The DMC Upside – October 2018

The DMC Upside – October 2018


(dramatic music) – [Emily] Next on The DMC Upside, Texas Workforce Commission was recognized for more than $1.1 million
in training grants. We’ll tell you all about it. – [Carlos] Del Mar College observed Hispanic Heritage Month with a lecture on Lieutenant Colonel Olga
Custódio, the first Hispanic female U.S. Air Force pilot. – [Emily] Del Mar College
observed Dr. Hector P. Garcia Texas State Recognition Day, and received a $25,000 donation. We’ll take you there. – [Carlos] The Del Mar
College Assistant Professor of History discussed his
new book The Defiant: Protest Movements in Post-Liberal America. Students in the Radio
and Television Program will present a Del Mar Update. And we have our regular segments Board Watch and Around Campus. – Hello and welcome to the October edition of The DMC Upside. I’m Emily Gonzalez. – And I’m Carlos Garanzuay. We’ve got the latest news and information about Del Mar College. – The Texas Workforce
Commission was recognized for over $1.1 million in
skills development fund grants, supporting regional industrial growth. These funds will enable the college to provide customized training
for industry partners. – [Voiceover] On October 4, 2018, representatives from Del Mar College, the Texas Workforce Commission, and area industry, gathered
at the welding yard at the Metals Technologies Building on Del Mar College’s West Campus, for several special announcements. – We’re here today to celebrate and recognize over $1 million grant from the Texas Workforce Commission for Del Mar College Corporate Services, to work with MMR
Contractors and Brand Energy to train a skilled workforce
for today and tomorrow. This is giving over 550
employees the opportunity to learn their craft and
to have high-paying jobs. – [Voiceover] Having proper training, with safety in mind, helps
these students become more prepared for the
demands of area industry. – What we can do with
this here Del Mar is one, provide the knowledge
to utilize it safely. That’s the first and foremost. We need these guys going out there into the construction industry, understanding safe work practices. And by providing this to Del Mar, the guys and gals can go up here and learn how to utilize this safely with their fall protection,
and how to tie off, and how to move around it successfully. – We were very fortunate
to receive two grants. One is for over a million dollars
with MMR and Brand Energy. The second is with TPCO
America for over $161,000. These two combined grants come from the Texas Workforce Commission. And our commissioner Ruth Hughes was here today to present those checks. She represents us with the
state and with Governor Abbott. She is a Governor Abbott appointee, that represents employers
across the state. So it’s through that partnership with the Governor’s Office,
Texas Workforce Commission, business and industry,
and Del Mar College, that we’re able to deliver
these high-paying skills that are needed for
these high-paying jobs. – It’s a team effort
between Texas Workforce, Del Mar, and the businesses,
to all come together, pull these students in,
and get them trained, so they can go out there
and help the Coastal Bend continue to grow, as we’ve been
growing the last few years. – For more information
on customized training, contact Del Mar College Corporate
Services at 361-698-2407. We’re taking a break, but don’t go away. We’ll be right back. (upbeat music) – [Voiceover] Vikings are tough. They don’t back down from a challenge. That’s why at Del Mar College, they’ve been our symbol of discovery and perseverance since 1935. Today, that Viking spirit
thrives more than ever, as we develop the next
generation of innovators, problem solvers,
entrepreneurs, and leaders. Because to go from just getting
by to finally getting ahead, it takes a Viking. Del Mar College, dreams delivered. – [Voiceover] Are you a former
military service member, looking to start a new career? If so, Del Mar College can help you enter the trucking industry at
little or no cost to you. A grant from the Texas
Workforce Commission pays the tuition for
former service members to earn a Class A commercial drivers license at Del Mar College. Truck driver training
takes just four weeks of daytime classes, or 10
weeks of evening classes. To learn more about the
Skills for Transition Program, contact Del Mar College’s
Veteran Services Office at 361-698-1683 or email [email protected] – [Voiceover] Since the moment you were born, I made a thousand wishes. Wishes for your future in a
