EPCC Veterans Resource Center renamed in honor of Kharisma James

The El Paso Community College (EPCC) Veterans Resource Center (VRC) held a ceremony for the renaming of its office at the Valle Verde Campus located in the Student Services Building.

The center was renamed in honor of the late Kharisma James, an EPCC graduate and decorated two-time combat veteran who tragically lost her life walking her children to school in 2018.

“Kharisma was a phenomenal woman who not only served her country but also demonstrated her heroic actions in protecting three children from a deadly crash in the parking lot of a Westside elementary school, which took her life,” Arvis Jones, Director of EPCC Student Leadership and Campus Life.

“Ms. James was instrumental in the opening of the VRC at VV and we want to honor her heroic actions and keep her memory alive.”

A native of the Boston area, James joined the United States Army as a Private First Class after high school.

Kharisma served 8 years in the U.S. Army, including an assignment at Ft. Bliss with the 11th ADA Brigade and completed a tour in Iraq, she was proud to serve her country. She started attending El Paso Community College in pursuit of a Biology degree with plans to transfer to a university BSN Program. She served on the Student Government Association at EPCC and was involved in the creation of the EPCC Veterans Resource Center.

Kharisma graduated from Texas Tech with a degree in Nursing and worked in the operating room at Hospitals of Providence Memorial Campus.