"During the national conference of the American Association of Community Colleges annual conference, EPCC President Dr. William Serrata was elected to serve as Chair-Elect for the organization's board of directors. 

“It is an honor to be selected by my peers to serve as Chair-Elect for the Board of Directors of the Association of American Community Colleges (AACC).  I look forward to working with Dr. Bumphus and his team to continue AACC’s commitment to advance the recognition and importance of community colleges,” Dr. William Serrata, EPCC President said." 

Read more about Dr. Serrata's election via El Paso Herald-Post 

"The Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program today announced the 2019-2020 class of the Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence, a leadership program aimed at preparing the next generation of community college presidents to transform institutions to achieve higher and more equitable levels of student success, both in college and in the labor market. 

The select group of 40 Aspen Presidential Fellows will embark on a 10-month fellowship beginning in July 2019. Delivered in collaboration with the Stanford Educational Leadership Initiative, the fellows will work with mentors – current and former community college presidents – who have achieved exceptional outcomes for students throughout their careers. Fellows will also learn from national experts about ways to harness data to assess student success outcomes, strategies for internal change leadership, and how to

"Lee College in Huntsville, Texas, has been involved with correctional education for more than half a century. Paul Allen, a business management professor at the college, has been part of that effort for 36 years.

And he still brings passion to his work, which he said is a “calling.” He then noted that in the U.S. there are more men of color who are incarcerated than in college.

“I find that unacceptable,” said Allen, who was briefly overcome with emotion as he accepted the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Award of Excellence in the Faculty Innovation category.

Lee College was among five community colleges honored Monday evening during the Awards of Excellence Gala at the AACC annual convention for their work in advancing access and success for students."

Read more about the awards at the AACC annual convention via Community College Daily 

Amarillo College’s No Excuses Poverty Initiative has attracted national attention for the breadth of support it offers students.

"At Amarillo College, 55 percent of students are food-insecure, meaning they’re hungry, or at risk of hunger, compared with 43 percent of community-college students nationally, according to two studies released last year, including a detailed case study of Amarillo's No Excuses program. Both were led by Sara Goldrick-Rab, a professor of higher-education policy and sociology at Temple University and founder of the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice.

Meanwhile, 59 percent of Amarillo College’s students were housing-insecure, meaning that they’re in danger of not being able to pay their rent, mortgage, or utilities, or have to move frequently, often into crowded living quarters, to make ends meet. That’s considerably higher than the 46-percent

The Aspen Institute's College Excellence Program announced Palo Alto College as a "Rising Star" award winner of the 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation's signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America's community colleges.

"Representing the Alamo Colleges District and community colleges across the nation at this level is an honor for each one of us at Palo Alto College, and this achievement would not have been possible without our faculty and staff's commitment to the journey and the support of our entire community, including the leadership of the Alamo Colleges District," said Dr. Robert Garza, president of Palo Alto College. "Whether students are the first in their family to attend college or looking to continue their education, Palo Alto College has always believed that education should be accessible to everyone. And by keeping our