As 2018 kicks in, the new year is not the only new thing on the horizon.
Last December, EPCC welcomed Dr. Kenneth P. Gonzales as Vice President of Students and Enrollment Services.
Dr. Kenneth P. Gonzales, Vice President of Student and Enrollment Services.
Originally from the sunny state of California, Gonzales explicates that even though he was brought up in the small town of Fontana he was still able to become a first-generation college student.
After high school Gonzales graduated from Brigham Young University in Utah in the 80s where he played football and soccer.
After a tragic accident, Gonzales tore his ACL and with that it also broke his dreams of playing for the NFL.
However, this led him to get his master’s degree in social work.
During his senior year, Gonzales took an internship with the BYU Multicultural Affairs Office as a student advisor where he helped students of color apply for college, graduate and apply for grad school.
After working as an Associate Vice Principal of Students at Our Lady of The Lake University, Gonzales decided to get his doctoral degree.
He got accepted into 3 programs, Michigan State University, University of Texas at Austin and Arizona State University.
After all his interviews and tours of the campuses he decided to attend ASU after meeting his now mentor, Ray Padilla. “He was a mentor in every use of the word, he was like Yoda.”
Finally, Gonzales’ journey has led him to EPCC where he works in enrollment, financial aid, recoupment, student orientation so on and so forth.
His main goal is to show everyone that they can come to EPCC, he would like to help them along the way until they can walk at graduation. Gonzales believes that everyone has to capability to graduate.
As for Gonzales’ personal life, he moved from California to El Paso in early December with only a couple of months in the Sun City.
Gonzalez said that he loves El Paso’s style of food so much that has started working out to go along with his new food diet.
“The people are fantastic and the food is dangerously good.”
He also opened up about his family, explaining that his two kids still live in California and are currently finishing their school year.
However, Gonzalez said that he will bring them to El Paso once the new school year begins.
Both of his kids are into academics as well as sports and he is exited to see them play here.
Gonzales views himself as “nothing else but a devoted ambitious family man.
He has plans to make this college a better experience for new and current students.
He truly believes that EPCC is the best place to start but more importantly to finish.”