About El Centro


Welcome to El Centro College!

El Centro College became the flagship college of the District by being the first college to open its doors in 1966. Its name reflects the center of the downtown area.  Its central location allows students from all parts of Dallas County to take advantage of core educational courses transferable to four-year institutions, as well as career training in more than 50 exciting fields and a variety of continuing/workforce education courses. Students at El Centro are of all ages and come from all walks of life eager to take advantage of the many exciting and popular programs offered here.

El Centro has grown from one campus into several locations- El Centro Downtown C ampus and West Campus. Four additional buildings are now part of the Downtown Campus – The R building which once was home to DCCCD district offices, the Paramount building (in the West End) where El Centro’s Center for Allied Health and Nursing is located, the Wellness Center at the top of the Bank of America Parking Garage and Center for Design, which houses classrooms and labs for several academic programs

El Centro was the first college of the DCCCD to offer a nursing program and has established relationships with several top-notch hospitals in the Dallas area. It is also the only college within DCCCD that offers a Food & Hospitality Program. “Selected as one of America’s Top 20 culinary schools” – FSR Magazine (June 2014)  “The National Restaurant Association predicts 1.7 million new restaurant jobs will be created in the decade leading up to 2026.”—Connie Gentry, FSR Magazine, September 2016

El Centro College is a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (HACU). An HSI college is defined as colleges or universities where total Hispanic enrollment constitutes a minimum of 25% of the total enrollment.
 

Academic Programs:

Our students have many educational options that lead directly to career pathways or prepare them for transfer to a college or university. In addition to more than 30 certificate and degree options, El Centro is known for extraordinary Allied Health, Nursing, Fashion Design, Interior Design, Culinary and Information Technology programs.
Our programs and graduates have received local, regional, and international acclaim. From building one of the largest nursing programs in Dallas to having our fashion design graduates win national and international competitions, El Centro College helps prepare individuals for rewarding and successful careers.
 

STEM Programs:

Students interested in careers in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) have many career options at El Centro. From preparing for university transfer through our Associate of Sciences degree to short-term IT certifications in CISCO, Networking, or Microsoft IT Academy, the high-paying, high-skilled career options are endless.
The Texas A&M-Chevron Engineering Academy at El Centro College is an innovative co-enrollment partnership developed for future engineers. Qualified students are dually admitted to Texas A&M and El Centro and complete their first two years of engineering coursework at El Centro before transferring to College Station, Texas.
 

Changing Lives, Building Futures

El Centro has grown from just one campus into several locations- El Centro downtown campus and West Campus. Four additional buildings are now part of the Downtown Campus – The R building which once was home to DCCCD district offices, the Paramount building (in the West End) where El Centro’s Center for Allied Health and Nursing is located, the Wellness Center at the top of the Bank of America Parking Garage and Center for Design, which houses classrooms and labs for several academic programs.
 

West Dallas Campus

The West Dallas Campus is a one stop location close to home to register for classes. Students can meet with an advisor, register for classes and speak to a Financial Aid advisor all at the West Campus. El Centro’s West Campus is the only college presence in West Dallas.
 

Ride DART FREE!

El Centro students can ride FREE on DART! Students registered at least six credit hours during the fall or spring or three credit hours during the summer. Continuing Education students enrolled in at least 96 contact hours in a single quarter and 48 in the summer are also eligible.
 

Achieving the Dream

In 2011 El Centro College became an Achieving the Dream College (ATD). The organization Achieving the Dream is a national nonprofit dedicated to helping community college students succeed, particularly students of color and low-income students.