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Apr 25, 2014 6:20 PM

Del Mar College Needs Bond for Southside Campus

CORPUS CHRISTI - As business, housing, and population grow here in Corpus Christi, so does the need for education.

Corpus Christi is home to two standout higher education programs -- Texas A&M Corpus Christi and Del Mar College.

Del Mar's student body is growing larger every year and it's time to expand. But, DMC can't do it without support from the community.

Del Mar hopes to build a new south side campus on 95 acres at Rodd Field Road and Yorktown Blvd. The land has already been purchased for $6 million.

KRIS 6 News spoke with DMC President Dr. Mark Escamilla. He says the Board of Trustees is working on a bond proposal that would pay for the new campus and improvements to the existing campuses.

Dr. Escamilla says, as new industrial companies set up shop in the Coastal Bend the demand for skilled workers is about to go way up and Del Mar needs to be ready.

"The level of urgency from my perspective, has got to be raised. So what does keep me up at night at the end of the day is the idea the community cannot meet the workforce demands these projects are bringing with them. That's what keeps me up at night," said Dr. Escamilla.

Once a bond proposal is put together, it will be given to voters to decide on in the November general election.

The final numbers still need to be worked out, but the bond could be for tens of millions of dollars... to be paid for with tax dollars.

The Board will discuss all options in its next meeting in May.

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