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VC receives award from Victoria ISD

nn1Victoria College was recently recognized by the Victoria ISD school board with a “You Make a Difference” award.

VC was honored for being a partner in the education of VISD students for generations. Through the years, the College has provided excellent post-secondary opportunities for VISD graduates, according to VISD Communications Director Diane Boyett.

“Partnerships and collaboration between Victoria College and Victoria ISD have been blossoming in a number of different areas lately, and the Victoria ISD board wanted to publicly show their appreciation with this award,” said Dr. Tom Butler, VC President. “We are very pleased that VISD values our partnership, and even more pleased with all that we are able to accomplish by working together.”

nn2Caterpillar, VC partner for job-training grant

Caterpillar Inc. has partnered with Victoria College to provide job training using a $422,829 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission.

The one-year grant will be used to custom-train 180 new workers in assembly, warehouse vehicle operations, production welding, lean manufacturing and production quality awareness, and safety. Those trained will include production technicians and warehouse associates.

TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar presented a check to VC President Dr. Tom Butler and representatives from the partnering businesses at a ceremony at VC’s Liberty Street Industrial Training Center.

Alcantar cited the “strong partnership at all levels” among Victoria College, Caterpillar, and area businesses.

Alcoa donation to enhance healthcare programs at
VC Calhoun County Center 

The Victoria College Foundation recently received $30,000 from Alcoa Foundation. The donation is being used to fund a two-part educational project in Calhoun County and the Crossroads region.

The project includes two initiatives. First, the Victoria College TexPREP initiative will continue to provide a challenging academic enrichment opportunity for middle and high school students. It is designed to motivate and prepare them for success in advanced studies leading to careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

Secondly, $5,000 will be used for new equipment for the Calhoun County Center’s programs and classes leading to health careers. This will improve the quality and capacity to offer high-demand workforce and continuing education programs, such as nurse aide, medical assisting, and phlebotomy in the Calhoun County area.

Adult Education offered through partnership between VC, Yoakum business

Victoria College’s Adult Education Center has partnered with Eddy Packing Co. in Yoakum to offer Adult Basic Education and English as a Second Language classes in the factory. These classes assist employees with improving their workplace skills as well as obtaining a GED certificate.

Classes are held onsite to accommodate both day and evening shift workers who cannot attend traditional classes offered in the area.

“This is a wonderful partnership between an employer and an educational program that demonstrates the value of education and the merits of an educated workforce,” said Tiffany Johnson, VC Adult Education director. “This is a win-win situation for all parties.”

nn3Museum of the Coastal Bend opens new Texas history exhibit

In celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the Museum of the Coastal Bend, a new permanent exhibit has been installed at the museum that tells a comprehensive story of the Coastal Bend’s early heritage – Where Texas History Began. 

The exhibit traces the history of the Coastal Bend from prehistoric cultures to the story of French and Spanish settlement, to Victoria’s founding by Martin de Leon and the origins of Texas’ great ranching tradition.

“Ten years have passed since the Museum of the Coastal Bend opened to the public with the La Salle Odyssey exhibit,” said Sue Prudhomme, Victoria College’s Director of Cultural Affairs. “Since then, we’ve learned much more about Victoria County’s French settlers. We’ve also received additional artifacts and excavation materials that have been undergoing conservation and scientific study for the last 10 years.”

The Museum is located on the corner of Red River and Ben Jordan Streets on the Victoria College Main Campus.

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