El Paso Community College has been a stepping stone for most college students and has been where many start and finish their degree.
During an open conference on April 11 William Serrata, EPCC President, announced, alongside the Board of Trustees, the upcoming expansions for all of the EPCC buildings.
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El Paso Community College community members at the Valle Verde campus
Architecture Z building breezeway on April 11 announcing plans for new VV buildings.
The vision to better all campuses comes from rising job demand and could result in increasing academic success.
This new project will allow future students more access to technical careers and allow them to receive education that could benefit them when they transfer.
This project consists of new buildings for every campus with two specifically at Valle Verde.
The buildings are set to start construction in Summer 2018.
Among the planned buildings to be constructed at EPCC is a “Work Force” building which is planned to be completed in Fall 2019.
Another Academic Building is expected to open its doors to students by the spring semester of 2020.
The president's next town hall meeting is on April 19 at the Mission Del Paso campus at 10 a.m.
On account of the increasing number of students, the Academic Building is dedicated to house more classes such as Biology labs, Chemistry labs, Astronomy labs, Math classes among other general expansions.
These additions will allow students to register for classes they need that might otherwise be full or that does not fit students’ schedule.
“This building will allow students to have more space, to have internet connection needed for homework,” Serrata said.
Serrata also says that with added furniture and working rooms, the building will allow students to relax and do homework without distractions.
“We want students to stay here on campus because it will help them excel and improve in their academic careers.”
Serrata also hinted at the possibility of adding brand new courses offered at the college as well.
A Work Force building is intended for those with majors on the technical side, such as those in the automobile industry and diesel mechanic majors.
This Work Force building is suited for those who are looking to have hands-on experience with plenty of room and state-of-the-art equipment, including a new Collision Tech Bay,
Aside from classrooms, a new Reference Library and conference space are also in the works.
“We are building these [buildings] for the community, for them and for the future. It really is because of you [students] that we are doing this, thank you for your support,” Serrata said.