El Paso Community College plans to build new facilities and make improvements at five of its campuses in El Paso.

In March, EPCC’s board of trustees approved the use of $255 million for its campus transformation plan, to upgrade EPCC’s campuses and address overcrowding.

“Each campus will have new buildings and construction to keep up with the 2016-2020 strategic plan,” said EPCC President William Serrata. “These projects are to address campus improvement needs and improve learning experiences.”

A new workforce building, lab and classroom building will be built at the Valle Verde campus. The Rio Grande campus will get a seven-floor parking garage building, with parking on lower floors and classrooms and labs on the upper floors.

The Northwest, Mission del Paso and Transmountain campuses will also see new classroom buildings added.

The money for the project comes, in part, from tuition increases and a $5 increase to the general fee, which finances college revenue bonds.

The EPCC board of trustees approved the increases in March 2016 and raised the general use fee to $20 per credit hour.

Tuition was raised by $10 per credit hour to $94 per credit hour for resident students and by $15 per credit hour to $168 per credit hour for nonresident students.

According to an EPCC spokesperson, college enrollment has reached about 29,000 and is expected to grow.


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