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Grant will increase the number of dual-credit certified teachers and opportunities for parents to learn about the El Paso education system

El Paso, TX – The Council on Regional Economic Expansion and Educational Development (CREEED) recently received a $25,000 grant from Bank of America to support its efforts to increase the number of teachers certified to instruct early college courses and help more parents participate in the CREEED Parent Leadership Fellowship.

The grant, part of Bank of America’s commitment to economic mobility focused on the needs of individuals and families, supports CREEED’s Accelerated Certification of Teachers Scholarship, which pays for local educators to complete dual credit and early college certification courses. The funds will help expand teacher development opportunities and support more high school students enrolling in dual credit courses to get a head start on their college degrees.

“We are invested in El Paso’s education system because providing students access to high-quality public education sets them up for success in college and strengthens our future workforce,” said Kristi Marcum, president, Bank of America El Paso. “Our partnership with CREEED is one example of how we are investing in the future leaders of tomorrow and supporting the long-term economic growth of El Paso.”

CREEED’s Parent Leadership Fellowship helps parents and guardians dissect the latest performance data for schools, prepare their kids for college, and engage with campuses and school boards on important academic attainment issues. The program consists of a series of bilingual sessions for any parent or guardian who wants to learn how to advocate for their children the El Paso education system. Since the fellowship launched, over 30 parents have participated across three cohorts, with parents from earlier cohorts helping to mentor new participants.

“Teacher development and parent engagement have been two of the core pillars of CREEED’s work since our inception. Bank of America’s generous support will help us ensure that every El Paso classroom is led by an effective teacher who is preparing students to succeed in college and the workforce,” said Eddie Rodriguez, CREEED’s Executive Director. “This funding will also help us equip more parents with the tools they need to advocate for their child’s education and understand the ins and outs of the education system.”

More information about CREEED’s teacher development and parent engagement efforts can be found at

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About Bank of America:

Bank of America is one of the world’s leading financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small and middle-market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management products and services. The company provides unmatched convenience in the United States, serving approximately 68 million consumer and small business clients with approximately 3,900 retail financial centers, approximately 15,000 ATMs and award-winning digital banking with approximately 57 million verified digital users. Bank of America is a global leader in wealth management, corporate and investment banking and trading across a broad range of asset classes, serving corporations, governments, institutions and individuals around the world. Bank of America offers industry-leading support to approximately 4 million small business households through a suite of innovative, easy-to-use online products and services. The company serves clients through operations across the United States, its territories and more than 35 countries. Bank of America Corporation stock (NYSE: BAC) is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.


CREEED is a not-for-profit organization focused on increasing the number of high-performing seats in El Paso’s public education system. This is accomplished by investing in initiatives that are creating measurable outcomes to close the achievement gap for El Paso students. CREEED supports organizations, initiatives, and policies that prepare students to succeed in college and in our future workforce. CREEED’s efforts are focused on increasing the quality of education that students receive in El Paso. Our efforts fall into three categories: Increasing Student Attainment; Increasing Teacher Talent & Leadership Development; and Increasing Parent and Community Engagement.​ 

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