By Karina Chavez
For those interested in getting their driver’s permit or completing a defensive driving
course, El Paso Community College will be making courses available.
Driver’s education will be held on Feb. 17 and 18 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. with a $50 fee.
The class will be at the EPCC Mission del Paso campus in the B-building in room 102.
Karina Chavez / Tejano Tribune
For information on Drivers Education classes call 831-6466 or 831-6611.
You must attend both classes to complete the six hour course and pass the written exam for
The defensive driving class will hold its session on Feb. 21 at the Valle Verde campus in
Room B-182 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is a $28 fee.
To be eligible to enroll into either classes, proof of U.S citizenship and a birth certificate must be provided.
There is a maximum of 36 students allowed to enroll in the driver’s education class and 30
students into the defensive driving classes.
“There will be more classes later throughout the semester,” Clarissa Martinez, driver education
instructor at EPCC said.
The driver’s education course has two different programs for teenagers and adults.
The teen program consists 32 hours of classroom instruction as well as seven hours each
of behind-the-wheel instruction and observation.
In the class, students will learn the basics of buying, maintaining and purchasing insurance
for the vehicles.
Students will also practice driving with the instructors.
There are two different phases for the adult program.
The first phase is taking the six hour permit course, which covers the Texas Driver’s book, and a written exam.
Once the exams are passed, the students will receive a certificate for completion.
Once the student receives the certificate, they can either go make an appointment at DPS to
take the driver’s test for the license or request a driving permit to practice driving.
There is a fee of $29 to get the permit or license at the Texas Department of Public Safety.
“We want to continue having these courses in the future so everyone come take the class,” Martinez said.
“We want more students to take the class.”