In a historic move for both, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMUCC) and Del Mar College (DMC) have announced an agreement allowing students to enroll at both schools simultaneously.
It’s called the Viking Island Program (VIP), in reference to both school’s mascots, the Vikings (DMC) and the Islanders (TAMUCC). VIP promises to unite resources from both schools in a way never before seen in the area.
Historically, both schools have shared a portion of their student pools, with some attendees choosing to go through programs at both campuses. This could mean getting degrees from both schools, beginning coursework at one before continuing at the other, or even starting out at DMC’s extensive dual-credit programs during high school before transferring to TAMUCC for specific coursework later on.
Now, students won’t have to choose between the schools, but will still be able to take advantage of the resources of both campuses, including housing, athletics, counseling and financial aid.
"But the really exciting thing is because their (students) advising will be across both campuses, it means that students will graduate in a seamless fashion, and in a quicker time, which always means a great savings," Dr. Kelly Quintanilla, President with TAMUCC, explained.
So far, 20 students have signed up for the program. Both schools hope to see an inaugural class of around 50.