Border Institute Of Technology

Tel: (915)593-7328 x 10
22 students
Private, for profit
Border Institute Of Technology (BIT) intent to provide quality degree programs in a flexible environment. This goal has been accomplished by adopting an innovative approach to traditional education; combining self-study with direct personal contact and technology. A unique aspect to BIT programs is the one-on-one instruction students receive from a distinguished national faculty. Although the University has taken advantage of advancements in technology to improve instruction, technology is regarded as an enhancement rather than a replacement for good teaching and relevant content. Students enjoy an educational climate that is typical of one found on a small traditional campus. This is made possible at a distance through a centralized Learning Network; emphasizing committed student service and open communication. BIT offers programs which afford a rich opportunity for U.S. and Non U.S. residents to match their desire to develop intellectually and professionally.
School Highlights:
Border Institute Of Technology serves 22 students
Minority enrollment is 100% of the student body (majority American and Asian), which is less than the state average of 65%.
Border Institute Of Technology is one of 9 community colleges within El Paso County, TX.
The nearest community college is El Paso Community College (1.10 miles away).

School Overview

College Border Institute Of Technology Community College Avg.
Institution Level Less than 2 yrs At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Private, for profit Public

Student Body

The student population of 22 has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The school's diversity score of 1.00 is more than the national average of 0.68. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment 22 students 1,296 students
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 1.00 0.68

Finances and Admission

% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 83% 89%
Source: 2005 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes:

  • Border Institute of Technology, formerly Southwest Institute, was established to fill a continuing and critical need for the large fashion segment of the El Paso garment industry. As the brainchild of Mary Frances Simon, President, it is an outgrowth of her former business, Mannequin Manor Finishing and Modeling School, Inc., established in 1964. From the beginning, Mrs. Simon was adamant in affirming that individual growth is the primary goal of any sound educational program. Her initial efforts focused on fashion show production and modeling, and her expertise resulted in her professionally trained models extending their careers into the world of fashion design, buying, writing, and merchandising. By 1969, she had expanded the curriculum to include Fashion Merchandising and Interior Design. In 1979, the school acquired the spacious quarters it still occupies at 9611 Acer Avenue, with an initial 10,000 square feet of space. In 1982, the school became the Southwest Institute of Merchandising and Design. At that time, it was granted approval to issue Associate of Applied Arts Degrees in the areas of Fashion Merchandising and Interior Design, with an optional third-year professional certification for the Interior Design program. In 1984, an Associate of Applied Sciences degree with a major in Hotel/Motel Administration was added. Endorsed by the Educational Institute of the American Hotel and Motel Association, it also included an executive certification option. In 1998, the Hotel/Motel Administration was dropped from the school curriculum. During 1985, two additional majors were approved: Microcomputer Applications and Business Management. An additional 12,500 square foot building was purchased next to the original one. The Art and Interior Design facilities are located in the second building, as is the staff of the Microcomputer Applications Department. The equipment is state-of-the-art, and the facilities are the equal of other fine schools everywhere. In 1989, the school opened the Accelerated Learning Center. Programs offered at Border Institute of Technology includes CADD, Network Technologies, Hands-On PC, Web Design and Network Security.

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