Humanities Fair opens opportunities for students
On Sept. 19 El Paso Community College hosted their first Humanities Fair giving students on opportunity to check out different programs offered by EPCC and UTEP.
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Frank Rimbach (left) and Sara Rodriguez at the Humanities Fair.
Guest speaker Ronald J. Weber, associate professor of Ancient History and Humanities and the current director of the Humanities Program and Masters of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies Program, started off the event speaking to students about the opportunities available for them in the department.
Throughout the event students got the opportunity to visit different booths and learn about the departments and degrees available to them. Departments such as philosophy, Latin American border studies, art, music and many more.
Hilda Ontiveros from the Women’s and Gender studies program at UTEP explained “basically what we are out here promoting our program so that when students from EPCC decide to transfer to UTEP they know that we are here for them, they know all our background information, we offer a major, a minor and also some of the courses that they need for their humanities credits.”
Booths like the one from UTEP’s history department offered information on the degrees students cat get with them such as their bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and even a Ph.d.
Blanca Garcia a Ph.D. graduate from UTEP’s history department explained “We’re a very dynamic department, we really have a great sense of collegiality amongst our department, our grad students and our undergrads as well. It’s just a really great space to engage in so many conversations and to learn.”
The event also had a booth from EPCC’s Service Learning department which offers EPCC students the opportunity to do community service in different fields of study. Students who complete a minimum of 20 hours are able to receive a certificate that can be used in resumes and college applications.
“Many students have changed their major because of Service Learning,” explained Luis Calamaco from the Service Learning department, “they actually go to the places where they can work and if they don’t like it they can end up changing their major. So that actually helps the students.”
The fair also had presentations from EPCC’s Career and Transfer Services and UTEP’s university transfer advisor Fabian Barragan.
Jackie Quezada from Career and Transfer Services explained what resources they offer students at EPCC such as assistance with resume writing, career development, choosing a major and transferring to four year universities.
“It’s never too early to get this information and to get started,” explained Quezada. When going over some of the process for transferring.
Career and Transfer services also assists students with finding scholarships. “Even if your saying well right now I already get a scholarship I’m good to go, or I’m paying with financial aid, you never know if there is more opportunities for you to get even more money to go to school,” Stated Quezada.
Career and Transfer Services also hosted events such as the upcoming UTEP transfer fair happening on Oct. 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.