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Fast Track Block Scheduling Application (PDF form)



Food & Hospitality Institute


What is it?

The FHI Fast Track program in Culinary Arts offers students a guaranteed pathway which leads to a fully accredited Associates of Applied Science in Culinary Arts. The programs at El Centro College are certified by the American Culinary Federation with an exemplary rating. The Food & Hospitality Institute also enjoys an over 40 year history of creating the most highly qualified culinary and hospitality professionals in North Texas and beyond. The college recognizes that your success is the most important consideration when selecting where you want to attend culinary school and it is for this reason that we have created this cohort-based program. Statistically, students in a cohort (a group of students working together through the same academic curriculum) enjoy the highest rates of completion and when you spend two years with your classmates at El Centro College you will have the skills, experience, connectivity to the industry and confidence to launch your professional career in one of the most exciting, rewarding and important industries in the world!

What classes will I take and when?

Students will attend class from approximately 9am-2pm Monday through Thursday according to the schedule below.
Fall 2017 Spring 2018 Summer 2018 Fall 2018 Spring 2019
Sanitation and Safety Advanced Food Preparation Garde Manger Dining Room Service International/American Regional
Basic Food Preparation Principals of F&B Operations Saucier Fundamentals of Baking Nutrition for Foodservice Pros
Hospitality Supervision Humanities Purchasing for Hosp Operations Cooperative Education
Composition 1 Sociology Principals of F&B Cost Control Public Speaking
Contemporary Mathematics Practicum in Culinary Arts

How much does it cost?

Dallas County Residents Out of County Residents Out of State Residents
$59 per credit hour
$111 per credit hour $174 per credit hour
60 credit hours x $59 = $3,560 60 credit hours x $111 = $6,660 60 credit hours x $174 = $10,440

How do I apply?

There will be a required orientation and application process that will begin in March 2017. Contact FHI Director Steve DeShazo today to be added to the email list to receive up to date information as it becomes available.

You must attend one of the following Fast Track Orientations to be
eligible for acceptance in the Culinary Arts Fast Track block program:

Wednesday, July 19 – 2:00 PM - C100
Friday, July 21 – 12:00 PM (noon) - C100
Monday, July 31 - 6:30 PM - C100
To RSVP for a Fast Track Orientation please send an email to and
include your name, preferred orientation date and the number of people who plan to attend.



Steve DeShazo CEC, FMP, MAT
Director, Food & Hospitality Institute
For details about graduation rates, program costs and other important information, view the gainful employment disclosure.