By CCWeek Staff  /  
2018 September 5 - 09:47 am

Honors & Awards

A Summary Listing of Honors and Awards at Colleges Around the Nation

Wallace State students Kaitlin Richards and Ryan Ratliff have been selected to travel to NASA’s Stennis Space Center this summer to participate in the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars onsite experience. Richards and Ratliff are two of only 280 community college students from across the U.S. to be part of the NCAS onsite experience. The five-week online activity culminates with a four-day on-site event at a NASA Center and offers students the opportunity to interact with NASA engineers and others as they learn more about careers in science and engineering. While at NASA, students form teams and establish fictional companies interested in Mars exploration. Each team is responsible for develop ing and testing a prototype rover, forming a company infrastructure, managing a budget, and developing communications and outreach. The onsite experience at NASA includes briefings by NASA subject matter experts, information on how to apply for internships and a tour of NASA’s unique facilities. Richards and Ratliff are both set to transfer to UAH beginning with fall semester. While Richards plans to major in aerospace engineering, Ratliff will major in mechanical engineering. Richards and Ratliff were each nominated for the program by Wallace State math instructor Renee Quick. Richards and Ratliff were selected among a large pool of candidates based on their application profile, submitted essay and letter of recommendation. NASA’s Community College Aerospace Scholars is a project funded in part by the Minority University Research and Education Program, or MUREP, which is committed to the recruitment of underrepresented and underserved students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to sustain a diverse workforce. With this activity, NASA continues the agency’s tradition engaging the nation in NASA’s mission.

EPCC Half Marathon Women’s team pictured from left to right: Michelle Renteria; Shalet Mitei; Merari Valenzuela; Ocean Stevens; Celeste Zamarron. Not pictured: Evaline Cheptoo.

The National Junior College Athletic Association has announced its 2017-18 academic awards. The El Paso Community College Men’s and Women’s Half Marathon teams were named the Top Academic Teams of the Year in the nation for their respected sports. The EPCC men finished with a combined grade point average of 3.42 and the women finished with a combined 3.62 GPA. The women also captured the National Championship on the field as well this past November. “EPCC is an academic institution first and foremost,” Felix Hinojosa, EPCC Athletic Director said. “Being awarded academic honors validates what we do as a college.” The EPCC Half Marathon teams were also honored this year by being selected to host the NJCAA National Half Marathon Championships in 2019 and 2021. Since 1993, the NJCAA has recognized the team with the highest overall grade-point average for their sport and gender with the NJCAA Academic Team of the Year Award.

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