Although the newly-designed campus has been open since the start of the spring 2020 semester, the official ribbon-cutting celebration took place on February 5.
The new Northwest campus addition includes biology and computer labs, classrooms, offices, and a Flexitorium, which is used as a multi-purpose modifiable space; as either a classroom or auditorium.
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“The seats come down almost like bleachers, or they can be pushed up against the wall,” said Keri Moe, EPCC public relations officer.
“The Flexitorium can used as an open space and holds approximately 200 people.” The EPCC expansion proposals began in 2013.
The comprehensive planning process included input from students, faculty, staff and the community.
The Northwest project was one of six expansion projects.
“The Northwest campus expansion will provide many innovative opportunities for our students that will keep them on a path to completing their degrees and increasing educational attainment in our region,” said Dr. William Serrata, EPCC President.
Prior to the expansion, the biology labs were much smaller, explained Dr. Jeff Sivils, Assistant biology professor.
“The expansion is awesome. Previously we were in 3 micro fitted labs that were smaller, less equipment and not really designed well and now these labs are awesome and these are nicer than UTEP labs,” said Sivils.
“Being a student at El Paso Community College not only allows me to dream, but equips me with the tools necessary to achieve and excel,” said Abigail Velez, sophomore Mass Communication student.
“Our new building at the Northwest campus is the perfect symbol and direct sign that EPCC is growing and cares about the growth of its students.
“With this new building, our student body has a new tool to help us dream and dare us to achieve,” she added.
“A place where students can gather as a community, and grow to accomplish legendary things, and it all starts here at EPCC.”
The expansions at campuses throughout the city will hopefully enhance the student educational experience.
“El Paso Community College is committed to transforming students’ futures by providing high quality and affordable education opportunities for our region," said Brian Haggerty, EPCC board chairman.
“With globalized economies and emerging technologies changing both the education and employment landscape, EPCC remains committed to being the Best Place to Start & Finish,” he added.
“By investing in students’ education, EPCC ensures a solid foundation that will prepare them to successfully transfer to a university or enter the workforce. This positively impacts our region’s future by bolstering the workforce and increasing educational attainment.”
The Northwest campus addition is part of a district-wide expansion, which includes the Valle Verde campus with the largest expansion taking place at the Rio Grande campus downtown.