El Paso Community College (EPCC) adopted Canutillo Elementary School as part of its elementary school adoption program during a proclamation ceremony held at the school on December 7, 2017.
EPCC President Dr. William Serrata welcomed Canutillo Independent School District (CISD) Superintendent Dr. Pedro Galaviz, Canutillo Principal Julie Melendez 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.”
Canutillo Elementary School is EPCC’s fourth school adopted and first for CISD. “We are excited and invite this partnership with EPCC as it exposes our students at an early age to the future college opportunities available to them,” Dr. Pedro Galaviz, CISD Superintendent said.
Previously EPCC adopted Campestre Elementary from Socorro Independent School District (SISD), Frederick Douglass Elementary from El Paso Independent School District (EPISD) and Ramona Elementary from Ysleta Independent School District (YISD).
EPCC officials added, “We are committed to increasing the number of students going to college in the region…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 where college begins in kindergarten.”
EPCC has plans to continue adopting elementary schools across its district.