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QUICK TAKES - May 2021

During the May 11 Board of Regents regular meeting, individuals recognized Del Mar College staff Dr. Natalie Villarreal, Executive Director of Governmental and Board Relations, Dr. Leonard Rivera, Dean of Continuing Education & Off-Campus Programs, Rachel Benavides, Director of Adult Education and Literacy Programs, and Newman Wong, Research Associate with the Strategic Planning and Institutional Research Office.

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• The National Community College Hispanic Council selected Dr. Natalie VillarrealExecutive Director of Governmental and Board Relations, to participate in their prestigious Leadership Development Program as one of several Fellows chosen from across the United States. Hosted by the University of San Diego School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the program is designed to develop highly qualified individuals whose career interests focus on responsible leadership positions with the ultimate goal of becoming a community college president. The year-long program features intensive studies and mentorship by experts in the field of community college leadership. Congratulations, Dr. Villarreal!


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  Judge Joe Benavides, Justice of the Peace Pct. 1, Place 1, wrote letters of commendation to Dr. Leonard Rivera, Dean of Continuing Education & Off Campus Programs, and Rachel Benavides, Director of Adult Education and Literacy Instruction, for their support during the Judge’s 2021 staff retreat and workshop. Judge Benavides noted that Dr. Rivera and Benavides ensured his staff were updated with information covering programs and classes intended to assist at-risk populations through high school equivalency classes and other coursework opportunities. The judge’s letter stated, “I want to thank Dr. Rivera for his superior performance and self-dedication in his professional knowledge presented to my staff, which is invaluable. His personal initiative and unswerving devotion are reflected upon himself and DMC.” Kudos to Dr. Rivera and his team for their commitment to the community!

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Newman Wong, Research Associate with the Strategic Planning and Institutional Research Office, was selected to serve as a Texas Success Center Community College Research Fellow. The Texas Success Center leads the Texas Pathways strategy in building capacity in community colleges to design and implement structured academic and career pathways for all students. Del Mar College has been active in the Texas Pathways strategy for the past five years. Through the Research Fellows program, the Center conducts research that creates actionable knowledge to support the redesign of the student experience in alignment with the interests of college practitioners and state policy makers. Research fellows conduct research studies to build the knowledge base concerning Texas Pathways reform efforts, enhance the impact of community colleges’ reform efforts and increase capacities of community-college-focused researchers. Selected fellows also benefit from professional development and mentoring and guidance related to their intended career trajectory. Newman’s term as a Research Fellow began in April and will continue through August 2022. Congratulations!



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.