El Centro College Downtown Campus
El Centro College's Downtown Campus is located in central city Dallas. The facility, previously known as the Sanger Harris Department Store, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The main campus boasts of an 8,500-square-foot computing and communications Student Center, and a 484-seat performance hall. The campus is fully accessible to those with physical disabilities.
El Centro's Downtown Campus features the H. Paxton Moore Fine Art Gallery that includes a 1,200-square-foot gallery that has hosted fine works of art from artists such as Candice Chase, Benito Huerta and Claire Ashley.
The Downtown Campus also houses the 2,500-square-foot Margaret Finch Learning Center. The Learning Center's programs provide supplemental instruction, tutoring, workshops, and technology resources that inspire and aid El Centro College students, not only, to achieve academic success, but also, to become independent learners.
The college's library is a 73,000-volume library that incorporates state-of-the art equipment, including access to more than 50 databases and an online catalog. El Centro College's library provides quality resources, instruction, and services that support the college's curriculum and enhance the intellectual, professional, cultural, and personal growth of the college community.
In 1989, the Dallas Independent School District's Middle College High School (MCHS) opened, and area students were allowed to earn dual high school and college credits simultaneously. The goal of the Middle College High School is for all students to graduate with high school diplomas and some college credits towards a degree. The college credits that are earned indicate completion of most colleges' core requirements that are transferable to universities throughout the country. The MCHS has offices on the 1th floor of the newly renovated R. L. Thornton Building, and dedicated classrooms and instructional space on the 9th floor of the Downtown Campus building. The Middle College success at El Centro has earned an "Exemplary" rating from the Texas Education Agency (TEA). In May 2011, twenty-six (26) students earned their associate degrees before receiving their high school diploma!
In August 2011, El Centro College was awarded a grant by the U.S. Department of Education. The Title V STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) grant is a five-year award totaling $4,348,875 (approximately $870,000 per year). With these funds, the college will implement STEM-specific student support services, fill STEM curricular gaps and add missing articulation pathways, enhance student learning engagement in STEM fields and develop a pipeline for future STEM enrollment. A few of the exciting changes include: renovation and updates of the college's 5th floor science lab and prep areas not covered in a previous STEM grant; a new general science lab at El Centro College's West Campus; updated technology facilities for Business, Public Service & Information Technology Division's IT programs; a new van that will house a mobile research station to provide traveling STEM workshops in the community; and the STEM Student Success Center that will be housed in the college's mezzanine area.
Allied Health and Nursing Building
El Centro College is the home of several unique initiatives and programs. The Allied Health and Nursing Building houses the college's nationally known health programs. The building is located in the famous West End District and is a mere three minute walk from the El Centro College Downtown Campus. The Allied Health and Nursing Building consists of 144,000-square-feet of space, including general-use and multimedia classrooms, wet and dry labs, lecture halls, computer labs, X-ray rooms, intensive care and nursing units, division and faculty offices, adjunct mail and copy rooms, file and storage space and common areas.
Bill J. Priest Institute for Economic Development
The Bill J. Priest Institute for Economic Development (BJP) is an El Centro College extension campus. The BJP location is a 150,000-square-foot facility that was opened in 1989. The BJP Campus is recognized for its commitment to workforce training & services, small business development and career services. The campus continues to grow and serve individuals, businesses and impact entire business sectors. Driving the BJP campus' efforts is its vision to be the workforce development and business performance improvement leader in Dallas.
El Centro College – West Campus
In summer 2009, El Centro College introduced a new satellite campus in the growing West Dallas community. The newly constructed West Campus is a satellite education center aimed at providing residents, businesses and the surrounding community with pathways to success in higher education.
With close vicinity to Downtown Dallas, the Medical District, and three major highways, the West Campus is highly accessible and positioned to be the first choice for both residents and working professionals in the surrounding community.
West Campus students have the opportunity to take beginning coursework toward many of the over 40 associate degrees and/or certificate programs offered at El Centro. The West Campus provides students with the opportunity to access academic resources in a small, intimate setting.