Educate Texas has a strong history of successful partnerships in El Paso, including the launch of Early College High School and T-STEM (Texas science, technology, engineering and math) initiatives in the area. The El Paso Collective Impact initiative was sparked by a relationship with the president of El Paso Community College, who had worked with Educate Texas in the Rio Grande Valley and wanted to bring that momentum to the 226,000 public school and higher education students of El Paso County. In the spring of 2017, the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems published a localized version of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s 60x30 strategic plan, the Case for Educational Change in El Paso, which was a key factor in initiating the collective impact work in the region.

Educate Texas has supported multiple collective impact efforts in communities across the state, and through the generous support of the El Paso Community Foundation, CREEED, Greater Texas Foundation and Trellis Foundation, was brought to El Paso in 2017 to support the long-term sustainability of this work in partnership with the El Paso Collaborative for Academic Excellence (EPCAE). EPCAE, based at The University of Texas at El Paso is a broad-based, community collaboration of education, business and civic leaders that has worked for 25 years to transform the pre-K-16 educational pipeline with a focus on academic success for all young El Pasoans. Educate Texas is working closely with the Director and Chair of the EPCAE to build local capacity to sustainably embed collective impact principles into their work in order to scale and accelerate positive impact in the community.

Click here to learn more about the El Paso Collaborative for Academic Excellence.