Excelencia in Education! chooses EPCC as a finalist

June 12, 2019

EPCC is a finalist for the Seal of Excelencia from Excelencia in Education. It has been a goal of the Seal of Excelencia to accelerate institutional transformations to promote equity and college completion for Latino students.


EPCC’s Dual Credit and Early College Program have been recognized as a finalist in the Examples of Excellence in the associate level back in 2018. The programs were one of the only 21 finalists selected from more than 139 nominated programs from 27 states, DC and Puerto Rico included.


“El Paso Community College’s Dual Credit and Early College High School programs are having tremendous results in getting the youth in our region on a path to higher education,” EPCC President, Dr. William Serrata  said.


The Seal of Excelencia to accelerate institutional transformations

to promote equity and college completion for Latino students.


“The data shows that students who take just one college course in high school are more likely to pursue a college degree and be successful.” According to the Excelencia in Education website, Latino students have become large and are continuing to grow rapidly in minority groups in U.S. higher education, the higher education system has not gained much traction in helping increase the success of Latino Students.


Latino college completion has been behind due to racial and ethnic groups. Excelencia in Education, was founded in 2004, accelerating Latino student success in higher education to address the U.S. economic needs for a highly educated workforce and for civic leadership.


Excelencia is able to drive change in higher education serving Latino students. In order to achieve the Seal, institutions will need to demonstrate an intentional impact and success in the three core areas of work that Excelencia has determined lead to Latino student success: data, practice, and leadership.


The intended outcomes of the Seal are to significantly increase the percentage of Latino students who persist and attain degrees by 2030. The Seal increases the number of institutions that achieve the Seal of Excelencia by concretely showing improved abilities to help Latino students succeed.


The outcomes also include raising awareness and action among institutions of higher education to accelerate Latino student success. Being able to influence policy discussions about how to help institutions of higher education to better serve Latino students. And to help build consumer demand within the Latino community to enroll in institutions that demonstrate success in serving Latino students.






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