EPCC Adopts SEISD Alarcon Elementary To Promote College Bound Culture

Posted by Angela Saavedra on 12/17/2018

EPCC adopts Alarcon Elementary


Hector Gonzalez


SAN ELIZARIO, TX – El Paso Community College (EPCC) welcomed Lorenzo G. Alarcon Elementary School as part of its school adoption program during a proclamation ceremony held at the elementary school on December 6, 2018.


“A student is never too young to learn the importance of going to college,” said Dr. William Serrata, EPCC President. “Reaching out to elementary school students and their parents allows students to learn that higher education is within their reach and we build a college-going culture.”


“It means a lot to us to be given the opportunity of partnering up with EPCC,” said Julissa Esquivel, Principal at Alarcon Elementary. Our daily vision is to give our students the very best we have to offer them to be successful in their academics. We look forward to working with our College-Ready mentors in building upon our literacy focus that will assist us in a systematic alignment towards a secondary education.”


Stephanie Ceballos, a 6th grader at Alarcon Elementary, was among the many students that received a college acceptance letter from EPCC.


“When they handed me the letter of acceptance, I felt super excited,” Ceballos said. “I had to read it twice because I could not believe what I was reading. To me, going to college is very important because it is the key to success. My dream is to one day become a Sign Language teacher and I know I will make that dream a reality thanks to EPCC.”


The faculty and staff at Alarcon Elementary are the students’ biggest supporters, especially when it has to do with pursuing a college education. Day after day, they remind them that anything is possible with hard work and perseverance.


“I feel so blessed that my students had the opportunity to receive not only recognition, but praise and words of wisdom from important individuals such as the President of El Paso Community College,” said Valeria Lara, 6th grade English & Language Arts teacher. “This has definitely made my students open their eyes to the endless possibilities life can offer you when you set your mind to a college enriched life.”


EPCC is committed to increasing the number of students going to college in the region.  By building strong elementary school and college connections through campus tours, workshops, presentations, outreach programs and parental involvement, EPCC is building a college-going culture.


Alarcon Elementary is the seventh school adopted by EPCC.