El Centro is an Achieving the Dream College
All DCCCD colleges will be closed Friday, April 18 in observance of the holiday.  Classes will resume Monday, April 21.
El Centro News

Due to the impact of plans for the Kennedy Memorial, El Centro Downtown Campus (including Paramount Building) will be closed on Friday, November 22, 2013. Our Bill J. Priest campus and West Dallas campus will remain open that day.
(DALLAS) — Members of the Dallas County Community College District’s board of trustees nominated Dr. Joe May as the sole finalist for the position of DCCCD’s seventh chancellor, following a second round of interviews held in Dallas on Monday, Oct. 7. The nomination must be approved by a formal vote of the trustees, following a 21-day waiting period.

 May, with the approval of his nomination, will fill the position when Dr. Wright Lassiter Jr. retires on Dec. 31, 2013, after 27 years with the district — serving two decades as president of El Centro College and seven years as the district’s chancellor. May currently serves as president of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System. He previously served as system president for the Colorado Community College System and president of Pueblo Community College prior to that position.

LCTCS provides strategic management and support for Louisiana’s 13 community and technical colleges, enrolling more than 101,000 students in associate degree, technical diploma and industry-based certificate programs. Those programs are aligned with business, industry and local economies across Louisiana; that network enables students to find good jobs and build careers. May began his administration at LCTCS in 2007.
Texas law requires a 21-day waiting period before a formal vote to approve the nomination can be made. Board members will take a public vote on May’s appointment during their regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 4 p.m. in the board meeting room (lower level) at 1601 S. Lamar St. in Dallas.
"Members of the DCCCD Board of Trustees, who as a group comprised the executive search committee led by Trustee Bob Ferguson, have worked diligently on this national search process since late spring, with the guidance of our search firm, Greenwood/Asher and Associates Inc., Academic Search,” said Jerry Prater, chairman of the DCCCD board of trustees. “We are confident that our nominee, Dr. May, has the experience and the vision that our district needs during these challenging times.”

Prater added, “We want the district to continue to grow and expand its leadership role among community colleges in this country — a precedent set by our current chancellor, Dr. Wright Lassiter. We are grateful to Dr. Lassiter for his leadership, his service and his lifelong commitment to students and higher education.”

“I look forward to working with the outstanding faculty, staff, administrators and students at each of the DCCCD colleges,” said May. “I am enthusiastic about partnering with some of the best business and civic leaders in the nation as we continue to build on DCCCD’s excellent reputation in academic and workforce areas. Returning to Texas and embracing the challenges that community colleges face across the state is exciting. Jobs, careers and college completion are critical to our success.”
May started his career in higher education in 1978 as an adjunct faculty member with DCCCD when Cedar Valley College opened. Based on that experience, May built on his belief that community colleges are the solution to the challenges that individuals, employers and communities face.

DCCCD’s new chancellor, who is a native of East Texas, was the first member of his family to attend college. He earned both his bachelor’s degree in social rehabilitation services and his master’s degree in counseling from Stephen F. Austin State University (Texas) and his doctorate in education from Texas A&M University-Commerce.

His higher education experience includes teaching at the community college and university levels, serving as an academic administrator in many different capacities and conducting higher education consulting for Best Associates, based in Dallas.

May’s leadership has led to a number of key accomplishments during his tenure at LCTCS:

  • The creation of Rebuilding America’s Middle Class, a national consortium of community colleges that is dedicated to ensuring that everyone has an opportunity to pursue the American dream. (May, as president of RAMC, was invited to testify before Congress in 2012 to share his views about improving operational efficiency and controlling the cost of college.)
  • The reprioritization of community and technical college offerings in Louisiana; community college graduates in the state now are surpassing university-graduate earnings by 8.6 percent.
  • An enrollment increase from 71,000 students six years ago to more than 160,000 students now (or more than 101,000 unduplicated enrollments).
  • The launch of Work Ready U, a program that increased the number of adults who are receiving basic literacy education and workforce skills by 49,000; Work Ready U provides knowledge and skills that are needed to succeed in today’s economy.
  • The creation of more than 35 separate pieces of legislation that have enhanced post-secondary education and workforce training for Louisiana residents.
  • Fundraising efforts to secure $600 million for more than 50 advanced technology centers throughout Louisiana.

An accomplished advocate, May also has been involved extensively in crafting community-college/public-private partnerships, which support economic development and job creation. He has provided consulting services for new community college initiatives in Japan, the United Kingdom, Russia and Saudi Arabia.

