Resource fair reaches out to students

September 22, 2015



If attendance spells success then this years Student Resource Fair was a winner. The annual fair took place Wednesday Sept. 9 at the El Paso Community College Valle Verde campus.



Photo by Deborah Chavez  / Tejano Tribune

The Student Resource Fair reached out to incoming EPCC students and informed them on the different services that the college has to offer.


Jose Baltazar from the Department of Counseling said that around 800-1000 students were expected to attend the event, but this year that number was surpassed.

 “The purpose for the Early Alert program is for students to receive more attention throughout their first year,” said Marisel Yanez, Academic Advisor, “Incoming students are assigned an advisor to help guide and retain them for their first year of attending EPCC.”

The program is designed to connect students with a mentor who meets with them three times a semester; this includes communication via email, meetings, and through the process of a Drop Guard System. 

The process includes supervision of students attendance and academic standing via communication through their instructors. 

Students are issued a warning for unexcused absences and missing assignments to prevent them from falling into academic probation.

The Resource Fair also gave incoming students the chance to learn more about the Financial Aid process; including the free resources, FAFSA, the department of Education, and any scholarships they may be eligible for.

“We want students to be aware of the different services we can provide them.” Said Carmen Garcia, Financial Aid Specialist. “We want to be the stepping stone to their future success. Approximately 80-90% of students are on Financial Aid, and many of them don’t realize the benefits we have available at our offices.”

For more information involving the Resource Fair contact Laura Gonzalez, Student Assistant II, Valle Verde Counseling at 831-2423.


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