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EPCC Strong

Our entire community has been impacted by the tragedy on August 3, 2019. EPCC is strong, resilient and committed to helping our students and employees recover. We are also committed to helping the healing process and will providing information to helpful resources via this website. EPCC will continue to prioritize safety, including offering more safety trainings. Together, we will heal, embrace diversity and remain in solidarity with our vibrant border region.


EPStrong Counseling Co-Op

Emergence Health Network (EHN) together with Atlantis Health Services and the El Paso Psychiatric Center have established the EPStrong Counseling Co-Op to help families and individuals in need. Mental health professionals will be available at five different “drop-In” locations throughout the city.

No appointments are necessary. Counseling provided free of charge.

Emergence Health Network Crisis Hotline

The Emergence Health Network will have on-call professionals available to those individuals in need of comfort or counseling.

Veterans Crisis Line

Veterans can call the Veterans Crisis Line to reach responders with Department of Veterans Affairs, many of whom are veterans.

  • (800) 273-8255, then press 1

Other Crisis Services

El Paso County 2-1-1

  • Crisis Services for El Paso County
    Dial 2-1-1

Teen Line

  • Provides a free and confidential telephone helpline for teens
    Dial (800) 852-8336 or text TEEN to 839863

Crisis Text Line

  • Text HOME to 741741

Crisis Mental Health Hotline

  • Dial (877) 541-7905

University of Texas at El Paso

  • The University of Texas at El Paso is offering counseling to students and the community.
    Walk-in hours: Monday through Tuesday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., Wednesday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    Miners Talk: After house crisis line: (915) 747-5302, after hours or on weekend.
    UTEP Crisis Counseling

How do I talk to my children about this tragedy?

Update From The President

August 5, 2019

Dear EPCC Family & El Paso Community,

As we continue to mourn and begin the long and difficult recovery, El Paso Community College remains in solidarity with our City, members of our EPCC family and the entire community who have been affected by the senseless violence that took place on August 3rd. We are devastated and heartbroken by this tragedy.

While we still do not know the names of all of the victims, it has been confirmed that this heinous act was fueled by hatred and racist ideology. This is not what our community and college stand for.

We are about partnerships, collaborations and working together. We have an incredible history of success that has been built on working together and embracing diversity. EPCC will remain focused on our commitments to non-discrimination, equity and to ensuring our campuses are a safe and welcoming place for all. We denounce all forms of hate and support equity, inclusivity and acceptance for everyone, everywhere.

In the end, by standing united, we will overcome the fear and hatred that fueled this horrific event. Together, we will continue to embrace diversity and remain steadfast in support of our vibrant border region.

In unity,

William Serrata, Ph.D.
EPCC President

Message From The President

August 3, 2019

Dear EPCC Family & the El Paso Community,

Today's tragic events have deeply impacted our city and we know some of you may have been personally affected. We stand with you. All of the victims and their families are in our thoughts. As details emerge, know that EPCC is monitoring this situation carefully so we can better assist each of you and lead our community in healing.

EPCC and our community will come together and remain strong. For the most recent updates, resources for assistance or ways you can help others, please visit this website or watch for updates via Tejano Alert and social media.

In solidarity,

Dr. William Serrata,
EPCC President



EPCC Family,

I had been writing an email to send today, it was asking about vacations and sharing my excitement for the Fall. All of that changed for me on Saturday. El Paso is more than where we live, it is our family. It's the only place I have ever been that you can meet someone, for the first time, in line at McDonald's and be invited to their birthday party later that same afternoon. El Paso loves fiercely, and because of that our grief is profound.

Today it is in my heart to simply say that EPCC is more than a place that I work, I consider you all an extension of my family. To those who lost someone over the weekend, I send all my love. If there is a way to help, let me know. There is a support fund that can be accessed here for those who can donate:

For those who share in the extended grief, my heart is broken with yours. For those who need support and resources, some resources are listed below. If you know of additional resources that people can call upon, let me know and I will help share that information.

I don't know how to close, except to say that with all my power and faith I look for a better day. Until that day comes, I hold those close to me a little tighter and count you all in that circle.

With much love,

Rebekah Bell, President Faculty Association
8/5/2019 8:56 AM
The Texas Tribune Team has cancelled Monday's event scheduled 8/5 at the EPCC ASC:
"Due to the terrible news of yesterday's shooting in El Paso, we have decided to cancel Monday's event out of respect for those affected. We at the Tribune love El Paso and promise to be back soon. Please be safe."


8/4/2019 9:13 AM
Out of an abundance of caution, EPCC's five campuses and ASC were evacuated and closed around noon in response to the active shooter situation in the Cielo Vista Area on Saturday, August 3rd. EPCC's thoughts are with the individuals and families impacted by these tragic events. Students and employees should continue to monitor and follow instructions from local law enforcement. EPCC campuses will remain closed on Saturday, August 3rd, but will reopen for scheduled activities on Sunday, August 4th. Additional updates will be posted on this site and social media.
8/3/2019 7:03 PM

EPCC and our city will come together and remain strong.

August 3, 2019

Our entire community has been impacted by these recent events. We recognize that some of you may have been directly affected by this tragedy and EPCC is here to support you. When classes resume Monday, our counseling team can assist students, faculty and staff. We will also be using this website to share resources in the community for you to receive help or ways you can help others.