Alternative math courses set for fall trial

July 14, 2015


For students who want to get a jump start in their math route, there’s a quick way to do so. 


This upcoming fall semester, all five EPCC campuses will offer the New Mathways Project (NMP) as a way to complete developmental math requirements faster than following a traditional degree plan for students placing or testing into Math 0303 or Math 0305. If placed into Math 0303 or Math 0305, students must apply for enrollment into the NMP. 


Students must be seeking a specific Associate of the Arts degree, Associate of Applied Science degree or Certificate of Completion in a major eligible for the NMP. 


“It’s only for certain careers, this course doesn’t have the algebra,” Patsy Saenz, EPCC Rio Grande counselor, said. “It’s more of the math in the real world.” 


The NMP will focus on “real world” math, including statistics mathematical reasoning and contemporary mathematics, and some students may also spend less money on tuition, books and fees. 


EPCC will be part of a research study during the fall semester to see how students perform in NMP courses. Eligible students who sign up to participate in the study will be entered into a lottery with a 60 percent chance of getting into the course. Space is limited.


Students that are interested in the course need to speak to the lead NMP counselors at their campus: Valle Verde NMP counselor is Oscar Velasquez, (915) 831-2850 or; Rio Grande NMP counselor is Patsy Saenz, (915) 831-4608 or; Mission Del Paso NMP counselor is Pat Duran, (915) 831-7092 or; Transmountain NMP counselor is Patricia Ortega, (915) 831-5143 or and Northwest NMP counslor is Ramy Martinez, (915) 831-8850 or



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