The EPCC Career Center Services (CCS) held their annual Transfer Fair last Thursday at the Valle Verde campus’ cafeteria annex.
Photo by Isaac Viera/ Tejano Tribune
The transfer fair, hosted by EPCC Career Center Services, connects students and university representatives from across the U.S. enabling them to
Representatives from colleges all over the southwest region were in attendance to share information with prospective students.
Silvia Dominguez, CCS Specialist, said she invites many colleges to attend the annual transfer fair, but since the cafeteria annex is a small venue, the colleges are chosen on a first come, first serve basis.
“The purpose of the transfer fair is to aid students in choosing a university about transfer requirements, such as deadlines and scholarships,” Dominguez said. “The representatives can provide students with admissions applications and help guide them through the transfer process; they make it easier for the students.
EPCC is the best place to start, but students have to finish somewhere; that is why we organize fairs like this, so we can help the students succeed.”
One college represented at the fair was Grand Canyon University. A private Christian university, GCU has three campuses in the southwest region in Albuquerque, Tucson, and Phoenix. University Development Manager Joyce Armijo said one of the benefits of attending GCU is students have the flexibility to design their college timeline by being able to choose one of the three campuses to attend or the option to take their coursework online.
“When students are here at EPCC, they have a very small classroom experience, a very hands-on approach,” Armijo said. “We actually compliment that. We have the very same experience where all our students are typically in a classroom of 24. There’s a graduate team that is provided, which means there are four support members that are really wrapping their arms around students, from the time they start their academic journey to the point of graduation.”
Prospective students are also given the opportunity to visit GCU’s main campus and Phoenix for a day, free of charge.
“Something unique that we do is we bring our students out before they even decide to come here,” she said. “We fly the student out to our main campus in Phoenix, on us, to show them what GCU is like for a day, even if they are going to take their classes online. Students will fly out for breakfast and be back home for dinner.
They come to campus and do some student success workshops. They get to feel the GCU energy and decide if it’s the right place for them. Are they home? Do they feel like GCU is where they need to be? Quite honestly, if we are not the right venue, that’s okay. We want to guide and direct students no matter where they choose to attend college.
One of our main goals is to bring students up, connect with them, and get to know who they are. It’s really just about handling people with a human approach.”
Park University was another college at the campus’ transfer fair last week. Representative Joe Carillo said in addition to their main Fort Bliss location, an eastside campus location was recently opened for civilians, active servicemen, and veterans.
He said one of the benefits of Park University was their flat-rate tuition, rather than most university’s geographically based tuition. Reduced tuition for military and veterans is also available at Park.
“We are trying to get it out there into the community that we have a location off-post,” Carillo said. “Park University is a great alternative for students who cannot go the traditional route.
For example, students who have to start working full-time after graduating high school or that have started their families would really benefit our extensive selection of evening and night classes. Our students only attend class two nights per week, and the classes are broken down into two courses. The classes run from two to two and a half hours each. So, students are only spending five hours in class per day they have class.”
EPCC student Alejandra Ramirez said she needed two more classes to complete her core curriculum before moving on to a university. Majoring in veterinary studies, she came to the transfer fair to find out more about the admissions requirements for Texas A&M.
“I came to the transfer fair today to check out school options that will best fit my career,” Ramirez said.
“I am looking at Texas A&M to finish my college career, and they’ve been helpful in providing me information on how to get there. The transfer fair has provided me with opportunities to get information about school options for my future.”