El Paso Community College (EPCC) welcomed O’Donnell Intermediate School as part of its school adoption program during a proclamation ceremony held at the school on Thursday, November 8, 2018.
EPCC President Dr. William Serrata welcomed Fabens Independent School District (FISD) Assistant Superintendent Michele Gonzalez, O’Donnell Principal Corina Ruiz 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.”
O’Donnell Intermediate School is EPCC’s sixth school adopted and first for FISD. “The mission of Fabens ISD is to prepare all students to be successful citizens,” Michele Gonzalez, FISD Assistant Superintendent said. “The mission does not end at high school graduation and includes making sure that our students are prepared to enter college and graduate from college.”
EPCC has plans to continue adopting elementary schools across its district.
EPCC officials added that they 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.”
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 and Frank Macias Elementary School for the Clint Independent School District.