Program Design and Implementation: Focus on El Paso's Experience

Watch: Archived Webinar

This interactive 90-minute webinar begins with a brief history of El Paso’s transition program (“College & Career Readiness Model”) and what it looks like today. The main focus of the webinar is to discuss how to meet the inherent challenges of building an instructional team that is strong in content and methodology, and whose members are willing to learn new skill sets necessary in an integrated, team-teaching model that builds student self-efficacy skills. The presenters share tools and resources to aid in the process of preparing both instructors and students for postsecondary transition. Finally, presenters also share the transition program’s impact on students and instructors, growing/changing needs, and next steps.

Webinar Date: December 4, 2012


Norma Minjares has been a faculty member of El Paso Community College (EPCC) Workplace Literacy-Transitions Program team since 2010.  Her focused content area is math.  As a team member, she is involved in program planning, student advising, and facilitating the Career & College Exploration workshops.  From 2000-2010, she taught all levels of developmental math at EPCC.  Norma has a B.S. in Microbiology/Chemistry from the University of Texas at El Paso, an M.S. in Secondary Education from the University of Texas at El Paso, and an M.B.A. from the University of Chihuahua in Juarez, Mexico.

Susan Tollefson is a founding member of the EPCC Workplace Literacy Transitions Program (2007). She is the faculty member responsible for coordinating program planning, outreach, and faculty development. Her focused content area is writing/reading. Susan joined the EPCC Literacy Programs team in 2004 as an ESL instructor in the public housing complexes throughout El Paso. From 1993-2003 she worked internationally (Thailand and Mexico) in community-based adult education programs. Her teaching experience in the U.S. includes educational support programs for adults with disabilities in an occupational setting and middle school language arts. Susan has a B.S. in English Education from Mankato State University, Mankato, Minnesota.