College and University Leadership Celebrate Success of Viking Islander Program
Article by: Melinda Eddleman
Del Mar College and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi leadership anticipated about 40 students would participate with the Viking Islander Program, or VIP, when presidents and CEOs Mark Escamilla and Kelly Quintanilla signed the Memorandum of Agreement early last May. The VIP, a program designed to provide students with additional tools and support to succeed their first two semesters of college, has exceeded everyone’s expectations.
Initial VIP participation reached 127 students last fall with 117 continuing with the program this spring.
Today, Feb. 15, institutional leadership, VIP coordinators and students and other guests celebrated the collaborative co-enrollment program’s success. The event was held on the College’s East Campus.
“Our priority is ensuring students succeed,” said Beth Lewis, Ph.D., executive vice president and chief academic officer at Del Mar College. “The Viking Islander Program provides participants with quality education and resources while they earn credits at both Del Mar and the university, making this collaboration a winning combination of access and support that impacts individuals seeking their degrees here in the Coastal Bend.”
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s provost and vice president for academic affairs, Clarenda Phillips, Ph.D., added, “We are very excited about this partnership with Del Mar College. It creates opportunities for more students from our region to complete a college education, and it is a great example of what we can accomplish when we work together and focus on the needs of students.”
Although VIP students take the majority of their classes at Del Mar for the first two semesters, A&M-Corpus Christi serves as the “parent institution” and provides financial aid based on the cost to attend both schools.
For more information about the program, visit the university’s website at admissions.tamucc.edu/VIP.
View highlights of remarks from both institutional presidents/CEOs Dr. Kelly Quintanilla and Dr. Mark Escamilla by clicking on the video clip below:
Del Mar College empowers students to achieve their dreams. We offer quality programs, individual attention, outstanding instruction through faculty with real-world experience and affordable costs to credit and noncredit students in Corpus Christi and the South Texas Coastal Bend area. Nationally recognized while locally focused, we’re ranked in the top two percent of community colleges in the country granting associate degrees to Hispanic students (Community College Week). Del Mar College focuses on offering our students programs that match current or emerging career opportunities. Whether students are interested in the fine arts, sciences, business, occupational or technical areas, students get the education they need for the future they want at Del Mar College.