El Paso Community College (EPCC) adopted Benito Martinez Elementary as part of its school adoption program during a proclamation ceremony held at the school on December 6.
EPCC President Dr. William Serrata welcomed Fort Hancock Independent School District (FHISD) Superintendent Jose G. Franco, Benito Martinez Principal, Yadira Muñoz and the student body to the program.
“A student is never too young to learn the importance of going to college,” Dr. William Serrata, EPCC President said. “Reaching out to elementary school students and their parents allows students to learn that higher education is within their reach and we build a college-going culture.”
Benito Martinez Elementary is EPCC’s eighth school adopted and first for FHISD.
“Benito Martinez Elementary will engage in meaningful partnership with El Paso Community College to provide a significant way to involve our students, staff and community in creating career and college awareness.” Yadira Munoz, Benito Martinez Elementary Principal, said.
Previously EPCC adopted Campestre Elementary from Socorro Independent School District, Frederick Douglass Elementary from El Paso Independent School District, Ramona Elementary from Ysleta Independent School District, Canutillo Elementary School from Canutillo Independent School District, Frank Macias Elementary School for the Clint Independent School District, O’Donnell Intermediate School from Fabens Independent School District and Lorenzo G. Alarcon Elementary School from San Elizario Independent School District.
EPCC officials said that they have plans to continue adopting elementary schools across its district.
“EPCC is committed to increasing the number of students going to college in the region,” EPCC officials added via a news release. “By building strong elementary school and college connections through campus tours, workshops, presentations, outreach programs and parental involvement, EPCC is building a college-going culture.”
EPCC currently serves more than 28,500 students and offers 145 degree and certificate programs.