The 2010 U.S. Census American Community Survey reports that Nueces County residents age 18 through 24 who did not earn a high school diploma or the equivalent was over 5,740. For residents age 25 and older, the number was more than 46,350 residents. All said, almost 52,100 Nueces County residents had not completed their high school education who could have in 2010.

Starting July 9, Del Mar College’s General Education Development (GED) Program will begin offering classes at its Northwest Center in Calallen so that more county residents can access the opportunity to earn their GED certificates. Courses and the College’s required “Success 101” orientation are free.

For the July 9 class start date, the required orientation is tomorrow, June 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Room E-109 at the Northwest Center, located at 13725 Northwest Blvd. near the intersection of Highway 77 and FM 624 in Calallen. Individuals do not need to register but need to bring their Social Security card or driver’s license, two No. 2 pencils, a blue or black pen and a notebook. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Courses are scheduled Mondays through Thursdays during two sessions: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Individuals who have already attended a DMC orientation in the past six months may come to either class time on July 9 without attending tomorrow’s orientation, but they need to bring their Social Security card or driver’s license, along with the paperwork they completed when attending a previous orientation.

Dates for remaining orientations and first day of classes for the year are July 27 for Aug. 1 class; Aug. 24 for Sept. 4 class; Sept. 21 for Oct. 1 class; Oct. 26 for Nov. 1 class; Nov. 16 for Dec. 3 class; Jan. 25 for Feb. 4 class; Feb. 22 for March 4 class; March 22 for April 1 class; and May 31 with July class to be announced.

For more information about the College’s General Education Development Program, call the College’s West Campus facility at 361-698-1748 or the Northwest Center at 361-698-2450.