Cloyde and Ethel Lee Tracy Foundation donates $50,000 to VC's Emerging Technology Complex

The Cloyde and Ethel Lee Tracy Foundation, a Victoria nonprofit organization, has donated $50,000 to Victoria College’s Emerging Technology Complex.

Jan Scott, president of the Cloyde and Ethel Lee Tracy Foundation, said the foundation has supported the College as long as she could remember.

“We were impressed with what the College is doing with the Emerging Technology Complex buildings and wanted to do what we could to show our sponsorship support,” Scott said. “We started talking to people at the College, specifically VC President Dr. Tom Butler and Jennifer Yancey, vice president of college advancement and external affairs, and came up with a room we are very excited to be able to sponsor.

The conference room in the front of the complex’s Conference and Education Center, which includes a glassed-in reception area, will be named in honor of the foundation.

“We are overwhelmed by what the College has done, and we are so excited for them,” Scott added. “We think they’re going to do great things with this, and they should see a lot of use with the complex, both within the community and certainly outside the community.”

In addition to this recent donation, the foundation has donated $177,500 to Victoria College since 1999.

"The Cloyde and Ethel Lee Tracy Foundation has supported Victoria College for many years, and we are extremely grateful for the foundation’s generosity in assisting with VC’s Emerging Technology Complex,” said Yancey. “The naming of the conference room will be a tangible and permanent display of the foundation’s commitment to supporting Victoria College and our community.”

The Emerging Technology Complex, composed of the Industrial Training Center and the Conference & Education Center, is expected to be fully operational this summer. The Industrial Training Center includes six high-bay training facilities with plenty of room for equipment and six associated classrooms on the second floor overlooking each of the high bays. Machining, industrial maintenance mechanic, and oil and gas technology are some of the new degree programs to be offered there, in addition to warehousing, safety training and training for employees of the Caterpillar North American Hydraulic Excavator facility.

The Conference & Education Center will have ample rental space, including a large meeting room that can seat 400 people at round tables and as many as 800 people with auditorium-style seating. It will also be equipped with state-of-the-art technology including large video presentation monitors.

Photo caption: Pictured, from left, are: Jennifer Yancey, Victoria College vice president of college advancement and external affairs; Myra Starkey, Cloyde and Ethel Lee Tracy Foundation board member; Dr. Tom Butler, VC president; and Jan Scott, Cloyde and Ethel Lee Tracy Foundation president.

Published: Friday, 16 January 2015

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