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A Message from the President

El Centro President José Adames

Dear Friend of El Centro College:

On behalf of the administration and faculty, it is my sincere pleasure to welcome you to El Centro College, now celebrating its 50th anniversary serving the educational and skills training needs of the Dallas community.  At El Centro, our core values include excellence, integrity, innovation, inclusiveness, and stewardship.  We are a comprehensive college with a diverse student body, excellent faculty, and impressive programs leading to certificates, diplomas, and degrees and transfer opportunities.

Our motto is Changing Lives-Building Futures, which exemplifies our focus on students and community.  

As El Cento marks its 50th anniversary in 2016-17, we look back to acknowledge and celebrate what has been accomplished, how far we have come since opening our doors in 1966, and the many lives we have positively impacted.  As we look back to recognize our many accomplishments, we also look forward to meeting the challenges that lie ahead.

For 50 years, El Centro has served as the first college in the seven college district, graduating its first class of students in 1968. We have had the privilege of providing a superior education to the citizens of Dallas and beyond. A quality education, and the responsibility of preparing our students for your future, is our priority. We are committed to providing a learning environment that is challenging and supportive of student personal interests and needs.  

El Centro is a dynamic institution teeming with innovation and discovery in the heart of downtown Dallas and in the West Dallas area.

We look forward to greeting you in person and sharing the wonderful things happening at El Centro College.


José Adames, Ed.D.