Hispanics take lead on earned degrees

March 28, 2017

 The Hispanic Outlook on Education magazine listed El Paso Community College first among the top 25 community colleges in the nation for Hispanics in their February issue. 



EPCC was ranked number one in the nation among two-year institutions for granting associate degrees to Hispanic students by the magazine. 


According to their website, The Hispanic Outlook on Education is a national monthly magazine that focuses on the unique needs of the Hispanic community in education by delivering news about multicultural accomplishments and challenges in classrooms for more than 27 years.

The publication annually surveys two- and four-year institutions in the country for their service to the Hispanic students. 

EPCC was ranked number one in the nation among two-year institutions for granting associate degrees to Hispanic students by the magazine. 

This is the tenth year in a row that EPCC has been recognized as the top associate degree granter in the nation for Hispanics among two-year institutions. 

According to The Hispanic Outlook on Education’s website, EPCC had 3,214 associate degrees granted in 2015.


Out of the 3,214 degrees 2,736 of them were granted to Hispanic students. 

Out of those 2,736 degrees 1,019 were granted to male Hispanics and the remaining 1,717 were granted to female Hispanics. 

EPCC was also ranked second, after East Los Angeles College, in the nation for enrollments among Hispanic students. 

EPCC had a total of 36,012 enrollments in 2015. 

Out of those 36,012 enrollments, 24,235 were Hispanic students.


Out of those 24,235 enrollments, 10,637 were male Hispanics, while the remaining 13,598 were female Hispanic students.


According to a study cited in the New York Times students who graduate from EPCC achieve a high income in their adulthood. 

According to The Equality of Opportunity Project, an organization that uses data on 30 million college students to construct publicly available statistics on students’ earnings and their parents’ incomes, 37 percent of EPCC students move up two or more income brackets after graduating. 

“This is great, being a Hispanic myself, it makes me proud to be going to a school that recognizes your culture. It makes me comfortable going to a school that cares about the success of my people,” said Hiram Rodriguez, a communications major who plans on graduating from EPCC in 2018. 

In a press release sent by the Marketing Department at EPCC, the college has granted 70,842 degrees since the first graduating class in 1972 until December 2016.


Close to 55,000 of those degrees were earned by Hispanic students. 

In a written statement from that same press release, EPCC president, Dr. William Serrata said, “EPCC is focused on engaging students, growing community partnerships and fostering a culture of excellence with measurable outcomes. We are proud to be a nationally-recognized leader in getting students on a pathway to graduation.” 

The Hispanic Outlook on Education features EPCC on its cover for the February issue.


Students can view the February issue of The Hispanic Outlook on Education at https://issuu.com/hohost/docs/digitalho-02-00-2017_ and find the rankings on page 18 and the featured article on EPCC on page 20.


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