how I am.”
Perez has been working at the Valle Verde campus for at least nine years, starting as a
part-time contractor to being a full-time EPCC landscaper.
He works on the grass and fountains outside the student union, along with the physical
lab, the courtyard and the first and second floor of the "A" building.
Perez was nominated by Deborah Knapp in December 2014.
“We often forget that there are individuals, or rather, ‘miracle workers,’ like Antonio, who work tirelessly behind the scenes,” Knapp, a counselor at the Valle Verde campus, stated in her nomination submission.
“Antonio is responsible for keeping our campus beautiful, aesthetically pleasing, and visually
appealing and everyone benefits as a result of his work.”
The winner of this award must meet the five different criteria necessary to be chosen including: commitment, job knowledge, positive professional representation of EPCC, positive interaction at the college and their quality of work.
“He has an excellent relationship with the faculty and staff,” Knapp added.
“He is ready to assist any of his co-workers around campus.
Perez is very passionate about his job and works hard to make sure that the students and staff
are comfortable with their surroundings.” Knapp also stated that Perez is ‘absolutely’ committed to his work and is a team player; he is respectful and is ready with
a friendly greeting for everyone he encounters.
She said he motivates students to continue their education and succeed with his encouragement
“You know what, I love my job,” Perez said.
“I really do. This job is everything to me.”