Northwest Center Provides Western County Residents Convenient Location to Complete Studies

Article by: Michael Bratten

Convenience counts when it comes to taking classes to earn a degree or get a job. With the fall semester approaching, Del Mar College is holding an open house at its Northwest Center in Calallen to show residents of western Nueces County and the surrounding areas that they can pursue their dreams without a major commute.

“Education IS Accessible” is the theme of the event from 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, at the Northwest Center located at 13725 Northwest Blvd. near the intersection of U.S. Highway 77 and Farm-to-Market Road 624. 

A variety of information stations and demonstrations at the open house will appeal to anyone from high school students interested in dual credit courses to adults looking for in-demand job skills. 

“The Northwest Center offers the folks out there easy access to post-secondary education,” said Leonard Rivera, Ph.D., Director of Off-Campus Programs at Del Mar College. “We have all the resources for students to start and finish there. It’s a win-win situation for the community and those who work in the area.” 

Students at the Northwest Center can pursue their General Education Development certification or take basic college courses for university transfer without having to commute to other DMC campuses in Corpus Christi, Rivera said.

An admissions clinic for those who wish to register for fall 2014 classes will be available at the event, he added. Individuals who already have completed admissions files can register for fall courses while attending the open house.

The open house will showcase the following programs:

• Emergency Medical Technician – Demonstration and Information

• Certified Nursing Assistant, Electrocardiogram, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, Phlebotomy – •Demonstrations and Information

• Core curriculum courses (Algebra, Composition, Psychology, U.S. History, World Geography and more) – Information

• Career & Community Education Courses (Food Service Management and Microsoft Word and Excel) – Information

• Transportation Training Services – Truck Driving Simulator

• Dual Credit Program – Information

• Small Business Development Center – Information 

• Anatomy and Physiology – Models Demonstration and Information

• Speech/Communications – A class begins at 5:30 p.m. with students and faculty able to provide information or interviews

• Mexican-American Studies Program – Information

• Senior Education – Information

• General Equivalency Diploma/English for Speakers of Other Languages – Information

• Mathematics – Information

For more information about credit and noncredit courses available at the Northwest Center, visit or contact the Center at 361-698-2450 or

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