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About the Small Business Academy

How to Get Started

To get started in the Small Business Academy program, complete the admissions process at El Centro College. When you meet with an academic advisor, mention your interest in the Small Business Academy program so he or she can help you determine which courses you should take.

If you are planning to earn an associate degree or certificate, please note that you must complete 25 percent of your degree requirements at the college awarding the degree.

Tuition

Dallas County residents pay $156 per three-hour class — that’s $52 per credit hour, or just $624 for a full semester load of 12 credit hours.

Compare that to what you’d pay elsewhere! See our tuition rates for tuition according to your place of residency.

Rising Star Program

If you are a Dallas County high school graduating senior, you may qualify for Rising Star funds to help pay for this program. The Rising Star program offers academic support services and up to $4,000 for tuition and books, if you have established financial need.

Courses Offered (Curriculum)

Get detailed information about the courses courses required for the following:

Accreditation and Affiliations

Each of the Dallas County Community College District’s seven colleges — Brookhaven, Cedar Valley, Eastfield, El Centro, Mountain View, North Lake and Richland — is individually accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Related Programs

Not exactly sure what you want to study? Check out all of our business management and administration programs, including Accounting and Management.

Other Degree and Certificate Options

The colleges of DCCCD offer nearly 350 career and technical degrees and certificates, plus more than 50 academic degrees. For more information, see a chart of degree plans by college or visit the credit programs home page.

Faculty Profiles

Our Small Business Academy faculty members not only have advanced degrees but also have real-world experience in the business world, which makes them able to relate to the challenges you face at work. Our instructors work with you one-on-one, encouraging you and helping you to succeed in school and on the job. See profiles of some of our Small Business Academy faculty.

Transfer Information

Small Business Academy courses are designed for direct entry into the workforce. However, if you are interested in earning a degree at a four-year institution, please visit the Transfer Services website for guidance on the transfer process.

Small Business Development Centers

We sponsor two Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) in cooperation with the U.S. Small Business Administration:

Both centers offer:

  • Accredited training seminars on relevant topics such as Fundamentals of Importing and Exporting, NAFTA, Global Market Series-Importing, Global Market Series-Exporting and more
  • Analysis of your current international trade strategy at any stage in your company’s life cycle
  • Commissioned market research, including trade statistics, market analysis and business planning
  • Custom educational presentations to community organizations and students

Links to Additional Information

Note: Links to the following websites are provided for your convenience and information and do not constitute our official endorsement.

  • The Business Owner’s Toolkit offers tools, templates, checklists and forms for small business owners.
  • Entrepreneur.com is an online publication that covers a wide variety of entrepreneurial issues, including money, marketing, sales, advertising, franchises, business opportunities, home-based and online businesses, management, human resources and more.

Contact Us

If you have questions about the Small Business Academy program that aren’t answered on our website, please feel free to contact us.