Dual Credit and Early College High School

El Paso Community College  Dual Credit and Early College High School
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Dual Degree/Dual Credit/Early College High School,


El Paso Community College's (EPCC) Dual Credit and Early College High School (ECHS) program's mission is to provide higher education access and support for the community’s underserved students. Students are provided with access to college-level coursework while in high school. EPCC waives tuition and fees and ensures all its faculty have their credentials to teach college-level courses. The K-12 partners provide the textbooks, transportation, and school operations. The Dual Credit and ECHS program integrates mandatory services designed to meet students’ needs and support program goals including bridge camps, tutoring, advising, and social supports. The program aims to increase college enrollment and completion for students and increase the number of high school faculty credentialed to teach college-level courses.

Program Description

Created in 2003 to address the region's high poverty rate and low educational attainment, primarily Latino population. Currently, only 28% of this region’s population has completed an associate degree or higher, and 25% do not have a high school diploma. EPCC and its partners leveraged resources to launch the program collaboratively and committed to addressing the cost barrier by providing the program free to students. Supports and practices offered to students include tutoring, intrusive advising, and joint EPCC and high school faculty training.

The program began by offering dual credit courses in a few high schools mostly taught online by EPCC faculty, with a total of 502 students served, 78% Latino. Now, the number of students served has grown, serving over 8,146 students, 83% Latino. The program targets Latino students by focusing on feeder patterns with predominantly Latino populations, engaging families, and highlighting successful Latino program students. 


On average 58% of Dual Credit and ECHS students enroll at EPCC within one year of high school graduation, compared to 33% of their peers.

86% of Latino students complete their associate's degree within 5 years. 

Dual Credit students have a 47% 5-year transfer rate and ECHS students have a 44% 5-year transfer rate, compared to 22% for non-participants with a 5-year transfer rate.