First-Year Experience Center opens at Valle Verde

March 5, 2019


EPCC has opened the First-Year Experience Center, the center will allow First-Year students the opportunity to speak with an advisor which will be appointed to them during orientation. 


The center is designed to help college students from the beginning of their college experience and help guide them to a successful graduation.


Students using the center will have access to state-of-the-art technology, resources, and multimedia equipment. “Student success if our goal,” Sandra Lujan, Early Alert Coordinator said.


“As a result, students will develop essential career skills, such as term work, study skills, public speaking and oral presentations in an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary fashion.” 


The center will be student run, also known as peer academic coaches. They will provide mentoring support to help students successfully navigate the demands of college life. 



The First-Year Experience Center, which gives First-Year students the opportunity to speak with an adviser appointed to them during orientation, opened on February 28. 


“My Responsibility as a peer academic coach is to help these students succeed in their first semester in college. I will provide as much support by coaching them, guiding them, and mentoring them because I’ve already experienced the student life. I advise them to stress management classes which I work with a group of psychology students that have helped me come up with classes to help these first year students.


I do what I can to help them succeed, I am their walking resource.” Diana Villegas said. The First-Year Experience Center is located at EPCC Valle Verde Campus, room A2433. Students, faculty, staff, administrators and board of trustees attended the opening of this innovative center which operates in conjunction with EPCC’s Early Alert Program. 


“The first year is when students are at most risk, it is most important especially when it comes to first generation students. In 2019, the fact that we still talk about 70 percent of students who were privileged to serve being first generation has got to change, the future economic situation of our state will go downhill and we know that. So we not only have to help these student’s get to college but we have to help them succeed.” EPCC President, Dr. William Serrata said.



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