Monthly Archive:: April 2013

The Perfect College Fit: A high school student’s guide to selecting the right college

by Kathy Hulik The United States has more than 4,000 colleges and universities, including everything from two-year community colleges to huge state universities, small private liberal arts colleges, and elite private universities. How can you possibly find

Is a Career in Public Service Right for You?

If you possess a strong sense of duty, have a clear head in urgent situations, and like working with the public, you may be well suited for a career in public service. Victoria College offers several associate

Where Are You Going?

For many people, deciding on a career can feel like taking a journey without either a map or a destination.  Eventually, with some advice and direction, a little exploration, and maybe a dead end or two, you

Despite Long Hours, Director of Public Service Academies Loves His Work

by Eric Jensen Kelly Phelps can thank the Navy for putting him on a career path that led to his current position as Director of Public Service Academies at Victoria College, where he oversees the Fire Academy

Fire Academy Student Wants to Help Save Lives

by Eric Jensen Lucy Avila came to evening class dressed to learn. She wore a heavy coat and padded pants equipped with reflector strips, gloves, an air mask with air tanks strapped to her back, and a

Firefighting Program Prepares Students to Make a Difference in Someone’s Life

by Eric Jensen How many schools can boast of a 99 percent graduation rate? Kelly Phelps, Director of Victoria College’s Public Service Academies, said VC’s Fire Academy can. “The level of training we offer is outstanding,” Phelps

EMS Program can lead to rewarding career, good-paying jobs

by Eric Jensen Here’s the deal: earn a certificate or associate degree in Victoria College’s Emergency Medical Services Program, and then land a job in public service helping others. Emergency medical technicians are trained to care for

Victoria College Helps Former Military Personnel Transition to Student Life

by Eric Jensen For military veterans enrolling in Victoria College, Staci Kelly can be seen as a welcoming transition to academic life. Kelly serves as VC’s Veterans Services Advisor, assisting students who are afforded veterans benefits in

From Combat Injury to College Classroom

by Eric Jensen Wounded veteran studies electrical engineering Student Angel Ramirez strolls across the campus of Victoria College and acknowledges his instructors and fellow students. The academic scene is peaceful, but just a few years earlier, the

The Top Five Excuses Adult Learners Use Not to Go to College … And advice about why these excuses don’t fly

You wake up every day to return to the same job you have been dragging yourself to for the past 10 years. However, you don’t see a way out. More sitting at a computer crunching numbers you

Message from the President

We usually see them on the worst day of our lives: firefighters, police officers, paramedics, and emergency medical technicians. These are the people who keep us safe and save our lives. Here at Victoria College, the Public

Facts & Finds

How to dish it out – and take it No one likes receiving criticism, and most of us aren’t very good at delivering it either. But criticism has a valuable role to play in the workplace, so

The Power of Positive Thinking: How to stay focused as you search for a job

by Deb Hadley You hear about the recession every day. You know how tough it is to get a job. Still, you press on: networking, cold calling, interviewing. It’s hard not to get discouraged. If you’re unemployed,

News & Notes

Johnson Foundation grant to aid Victoria College’s Emerging Technology Center To help train and educate an expanding South Texas workforce, Victoria College has received a $2.3 million grant from the M.G. & Lillie A. Johnson Foundation. The

About Victoria College

Victoria College has been a respected community partner in the Crossroads region since 1925 and continues to offer quality, affordable educational opportunities to help students achieve their dreams. VC is your hometown college. Whether you are beginning