EPCC featured on National Public Radio

December 2, 2015


In El Paso it’s a well-known fact that El Paso Community College is recognized as one of the top institutions in the country. 



Deborah Chavez/ Tejano Tribune

El Paso Community College was named one of the Top 10 Community Colleges in the U.S. by the Aspen Institute.




But now the secret is out.


In a national story released on Nov. 25, EPCC was featured on the Takeaway, a co-production of WNYC Radio and Public Radio International, in collaboration with The New York Times and WGBH Boston.  


As a nationally recognized institution, including being named one of the Top 10 Community Colleges in the United States by the Aspen Institute, EPCC was among five leading institutions to be profiled by this nationally syndicated program.  


The first story about EPCC was aired in select markets on National Public Radio on Nov. 25.


“EPCC is consistently recognized for our ability to step up and innovate in an environment that poses significant challenges,” Art Fierro, Board Chair said. “Being featured on The Takeaway is testament that EPCC is a high-impact model for education not only for our region, but at the national level as well.”


Over the course of the 2015-16 academic year, The Takeaway is presenting an original series offering a unique look at community colleges across the United States in light of national challenges to higher education.  


The Takeaway’s “Community College Challenge” puts a spotlight on the rich diversity of community colleges, the role they play in advancing opportunity, and the myriad challenges they and their students face.


“Community Colleges, like EPCC, are important resources that are improving education and play a vital role in our region by growing our economy and expanding opportunity,” Dr. William Serrata, EPCC President said.


In addition to the Aspen Institute’s Top 10 College recognition, EPCC has received numerous other national distinctions, including: Currently ranked number one by Community College Week in community colleges awarding associate degrees to Hispanic students, and 17th overall of all colleges and universities; Hispanic Outlook ranked EPCC as number three in colleges and universities granting degrees to Hispanics; EPCC was awarded the 2013 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT; is listed on the coveted 2014 Military Friendly Schools list.  


EPCC has also been recognized nationally as an Achieving the Dream Leader College; awarded the Leah Meyer Austin Institutional Student Success Leadership Award for outstanding institutional achievement in equity and excellence in 2011 and is also recognized by Excelencia in Education with the “Samples of Excellence” award for its Early College High School program.


“EPCC is increasing pathways to higher education by being committed to high achievement and performance that results in success for students,” Serrata said.


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