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Del Mar College, lead institution and partner Coastal Bend College will partner to use Title V funds from the U.S. Department of Education: Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program to improve Colleges' retention and completion rates and increase enrollment in technical and/or professional occupational fields of study. Del Mar College: Del Mar College is a public two-year institution founded in 1935 and located in Corpus Christi, Texas. The College has an enrollment of over 12,000 with a 59% Hispanic enrollment. DMC will service 4 1/2 counties along the Gulf Coast to include Nueces, Aransas, San Patricio, Kenedy, and part of Kleberg. DMC is ranked among the nation's top three percent of community colleges granting associate degrees to Hispanic students, according to the national publication Community College Week in their June 19, 2006 special issue, "Top 100 Associate's Degree Producers." Coastal Bend College: Coastal Bend College is a public two-year institution founded in 1965 and located in Beeville, Texas with branch campuses in Alice, Kingsville, and Pleasanton. CBC will service nine rural counties in the heart of the Gulf Coast to include part of Kleberg, Atascosa, Bee, Brooks, Duval, Jim Wells, Karnes, Live Oak and McMullen.
Outcomes: DMC and CBC faculty and staff will be committed to the purpose of the grant. An increased number of students will be successful in class achievement and graduation completions rates for FTIC FTE. More students will be transitioned from high school into dual enrollment courses, retained, re-enrolled, and graduated with a Technical Certificate and/or Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees from DMC and CBC. Student attitudes toward their learning experience will definitely be positively impacted.