Del Mar College coordinators for the Computer Science / Geographic Information Science/ Information Technology fast track program graduated their first 17 students in December. They’re now ready to assist more individuals seeking employment in four areas, including Cybersecurity, Geospatial Technology, Programming and Networking and Data Communications, by offering the courses, again, now through August.

“This program allows for a seamless process of getting individuals through training and into the workforce,” says John Nelson, Geographical Information Systems instructor and outreach coordinator with the National Information Security & Geospatial Technology Consortium (NISGTC) on the College’s East Campus. “Our courses are very robust and accelerated, running two to five weeks, four hours each day, and mostly four days a week but sometimes five.”

These “technology bridge” courses are part of a three-year $20 million grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration to allow seven partnering institutions––including Del Mar College––to establish the NISGTC over two years ago. The consortium’s program offers services to individuals seeking short-term training and job placement assistance in Information Technology.

Del Mar College offers the courses for $25 each.

The program allows participants to earn stackable certificates leading toward academic and industry certification while building the skill sets needed to enter the job market.

Participants earn individual course badges as well as a Continuing Education Unit (CEU) Award after completing all five fast track courses. They can convert the 32 CEUs they earn to 13 college credits to receive a Del Mar College IT-GIS Essentials Marketable Skills Award.

“This accomplishment is a terrific opportunity for advancement and employment,” adds Nelson.

Over the next seven months, the College will offer to more than one cohort the five courses covering high demand, high tech sectors including computers, program logic and design, PC operating systems, databases and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS). These courses will provide the 32 CEUs needed toward the IT-GIS Essentials Marketable Skills Award.

The program resumes today, Jan. 27, with the course ITSC 1001: Intro to Computer Science with two sessions both afternoon and evening. This first session runs through Feb. 20 and begins again on Feb. 2.

Courses are free to individuals who qualify and include the following requirements: complete a Participant Application form; sign a waiver for information collection; complete contract, commit to completing at least one certificate, and provide a drivers license or other government issued identification.

Participants have access to an advisor and career coach to help them succeed in the program and acquire gainful employment.

Completed applications should be mailed/faxed/emailed to Julie Ettenger, National Information, Security & Geospatial Technology Consortium, Department of Computer Science, Engineering and Advanced Technology, 101 Baldwin Blvd., VB 172, Corpus Christi, TX 78404-3897 or hand-delivered to Room 172 in the Venters Business Building, Del Mar College East Campus on Ayers Street.