Victoria College’s Gonzales Center expansion set to begin this spring

Last October, the City of Gonzales approved the next phase of expansion for VC’s Gonzales Center which will include the addition of a craft skills training academy and an enlarged science lab. The craft skills training academy, which will be known as the Building Trades Academy, will offer courses in welding, core construction skills, electrical training and HVAC training.

The enlarged science lab will allow VC’s Gonzales Center the opportunity to add more science courses. Construction on this phase of expansion is scheduled to begin this Spring.

The City of Gonzales, the Economic Development Corporation, and Victoria College will work together on this project.   Another local business, Southern Clay Products, also made a significant donation toward the project. 

The Gonzales Center offers a wide variety of courses, both credit and continuing education along with dual credit courses for high school students. VC’s Gonzales Center is also preparing to offer its first Commercial Truck Driving course, set to begin on February 28.

Once construction is complete on the proposed new facilities, VC’s Gonzales Center will be able to expand science offerings and add numerous craft training classes.

VC’s Gonzales Center will celebrate the fourth anniversary of its opening this May.  The Gonzales Center was initially made possible through a collaborative effort involving Victoria College, the City of Gonzales and the Gonzales Economic Development Corporation.

As recently as 2008, the City of Gonzales and Victoria College worked together to expand the Center, adding two additional classrooms and a study atrium.

“Support from both the City of Gonzales and the Gonzales Economic Development Corporation has been invaluable to the growth and success of the VC Gonzales Center,” said Jackie Mikesh, VC Gonzales Center campus manager. “These organizations worked with us on the original planning and development of the Center and then later helped with the expansion project in 2008.”

“Now they are again partnering with us on our next expansion project,” added Mikesh. “I believe the commitment made by the City and the GEDC demonstrate their commitment to investing in the future of Gonzales.”

VC’s Gonzales Center currently has six classrooms and two computer labs, along with a resource and tutoring center. Additionally, the center provides students with a science lab and a large and well-equipped nursing skills lab. Faculty and staff have access to a conference room, a workroom and offices. 

“The positive support from the local community has also been a major factor toward the success of the VC Gonzales Center and its students,” said Mikesh. “Our donors include private individuals, local civic groups, and area businesses, who have all given generously to provide scholarship funds that enable local students to attend classes at the Center.”

“And in addition to all of our donors, the VC Gonzales Center’s Advisory Committee has also sponsored a very successful scholarship fund that has helped local students with the cost of tuition or books,” added Mikesh.

Published: Thursday, 10 February 2011

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