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Short-term training at Del Mar aids hurricane recovery, provides long-term job skill

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A grant recently awarded to Del Mar College will give residents the opportunity to help with Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts while learning valuable job skills

The $40,500 Hurricane Harvey Relief Initiative Grant from the Texas Workforce Commission will allow Coastal Bend residents to aid in recovery efforts and gain in-demand job skills at the same time.

"The TWC asked the College to come up with short-term training in the construction and cleanup fields so people can get hired in recovery-related jobs," said Mary Afuso, DMC director of Corporate Services. "We're partnering with Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend to make this training possible."

Registration is underway for the prerequisite course, OSHA 30 Construction, a 30-hour safety course sanctioned by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration that runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 12 to 15 at DMC's West Campus.

To register, call DMC's Continuing Education and Off-Campus Programs at (361) 698-2122.

Completion of OSHA 30 allows students to enroll in the next training course, Mold Remediation, Restoration and Disposal Techniques, which meets Jan. 8 to 13, 2018.

Future courses include Carpentry and Framing, Drywall Installation and Interior Finishes and Flooring and Maintenance, Afuso said.

While the courses are open to everyone, people who were directly impacted by Hurricane Harvey may qualify for free tuition. To inquire about qualification, contact Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend at (361) 882-7491 or www.workforcesolutionscb.org.

Those who complete the program may find long-term careers when the recovery effort is over.

"This is an opportunity for people to get training for these immediate jobs for disaster relief and also skills that will translate to long-term employment," said Ken Treviño, president and chief executive officer of Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend. "We appreciate the partnership with Del Mar College in helping to recover, re-employ and rebuild our communities."

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