Date: April 5, 2005
CONTACT: Cory Chandler,

LUBBOCK – For El Paso Community College, it is an opportunity to collaborate with a top-notch architecture program. For Texas Tech University, it is an opportunity to dip into the cultural reservoir provided by El Paso’s urban offerings and close ties to Mexico.

Both institutions describe the articulation agreement recently inked between them as a “win-win” situation.

“This agreement is a tremendous step forward,” said Bobby Ortega, Dean of Architecture, Art, Math, Science and Exercise Sports for El Paso Community College. “We have been discussing this idea for the past couple of years and now it has been formalized. This will help both schools.”

The agreement provides for close peer coordination of curricula content and instruction in the general architecture and pre-professional programs at Texas Tech and the architecture program at El Paso Community College. It facilitates a seamless transfer for students who are seeking a Bachelor of Science degree in architecture at Texas Tech.

Andrew Vernooy, dean of Texas Tech’s College of Architecture, said Texas Tech’s program will benefit because the transfer students have access to El Paso’s cultural and urban offerings and will bring that knowledge with them to Lubbock.

“El Paso Community College is an exceptionally good college,” he said. “We are interested in developing a strong connection between the two institutions.”

Students will be able to complete the majority of their first two years of study and earn an associate’s degree in architecture at the community college before or after transfer to Texas Tech.


CONTACT: Andrew Vernooy, dean of the College of Architecture, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-3136,