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.


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El Centro Fast Facts

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

Welcome From the President

El Centro is more than a name; it is a commitment. Your hopes and dreams are important to us and remain at the absolute center of our work to help you become the best version of you. On behalf of our entire campus family, we thank you for the opportunity to serve you while celebrating the milestones of your personal transformation.”

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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 and Hospitality Institute

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.



The Architecture program provides students the opportunity to gain exposure to the wide variety of skills that architects must master.


El Centro Services and Highlights

  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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
  • Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions ProjectThis campus offers a variety of free services to Hispanic students designed to boost their success.

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.