Welcome to El Centro College!
El Centro College became the flagship college of the district. Its name reflects the center of the downtown area. El Centro first opened its campus doors in 1966.
Its central location allows students from all parts of Dallas County to take advantage of core educational courses transferable to four-year institutions, as well as career training in more than 50 exciting fields and a variety of continuing/workforce education courses. Students at El Centro are of all ages and come from all walks of life eager to take advantage of the many exciting and popular programs offered here.
El Centro was the first college of the DCCCD to offer a nursing program and has established relationships with several top-notch hospitals in the Dallas area. It is also the only college within DCCCD that offers a Food & Hospitality Program.
One college…three campuses
El Centro has grown from just one campus to three campuses- El Centro downtown campus, Bill J. Priest campus and West Dallas Campus. The downtown campus is no longer just housed in the old Sanger Harris building. Two new buildings are now part of the downtown campus – The R building which once was home to DCCCD district offices and the Paramount building where El Centro’s Center for Allied Health and Nursing is located. The Paramount building is located in the West End.
The West Dallas Campus is a one stop location close to home to register for classes. Students can meet with an advisor, register for classes and speak to a Financial Aid advisor all at the West Campus. El Centro’s West Campus is the only college presence in West Dallas.
Our Bill J. Priest campus offers a variety of programs such as welding courses, workplace skills, job search assistance, career exploration, industrial maintenance among others.
The El Centro Wellness Center is located on the 14th and 15th floors of the Bank of America Parking Building, adjacent to ECC’s downtown campus. This facility is equipped with several workout spaces, a lap pool, running track, full-service locker rooms, sauna, Jacuzzi and various group activity rooms. Memberships are available to DCCCD students, faculty, and staff, as well as the general public.
Ride DART FREE!
El Centro students can ride FREE on DART! Students registered at least six credit hours during the fall or spring or three credit hours during the summer. Continuing Education students enrolled in at least 96 contact hours in a single quarter and 48 in the summer are also eligible.
Achieving the Dream
In 2011 El Centro College became an Achieving the Dream College (ATD)
. The organization Achieving the Dream is a national nonprofit dedicated to helping community college students succeed, particularly students of color and low-income students.