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Del Mar College “building bonds” with “Community 2 College Connection” informational and registration event at Corpus Christi Gym on Oct. 17

Event bringing resources and program reps to one convenient spot; high school students and parents also can learn more about free tuition for all Dual Credit students taking DMC courses

Article by Melinda Eddleman

Busy schedules and family, work and other commitments can keep anyone from pursuing their plans to attend college because they don’t think they have the time or resources. Just the thought of starting the admissions or financial aid processes or even registering may seem perplexing to  some people.

Del Mar College (DMC) has the solution by holding a “Community 2 College Connection” informational and registration experience that’s taking DMC Student Services, academic and Continuing Education programs and other resources out into the community to “build bonds” between the College and area residents it serves.

Our ‘Community 2 College Connection’ experience is designed to facilitate the decision-making process among prospective or returning students who want that personal interaction with Del Mar College representatives while determining what their educational path should be and the resources they need to move forward. Holding an event such as this in a neutral setting also alleviates any pressure students or families may feel when visiting a college campus, so we want participants to feel connected with the College by ‘building community’ during this informational and registration event scheduled off-campus.

Gracie Martinez, Dean of Student Outreach and Enrollment Services

The event is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, at the Corpus Christi Gym located at 3202 Cabaniss Rd. (78415) off Saratoga Blvd. (get directions). The experience is designed to accommodate high school students just getting out of school as well as employees heading home from work.

Questions? Contact Del Mar College at 361-698-1290 or recruit@delmar.edu.

Whether you’re thinking about registering for fall second 8-week session classes, getting admissions and financial aid applications completed for spring enrollment or exploring career options by speaking with academic and Continuing Education program advisors, the “Community 2 College Connection” experience brings everything together in one place.

DMC Student Services representatives from Admissions, Advising, Financial Aid and the Registrar’s Office, among other services, will provide College information regarding processes and assist participants with completing online Apply Texas and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in an on-site computer lab. Individuals can also register for upcoming fall second 8-week session credit courses that begin Oct. 23.


For high school students and their parents, DMC Early College/Dual Credit Program reps will share information about how students can get a jumpstart on earning college credits FREE while still at the primary education level. In August, College officials announced DMC will offer free tuition beginning this fall to ALL Coastal Bend high school students and not just those meeting eligibility requirements for the Dual Credit Financial Aid for Swift Transfer (FAST) Program initiated by the State of Texas with the passing of House Bill 8.

Anyone wanting to learn more about some of the College’s academic or Continuing Education programs can also visit with faculty and staff from the following areas:

•       Art and Drama Department,
•       Business Administration and Entrepreneurship Department,
•       Architecture, Aviation and Automotive Department (including the Architecture, Drafting & Construction Management Program and the Aviation Maintenance Technology Program),
•       Continuing Education & Off-Campus Programs Department (including Health Care, Adult Education and Career & Industry Programs),
•       Kinesiology and Education Department,
•       Nurse Education Department,
•       Social Sciences Department, and
•       Welding Program.

Whether participants attend the “Community 2 College Connection” experience as a prospective or returning student or just to find out more about Del Mar College, its programs and services offered at its three campuses (Heritage, Oso Creek and Windward) and two centers (Center for Economic Development and Northwest Center in Calallen), the Oct. 17 event can take them one step closer to joining the ranks of current DMC Vikings.

Visit www.delmar.edu to explore the possibilities.



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.