May is the current president of the National Council of State Directors of Community Colleges and RAMC, and is a member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, the National Workforce Solutions Advisory Board, Single Stop USA’s advisory board, COMBASE (and its current vice president), the ACT Workforce Council and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Metrics Initiative, among many other state and national organizations. He has written and presented a number of articles to audiences and groups across the U.S. as well.

May was named CEO of the Year for the Southern Region by the Association of Community College Trustees; received alumni awards from Stephen F. Austin State University and Texas A&M University-Commerce; is a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow; and has received multiple honors and awards from business, community and service organizations.

May’s return to Texas also means that he will be closer to his parents, children and three grandchildren.
DCCCD, the largest community college system in Texas, serves more than 83,000 credit and 20,000 noncredit students. The seven individually accredited colleges in the district’s system are Brookhaven, Cedar Valley, Eastfield, El Centro, Mountain View, North Lake and Richland — plus Dallas Colleges Online. Additional locations include five community education campuses in Dallas County, a District Service Center in Mesquite and administrative offices in downtown Dallas. DCCCD was founded in 1965 and has enrolled more than 2 million students in classes throughout Dallas County, plus distance learners from across the country and around the world.

The district will celebrate its 50th anniversary of student success and community service in 2015-2016.

(DALLAS) — El Centro College is one of 12 community colleges in the country selected to participate in the Walmart Brighter Futures 2.0 Project, which is supported by a $3.5 million grant from the Walmart Foundation to the League for Innovation in the Community College.

The project seeks to provide low-income adults and older youths with the skills necessary to obtain middle-skill jobs, enabling them to become financially self-sufficient. The project also is modeled to provide participants with the confidence they need so that they know they have acquired the skills employers want; that awareness will empower them to document those skills and communicate them effectively to employers.

Over the next two and one-half years, the League will work with the select group of 12 community colleges to help the institutions develop programs and services that will move low-income, low-skill individuals into middle-skill jobs. The League will disseminate the best practices from the project to other community colleges throughout the country.

In addition to El Centro College, which is part of the Dallas County Community College District, the 11 other community colleges funded are: Anne Arundel Community College (Md.); Central Piedmont Community College (N.C.); Cuyahoga Community College (Ohio); Delta College (Mich.); Kirkwood Community College (Iowa); Maricopa Community Colleges (Ariz.); Miami Dade College (Fla.); Moraine Valley Community College (Ill.); Santa Fe College (Fla.); Seattle Community Colleges (Wash.); and Sinclair Community College (Ohio).

When he announced the grants, Dr. Gerardo E. de los Santos, president and CEO of the League for Innovation in the Community College, expressed confidence that the Walmart Brighter Futures project will have a profound and positive impact beyond the 12 colleges.

“As with an earlier project funded by the Walmart Foundation, Brighter Futures 2.0 will lead to best practices that will expand the capacity of community colleges to enhance middle-skill job training opportunities. The League will be delighted to share the work of the 12 colleges with colleges around the country,” said de los Santos.

Through the project, each selected community college will receive up to $233,333 to provide training and services for the targeted individuals that will qualify them for middle-skill positions in the workforce. The training will focus on jobs that require 21st- century skills in an effort to provide a promising career future. In addition to specific job training, individuals will receive career counseling and job acquisition skills such as job search, résumé writing and interviewing techniques.

Dr. Paul McCarthy, president of El Centro College, said, “El Centro College appreciates the generosity of the Walmart Foundation and the leadership of the League for Innovation that makes this work possible. We are honored by our selection. This program is fully aligned with El Centro’s mission, which is ‘Changing Lives through Higher Education.’ El Centro’s staff members look forward to working with our national partners, plus our local business and community partners, to help make a difference by assisting low-income individuals prepare for middle-skill jobs.”

“The Walmart Foundation supports programs that provide people with ways to improve their lives through skills training, job readiness, job placement and support services,” said Julie Gehrki, senior director of the Walmart Foundation. “We are proud to continue our work with the League for Innovation and expect to help 9,000 workers gain the skills they need for today’s job market through this continued effort.”

Students in grades 6 through 12 and their parents are encouraged to join us for this special program about attending college. This event is free and open to the public.

When and Where Are Las Llaves Events Held?

Las Llaves hosts two events each year — one in the fall and another in the spring. Las Llaves events are held at a different college or university campus each time.

The next Las Llaves event will be held:

Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
University of North Texas at Dallas
Maps and Directions
7300 University Hills Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75241

View the event flier (PDF - 389KB)

Want More Information?