world that’s changing fast. Do play and laugh. Do win and lose. Do it all with confidence,
kindness, and strength. And always do your best to remember that no matter what you do in this life, what matters to me, is
that you keep doing. (dramatic music) – Welcome back. Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15th through October 15th. Del Mar College celebrated with a lecture on Lieutenant
Colonel Olga Custódio, the first Hispanic female
U.S. Air Force pilot. – [Voiceover] On September 25th, 2018, in observance to Hispanic Heritage Month, Del Mar College’s Social
Sciences Department and the Mexican American Studies Program, hosted a lecture on Lieutenant
Colonel Olga Custódio, the first Latin American woman pilot, and the first to graduate from the United States Air Force
Officer Training School. – To be honest, I did not
know who Olga Custódio was until I saw the Modelo commercial, and I’m like, “That’s
very interesting, right?” There’s a Hispanic American woman pilot for the Army as early as 1981, that’s when we really started to see American women becoming pilots. But still in small numbers, but still, the fact that there’s a Hispanic American woman pilot is particularly tremendous. Because you do not see a lot of minorities in the history of flight, or
minorities visible in flight. And to see that, and not
only a military pilot, but a commercial airlines pilot, is pretty huge and
certainly something that needs to be incorporated into my research. – The research that many
of my colleagues have done, such as Dr. Erinn McComb, is incredible. It’s so impressive, and I think that when students see their instructors, their professors, who are contributing, not only in the classroom, but also to the general public,
I think people really, and rightfully so, applaud that, enjoy it. And I think what they
learn here, they share when they leave this presentation. – [Voiceover] Dr.
McComb’s lecture not only told the story of Lieutenant
Colonel Olga Custódio, but also presented a door of a challenge for students and the community to pursue, to find and tell the stories of other Latin Americans and
their place in history. – The fact that there is so much research that has yet to be done on, not only women in flight, but
certainly Hispanics in flight, Hispanics with technology, Hispanics as technological users, to
see that interest is great. Because research isn’t necessarily something that you have to do for a grade, but research can be something
that you enjoy doing, right? For fun and just your
own personal enrichment. – For more information
on the Del Mar College History Program, go online to www.delmar.edu/degrees/history. – Del Mar College has celebrated Dr. Hector P. Garcia
State Recognition Day. During this event, a $25,000 donation was presented to the college
for student scholarships. – [Voiceover] On September 19th, 2018, in observance of late civil rights leader Dr. Hector P. Garcia, members of Del Mar College’s Board of Regents, members of the American GI Forum, faculty and staff of Del Mar College, as well as the daughter of the late Dr. Hector P. Garcia, gathered at the Emergency Training
Building on Del Mar College’s West Campus for this
very special occasion. – You have a man of his stature, what did he sacrifice to do what he did? And I think the book touches on that and his happiness, and
just his own mortality. And at the end there, he did not think that he had done enough,
even though he had been doing all of this for over 50 years. But in his mind, there
was still so much left to be done, and that’s
what we’re seeing today. We should never have to worry about what color our skin is, are we going to be allowed to vote, how can
we finish our education, those are the things that he would want. And homeless veterans, he would really be upset about all of those issues. But it is up to us to make sure everyone else is taken care of. – [Voiceover] The Dr. Hector P. Garcia Memorial Foundation made a $25,000 donation to Del Mar College. And two students were also awarded two $500 scholarships from
the American GI Forum. – They’re granting me that
opportunity to access education. And I will take that and
further pay it forward in my own way, especially
in issues speaking to healthcare and how it
is a right of everybody. And so because of this, and
because of the struggle, and then facing those adversities, I need to honor that success of theirs with succeeding on my own as well. With their assistance, which again, is such an honor, to
be able to participate in that story and continue that story. And then share who Dr.
