On September 12, the Senate Education Committee met with the Senate Higher Education Committee to review the opportunities, outcomes, and rigor regarding dual credit in the state of Texas. The committee heard from Raymund Paredes, Commissioner of Higher Education, David Troutman, associate vice chancellor at The University of Texas System, Tyler Miller, principal researcher for AIR, and lastly Jacob Fraire, president and CEO of Texas Association of Community Colleges. Read more on how dual credit proved to be essential to providing students opportunities to succeed in college and achieve 60x30TX goals. 

Steve Smith, vice president of instruction and workforce education at El Paso Community College, received the 2018 Carl M. “Cheesie” Nelson Administrative Leadership Award from the Texas Association of Community Colleges (TACC) at the TACC Summer Conference in Corpus Christi.  The "Cheesie" Nelson Award recognizes administrators with outstanding leadership qualities who have made a significant impact on higher education.  Read more from the El Paso Herald-Post.