CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Texas Workforce Commission awarded Del Mar College two grants Thursday morning to help provide Coastal Bend residents with free tuition, books and other fees for people who are looking to get into high demand jobs. 

One grant was $500,000, and the second was for $155,000 both aimed to provide the training students need for high demand industry jobs such as maintain pumps and motos at refineries.  

"It means a lot I came in and received my GED through Del Mar College, seeing all these classes like this one we are standing in, the effort that Del Mar is helping these kids come right out of school," graduate Mark Lozano said. 

The Millwright program is relatively new at Del Mar College's West Campus, but for the last three years, it has given students the knowledge and skills they need to get high paying jobs.

"We are so pleased and humbled to receive these two grants that total, over 600 thousand dollars so we can help provide a quality education for our students," dean Dr. Leonard Rivera said. 

The grants aim to help those who are looking to complete their GED  while they earn credits in career-focused programs at Del Mar College.

Students could end up receiving free assistance with their tuition, books, and other fees.

Texas Workforce Commissioner Julian Alvarez was on hand to give his seal of approval.

"So what you are doing here at Del Mar is placing individuals that have barriers beyond their control, but for some reason didn't receive their high school diploma and you are putting them in those opportunities where they can at no cost to them put them and someday receive that credential," Alvarez said.

The grants combined will assist at least 300 people and help with financial needs.

"There is so much opportunity, young man young woman, there are opportunities for you, just got to stay the course," instructor Danny Anderson said. 

For more information on how to get free training on a career path at Del Mar College, you can call at 361-698-2122.