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Fast Track Block Scheduling Application 

Please join us for the Fast Track Icebreaker on August 23rd from 9AM to 10:30 AM in the Dining Room (C-100). You are engaging a new challenge on your path to success…meet FHI director, Steve DeShazo, your new instructors and your fellow students. This is an orientation you don’t want to miss! To RSVP for a Fast Track Icebreaker please send an email to (link sends e-mail) and include your name and the number of people who plan to attend. Good Luck this is going to be an exciting new chapter in your life story!


Food & Hospitality Institute


What is it?

The FHI Fast Track program in Culinary Arts offers students a guaranteed pathway which leads to a fully accredited Associates of Applied Science in Culinary Arts. The programs at El Centro College are certified by the American Culinary Federation with an exemplary rating. The Food & Hospitality Institute also enjoys an over 40 year history of creating the most highly qualified culinary and hospitality professionals in North Texas and beyond. The college recognizes that your success is the most important consideration when selecting where you want to attend culinary school and it is for this reason that we have created this cohort-based program. Statistically, students in a cohort (a group of students working together through the same academic curriculum) enjoy the highest rates of completion and when you spend two years with your classmates at El Centro College you will have the skills, experience, connectivity to the industry and confidence to launch your professional career in one of the most exciting, rewarding and important industries in the world!

What classes will I take and when?

Students will attend class from approximately 9am-2pm Monday through Thursday according to the schedule below.
Fall 2016 Spring 2017 Summer 2017 Fall 2017 Spring 2018
Sanitation and Safety Fundamentals of Baking Garde Manger Dining Room Service
International/American Regional
Basic Food Preparation Advanced Food Preparation
Practicum in Culinary Arts
Principles of F&B Cost Control Nutrition for Foodservice Pros
Hospitality Supervision
Principles of F&B Operations
Saucier Purchasing for Hosp Operations Cooperative Education
Composition 1 Sociology Humanities Public Speaking

Contemporary Mathematics

How much does it cost?

Dallas County Residents Out of County Residents Out of State Residents
$59 per credit hour
$111 per credit hour $174 per credit hour
60 credit hours x $59 = $3,560 60 credit hours x $111 = $6,660 60 credit hours x $174 = $10,440

How do I apply?

There will be a required orientation and application process that will begin in April 2016. Contact FHI Director Steve DeShazo today to be added to the email list to receive up to date information as it becomes available.
Steve DeShazo CEC, FMP, MAT
                Director, Food & Hospitality Institute
For details about graduation rates, program costs and other important information, view the gainful employment disclosure.