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:: DMC and CCISD Holding St. Clair Building Open House April 13

April 12, 2010

Event celebrating excellence in education with renovated facility serving all students through Student Success Center and housing “Exemplary” TEA-designated Collegiate High School

Del Mar College (DMC) and the Corpus Christi Independent School District (CCISD) will celebrate a time of renewal for the College’s St. Clair Building on the East Campus (Dicianna Drive off Baldwin Blvd.) with an open house and rededication at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 13. Renovations inside the 41,644 square foot building cost an estimated $3 million, which now houses the DMC Student Success Center and the Collegiate High School (CHS), a collaboration between DMC and CCISD.

Final contract cost for the project was over $4.5 million, which includes complete renovation of the St. Clair Building, extensive site redevelopment that included parking and landscaping, a new roof for the building, underground site utility relocations and improvements, upgrades to the Harvin Student Center Food Service court and Bluebonnet Room and site improvements for the College’s Center for Early Learning.

Del Mar College District taxpayers provided the funding to give the St. Clair Building a new purpose as well as complete other improvements associated with the project. In 2003, district voters passed the College’s $108 million bond referendum for capital improvements. Renovation of the St. Clair Building is one of the final projects of that program.

“The College capitalized on a unique opportunity to re-purpose the former science building to serve two populations that both support major objectives of “Access to Excellence, Del Mar College’s Strategic Plan for 2009-2014,” says Dr. Mark Escamilla, College President. “Both the Collegiate High School and the Student Success Center provide access for our students and give them the support they need to achieve excellence.”

The College’s Student Success Center is now in their third year of serving DMC students through funding from a five-year $1.7 million Title V Grant for Hispanic-serving Institutions from the U.S. Department of Education. The Center opened their doors on the first floor of the St. Clair Building this January and has impacted many students through their services with over 2,200 visits.

The Center offers state-of-the-art learning resources and workshops and houses the College’s Peer Tutoring Office and Supplemental Instruction Office. A variety of rooms
 and equipment help students get the most out of their 
study time, including access to laptop computer and calculator check-outs and a Technology Resource Center. Workshops focus on core content areas, technology mini-sessions, study skills, note- and test-taking skills, time management and curriculum planning.

In 2006, DMC and CCISD launched the Collegiate High School as a collaboration to serve underrepresented students by providing classrooms and campus resources that immerse participants in an educational atmosphere mirroring both the high school and higher education experience. While completing their high school-level studies, CHS students are also completing an associate’s degree or two years of transferable college-level credits toward a baccalaureate degree.

The St. Clair Building now houses the CHS, a Texas Education Agency-designated “Exemplary” high school, on the second floor with all four classes, freshmen through seniors, taking classes this year.

“We are so excited and impressed with the many accomplishments associated with Collegiate High School,” says Scott Elliff, CCISD Superintendent of Schools. “It is so wonderful for the students and staff to be able to work and learn in such a productive, inviting environment. The District’s partnership with Del Mar College has proven to be beneficial for all those involved.”

The Collegiate High School was made possible through funds from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Texas High School Project Fund of the Communities Foundation of Texas, along with local institutional resources from Del Mar College and CCISD.

On May 7, the first cohort of CHS students will join other DMC graduates and walk the stage during the College’s Spring Commencement ceremony.

Architects and contractors involved with the St. Clair Building renovation include WKMC Architects, Inc. as the consulting architectural firm and program manager; SolkaNavaTorno, Architects, as the project architects; Beecroft Construction Ltd. as the general contractor; and numerous sub-consultants and sub-contractors who worked under the College, the architects and the general contractor.


For more information, media can contact Melinda Eddleman or Claudia Jackson, DMC College Relations, at 361.698.1247 or Lorette Williams, CCISD Public Information Office, at 361.886.9058.

Date of this item added : 2010-04-12