Hector was with other people. – [Voiceover] The event
was part Del Mar College’s Hispanic Heritage Month observances. – For information on the Dr.
Hector P. Garcia Foundation, go online to
DrHectorPGarciaFoundation.org. We’ll be right back with a Del Mar Update, presented by students in
the Radio and TV Program. Don’t go away. (energetic music) (upbeat rock music) (mellow music) – Welcome to this edition
of Del Mar Update, I’m Victoria Mireles. – And I’m Cecily Ensley. – Del Mar College Regents have unanimously accepted the phase one schematic design for Del Mar’s future Southside Campus. Reviewing architect’s
renderings and a video virtual tour, the Regents accepted the design by the team of Gensler and Turner Ramirez Architects. The design presented is
the first of four phases. It illustrated the configuration of buildings, exterior features, and locations of academic programs. The campus is to be built
at the intersection of Rodd Field Road and Yorktown Boulevard. The primary programs for
the campus are architecture, engineering, biotechnology,
and culinary arts. Construction is slated
to start October 2019, with most of the campus
completed by May 2021. The projected first year enrollment is set for 3,500 students. 40% of the students are expected to move from the East and West Campus. – And the other 60% to be new students. Six candidates are running for three positions on the Del Mar
College Board of Regents. The Board of Regents has nine positions, with five representing specific districts. Four Regents serve at-large. The Del Mar College
district includes Calallen, Corpus Christi, Flour
Bluff, Tuloso-Midway, and the West Oso school districts. Two candidates are
fighting for District 1, Gabriel Rivas and Ofelia
Chavez, for a six-year term. Elva Estrada is the only candidate running in District 3 for a six-year term. Three candidates are vying for the lone at-large seat, Sandra Longoria Messbarger, Hector “Coach” Salinas, and Guy Watts. This too, is six-year term. The election is part of the
November 6th General Election. – Advising and registration for the Spring 2019 semester
will begin November 5th. Students planning to
attend Del Mar College in the spring are encouraged to be advised and register early, in order to get the classes they want and
at the times they want. Registration can be done online, provided that student
has sophomore status, meaning at least 24
hours of college credit. Students are still encouraged to see their academic advisors for their major or visit the Student Enrollment Centers if an undeclared or Liberal Arts major. Students may register
through December 3rd, with payment due the same day. Registration will reopen December 4th after the class rolls
have been stripped of students who did not pay on time. The next deadline to pay is January 2nd, and classes begin January 14th. – A hilarious adaptation
of a classic comedy in this fall’s theater
presentation by Del Mar Drama. Ben Hecht’s and Charles MacArthur’s Twentieth Century will be performed the weekends of November 9th and 10th, and November 15th to the 17th. The play’s storyline takes
place on board a train, traveling from Chicago to New York. A desperate and bankrupt Broadway director attempts to persuade a
former lover to appear in his next show to save his career. The director Oscar Jaffe has to outwit rival producers and creditors to persuade Lily Garland, the temperamental
Hollywood actress. The catch is that he
has 16 hours to succeed. All performances are at 7:30
in the Sue Sellors Finley Theatre in the Fine Arts Center. General admission tickets are $10, $6 for seniors, military
and Del Mar College faculty, and $3 for students. The production is PG-13. – And no children under
six will be permitted. The Del Mar Vocal Vikings
Speech and Debate team has competed in its first
competition of the year. The tournament took place
at San Jacinto College in Houston, October 20th and 21st against two and four-year schools. 17 institutions were in the competition, with three from out-of-state colleges. The Vocal Vikings are a young team with only one student having
any previous experience. The team won five
trophies with two students winning a trophy, two successive days. Joe Michael Salinas placed fourth place, both days, in after-dinner speaking. Felix Bulitha won sixth place, both days, in after-dinner speaking. Natasha Bettis took fifth
in persuasive speaking. – $1 million has been awarded in grants to help train welders. The Texas Workforce Commission awarded Del Mar College over $1.1 million in skills development fund grants. The grants will allow Del Mar to provide customized credential
training for employees with several local industries. Most of the money will
be used to train over 500 employees of MMR Construction
