Graduates of Del Mar's process technology program signed on for jobs with Gravity Midstream, LLC.
The students earned diplomas after an 18-week course.
Today's four graduates are the first to complete the program.
CORPUS CHRISTI -
Veterans have been taking advantage of "Fast-Track" courses offered by Del Mar College to get them certified in several industrial fields, and one of the programs - process technology - now has its first graduating class.
Four students graduated earned diplomas for their participation in the 18-week course Thursday.
"It's a feeling of accomplishment," said graduate Connie Martinez, the sister of Mayor Nelda Martinez, who attended the graduation.
"I will be walking into that industry with my eyes wide open knowing how safety conscious one needs to be, and knowing the kind of skills that you need to have," Martinez continued.
The students not only walked across this podium to get new diplomas, but also new jobs.
"What better way to showcase these students and what they've been able to achieve in 18 weeks," said Dr. Leonard Rivera, Interim Dean of Continuing Education.
Three graduates, and another three from a separate program, signed on for employment with Gravity Midstream, LLC.
"By participating in this program, that to me is an indication that people want to advance their skill set, those are the exact people that we're looking for," said Gravity Midstream Vice President Joe Mattingly. He believes that Corpus Christi has a strong industrial future.
That is something that graduate David Falcon wants to hear, after losing his job of 25 years in oil and gas last March.
"With my backup against the wall I had to find something that was going to teach me a new skill set, and this Fast-Track did it in the least a amount of time, and the results were really really good," Falcon said.
After sending out 170 resumes with few responses last year, the veteran thinks the program has now equipped him with the skills for a lasting career.
"As you can see I got a job out of it!" he said. "It's something that you're going to use, that will take you to a job hopefully that's going to take you into retirement."
The next Del Mar Fast-Track course in process technology begins February 22nd.