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Tick Tock ... time winding down to register for fall courses with new Occupational Skills Award in Electrical Helper available this fall

Completing new OSA program can lead to credits toward new AAS degree in Electrician that starts in Fall 2022

Article by Melinda Eddleman

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Tick Tock … time is running out! Del Mar College (DMC) Fall 2021 classes start Monday, Aug. 30, and only a few “on-campus late registration” opportunities remain.

Virtually-conducted campus registration is scheduled as follows:

Today, Aug. 24, now until 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 25, 7:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. (tuition and fees payment also due by 6:30 p.m. forAug. 24 and 25 registrants)
Saturday, Aug. 28, 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. (to determine tuition and fees payment deadline based oncourse length, visit the DMC Academic Calendar at www.delmar.edu/current-students/calendar.html)

Registration assistance is available in the Harvin Student Center on Heritage Campus (Baldwin Blvd. and Ayers Street) and in the Coleman Center on Windward Campus (Airport and Old Brownsville Roads). Students are encouraged to sign in to Viking Virtual Line using the VikingGo app.

Individuals are encouraged to wear face coverings at all times, and only those individuals who are registering may enter the centers.

Online registration is available, too. For more registration details and deadlines, visit www.delmar.edu/registration.

Registration questions? Email enroll@delmar.edu or call 361-698-1290.

Still pondering about training options for a high-demand field?


Del Mar College is offering a new 13-credit hour Occupational Skills Award (OSA) in Electrical Helper this fall. Courses are eight weeks long and can be completed in one semester.

OSA in Electrical Helper courses include Basic Construction Safety, Residential and Commercial Light Blueprint Reading, Introduction to Electrical Safety and Tools, Basic Electrical Theory and National Electrical Code. Completing these courses can lead to credits toward a new Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Electrician that begins in Fall 2022.

“The Electrical Helper program is an Occupational Skills Award that provides students with entry-level training into the electrical trade,” says Laura Wright, chair of the College’s Architecture, Aviation and Automotive Department. “Students will receive an introduction to the electrical industry by covering basic electrical theory, the tools and equipment used and requirements of the National Electrical Code.”

She adds, “Next fall, the College will begin offering our new AAS degree in Electrician, so now is the time to get credits out of the way that count toward that degree.”

To learn more about the OSA in Electrical Helper and for assistance in registering for the program, contact Laura Wright at 698-1725 or


More about the AAS degree in Electrician:

• Begins in Fall 2022

• Curriculum incudes:
Basic Electrical Theory and AC/DC Circuits; National Electric Codes; Residential, Commercial and Industrial Wiring; Motors and Transformers; Electrical Testing and Maintenance; Electrical and Power Transmission; Part of an Apprenticeship Program; and Electrical Journeyman Exam Preparation.

The Electrician program includes the complete curriculum from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Residential/Commercial Electrician and Industrial Electrician Programs of Study.  

• Electricians are a skilled trade in high demand locally with the new program developed in response to requests from local industry partners. 

According to Projections Central, the estimated growth rate for construction jobs in Texas include 14.07% growth for Electricians. 

• This trade is listed on Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend’s Target Occupations List (1,435 Jobs). 

Median salary in the region: $24.18/hour ($50,295 annually) 

Completion of this AAS degree can result in completion of OSHA 30, NCCER Core Curriculum, and NCCER Electrical Levels 1-4.



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.