EPCC’s Vice President of Instruction and Workforce Education was awarded the Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence by the Aspen Institute.
Steve Smith, Vice President of Instruction and Workforce Education.
Steve Smith is now one of the 40 individuals selected to be a part of the 2017-2018 Aspen Presidential Fellows.
The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, D.C.
According to their website, the Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community Colleges aims to develop a cadre of exceptional leaders who can transform community colleges to achieve higher levels of student success while maintaining broad access.
The Aspen Institute selects individuals each year for an intensive, applied leadership executive program, delivered in collaboration with Stanford Educational Leadership Initiative.
The fellowship lasts for a year and includes three on-campus residential seminars plus structured mentoring for applied learning and the development of a strategic leadership vision.
The Aspen Presidential Fellowship centers on three themes.
The first is leading for impact by defining and assessing student success in learning, completion, labor market and equitable outcomes.
The second is leading transformation change by re-envisioning the institutional culture and core practices to deeply and sustainably improve student success.
The third and final theme is partnering for collective action by designing new structures with external partners such as K-12 schools, universities, community-based organizations and employers to improve student success.
Smith has served as Vice President of Instruction and Workforce Education since 2012 and has also held positions at EPCC as Dean of Math, Science, Career and Technical Education and was a faculty member in Computer Information Systems summing a total of 27 years at EPCC.
“The Aspen Institute is widely known as doing outstanding work with community colleges at the national level. I’m honored to participate and look forward to bringing best practices back to EPCC,” said Smith in a press release.
“Mr. Smith is an inspirational leader and dedicated role model to students, faculty and staff at El Paso Community College. He understands the higher education needs of the border region, Texas and our nation and we are proud to have him participate in the Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence,” said William Serrata, President of EPCC, in a press release.
This is not the first time the college has been honored by the Aspen Institute. In 2015 President William Serrata was selected to join the Aspen Institute of Ascend Fellows.
Prior to receiving the honor, EPCC was named one of the top 10 finalists for the Aspen Prize for community college excellence.
For more information on The Aspen Institute students can visit http://highered.aspeninstitute.org/about/ or http://highered.aspeninstitute.org/meet-2017-2018-fellows/ for a list of winners of the Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College.