Email LasLlavesDelExito@dcccd.edu or call:

  • Yadira Coggins, Dallas ISD, 972-925-3632
  • Perla Molina, DCCCD Office of Outreach, Recruitment and Community Engagement, 214-378-1771
  • DCCCD’s Spanish line, 214-378-1713

We Are Now Celebrating:

Dolores Huerta, Labor leader

Born: April. 10, 1973

Huerta grew up in California's agricultural San Joaquin Valley, where her mother owned a restaurant and a hotel that often let farm workers stay free. Huerta received a teaching degree from the University of the Pacific's Delta Community College. After teaching elementary school for a short time, Huerta left to work with farm workers. In 1955 Huerta was a founding member of the Stockton, Calif., chapter of the Community Service Organization (CSO), which opposed segregation and lobbied for better conditions for farm workers.
After founding the Agricultural Workers Association in 1960, Huerta became a lobbyist in Sacramento. The following year, she fought for legislation making non-U.S. citizens eligible for pensions and public assistance. She also backed successful legislation that allowed people to vote and take driver's examinations in Spanish.

In 1962 Huerta and activist Cesar Chavez founded the organization that later became the United Farm Workers of America (UFW). In 1973 the UFW began a nationwide consumer boycott of California grapes, lettuce, and Gallo wines. The boycott resulted in the California table-grape growers signing a three-year collective bargaining agreement with the UFW. Another boycott resulted in passage of the U.S. Agricultural Labor Relations Act, giving farm workers the right to organize and bargain for better wages and working conditions. Huerta, who has 11 children, 14 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren, has continued her political and social activism in support of rights for immigrants and women.

Previous Celebrations:

Carlos Santana, musician

Born: 7/20/1947
Birthplace: Autlan De Navarro, Mexico

The guitar-playing legend's blend of blues, rock, and Afro-Cuban rhythms has kept him visible on the popular music front for more than 30 years. After moving with his family to San Francisco he became a founding member of the Santana Blues Band, later Santana. A month after appearing at Woodstock in 1969—one of the band's first gigs—Santana released its first album, Santana, which it followed with a series of gold and platinum albums during the 1970s: Abraxas, Borboletta, and Inner Secrets. Santana himself recorded many solo albums including the jazz influenced The Swing of Delight (1980), featuring Herbie Hancock and others, and the pop-oriented Havana Moon (1983) with Willie Nelson and Booker T Jones. In 1986, he wrote the score for La Bamba, the biopic of Ritchie Valens. In 1999, after a break of five years from recording, Santana released Supernatural, which sold almost ten million copies and won eight Grammy Awards.

Mario Molina, chemist, Nobel laureate

Born: March 19, 1943
Birthplace: Mexico City

At the University of California at Berkeley in 1973, Molina and Sherwood Rowland began researching chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), then widely used in refrigerators, spray cans, and cleaning solvents. They discovered that the release of CFCs could destroy the ozone layer in the stratosphere, allowing more ultraviolet light to get through to Earth and potentially increasing the rate of skin cancer. Their efforts led to CFC production being banned in most countries, and they received the 1995 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Jennifer Lopez, actress

Born: 7/24/1969
Birthplace: Bronx, New York

Film and television actress best known for her portrayal of Selena, the murdered Tejano singer, in the movie Selena (1997), for which she earned a Golden Globe Best Actress nomination. Lopez started off dancing in stage musicals, and first appeared on the Hollywood scene as one of the “fly girl” dancers on In Living Color (1990). After several failed television series, she appeared in the critically acclaimed film Mi Familia (1995), and has since appeared in various other movies on the big screen. Television credits include South Central, Second Chances (1993) and Malibu Road; film credits include Jack (1996), Money Train (1997), Anaconda (1997), The Cell (2000), The Wedding Planner (2001) and Angel Eyes (2001). 2003 was not a good year, first, with the end of her marriage with Cris Judd, then the universal panning of the movie Gigli with then-fiancee Ben Affleck. She married singer Marc Anthony in June 2004.  And as we all know is single again.

Oscar De La Hoya, Boxer

Born: Feb. 4, 1973

1992 Olympic gold medallist (lightweight); has held world titles in 4 weight classes (lightweight, super lightweight, welterweight and jr. middleweight); was unbeaten until losing WBC Welterweight belt to Felix Trinidad in a majority decision in 1999; later moved to jr. middleweight and won WBA and WBC belts; TKO’d in 9th round by Bernard Hopkins in their undisputed middleweight title fight in September 2004.

Sandra Cisneros, Author

Born: 1954
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

Sandra Cisneros's acclaimed first book, The House on Mango Street (1984), draws on memories of a childhood in which she moved often between Mexico and the U.S. while struggling to find her voice as the only daughter among seven children. A work of sharp observation and vivid prose, this novel, which won the Before Columbus American Book Award, has been widely taught. Cisneros is also known for her poetry, especially My Wicked Wicked Ways (1987).  Currently Cisneros lives in San Antonio, Texas.

