On the 25th Anniversary of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, Project ARRIBA (originally established by EPISO and Border Interfaith), was named one of three El Paso “Bright Spots” for its progress in closing the achievement gap for Latinos in the areas of college access and STEM education.
Since its inception, ARRIBA has graduated and placed over 1,100 students in the El Paso economy.
Citing research that the regional return on investment for Project ARRIBA‘s workforce development is $26 for every $1 invested, Border Interfaith and EPISO leaders persuaded the City Council of El Paso to increase funding to $1.5 Million over five years, rather than the $1.25 Million initially recommended by city staff. This is the single largest investment the city has made into ARRIBA since its inception.
This funding will enable the project to support the training and placement of 600 El Pasoans into living wage careers in the border region. Organization leaders are hopeful that this will help leverage matching funds from the State of Texas through the Texas Innovative Adult Career Education (ACE) Grant Program.
[In photo: Leaders from EPISO, Border Interfaith and Project ARRIBA explain what happened to reporters.]
$1.5 Million Approved to Help Students, KTSM News Channel 9