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Early College High Schools (ECHS) are designed to allow students to simultaneously earn a high school diploma and a post-secondary credential in four years. Students in this program take a combination of high school and college courses and receive academic and social support services to ensure their success, at no cost to students or their families!

The ECHS must target and enroll students who are historically underrepresented in higher education, including economically disadvantaged, first-generation, at-risk, and English Language Learners. Tuition waivers for college attendance are granted to each student.

The key to the success of the College and Career Readiness School Models (CCRSM) like the early colleges is a strong partnership between independent school districts (ISDs) and higher education institutions. El Paso Community College has partnered with Canutillo ISD, Clint ISD, El Paso ISD, Fabens ISD, San Elizario ISD, Socorro ISD, Tornillo ISD, and Ysleta ISD to provide eighteen ECHS.

El Paso Community College is committed to the success of the CCRSM mission and is adding new schools every year.