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Workforce Training


The El Centro College Bill J. Priest Institute offers an extensive portfolio of consultation and customized training to your business.
  • Academic programs such as accounting
  • Allied health, including medical terminology, anatomy, pathophysiology and medical coding
  • First aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • Food protection management certification and recertification in English and Spanish
  • Language training: Spanish, English as a Second Language, accent reduction, French and Chinese
  • Leadership and team development soft skills, including change management
  • Lean enterprise, Six Sigma and business process management
  • Quality and performance improvement
  • Software skills: Microsoft Office suite, Excel, Visio and Project
  • Skill and personality assessments such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
  • Test preparation such as GED preparation and IRS enrolled agent (SEE) preparation

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