Ruben Blades, actor, musician, composer

Born: 7/16/1948
Birthplace: Panama City, Panama

A popular salsa musician, he turned to acting in the 1980s, making his feature film debut in Crossover Dreams (1985), for which he also wrote the screenplay and songs. He has also acted in The Milagro Beanfield War (1988), Mo' Better Blues (1990), The Two Jakes (1990), Cradle Will Rock (1999) and All the Pretty Horses (2000). He has written songs for the movies Oliver & Company (1988) and Do the Right Thing (1989). In 1994 he ran unsuccessfully for president of Panama.

Ellen Ochoa, Astronaut

Born: 5/10/1958
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

Astronaut Ellen Ochoa first left Earth in July 1991 and became the world's first Hispanic female astronaut. A mission specialist and flight engineer, she has since logged more than 900 hours in space on four flights, the last in 2002. Dr. Ochoa's many awards include NASA's Exceptional Service Medal (1997) and Outstanding Leadership Medal (1995). Besides being an astronaut, researcher, and engineer, Ochoa is a classical flutist.

El Centro College Bookstore

spend $100, earn $10

spend $150, earn $20

spend $300, earn $50


STOCK UP on all your school essentials now through September 15.

Bring back your valid receipts by September 15
to CASH IN on your next in-store purchase.

Be sure to take advantage of this great opportunity to get all your textbooks, supplies and apparel you need for a successful semester. Stock up and cash in today! This promotion is for a limited time only, and some restrictions apply.

* The El Centro College Bookstore is operated and managed by Follett Higher Education Group. All refunds and credits will be processed by Follett.

* Valid 09/01/13-09/15/13. Valid in-store only. Bookstore cash may not be earned or redeemed on services (such as bus passes, stamps), gift cards, computer hardware, supplies and software. Void if copied, transferred, and where prohibited by law. Future Purchase Credits are not combinable with any other promotional offer or discounts. Other exclusions apply. See store for complete details or visit: http://tinyurl.com/stockupcashin.
To qualify, a student must be enrolled and paid at El Centro College in at least 6 credit hours or 96 contact hours (CE).

DART passes will be issued Tuesday, Sept. 10 and Wednesday, Sept. 11 in the Student Center from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
After 4:00 p.m. on September 11, passes can be picked up at the Cashier’s Window.

Students must have a current Student ID with an updated validation sticker that can be obtained from the Office of Student Life. DART stickers are valid for all DART rail and bus services anytime during the current semester.

Get the complete DART rail and bus schedules and maps at www.dart.org

During the Spring Semester of 2013, 1,212 El Centro full- and part-time students received Grade Point Averages (GPA) between 3.5 and 4.0. We list the names of these President's Honor_Roll, Vice President's Honor Roll, and Academic Recognition List students on the El Centro Web site as a way of publicly honoring this outstanding achievement by so many of our students.

Inclusion here serves as an official recognition of the hard work, dedication, and pursuit of excellence these students have demonstrated at El Centro College. It also provides an opportunity for our faculty, and staff to extend their warmest regards for this extraordinary accomplishment.

President's Honor_Roll - students were enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours of academic (college-level) courses during the semester and completed the semester with a cumulative (all college-level courses taken) 3.8 to 4.0 GPA.

Vice President's Honor Roll - students were enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours of academic (college-level) courses during the semester and completed the semester with a cumulative (all college-level courses taken) 3.5 to 3.79 GPA.

Academic Recognition List - part-time students (enrolled in less than 12 credit hours) who completed a minimum of 6 credit hours of academic (college-level) courses with a cumulative (all college-level courses taken) 3.5 or higher GPA.

Note: To be listed as a honor roll student of El Centro College, a minimum of 6 credit hours must have been taken at the college during the semester.
We are working to improve our services and reduce our backlog. In order to do this we will need to provide our staff with the time to process paperwork and put improved processes in place.

Veteran Affairs Office Hours

June – July

Mon, Wed and Fri
8 a.m. - 12 noon

Tuesday and Thursday
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Updated hours will be posted near the end of July.

We thank you for your understanding and patience.


Quick Links

El Centro Campuses

Downtown Campus

801 Main Street
Dallas, TX 75202
Phone: 214.860.2000
Web: Downtown Campus

Bill J Priest Campus

1402 Corinth Street
Dallas, TX 75215
Phone: 214.860.5900
Web: BJP Campus

West Campus

3330 N Hampton Rd
Dallas, TX 75212
Phone: 972.391.1400
Web: West Campus
©2014 El Centro College