Agreement Between EPCC and UTEP Creates Engineers of Tomorrow
October 27, 2010 | UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS
The agreement, signed by UTEP President Diana Natalicio and EPCC President Richard Rhodes. Click the image to see a photo gallery of the event.
Having been ranked for the past six years as one of the top five graduate engineering schools in the nation for Hispanics by Hispanic Business magazine, The University of Texas at El Paso is widely known for developing outstanding engineers.
Now, El Paso Community College and UTEP have joined forces to streamline the process of creating the engineers of tomorrow.
An articulation agreement between the two institutions will ensure that future Miner engineers can make a seamless transition between EPCC and UTEP, making the path to a degree more accessible.
"Collaboration creates opportunities," said Richard Schoephoerster, Ph.D, dean of the College of Engineering, at the agreement signing on Oct. 26, hosted at UTEP. "We are looking forward to increasing the quality of both institutions so our students can achieve at the highest level of academia."
The agreement, signed by UTEP President Diana Natalicio and EPCC President Richard Rhodes, formally recognizes that UTEP and EPCC are active in enhancing educational opportunities for the institutions' mutual students in the movement between both campuses.
It authorizes the activities necessary to create transfer plans that will maximize the transfer of credits and progression toward degree completion.
The goals of the agreement are to increase the number of graduates at EPCC, as well as to encourage them to continue their education at UTEP. Currently, about 150 EPCC engineering students continue at UTEP per year. Both schools would like to see that number double in the near future.
The schools will encourage degree completion by providing various services for transfer students.
"The measure of success is determined by the outstanding students both schools produce," Natalicio said at the agreement signing ceremony, referring to two UTEP Gold Nugget Award recipients from the College of Engineering – Tom Cardenas, Ph.D. '71, and Renard U. Johnson '95 – who attended the event. "Today we begin the process of taking shared responsibility to harvest the minds of El Paso. UTEP and EPCC are definitely at the forefront."
Leaders at both institutions envision that the agreement will establish expectations for mutual cooperation between UTEP and EPCC, making it not only easier to transfer credit hours by using similar curriculums, but also encouraging degree completion by accommodating the students' needs.
"We want those who start their degree path at EPCC to end strong at UTEP," Schoephoerster said.
Senior mechanical engineering major Steven Galindo is among hundreds of students who travels between UTEP and EPCC's Valle Verde campus.
"Being an engineer isn't the easiest job in the world, and it's not the easiest road to walk," Galindo said. "With this agreement, that road will at least be far clearer to travel. The idea that you can succeed in anything is true. Hard work, persistence and dedication are the keys to success."
Originally posted on News @ UTEP.