Del Mar College, a two-year comprehensive community college located in Corpus Christi, Texas, provides students with opportunities to fulfill their dreams. The college was founded in 1935 and is predominantly supported by local tax-payer dollars, appropriated by the Texas Legislature.
The school prides itself on following seven purposes:
- providing a fully accredited academic, occupational, pre-professional program leading to certificates, transferable credit, and associate degrees
- providing support in gaining economic independence, job entry, career development and advancement,
- providing developmental, adult literacy
- providing support services, including career counseling and guidance
- providing lifelong learning opportunities in avocational and occupational pursuits based on a liberal arts philosophy
- providing opportunities to expand cognitively, develop aesthetic awareness, and develop civic responsibility
- providing educational activities for economic and work force development.
The college serves approximately 22,000 students, both credit and noncredit. According to recent statistics, roughly 89 percent of graduates were employed or attending college within one year, compared to the 88 percent statewide.
Students are able to earn a variety of associate degrees and certificates, including Associate in Arts, Associate in Applied Science, Tech-Prep Enhanced Skills Certificates, Certificates of Achievement, and Marketable Skills Achievement Awards. With the degrees and certificates earned, graduates are able to join the workforce with appropriate skills or transfer to a four-year institution with the appropriate knowledge to be successful. Students also have the opportunity to complete all or some of their studies through the online program.
Courses are separated into three academic divisions: Arts & Sciences; Business, Professional, & Technology Education; and Workforce, Economic, & Community Development.
Arts and Sciences
The division of Arts and Sciences offers a wide array of both traditional and innovative courses which includes a core curriculum to benefit those planning on transferring their credits to a bachelor’s degree program. This division believes in developing a liberal arts foundation for students to be successful in whatever they choose to do in the future. They encourage students to acquire the fundamentals of leadership which lead to positive civic engagement.
Business, Professional and Technology Education
This division addresses Allied Health, Computer Sciences, Human Sciences and Education, Industrial Education, Nursing Education, Public Safety, and Technology Education. These technical degrees and certificates prepare students for futures in such areas as nursing, aviation maintenance and sign-language interpretation, among many others.
Workforce, Economic and Community Development
This particular division hosts a wide range of workforce development programs to train students based on the needs of the business community. Students learn skills to improve their performance and gain tools to be successful in the future. In this division, students gain skills in computers, business management, real estate management, and food management.
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Admissions counseling services are provided for prospective students. The faculty and staff recognize the importance of advisement and assistance leading to success for their students. Counseling and Advising Centers are located in the Student Centers on both the West and East campuses for all students to access. Their staff is fully prepared to walk prospective and current students through any concerns or questions they might have. Students are also required to check in with the Testing Office to make sure they are meeting all assessment requirements. All students must meet with advisers before signing up for classes.
Admissions are open to continuing, transfer, Dual Credit (High School) and International students as well. Each category of student has their own application. Visit the official website for more information.
The Del Mar College Financial Aid office assists students who otherwise would not be able to afford a college education. Several resources are available to students, including grants, student employment, loans, and scholarships. These particular resources are from federal and state governments, the college itself, and private sources. Students are mandated to specify an educational goal on their admissions application in order to be considered for financial aid. Specific loan, grant, and scholarship information can be found on the school website.
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Students have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of activities. Over the course of the year, the campus hosts around 100 concerts, dramatic performances, art exhibits, and dance programs to its students and local community. Speeches, lectures, and discussions also take place on topics ranging from the stock market to marine mammals.
Students also have the opportunity to participate in intramural sports ranging from tennis, racquetball and swimming to horseshoes, flag football and bowling. Fitness gyms and facilities are available for students to use, including an aquatic center with a pool and a jogging track.
There are also a multitude of organizations students can join depending on their personal or career interests. These range in topics from dental hygiene to the Student Texas Restaurant Association. There are also opportunities to start up organization to suit the students’ changing needs.
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