El Centro College

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El Centro College is a community college of the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) in Dallas, Texas.[1]

El Centro College
Established 1966
Type Community college
Parent institution
Dallas County Community College District
Chancellor Dr. Joe May
President Dr. Jose Adames
Location Dallas
Campus Urban
Colours Blue and black
Mascot Chaparrals
Website http://www.elcentrocollege.edu

Located at 801 Main Street in downtown Dallas, the college is located in the former Sanger Harris department store building listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[2] El Centro College became the flagship college of the DCCCD in 1966, when it first opened its doors.[3] Its name reflects the center of the downtown area.

El Centro's 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. Many of the degree plans offered at El Centro specialize in the medical and technological fields including nursing, culinary, and fashion design and marketing.

El Centro College is a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (HACU). An HSI college is defined as colleges or universities where total Hispanic enrollment constitutes a minimum of 25% of the total enrollment.


El Centro has grown from just one campus to now three campuses - El Centro Downtown Campus, Bill J. Priest Campus and West Dallas Campus. Two additional 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.

The Bill J. Priest campus offers a variety of programs such as welding courses, workplace skills, job search assistance, career exploration, industrial maintenance among others.


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