On Sept. 22, EPCC President, William Serrata, was honored at the 17th Annual McDonalds’ Hispanos Triunfadores Award Ceremony and Luncheon at the El Paso Marriot.
(L-R) Art Fierro, Grace Quintanilla, EPCC President WIlliam Serrata, Jessica Serrata, John Uxer, Belen Robles and Carmen Olivas-Graham at the
Hispanos Triunfadores award ceremony.
“It’s an honor to be named one of El Paso’s Hispanos Triunfadores along with such other dynamic community leaders,” said Serrata after receiving the award.
The award honors a person who serves as an outstanding inspiration to the youth, as well as a role model.
The award recognizes subjects in several areas such as: Government, Arts & Entertainment, Business, Lifetime Achievement Business, Science, Community Service and Education.
Serrata, who won the Education award, earned his nomination for his concern on the community and his influence on higher education.
“Dr. Serrata is the best there is in the field of education. He has made a difference to the community college, the most important post-secondary education institution for our region,” Belen Robles, EPCC Board Trustee said.
“He has also embraced the community and is involved in our city in addition to his dynamic role at EPCC.”
The college has been awarded numerous national recognitions since Serrata became involved with it.
Awards such as the American Association of Community College’s National Award of Excellence for Student Success in 2016, as well as being ranked among the top ten colleges in the nation for 2015 by the Aspen Institute.
Serrata became president in 2012, since then he has made access to education more widely available as well as increasing the number of graduates—he has also cultivated community collaborations, improved training programs for industry and business and created partnerships with K-12, which promotes a college-going culture.
“By creating a college-going culture and innovative student success initiatives, EPCC is opening the pathway to higher education and a better prepared workforce in our region,” said Serrata.
“In recent years EPCC has been focusing on engaging students, growing community partnerships and fostering a culture of excellence with measurable success.”
Nationally, the Community College Week has rated EPCC number one among nearly 1,200 community colleges in awarding Associate Degrees to Hispanic students, and 17th overall among all colleges and universities.
Besides the previously noted awards, EPCC has been recognized with the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award and the Military Friendly Schools distinction—which identifies colleges that are doing the most to enhance the success of America’s military service members, veterans and their families.