College Bound Program

Lydia Patterson offers a Dual Credit Program at no cost to students. The Dual Credit Program at El Paso Community College offers fundamental core courses to qualified high school juniors and seniors while still enrolled in high school.

The college class is a replacement rather than an addition as students take just one class, the college class, and get both high school and college credit for it. The courses are taught by certified college school instructors who have been approved by the appropriate El Paso Community College academic departments.

One of the goals of the program is to provide a positive collegiate learning experience for participating high school juniors and seniors.


  • Provides a head start on postsecondary core requirements.
  • Lowers cost of college (credits earned are at no cost).
  • Extends the variety of classes available to high school students.
  • Allows shared resources--college library, fine art performances, career development services, and much more.
  • Provides greater opportunity for a coordinated education.
  • Serves as a "controlled" introduction to college life.
  • Allows an easier transition to college.