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We all have something that drives us to be our best. Turn your passion into a plan, and join us for a breakout year of career growth.

How To Apply

Below are the basic steps for applying. The application process may vary slightly in your area. But don’t worry, we’re always here to help you along the way.

Application Process

STEP 1: Attend Your Info Session

We know our program is different than the norm. That’s why we want to make sure you understand all we offer and how far Year Up can take you. Take the first step. Join us for an info session online or in-person.

STEP 2: Complete Application

Submit application and supporting documents. Documents include proof of high school diploma or GED, work history, proof of ability to work in the U.S. (we welcome DACA), references, and a brief personal essay. We’ll provide the application after your info session.

STEP 3: Academic Review

The academic review and assessment help our career and education experts understand your starting point so that we can support your learning and professional development in the best way possible.

STEP 4: Attend Your Interview

We want to hear about you. Why are you interested in Year Up? What motivates you? How can we help you overcome any obstacle to your success in our program? Knowing our students is the first step in giving them the best training possible.

STEP 5: Enroll In College

If applying to a college-based Year Up program, you need to also apply and enroll with our college partner and complete the FAFSA form to secure financial aid. We can help with the details, but suggest you start these applications along with your Year Up application.

STEP 6: Your “Year Up” Begins

If accepted, your year of learning valuable technical and professional skills begins. You can look forward to career training, courses eligible for college credit, stipend payments, a corporate internship, a professional mentor, and our ongoing support.

How you can become a Year Up student

Classes begin in January and August. Applications are considered on a rolling basis until the class is filled. We encourage you to apply early as space is limited.


Take 5 minutes to let us know you’re interested in applying. Fill out an interest form ONLINE or at our office.


This is a great opportunity to tour the site, ask any questions you may have about the program, and to connect with current students.

El Centro College
R building (Across from campus)
701 Elm Street, Suite 400
Dallas, TX, 75202

Mondays @ 11:30am
Wednesdays @ 5:30pm


YU DFW Campus Map 1



El Centro College
Building C, Room C365
801 Main St
Dallas TX 75202

Every third Wednesday of the month @ 11:30am
3/20, 4/17, 5/15, 6/19, and 7/17


YU DFW Campus Map 2

Parking: If you are driving, you can park in the meters or public parking lots in the area, but will need to plan to pay between $5 and $10 for parking.

If possible, we encourage you to take the DART and get off at the West End Station so that you do not have to worry about parking.

Plan to arrive 15 minutes early, and build in time for parking and getting to the building. Please also bring an ID with you to get a visitor’s badge when you arrive at the building.


Contact our Admissions department at (469) 754-3421 or with any questions or to RSVP for an information session.


After attending an Information Session, you will have the opportunity to fill out the online application.


If you are qualified, our staff will invite you in for an interview. You will need to arrive on time and dress professionally.

Applicants who are accepted to Year Up will be notified via phone or email. A confirmation of acceptance will be expected from the candidates within two weeks of the date of their letter of acceptance from Year Up.

If you have any questions about the admissions process, please feel free to contact an Admissions Representative at (469) 754-3421.