The College is committed to providing the people of El Paso and its surrounding areas opportunities for life-long education. The College vigorously seeks ways in which to enhance the quality of life for people by providing educational programs and services which prepare its participants to enrich their lives and to contribute to their own, as well as their community's, well-being.
The College recognizes that services are being provided to individuals of all ages who live in an era of accelerated change. It accepts the responsibility to help them meet these changes with quality educational and career guidance and development; with meaningful general, transfer and career education programs; and with cultural enrichment programs.
Furthermore, the College recognizes and accepts its responsibility to meet the special needs of people in the area's multi-cultural international society. It is the intent of the College to search out ways that it can capitalize on the unique strengths of the area. This can be achieved through an awareness of the benefits that a multi-lingual, multi-cultural, international society offers. To assure people of the area access to general and career education opportunities, the College provides "open door" admissions. Recognizing the responsibility associated with "open door" admissions, the College provides developmental education programs. Its “open door” policy provides admission to post-secondary programs for all who have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent or who are at least 18 years of age and whose high school class has graduated.
At a minimum the College will provide the following:
- Transfer degree programs which lead to further study toward a baccalaureate degree
- Vocational-technical, credit and continuing education career programs designed to upgrade existent skills and to prepare the learner for employment and advancement opportunities
- Life-long learning opportunities by providing adult education programs for part-time learning in credit and continuing education programs
- Community service programs to promote the area's economic growth and individual personal development
- Developmental programs for students who have experienced limited success in academic achievement or who have been away from formal education for some time
- Educational, personal and career counseling
- General education courses as a requirement for graduation, certification and/or for personal growth and development
- Outreach programs designed to meet community and individual needs
- Programs that address the issue of illiteracy and its associated problems