The El Paso County Community College District was established in June, 1969 when citizens of El Paso County voted to form a junior college district and elected a board of seven trustees to administer the College. By 1971, the Board of Trustees and citizens of the community requested state financial assistance to open the doors. The 62nd Texas Legislature appropriated funds and El Paso Community College became a reality, enrolling 901 students in September of that year.
By the fall of 1972 day classes started in buildings leased from the U.S. Army at Logan Heights on Fort Bliss. This first “campus” allowed for the standardization of instruction at one location and the consolidation of administrative facilities to support the expanding enrollment, which had grown to 5,041 students by fall 1973.
El Paso Community College began the process of seeking academic accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) in 1973. Meanwhile, the College embarked on the development of a Master Plan to provide for orderly growth and direction and to define its role in the community. Official accreditation was received in December 1978 following the completion of an institutional self-study and a site visit by a SACS committee.
The College continues to receive national recognition for its educational excellence as demonstrated by multimillion dollar Federal grants for curriculum development and distance learning systems. Its Institutional Effectiveness program has become a national model for other colleges and universities.
With academic and vocational programs in place, the College became increasingly involved in small business development, economic and workforce development, and distance learning. The College also offers high school concurrent enrollment and College First, a partnership with the Army for tuition allowance.
In 2005, EPCC was named one of the fastest growing and largest border colleges in the United States serving the educational needs of over 25,000 credit and close to 7,000 non-credit students.
In-depth College history may be accessed at http://www.epcc.edu/AboutEPCC/Pages/CollegeHistory.aspx .