The GREEN Advantage
In the last three years El Paso Community College’s Culinary Arts and Related Sciences programs have surpassed their projected growth rates. This growth is attributed to our pursuit of excellence in our field and the dedication that EPCC has shown to our program. One of the ways in which we at EPCC Culinary Arts pursue excellence is by keeping updated with modern techniques and embracing community movements as well as industry trends. The Culinary Arts program has dedicated itself to supporting sustainability and green projects with the college and within our industry. One example is the GREEN Advantage USDA grant initiative.
This project will allow us to demonstrate a completely sustainable food system to our students, area ISDs and our community, as well as offer a CE component for EPCC.
Texas A & M AgriLife Extension
The extension provides direction with the garden and aquaponic systems within. They often hold sessions for the community to learn about certain plants that grow well in the desert southwest. At those classes EPCC Culinary Arts provides tasty treats for the students to learn how to utilize the food after harvest.
New Mexico State University
EPCC Culinary Arts graduates 75 students per academic year, those students have the opportunity to transfer to 4 year universities. The grant offers our students the potential to expand their horizons and transfer to food and agricultural programs.
Local School Districts
El Paso, Canutillo, San Elizario, Clint, Ysleta, and Socorro Independent School Districts Honors students enrolled in Culinary Arts disseminate information through career days or as guest speakers invited to the schools on a regular basis. Students prepare poster boards, PowerPoint, and videos for their presentations.
EPCC hosts Skills USA, a national competition for culinary students. We invite numerous schools from the various districts and provide them tours to of our facilities and the GREEN Advantage project.
Honors students enrolled in Culinary Arts disseminate information through presentations as invited guests. Students prepare poster boards, PowerPoint, and videos for their presentations.