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How the Honors Program Honors its Students

Honors Student Villalpando

All students, upon enrolling in Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC), have had to take that nerve-wracking test that determines what level of classes they are assigned. One student, Hyacinth Villalpando, still remembers that day she took the EMCC placement test.

Walking into that dim room with its tiny computers, she did not have the highest expectations, except to make classes at the one hundred level. However, to her surprise, that was the day she discovered that she had made it into Honors.

Sonia Shah: The Body Hunters

Sonia Shah

Sonia Shah, a critically acclaimed, prize-winning investigative journalist and author presented her expose on the pharmaceutical drug industry as part of the Honors Forum series, “The Culture of Competition,” this spring.

The audience listened attentively as Shah, wrought with conviction explained how the multinational corporate pharmaceutical industry exports drug experimentation to developing countries and the consequences thereof. 

Patti Solis Doyle: Hispanic Leadership

P Solis Doyle

All of the bodies, filed closely together side-by-side, appeared to be frozen at Phoenix College’s Bulpitt Auditorium on Sept. 19, 2012. The room was still, and everyone’s complete and undivided attention was focused on Patti Doyle, as she stood confidently at the podium.

The Honors Programs across the Maricopa County Community College District, including that of Estrella Mountain Community College, had organized her talk.

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