El Paso Community College (EPCC) adopted Tornillo Elementary as part of its school adoption program during a proclamation ceremony held at the school on Thursday.
EPCC President Dr. William Serrata welcomed Tornillo Independent School District (TISD) Superintendent Rosy Vega-Barrio, Tornillo Elementary Principal, Myrna Lopez 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.”
Tornillo Elementary School is EPCC’s ninth school adopted and first for TISD.
“We are beyond excited that Tornillo Elementary has been adopted by El Paso Community College. This partnership will help us continue our district’s mission to educate our community that students are never too young to learn about the many doors that open when you go to college,” said Myrna Lopez, Tornillo Elmentary Principal.
“Through this collaboration, not just our students, but our entire community will also see that higher education is within reach.”
Officials with EPCC say 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, 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,” college officials shared via a news release.
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, Lorenzo G. Alarcon Elementary School from San Elizario Independent School District and Benito Martinez Elementary from Fort Hancock Independent School District.