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VC gets high grades in reaffirmation of accreditation team visit

The recent visit to Victoria College by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) review team produced positive results, according to VC President Dr. Tom Butler.

The team’s visit was part of VC’s reaffirmation of accreditation, a requirement for the college every 10 years. It assessed whether VC is in compliance with SACS standards. If judged noncompliant on any standard, the report would include a recommendation identifying the problem and what needs to be done to fix it.

Victoria College officials were pleased to learn that the team’s report had no recommendations for improvement.

“This is an outcome that is almost unheard of,” Butler said. “Very, very few institutions accomplish this. It is nothing short of awesome!”

The onsite review committee members also went over the college’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). Butler said the QEP was “well received” by the team.

There is just one step remaining in VC’s quest for reaffirmation. The committee’s report will be reviewed by the SACSCOC Board, which will make the final determination in June 2014.

VC honored as one of top 10 colleges for workforce training

Victoria College has been named among the Ten Outstanding Southern Community Colleges for Workforce Training in the Southern Business & Development magazine.

“Workforce training has once again come to the forefront in the practice of economic development,” the article stated. “Advanced manufacturers in need of skilled workers need not worry if they are recruiting graduates from any of these outstanding community colleges.”

Victoria College is the only Texas college named among the magazine’s top 10.

The magazine offers information related to economic development, site selection, and expanding or relocating businesses to the South, the world’s third-largest economy. The quarterly publication recognized VC’s partnerships with area businesses and industry to meet the region’s current and future workforce training needs.

Construction begins on Emerging Technology Complex

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Community leaders joined VC officials for the July 30 groundbreaking ceremony

Victoria College officials are shooting for a January 2015 opening for the school’s Emerging Technology Complex.

The 112,000-square-foot complex is currently under construction on 16 acres of land in the Lone Tree II Industrial Park across from the Caterpillar hydraulic excavator manufacturing facility. The land was donated by the city of Victoria and the Victoria Sales Tax Development Corporation.

The Emerging Technology Complex will prepare students for jobs in the South Texas area and will meet the training needs of business and industry. It will house specialized training labs for industrial applications, computer labs, traditional classrooms for instruction, meeting rooms, and flexible-use rooms for large-scale corporate events.

“Victoria College continues to lead the way in offering high-quality education for in-demand jobs in the Crossroads region,” said Dr. Tom Butler, Victoria College President. “The Emerging Technology Complex will allow us to expand our industrial training, which will strengthen an already solid partnership with area business and industry.”

Petrochemical consortium partners with  Victoria College for $1.8 million job-training grant

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Texas Workforce Commission Chairman Andres Alcantar and VC President Dr. Tom Butler

A petrochemical consortium has partnered with Victoria College to provide job training using a $1.8 million Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission. The businesses partnering in the grant include Alcoa Inc., E. I. DuPont De Nemours and Co., Formosa Plastics Corp., INEOS USA LLC, Seadrift Coke LP, and Union Carbide Corp., a subsidiary of Dow Chemical Co.

The grant will be used to train 618 workers for industry-recognized certifications related to process efficiency, quality production, and safety. Those trained will include plant operators, engineers, and technicians. Upon completion of training, the workers will earn an average hourly wage of $33.10.

In presenting the $1,825,385 grant, Texas Workforce Commission Chairman Andres Alcantar said community colleges are “extremely important” to  the economy.

“It’s not possible for Texas to have the best economy in the United States without the contributions of our community colleges,” Alcantar said. “Victoria College President Dr. Tom Butler and his team do a wonderful job in doing the extra work required to achieve these grants, because they don’t go to everyone. This is one of the biggest ones we’ve done in the past year.”

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