El Centro Campus

Dallas College El Centro Campus was the first college of the district to open its doors in 1966. Its name reflects its location in the center of Dallas' downtown area.


El Centro Fast Facts

Achieving the Dream Institute
Texas A&M Engineering Academy
Located in Downtown Dallas
HSIHispanic Serving Institution
Mascot: the Chaparral
10,000+students served
El Centro's mascot The Chapparal

Welcome From the President

‘Students First’ is the theme of El Centro, and it guides our caring approach to working with students and the communities we serve. We are proud to have graduated our first class in 1968 and proud to provide a superior education that leads to living-wage jobs and pathways to our university partners.”

Our Signature Programs


Whether you are working toward your degree or seeking a promotion, our signature programs will prepare you for a rewarding career in a variety of fields.

Learn more about the seven unique schools that house our programs.

Culinary, Pastry and Hospitality

Students train alongside experienced professionals, develop dynamic skills and build strong industry connections — all at a fraction of the cost of for-profit culinary schools.



El Centro was the first campus of Dallas College to offer a nursing program and has established relationships with several top-ranked hospitals in the Dallas area.


Fashion Marketing/Fashion Design

Our distinctive design programs offer hands-on learning with opportunities to work with trade professionals. Through specialized alliances, students have the chance to compete for scholarships and industry opportunities.


Google IT Support Certificate

The Google IT Support Professional Certificate helps prepare students for an entry-level job in IT support in fewer than six months. No experience is necessary.


El Centro Services and Highlights

  • Emerging Teacher Academy with UNT Dallas El Centro and UNT Dallas have partnered to create a streamlined path from an associate degree to a bachelor's degree
  • Premiere Health Programs El Centro can prepare you for a rewarding, in-demand career in the health field. We offer a degree or certification in programs like: Dental Hygiene, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Cardiac Sonography and more​
  • Design Programs Our distinctive design programs, which include Architecture, Interior Design, Fashion Design and Fashion Marketing/Visual Design, offer hands-on learning and opportunities to work with trade professionals
  • CISCO Academy El Centro is an authorized CISCO Networking Academy, offering courses to help prepare students to take the appropriate Cisco Certified professional exams for CCNA and CCNP, Network Security and Voice over IP (VoIP)

Events & Deadlines

Where We Are


El Centro Campus

801 Main St.
Dallas, TX 75202

  • 214-860-2000
El Centro Campus is in Downtown Dallas  

Community Partnerships

Thank you to our partners who support us in building a brighter future for our students.

For more information on ways to support, please visit Dallas College Foundation.