Magazine Recognizes Del Mar College for Preparing Coastal Bend’s Workforce

Article by: Michael Bratten

Del Mar College continually tailors its workforce training programs to prepare students like Julio Wilmot for high-paying, high-skilled careers with area industries.

“One thing in this world I’m attracted to is motivation, and Del Mar motivates me,” said Wilmot, 31, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran planning to start a career at a local refinery. “The courses I’ve taken have molded me to the path I want to be on.” 

Del Mar’s workforce training programs – many of them developed in partnership with the industries fueling economic growth in the Coastal Bend – earned praise in the April 2016 issue of Southern Business & Development magazine, which recognizes the College as one of “Texas’ Best Community Colleges for Workforce Training.”

On May 5, Del Mar held a Workforce Celebration to recognize its workforce partners and showcase many of its cutting-edge training programs at the College’s Center for Economic Development. 

To view highlights of the event, click on the video clip:



Attendees operated simulators that are used to train students in industrial crane operation, bus and truck driving and others. Students and faculty offered information and demonstrations on other programs such as Culinary Arts, Occupational Safety and Health Technology, Automotive, Aviation, Process and Instrumentation Technology and Nursing.

“This exceptional designation from Southern Business & Development reflects our strong commitment to work with our business and industry partners,” said Lenora Keas, Del Mar vice president of Workforce Development and Strategic Initiatives. “It’s through collaboration with the Texas Workforce Commission, the City of Corpus Christi Type A Board and industry partners that we’ve been able to be so successful in delivering state-of-the-art training.” 

Wilmot, who is taking courses this fall in Del Mar’s Process and Instrumentation Technology program, was a guest speaker at the May 5 event. Like many Del Mar students, he has enrolled in and completed multiple workforce training programs in order to build up credentials and make himself more marketable to employers, including certifications through the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and a Commercial Drivers License (CDL) certification. 

To read more about Del Mar’s recognition as one of “Texas’ Best Community Colleges for Workforce Training,” go to page 62 at

For information about Del Mar’s workforce training programs, call 361-883-WORK (9675)

Additional information is available as follows:

* Credit Programs: 361-698-1741 (West Campus Student Enrollment Center) or 

* Corporate Services:  361-698-2408 or 

* Continuing Education: 361-698-2122 or 

IN THE PHOTO: A young guest at Del Mar College’s Workforce Celebration tried out the Welding program’s virtual reality simulator with help from welding instructor Jose Cortez. 

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