El Centro is an Achieving the Dream College
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Mission Statement - as written by the Inmate Students

Making Sense of the Past To Make a More Logical Future

Valuing the student as its primary commitment, El Centro College provides educational opportunities for all individuals, recognizing that they bring diversity of purpose, circumstances, background, skills, and ability.

Keeping this commitment to the students of the Margaret Rippey Learning Center, the Jail Education program's mission is to serve as a beacon for students wanting to achieve academically, escalate self-esteem, and get back in touch with the best of oneself.

Instructors and students from this Center form a common partnership to embrace the thought that there can be no bars on the mind, no limits to self potential, no power like that found within. Through education, dedication, and persistence, the things that hurt before will hurt no more.

El Centro College's Mission Statement

Changing lives through higher education.


Business, Public Service & Information Technology Division's Mission Statement

The mission of the Business, Public Service, and Information Technology Division is to continue to be an educational center where students develop skills for achieving excellence in academic, technical, professional, and personal goals.


Jail Education Program's Mission Statement

The Jail Education Program aligns with the College and with the Division's mission in that the Jail Education Program focuses on preparing inmates for the workforce and for lifelong education. As a result of our mission and our program's emphasis, the Jail Education Program also effectively assists in the lowering of recidivism rates.

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Downtown Campus

801 Main Street
Dallas, TX 75202
Phone: 214.860.2000
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Bill J Priest Campus

1402 Corinth Street
Dallas, TX 75215
Phone: 214.860.5900
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West Campus

3330 N Hampton Rd
Dallas, TX 75212
Phone: 972.391.1400
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