El Paso Community College is set to host its first Industrial Consortium in building one at the Advanced Technology Center (ATC) located on the Valle Verde campus July 16 at 11:30 a.m. CEOs and vice presidents from top local companies will be in attendance.
“This is a win-win situation,” Dr. Olga Valerio, dean of the Valle Verde ATC, said.
“This is an opportunity to help my students obtain a good paying career, which would enhance their quality of life as well as reduce training and recruiting costs of all the participating companies by being able to grow their own technicians here on our campus.”
Being the first of its kind, the consortium’s inaugural event will draw multiple companies including: Toro, Coca-Cola, El Paso Electric, CareFusion, CEMEX, Western Refinery, Daikin Industries, Mesilla Valley Transportation, Georgia-Pacific, and Son Metro.
“We’re expecting a big turnout and I’m really excited for my Dean,” Raul Serna, electrical journeyman instructor and electrical technology coordinator for the event, said. “I wish her the best in bringing home good long-lasting partnerships for the students and ATC.”
The Industry Consortium is creation of Dr. Valerio, who views the consortium as just another way to help her students succeed despite the many obstacles, by soliciting local companies for their partnership in developing a stronger and highly skilled workforce along with improving the college technician preparation program that can be uniquely tailored to their company’s needs.
“This gives the participating company an opportunity to hire each student before a non-participating company has access to them,” Dr. Valerio said. “When heating ventilation units came from Daikin industries, and solar panels from El Paso Electric, it was the staff that received training first, then came the arrival of the donated equipment and that’s when our ATC students began being instructed.”
The ATC’s students are trained diligently, Dr. Valerio said.
“When students finish here, 75 percent of them already have a jobs,” she said. “Students are made more marketable when they have real experience in real life environments.”
With the backing of a Master’s degree in mechanical engineering and a PhD in material science, while overseeing eight different technical areas of discipline, Dr. Valerio sees herself in every student that walks through her office, which maintains an aggressive open door policy.
“When I was a child I wanted to be somebody, create things and make a difference,” she said. “I see the same passion to create things that will make a difference in these students. So I do all that I can to make sure that happens.”
For more information on the consortium contact Dr. Olga Valerio at (915) 831-2350.