Executive Assistant Colleges in Dallas, TX with Program Summaries

Oct 08, 2020

Dallas, TX, Colleges of Executive Assistant Degree Programs

Home to many Fortune 500 companies, the city of Dallas offers numerous 2-year colleges with executive assistant training programs. Many of these colleges are part of the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) and have similar tuition rates. This article looks at three of those schools, all within 25 minutes of downtown, and the associate's degree programs they offer. There is also a table of facts about each school, such as tuition, enrollment and graduation rates, presented in a way that makes it easy to compare these institutions. At the end of the article is a little more information about other area schools with relevant programs.

  • Richland College, which is about nine miles from downtown in the northern part of Dallas, offers an associate's degree for aspiring executive assistants.
  • Offering a similar associate's degree program is Brookhaven College, which sits in the Dallas suburb of Farmers Branch, about 10 miles from the city center.
  • About a mile from downtown, El Centro College also offers an associate's degree program for aspiring executive assistants.

Comparison of Schools

There are a number of factors that must be considered when choosing a school. This table can help individuals make an informed decision about their training.

Richland College Brookhaven College El Centro College
School Type 2-year, public* 2-year, public* 2-year, public*
Total Enrollment (2019) 20,548* 13,718* 12,947*
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb Large city
Tuition & Fees (2019-2020) $1,770 In-district*
$3,330 In-state*
$5,220 Out-of-state*
$1,770 In-district*
$3,330 In-state*
$5,220 Out-of-state*
$1,770 In-district*
$3,330 In-state*
$5,220 Out-of-state*
% of First-time Undergraduates Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2018-2019) 51%* 52%* 74%*
Acceptance Rate (2019) Open admissions* Open admissions* Open admissions*
Retention Rate (2018-2019) 72% Full-time*
49% Part-time*
60% Full-time*
41% Part-time*
53% Full-time*
40% Part-time*
Graduation Rate (students beginning 2016) 29% Overall*
21% Transfer-out*
18% Overall*
20% Transfer-out*
19% Overall*
16% Transfer-out*

Sources: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics

Richland College

Richland College is part of the DCCCD and serves over 20,000 students each year. In addition to housing associate's and certificate programs for aspiring executive and office assistants, Richland also runs a junior-senior high school where students can earn a diploma and associate's degree at the same time.

Associate of Applied Science in Business Office Systems and Support - Executive Assistant

The core of this associate's degree program covers records management, communication, office management and more. In addition to general business skills, this 2-year program offers courses in a number of computer applications. The lessons should prepare graduates to become either executive assistants or computer support personnel. Students must meet Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements to be considered for this program.

Brookhaven College

This branch of the DCCCD began in 1978, and today offers 2-year career and transfer programs to over 13,700 students. In addition to postsecondary programs, Brookhaven also allows high school juniors and seniors to earn dual credits towards a diploma and associate's degree through the Early College High School.

Associate of Applied Science in Business Office Systems and Support - Executive Assistant

Similar to the program at Richland College, Brookhaven's executive assistant AAS program provides career options for business assistants and computer support personnel. Core courses include business English, U.S. History and spreadsheets. Additional coursework opportunities are varied, and include desktop publishing versus word processing; administrative office procedures versus medical administrative support; and project management software versus advanced word processing.

El Centro College

In addition to its main campus in downtown Dallas, El Centro also operates the west campus on North Hampton Road, and the Bill J. Priest Institute for Economic Development. Close to 13,000 students attended El Centro in 2019.

Associate of Applied Science in Business Office Systems and Support - Executive Assistant

This Business Office System Support (BOSS) program can accept students with virtually no computer experience and prepare them for employment using in-demand productivity software. Though BOSS offers certificates in administrative support, office assisting and virtual assisting, the executive assistant program is the department's only associate's degree option.

Other Schools

All of the previously mentioned schools are part of the Dallas County Community College District, a district with more member institutions throughout the area. North Lake College in Irving and Eastfield College in Mesquite also offer the same DCCCD-developed executive assistant program.

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