NCCER Program Addresses Area Need for Industrial Construction Workers

Article by: Melinda Eddleman

According to the Construction Labor Market Analyzer, the country’s construction industry will need more than two million new craft professionals by 2018. Approximately 25% of the construction workforce will also retire. 

Locally, the Coastal Bend is experiencing $40 to $50 billion[1] in new industry investments in the pipeline, projecting an 11% job growth in the next five years. 

“Our region continues to see a boom in industrial construction, along with strong job market growth,” says Dan Korus, dean of Workforce Programs and Corporate Services at Del Mar College (DMC). “We’re offering a program open to everyone that will build the skills and credentials they need to fill a demand for industrial construction workers here in the Coastal Bend.”

Beginning Saturday, Jan. 14, DMC Corporate Services will offer their free Fast Track NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research) Program, which will run every Saturday through March 4 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the College’s West Campus. Seating is limited, and individuals must provide a five panel drug test dated within the past 30 days of registering.

Registration is now open. Call 361-698-1328 or register in-person at the DMC Center for Economic Development located at 3209 S. Staples (corner of Staples and Kostoryz) in Corpus Christi. For more information, also visit

Note: Del Mar College will be closed for the Winter Break from Dec. 21 through Jan. 3 and will reopen at 7:30 a.m. on Jan. 4. 

Participants can earn credentials that industry employers seek. The NCCER Core Curriculum is a prerequisite to all other Level I craft curriculum with modules covering topics such as Basic Safety, Hand and Power Tools, Rigging and Construction Drawings, among others. Participants’ completion of the program will provide them with the basic skills needed to continue their education in any craft areas they choose.

The College’s program is accredited by the 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. 

Del Mar College’s program encompasses NCCER’s 64-hour core curriculum with participants’ completion serving as a prerequisite for all NCCER craft credentials.

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