COURTESY / FERNIE GARCIA, EPCC MARKETING
Proclamation ceremony at the Douglass Elementary School.
In a proclamation ceremony on Sept. 15, El Paso Community College officially adopted Frederick Douglass Elementary School as part of the Elementary School Adoption Program.
This is the second elementary school adopted by EPCC.
“The intent is that the adopted elementary will serve as a model for the other schools in the district to follow and encourage students to pursue higher education; EPCC or any other college or university,” said William Serrata, EPCC president.
“Research indicates that children as early as 2nd and 3rd grade are deciding if they are going to college. ”
The program initiative addresses the need to increase college readiness, participation, and awareness of elementary school students and parents, with the goal of creating a college going culture.
“The teachers and I feel honored to be a part of the EPCC Adoption Program,” said Alonzo Barraza, Frederick Douglass Elementary School principal.
“We are excited because it is going to provide us with support for our students and our parents in helping them to learn how to guide their children through the educational process all the way to college.”
Frederick Douglass Elementary School is the first school from the El Paso Independent School District (EPISD) to be selected as a “College Bound School.”
“We have a meeting scheduled for EPCC in about two weeks and we will be discussing what level of support EPCC can bring to us and how we can utilize it for our community,” Barraza said.
The Elementary School Adoption Program initiative was founded in Fall 2012. Campestre Elementary School was the first school to be adopted from the Socorro Independent School District (SISD) during fall of 2013.
“Each of the elementary schools adopted by El Paso Community College for the College Bound program is selected by the respective school district,” Serrata said.
The EPCC Elementary School Adoption Program plans to adopt one elementary school from each of the districts in the area.
”We are presently working with the Ysleta Independent School District in identifying the next elementary school for our College Bound Program,” Serrata said.