and Brand Energy Solutions. Employees will take such courses as Scaffolding Systems,
Electrical Circuits and Code, and Instrumentation Troubleshooting. The second grant will
train 90 employees of TPCO America in pipe
fabrication and finishing. TPCO is a subsidiary of
Tianjin Pipe Corporation, which operates a $1
billion plant near Gregory. Del Mar College Director
of Corporate Services Mary Afuso says the grants will enable Del Mar to upscale employees
in technical skills. – That’s it for this edition of Del Mar Update, I’m Victoria Mireles. – And I’m Cecily Ensley. (mellow music) – [Voiceover] What does it take to join a leading workforce training center? Helping new industry. Meet new demand. Where higher education is affordable, no matter the situation. What does it take to go from, “How can I afford this?” To, “How can I afford not to?” It takes a Viking. Del Mar College, dreams delivered. – [Voiceover] Are you a former
military service member, looking to start a new career? If so, Del Mar College can help you enter the trucking industry at
little or no cost to you. A grant from the Texas
Workforce Commission pays the tuition for
former service members to earn a Class A commercial drivers license at Del Mar College. Truck driver training
takes just four weeks of daytime classes, or 10
weeks of evening classes. To learn more about the
Skills for Transition Program, contact Del Mar College’s
Veteran Services Office at 361-698-1683 or email
[email protected] (dramatic music) – Thanks for staying with us. The Del Mar College Board of Regents hold regular monthly meetings. These elected officials represent specific geographic districts, with
some serving at-large. – [Voiceover] The Board of Regents for the Del Mar College district convened for their regular meeting
on September 11, 2018. During recognitions, it was noted that a Certificate of
Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the fiscal year that ended August 31st, 2017, was awarded for the college’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and the Popular Annual Financial Report. – And it’s my pleasure
to represent my team, who chooses not to come
down and take a bow. But they’re really the
ones who put together the Popular Annual Financial Report, which is normally
considered an annual report that is more the slice that general public is likely to care about,
that has the photographs, and the pretty graphs,
and things like that. A little less technical,
a little top of the waves, rather than the very deep dive of the Certified Annual Financial Plan. But they work together,
working off the same data. And we’ll be working on the next edition of both before too long. This is what the certificate looks like. And then we get a little medallion to put on a plaque
that’s in our individual offices, one for each publication. – [Voiceover] Under faculty recognitions, the Program Director and
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medical Services Melissa Stuive, has been selected to write questions for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians Paramedic Exam. – Her input as a subject matter expert is critical in the exam writing process for National EMS Certification. As an exam item writer,
she will draft questions based on a list of tasks provided from the current exam, then
join other selected members at the national office to review all content prepared by the panel. – I just wanna thank everybody from Del Mar College that supported me in this, and will support me further on. I think this is gonna be
a great opportunity for our program, to be able to write items. And also give us a basis of
how they write their questions. And so it will help develop our program a little bit more, and help our students pass their exams on the first try. – [Voiceover] Dr. Mark
Escamilla, President and CEO for Del Mar College presented the College President’s Report. – And on August 20th, we kicked off the year with convocation. Thank you all, for the Regents
who were able to attend. We missed those who weren’t, but it was another great kickoff to the fall. I spent some time talking to the faculty and staff about what to expect. The reason I put this on here was because a lot of themes that we talked about at convocation are the themes that we’re talking about here. So we’re making sure that we’re tying all these conversations together. Then couple days later, on August 27th, there was a big press
release and press opportunity in San Patricio County,
at Gregory-Portland High School’s welding laboratory, which we helped actually
build for the school. And Gulf Coast Growth Ventures was there to announce their first $100,000 donation to the San
Patricio County Consortium, of which we are the fiscal
