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BJP Campus Statement

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Class Cancellations

El Centro College reserves the right to make administrative changes to any item in this schedule. The college may discontinue a class at any time if attendance fails to meet expected levels. Efforts will be made to telephone the students before the first day of a course that is being cancelled.

Equal Education Opportunity Rights (OCR)

Educational opportunities are offered by El Centro College without regard to race, color, age, national origin, religion, sex, disability or sexual orientation.

Financial Aid

Texas Public Education Grants (TPEGs), for tuition only, are available to individuals to take career or occupation-related courses. Eligibility is based on financial need.

TPEG can be applied to career or occupational courses such as computer training office and health occupations training, business courses, language skill courses, etc. For more information on courses for which grant money can be applied, contact the Financial Aid Office at the college of your choice (email

To Apply For Financial Aid

  1. Fill out and submit the TPEG Application for Continuing Education (PDF - 32KB) at least two to three weeks before the beginning of the course.
  2. You will receive an email notification stating the status of your application.
  3. Once you have been approved, bring your paperwork with you to register for the course.
Click here for more information on financial aid for Continuing Education

Free DART Pass

Free DART passes are available to non-credit students enrolled in at least 96 contact hours in a single quarter, 48 hours in the summer. The DART Rail station near El Centro is West End Station.
How to obtain a FREE DART Pass

Inclement Weather

When the Dallas County Community College District announces campuses are closed, the El Centro College Continuing/Workforce Education classes also will be closed.
During inclement weather or an emergency, please listen to your radio or TV for announcements of cancellations. El Centro College is a member of the Dallas County Community College District, also known as the DCCCD, and may be listed as such in the broadcast messages. Campus closing will also be announced on the El Centro College Campus Web Homepage.

Meningitis Vaccine

What: New state of Texas immunization requirement for bacterial meningitis
When: Effective for Spring 2012 semester
Who: You must provide DCCCD with proof of meningitis vaccination if:
  • You are enrolling for the first time as a credit student.
  • You are returning after a semester break in enrollment. (If you were enrolled during Fall 2011, you do not need to provide proof of vaccination.)
  • You are transferring to DCCCD from another college or university.
  • You are a new continuing education student enrolled in a program with 360 contact hours or more.
  • You are a returning continuing education student enrolled in a program with 360 contact hours or more who has experienced a break in DCCCD enrollment.
  • You are a dual credit, Middle College, Early College or charter high school student attending classes on a DCCCD campus.
  • You are a continuing education student who is enrolled in concurrent credit courses.

Professional Development - Adjunct Faculty

Refund Policy

Students who submit a request for withdrawal, either written or verbal, from a continuing education course will be refunded for tuition and mandatory fees according to the following refund schedule:
  • Before the first day of the course: 100%
  • During the first two class days of the course: 80%
  • After the second class day of the course: none
Should the college cancel the class, a 100% refund will be issued. Refunds may take up to 30 days to process. Continuing Education/Workforce Training reserves the right to change instructors after the schedule is printed. Such changes are not grounds for a refund. Enrollment in a series constitutes one class. Refund checks are mailed to students at the address on file in the Accounting Services office. Students who pay by credit card will have their accounts credited.

Register for Continuing Education Classes - How to Register

Student Identification Cards

To receive an El Centro College Student ID card you must be enrolled in credit and/or non-credit classes and present your paid tuition receipt* and a form of photo identification. The Student ID Card is FREE. There is a $10 replacement cost for subsequent cards. Students will have one ID card to use throughout their enrollment at El Centro College. Click here for location and times to obtain student ID Card.

Third Attempt Tuition Policy

Effective for Fall Semester 2005, the Dallas County Community Colleges will charge a higher tuition rate to students registering the third or subsequent time for a course. All third and subsequent attempts of the majority of credit and Continuing Education/Workforce Training courses will result in higher tuition to be charged.  Developmental Studies and some other courses will not be charged a higher tuition rate.  Third attempts include courses taken at any of the Dallas County Community Colleges since the Fall 2002 semester.

Detailed information on Third Attempt to Enroll in a course

Transcript Request

Step-by-step instructions to request your DCCCD transcript


Tuition is the dollar amount you pay for your courses. The amount of tuition you pay is based on where you live and the number of credit hours you are taking.

Click here for more information on Tuition.

Program Spotlight

WELDING NEWS The Bill J. Priest (BJP) Workforce Training Department is very proud to announce that they have earned the prestigious designation of an Accredited Testing Facility (ATF) through the American Welding Society (AWS). This will allow BJP the ability to offer Welding certifications to students as well as meet the certification needs of business and industries that are served by the Institution.

Until now, San Antonio and McAllen have been the only other areas to offer this service, leaving North Texas industry traveling long distances to gain certifications.

Byron Zarrabi, the director of Welding, states, “This is an important and exciting accomplishment for the Welding program, Bill J. Priest, the Dallas County Community College District, and local industries. Bill J. Priest is also proud to announce that they have a Certified Welding Inspector (CWI), Pooya Koohbanani, on staff with plans for having all instructors obtain CWI certification.”

Learn more:
Fundamentals of Welding
Fabrication Welding

For details about graduation rates, program costs and other important information, view the gainful employment disclosure.