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Corporate Services Offering Skills Training Courses, Including NCCER with OSHA-10 and Forklift Operations

Article by: Melinda Eddleman

As the Coastal Bend’s economy continues to boom, construction is still a “hot” industry needing workers who have the credentials desired among the local workforce. Del Mar College (DMC) has the solution for individuals wanting to get into construction right away or wanting to start the foundation they need for the field.

Beginning Saturday, Feb. 22 , DMC Corporate Services is offering a 70-hour National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) core course, Introductory to Craft Skills, that includes the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10-hour General Industry Training course, with the total program serving as a pre-requisite for all NCCER craft credentials.

Upon completing this course, students will receive a globally recognized, portable credential in the construction industry,” says Dara Betz, director of NCCER and Workforce Programs with DMC Corporate Services. “Individuals can either take these credentials straight to the jobsite or continue their education.”

Sponsored by grant funds awarded to the College’s Safety Institute by Texas Mutual Insurance Company, tuition is $55 per student for training that would normally run $300. Classes will be held on the West Campus every Saturday Feb. 22 through April 18 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Modules will cover topics such as Safety, Rigging, Construction Math and Drawings, along with hands-on training. Completing the curriculum gives participants the credentials needed to continue their education in any craft area they choose, including but not limited to rigging, welding, pipefitting, field safety, heavy equipment operations and project management.

The course is accredited by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), a not-for-profit, industry-recognized education foundation established to standardize the training, assessment, certification and career development of construction and maintenance craftsmen in more than 70 different crafts.

NCCER credentials belong to participants once they finish the core course, and these qualifications will follow them wherever they go. Additionally, credentialing records are maintained with the NCCER National Registry where industries can track and verify qualifications and credentials of current and prospective employees.

Del Mar College is an officially-recognized NCCER Accredited Training Sponsor.

In addition to the NCCER core course, Corporate Services will also offer their one-day, eight-hour Forklift Operator course (non-NCCER) for $25 on Friday, Feb. 7, at the College’s West Campus Air Conditioning Building in Room 105.

The course covers safety operations and hands-on forklift training, including forklift design, controls and instrumentation, comprehensive pre-use inspection and forklift stability. Participants will also see demonstrations of safe forklift operations, including operating requirements, use of controls, steering and drive mechanism, lifting techniques and safety measures, along with receiving hands-on training and then demonstrating their own proficiency.

To register for either the NCCER core curriculum course or the Forklift Operator class, call the College’s Center for Economic Development at 698-1328 or register in-person at 3209 S. Staples.

Questions? Contact Dara Betz at dbetz@delmar.edu or call 698-2415 or call Corporate Services at 886-WORK (9675).

About Del Mar College

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.