El Centro College

El Centro College

El Centro College, also referred to as ECC, is a coeducational, community college located in Dallas, Texas, United States. It was established in 1966 as the first campus of the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD). In addition to its physical campus located in Dallas, the College has an online presence, offering a number of courses in distance learning mode.

The academic departments under ECC include the following:

  • Arts & Science
  • Business & Public Service>/li>
  • Continuing/Workforce Education
  • Communications, Mathematics, Developmental Studies, and Teacher Preparation
  • Health and Legal Careers
  • Information Technology Programs & Systems Support

The old Sanger Harris Department Store building, where classes were initially held, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Contacting El Centro

El Centro College
801 Main
Dallas , TX 75202-3604
General Phone: (214) 860-2037

El Centro Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Nursing and Emergency Medicine334EMT paramedic, registered nursing, licensed practical nurse
Medical Support and Technology105medical assistant, cardiovascular tech, respiratory care tech, surgical tech, sonography and ultrasound tech, radiographer, medical lab tech
Liberal Arts86Hispanic-American studies, general studies, interdisciplinary studies
Law55legal assistant
Cooking and Culinary Arts49pastry, chef training
Business and Management36business, business management, accounting, MIS, apparel marketing
Computer Science and Engineering33computer programming, data processing tech, web design, computer networking
Design26fashion design, interior design
Medical Administration5medical records tech, medical transcription
Office and Administration3executive secretary, receptionist, office data entry
Security and Law Enforcement2criminal justice and safety
Science and Laboratory Technician1biology tech

Number of programs and degrees for El Centro in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Associate's degree52528
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years21223

El Centro Student Body

In 2007-2008, El Centro had a total enrollment of 6,680 students (4,239 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 31%
Black 31%
Hispanic 27%
Asian 5%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 3%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 8%
18-19 16%
20-21 12%
22-24 14%
25-29 18%
30-34 11%
35-39 8%
40-49 9%
50-64 4%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)


El Centro Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 43 %
Part-Time 40 %

El Centro Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of Dallas, Texas for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Texas Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

El Centro Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 2,160
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 3,450
Books and supplies $ 1,400

Financial Aid:
El Centro participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 445300)

El Centro Faculty

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured and not on tenure track4284

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
No academic rankacademic year42$56,40784$54,534
All faculty totalacademic year42$56,40784$54,534

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

El Centro Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Apparel and Accessories Marketing Operations
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
Management Information Systems, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Programming/Programmer, General
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Data Processing and Data Processing Technology/Technician
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design

Cooking And Culinary Arts
Baking and Pastry Arts/Baker/Pastry Chef
Culinary Arts/Chef Training

Fashion/Apparel Design
Interior Design

Legal Assistant/Paralegal

Liberal Arts
General Studies
Hispanic-American,Puerto Rican & Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Medical Administration
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician
Medical Transcription/Transcriptionist

Medical Support And Technology
Cardiovascular Technology/Technologist
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer & Ultrasound Technician
Medical/Clinical Assistant
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist
Surgical Technology/Technologist

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Office And Administration
Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry
Executive Assistant/Executive Secretary

Science And Laboratory Technician
Biology Technician/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

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El Centro Highlights

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What Sets El Centro Apart:

% of degrees in cooking and culinary arts
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 9%El Centro % of degrees in cooking and culinary arts
Number of students
(vs. all colleges)
Top 12%El Centro Number of students
Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
(vs. all colleges)
Top 12%El Centro Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
% of degrees in computer science and engineering
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 13%El Centro % of degrees in computer science and engineering
% of degrees in law
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 14%El Centro % of degrees in law
Number of degree programs
(for open-admission colleges)
Top 14%El Centro Number of degree programs
% of degrees in nursing and emergency medicine
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 16%El Centro % of degrees in nursing and emergency medicine
Minority % of student body
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 17%El Centro Minority % of student body
Female % of student body
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 19%El Centro Female % of student body

checked Open admission
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Offers credit for life experience
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Offers weekend classes
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Offers remedial adult education
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library

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