As part of the Texas College and Career Readiness School Models, Early College High Schools (ECHS) and Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools (P-TECHS) are designed to allow students to simultaneously earn a high school diploma and an Associate Degree and/or post-secondary certificates in four years. They must target and enroll students who are historically underrepresented in higher education, including economically disadvantaged, first-generation, English Language Learners, and minority students. The key to the success of this initiative is a strong partnership between the independent school districts (ISD's) and higher education institutions.
In the State of Texas, El Paso Community College has partnered with Canutillo ISD, Clint ISD, El Paso ISD, Fabens ISD, Socorro ISD and Ysleta ISD to provide fifteen ECHS and P-TECHS. We are currently serving over 3,000 students through this exciting and innovative educational experience. Since 2006, over 3,000 students have earned a degree from EPCC before graduating from high school!