EPCC No.1 degree producer for Hispanics

March 3, 2020



The Hispanic Outlook on Education Magazine has once again ranked EPCC on its Top Community Colleges for Hispanics list.


For the fifteenth year in a row, EPCC has earned the nation-wide distinction of being the No. 1 granter of associate degrees by 2-year schools.



Photo courtesy EPCC marketing 

America Melendez, Janeth Moncayo and

Hector Castro, STS Students on the front page. 



This ranking substantiates EPCC’s dynamic efforts to increase degree attainment in our region.


According to data presented in the Top Community Colleges for Hispanics issue of the Hispanic Outlook Magazine, EPCC awarded 3,528 associate degrees to Hispanic students.


The College ranks No. 2 among the Top 25 community colleges with the most Hispanic enrollees, with a Hispanic population of 228,819 students totaling 85 percent of the total student enrollment.


These rankings are just one of EPCC’s many national recognitions that EPCC President, William Serrata, Ph.D., is particularly proud of earning.


Serrata credits the work of faculty and staff for facilitating student success that helps students cross the stage at graduation and earn that degree or certificate.


As a first-generation community college student himself, he says it is extremely important to help all students, including Hispanic students, and others underrepresented in higher education get degrees since higher education is the only path to the middle class.


“Being ranked No. 1 for 2-year degrees awarded to Hispanic students exemplifies EPCC’s role as a national higher education leader and our reputation for student excellence,” said Serrata.


“It reflects our commitment to open admissions with high expectations for the students we serve, and as a result, EPCC is strengthening our community, the state, and the entire nation.”


The annual ranking is based on several factors, including the percentage of Hispanic students in attendance, total student enrollment; 2-year schools awarding the most associate degrees to Hispanics, and the percentage of Hispanics awarded associate degrees by 2-year schools.


Data for the rankings is from the NCES IPEDS Database for community colleges granting the most associate degrees in 2018.


“The capability of our students is exemplified by this ranking and we are especially proud of their dedication and success,” Steve Smith, Vice President of Workforce and Continuing Education said.


“This is evidence of our commitment to affordable and high-quality education, and is also testament to the efforts our excellent faculty, staff and administration who strive every day to provide our students with powerful educational opportunities.”


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