agent for that organization. – The most recent Del Mar College Board of Regents meeting can be seen on digital cable in Corpus
Christi every Friday at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday at 7:00 p.m. You can also watch it online
at youtube.com/delmarcollege. – Midterm elections occur
on November 6th, 2018. We went around campus, asking students if they believe that their vote matters in the upcoming election. This is what they told us. – A lot of the older parents, and adults, and stuff like that, they see it as, “Oh you’re younger, you don’t understand.” But what they don’t understand is that some of us are actually interested in politics, and stuff like that. We actually listen and also
what’s going on in the world. They don’t see, we actually listen to a lot more than some adults do. So I do think that at least
some of our opinions matter. You just have to find out why
they’re stating their opinion. – Ah, yes, I do think
that my vote matters. Voting is very important and
it’s also civil responsibility. We wait 18 years to be
able to vote, and then we, as citizens, have
to get our opinion out. Because ultimately, this
what decides our future. So I think that really
we all kind of need to take advantage of our right,
and get out there and vote. – I personally feel like every vote and opinion matters for the simple fact, if you don’t vote that
means it’s one less vote, and somebody else who did vote, they’re still gonna go
ahead and get elected, the people that they voted for. So let’s say a Republican, they’re gonna be like, “My vote don’t matter.” Democrats, everybody,
all the Democrats want to start voting now, and they’re
gonna get all these votes. And then all these votes that said that they didn’t matter, you know
Republicans are gonna lose. – Maybe not like a Senator level, but definitely our
district representatives. Yeah, not as much as we
would like to because I think the Electoral College ultimately picks the President and stuff like that. But I think we can
influence it to a point, but not as much as we would like. – Del Mar College Assistant
Professor of History Dr. Dawson Barrett held a lecture and discussion on his new book. The Defiant: Protest Movements
in Post-Liberal America covers post-1960s period
and protest movements. – [Voiceover] On October 4th, 2018, as part of Hispanic Heritage Month, Del Mar College’s Social
Science Department and the Mexican American Studies Program, presented The The
Defiant: Protest Movements in Post-Liberal America, a book written by Assistant Professor of
History Dr. Dawson Barrett. – When I was in college, I started learning some of these things, and I was surprised I
didn’t already know it. And so I got very passionate about that, and so I kind of just got
caught up in doing the research. And so to me, a big part of why I exist, as a professor and as an author, is to help young people kind of catch up, and figure out what has been going on in last 40 or 50 years,
that has shaped their city, and their school, and the country. But that’s the exploration that should be the college experience. You’re kinda working
through your own ideas, trying to figure out what
helps and what doesn’t help. And so I think lectures, and film series, and panels, I think they help kind of continue what we’re
doing in the classroom. Alright, so I think it’s sort of an extension of that, and I think that’s a really great thing about a college. – [Voiceover] This event was free and open to the public,
as it was a presentation about the book, about
this post-1960s period. – Once my husband and I got
here, we were mesmerized. We’re, we’ll, I’m especially an activist in a Democratic party here
locally, and so a lot of this information was familiar to me. But the detail and a lot of new things, it was mesmerizing, it truly was. To me, this is so encouraging, to see that there are
so many young people, so many people in Corpus Christi, who are interested in change, and our future, and what’s really going on in our country and the world. It really is inspiring,
and it makes me feel like, proud to be part of a group. And hopeful too, that there’s
some hope for our future. – For information on Dr.
Dawson Barrett’s new book The Defiant: Protest Movements
in Post-Liberal America, please call 361-698-1630. – That concludes this
edition of The DMC Upside. – You can watch The DMC Upside on digital cable in Corpus Christi every Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday at 7:00 p.m. You can also see it online
youtube.com/delmarcollege. We’re currently working on
stories for our November edition. We hope you’ll tune in. Until then, I’m Emily Gonzalez. – And I’m Carlos Garanzuay.
Thanks for joining us. (energetic music) (dramatic music)

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