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El Paso Community College (EPCC)

919 Hunter Drive, El Paso, TX

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  • Phone: (915) 831-2150

Financial Aid Office

  • Phone: (915) 831-2561

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El Paso Community College (EPCC) is a two-year community college located in El Paso, Texas. EPCC offers 130 academic programs that lead to an Associate's of Applied Science, Associate's of Science, Associate's of Arts degree or a Certificate of Completion.  In addition to its degree and certificate programs, EPCC offers several innovative learning initiatives that include Early College High School (allowing high school students to earn an associate's degree while they earn their diploma), and Student Technology Services (a student-run technology training program).  EPCC also offers distance learning through online programs.

For students hoping to transfer to four-year institutions of higher education to earn a bachelor's degree, there are "2+2" options available.  These options guarantee admission to four-year colleges that offer the degree program of choice, with junior-level status.

EPCC offers modern facilities and many student and community services on its five campuses.  It has several workforce development programs, making it a leading provider of job training for local community businesses.  EPCC also offers a Leadership Development Academy to personnel who work in management/leadership positions in the El Paso community.  The Academy's aim is to foster the development of leadership qualities, characteristics and skills.

EPCC is involved in a national initiative for community colleges called "Achieving the Dream," which helps more community college students, particularly those who face challenges, to succeed. EPCC grants the most associate's degrees to Hispanic students in the U.S.

History

In 1969, the El Paso County Community College District was established.  In 1971, El Paso Community College opened its doors and more than 900 enrolled students.  By 1973, enrollment had grown to more than 5,000.  The college constructed various facilities and established five campuses over the years, providing a growing number of academic and workforce training programs. It is one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the nation.

Academics

The academic calendar for El Paso Community College follows the semester format, with fall and spring semesters, a 10-week summer session, and two 5-week "summer mini" sessions.

Colleges and Schools

As a two-year community college, EPCC is not divided into colleges and schools, but has departments and programs through which students can earn Associate's Degrees and Certificates:

  • Associate of Arts in Field of Study
  • Associate of Arts in Teaching
  • Technical Programs Certificate of Completion
  • Technical Programs Associate of Applied Science
  • Continuing Education
  • Associate of Science
  • Associate of Arts
  • Health Occupation Associate of Applied Science
  • Health Occupation Certificate of Completion

Student Life

EPCC has an Office of Campus Life at each campus, which provides students with the "EPCC Best Start" ID Card.  With this card, students can use EPCC facilities and services such as gyms, libraries, computer labs, discounts on and off campus at participating businesses, and more.

EPCC students are encouraged to join one of many student clubs, events or activities that are available to them on each campus.  There are community volunteer programs available, as well as student leadership and government associations.

Athletics

The EPCC athletics teams compete in intercollegiate sports at the Division I level in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).  Men's sports include baseball, cross-country and half marathon.  Women's sports include softball, cross-country and half marathon.

Satellite Campuses

El Paso Community College has five campuses in the El Paso area:

  • Mission del Paso Campus
  • Northwest Campus
  • Rio Grande Campus
  • Transmountain Campus
  • Valle Verde Campus

Community Life

El Paso Community College has cultivated strong partnerships with local businesses to develop its workforce training programs. EPCC has also partnered with many local, regional and national universities to promote the success of its transfer students.

The city of El Paso has roughly 500,000 citizens and is one of the safest cities in the United States with a very low crime rate. El Paso offers good shopping venues, outdoor concerts, many museums, a zoo, hiking trails through its four State Parks, many music and dance festivals, and more.

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Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $3,200. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. There is also a $10 application fee for students applying to the school. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Tuition estimates per year:
    • State Residents: $1,700-$2,000
    • Out-of-State: $3,400-$4,061
  • Charges per unit:
    • In-State: $71-$85 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $140-$170 per unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid81%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships79%$6,064
Receiving Student Loans5%$4,242

Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2009 was around 10%.

Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To support students and graduates, El Paso Community College may provide student services like those listed below:

  • Online classes
  • Classes offered on nights and weekends
  • Remedial courses
  • Academic counseling for students
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Assisting students to find work
  • Day care for children

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Community colleges offer a variety of career and transfer options for students. The following table shows the graduation and transfer-out rates for El Paso Community College, versus those community colleges found throughout the state of Texas, which can be valuable information for determining which school to attend.

 EPCCEl Paso CountyTexas
Graduation Rate10.2%-15.5%
Transfer-out Rate17.8%-24.7%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

Campus: El Paso Community College - Rio Grande Campus

  • Dietetic Technician Program
    • Accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (since 1979)
  • Dental Assistant Program
    • Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 1969)
  • Dental Hygienist Program
    • Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 1973)
  • Physical Therapy Assistant (P.T.A.) Program
    • Accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (since 1992)

Campus: El Paso Community College

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (Ph.D.,M.D.,...)

Architecture

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences

Construction Trades

Education

  • Teacher Education, Multiple Levels (A)
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development (A)

Engineering

Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

  • Writing, General (A)
  • English Literature (A)

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

  • Chicano Studies (A)

Family and Consumer Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

  • Sign Language Interpretation and Translation (A, C)

Health and Clinical Professions

Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Interdisciplinary Studies (A)

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Mechanic and Repair Technology

Personal and Culinary Services

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences

Precision Production

  • Machine Tool Technology (A, C)

Psychology

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

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