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Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 8:20pm
EL PASO — Students interested in pursuing a career in health sciences in El Paso will soon have more options.
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in South El Paso is expanding. The campus on Alberta and Concepcion is experiencing some growing pains. Their clinical programs are growing so quickly, that administrative services have been moved off campus to make room for research.
TTUHSC is leasing the historic A.B. Fall Mansion on Arizona and Cliff in Central El Paso from the City of El Paso to house their Communication and Marketing Department.
Students enrolled in the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing are attending classes in another leased building in Downtown El Paso.
This is only temporary.
During the current state legislative session, Texas Tech officials said they are asking for more money for new buildings, and they are also asking to be designated as a university.
"What that means is that we're not going to be a regional campus of the Health Sciences Center, which is now in Lubbock, we will actually become a free-standing university. Just like UTEP is to the UT System, we would become free-standing as part of the Texas Tech University System," said Dr. Laura Gallegos, Communication and Marketing Director for Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.
As a free-standing university, an interim president and leadership would have to be selected.
"To have two universities in El Paso would be a great point of pride. I think that the Health Sciences Center really compliments UTEP and its mission, and so there's not a lot of overlap. We're all about Health Sciences and that's our focus," said Gallegos.
If the proposal is approved, it would take another 2-3 years before students would be able to enroll.
Gallegos said it would also bring in new, high-paying jobs.