Socorro Independent School District seniors will be able to finalize the enrollment process to attend El Paso Community College and The University of Texas at El Paso at their own high schools in an SISD Operation College Bound special event in April.
Via a news release, SISD officials say this will be the first time both institutions provide on-site enrollment services directly to the students in any school district in the region.
The registration days at the SISD high schools are in partnership with EPCC and UTEP to provide seniors the ease and convenience to enroll in college in a familiar environment with assistance from representatives from the college and university. Giving students the time and help to easily complete the enrollment process for EPCC and UTEP is among the endless opportunities provided by Team SISD to ensure students are prepared for success in college, careers and life.
“Our focus in Operation College Bound is always on providing opportunities and removing obstacles for our students to attend colleges and universities,” said SISD Superintendent Dr. José Espinoza. “This partnership is an excellent approach to ensure every graduating senior is on their way to post-secondary education and to show them that we are behind them 100 percent in fulfilling their college aspirations.”
The seniors at every high school in Team SISD will attend an enrollment day at their school. They will be led through the enrollment process, which will be set up in the gyms, classrooms and computer labs at the schools. The EPCC and UTEP staff will guide the students through the process and answer questions. SISD high school administrators and counselors also will assist with the events.
“EPCC is committed to creating a college-going culture in our region and partnering with SISD and UTEP on the College Bound Initiative is just one example of this work,” Dr. William Serrata, EPCC President said. “By helping students register for classes as seniors in high school, we ensure that students in our community have the knowledge and confidence to pursue their educational, career and life goals.”
UTEP will be available to talk with students about the transition from high school to college, answer any questions that students may have, and offer information about New Student Orientation, financial aid, housing, student life and student engagement. The event also will include a showcase of UTEP programs to highlight exciting academic opportunities that students may pursue while attending UTEP.
“For decades, UTEP has worked to promote college-going aspirations among all young people in this region through steady and strategic collaboration,” said UTEP President Diana Natalicio. “We know that building a strong and streamlined educational pathway with local school districts and the El Paso Community College is key to the prosperity and quality of life of this region. We all have a shared interest in ensuring that young people reach their full potential by achieving their highest educational goals, and we applaud the Socorro Independent School District’s innovative and proactive efforts to engage their students in preparing for a successful future through education.”
The Operation College Bound registration days will be:
April 3 at El Dorado High School
April 5 at Socorro High School
April 17 at Eastlake High School
April 20 at Pebble Hills High School
April 24 at Americas High School
April 26 at Montwood High School
“Every parent wants to see their children succeed after high school. So do we! That is why we treat and educate our students as if they are our own children and go above and beyond to provide many avenues for them to get on the right path to college,” Dr. Espinoza said. “These registration days will be an exciting time for our seniors and our partners at EPCC and UTEP! We’re eager to help our seniors move forward to a lucrative future.”