The Socorro Independent School District, in conjunction with the University of Texas at El Paso and El Paso Community College, is helping seniors enroll in college before they finish their last year of high school in the district’s innovative Operation College Bound event.
“It is so important for students to continue their education after high school,” said Tammi Mackeben, SISD director of school counseling. “Our partnership with these two institutions will assist students to overcome any barriers they may face when preparing for postsecondary education.”
SISD is conducting Operation College Bound for the fourth year in a row and reinvented the event in a virtual format this year to ensure safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The virtual Operation College Bound will allow seniors the ease and convenience to enroll online with assistance from representatives from both UTEP and EPCC.
SISD counselors and high school staffs, EPCC and UTEP admissions representatives are assisting seniors to learn more about the registration process, set up an appointment to meet with an adviser, and register online for classes at UTEP or at EPCC.
The services through EPCC’s Operation College Bound and Destination UTEP, as the university has dubbed it this year, are available now through the end of April for all seniors at each SISD high school who have applied and been accepted to UTEP or EPCC and have completed their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Operation College Bound is part of Socorro ISD’s continued effort to provide students with endless opportunities for success in their future, including giving students a head start to college with the time and assistance to complete the enrollment process.
“Team SISD understands the time and commitment it takes for students to apply, be accepted, complete FAFSA and so much more,” Mackeben said. “Therefore, we encourage all students to participate in EPCC Operation College Bound and Destination UTEP during the month of April.”
The seniors at every comprehensive high school in SISD and at Options High School will be contacted by either UTEP or EPCC, based on where they have been accepted to attend college and their school counselor. They are given a time specially designated for them with a link to participate in the online enrollment process.
For questions or concerns, SISD students should contact their high school counselor.