EPCC Trains Essential Healthcare Heroes
El Paso, Texas May 12, 2020- Since its founding over 50 years, El Paso Community College (EPCC) has supported the needs of the community by making the training of healthcare workers a top priority.
Each year, more than 125 students graduate from EPCC in a variety of healthcare fields, including the Nursing Program and the Respiratory Care Technology Program, which are the types of fields directly involved in the care of patients with various forms of acute or chronic respiratory illnesses, such as the Coronavirus. EPCC also trains other heroes who have key roles assisting in this pandemic such as Medical Assistants, Surgical Technologists, Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) students, and Medical Imaging Technology-Radiographers.
In addition to these healthcare workers, EPCC plays a major role in training first responders such as Firefighters and Emergency Medical Techs (EMT) and Paramedics. The Emergency Medical Services Professionals program trains Emergency Medical Techs and Paramedics, graduating almost 150 first responders each year in a variety of settings. Antonio Ayub, EPCC Emergency Medical Services Instructor, explains: “At EPCC the Emergency Medical Services Professions program, not only trains traditional EPCC students, but trains soldiers from Fort Bliss and students from area high schools through the college’s Dual Credit program.”
“El Paso Community College has a long history of training our community’s workforce,” EPCC President Dr. William Serrata said. “EPCC has prepared many of our region’s first responders and health care workers with a high-quality education so they can help you and your family. We are proud of our graduates working in many fields throughout our community.” Dr. William Serrata, EPCC President said.
Now, more than ever, the community recognizes the essential role of healthcare workers and first responders. EPCC is proud to be providing the training and support that these workers need to be qualified to work and serve in our community.
EPCC serves more than 28,500 students and offers 145 degree and certificate programs. Throughout its 50-year history, the college has remained focused on engaging students, growing community partnerships and fostering excellence. By creating a college-going culture and implementing innovative student success initiatives, EPCC is transforming the pathway to higher education and developing a better-prepared workforce for our region.