Food & Hospitality »

Getting Started

To get started in the Food and Hospitality Institute, complete the admissions process at El Centro College.

When you meet with an academic advisor, mention your interest in the Food and Hospitality Institute so he or she can help you determine best course of action.  All prospective students interested in the Food and Hospitality Institute are strongly encouraged to attend an information session.  Information Seminars Schedule

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 (El Centro).

Dallas County residents pay $177 per three-hour class — that’s $59 per credit hour, or just $708 for a full semester load of 12 credit hours.  Always refer to TUITION SCHEDULE on line for most up-to-date information.

Supplies and Uniforms
Find out what supplies and uniforms are required for on the Uniform Policy and Tools page.

Accreditation and Affiliations

All degrees have been awarded Exemplary program status by the Accrediting Commission of the American Culinary Federation.  Exemplary Programs symbolize the highest educational standards recognized by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission (ACFEFAC). The award is presented to programs that have proven full compliance with all ACFEFAC accreditation requirements in the last visiting team report along with excellent management of the program
Our food service curriculum was developed and is continuously monitored by an Industry Advisory Committee composed of members who represent a broad spectrum of the food & hospitality service industry.

Developing Skills for Success

Our kitchen labs are furnished with commercial equipment necessary for small and large volume production.   Our kitchens include both the hot foods and pastry/bakery labs.   Both are regularly inspected by the city of Dallas’ Health Department as a commercial kitchen operation.

The Computer Lab uses word processing, spreadsheet and slide show software to emphasize and clarify material covered in all lecture and lab classes.    Industry-specific software is used to simulate on the job challenges students may encounter.  Students also have Internet access and a college email account. Lab assistants qualified in both computer technology and the food service industry are available during operating hours to assist and tutor students in program specific course material.

The Computer Lab is a conduit for opportunities for service learning, competitions, jobs and volunteer opportunities.  The computer lab is located in room C-150 and is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and on Fridays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
In addition, to training in the professional kitchens, the degree programs require on-the-job experience in the form of practicum and cooperative work experience where students apply their skills and work alongside industry  professionals in a real-world work environment.

Faculty Profiles

Our faculty members have relevant degrees, training and experience in their field of expertise.   They work closely with students to meet the academic and professional requirements for success. They understand that working in today's food world means more than mastering the skills.   It means knowing how to manage people, control costs, make financial projections, market restaurant concepts and exhibiting the profession’s code of ethics. 

View Faculty Profiles

Transfer Information

El Centro has articulation agreements in place with several 4-year institutions. 

Contact Us
If you have questions about the Food and Hospitality Institute that aren’t answered on our website, please feel free to contact us.
For details about graduation rates, program costs and other important information, view the gainful employment disclosure.