Property transferred to VC for Emerging Technology Center

Ron Walker, chair of the VC Board of Trustees

The Victoria Sales Tax Development Corporation has approved a resolution to modify the 2011 VSTDC Business Park 2 Development Project by transferring 10 acres within the business park to Victoria College. Victoria City Council has also unanimously approved transfer of this property to VC to be used to construct an Emerging Technology Center.

In March, Victoria College’s Board of Trustees voted to place a $22 million general obligation bond on the May 12 ballot. Funds will be used for construction, expansion and renovation projects. In order to meet enrollment and program growth, VC plans to construct a customizable facility that will provide much needed space for corporate and industrial training on the site.

“The ultimate goal is to provide relevant job training for those just entering the workforce, along with training that will help those who are already working to stay abreast and re-train when necessary,” said Ron Walker, chair of the VC Board of Trustees. “This action by the Commission is another step toward creating secure jobs and a secure Victoria.”

The VSTC Business Park 2 Development Project’s specific purpose is to encourage businesses to locate new business enterprises and capital investments in Victoria. The presence of training facilities like the Emerging Technology Center makes this area even more attractive to businesses planning to open or relocate to Victoria.

“The capacity to train new employees is an important component of our strategy to attract industries to Victoria as we market the community to prospective companies,” said Dale Fowler, president of the Victoria Economic Development Corporation. “VC’s Emerging Technology Center will be a clear signal to visiting industry representatives of our ability to prepare their workforce. Every company we are talking to is interested in workforce training.”

The new facility will allow VC to meet the current and future training needs of new and existing business and industry. In addition to providing a new home for VC’s current Workforce and Continuing Education training classes, this expansion will also enable VC to offer certificates and degrees in new and in-demand careers such as industrial maintenance mechanic, machinist, oil and gas technician and logistics and operations management. The expansion will also free up space on VC’s main campus for the College’s growing academic programs.

The building will be approximately 80,000 square feet and designed to accommodate future expansion.

Building design will include specialized training labs for industrial applications. Rapid response labs that can be configured to meet emerging needs will also be included along with welding labs, instructional computer labs and traditional classroom spaces. Flexible use meeting rooms with a potential seating capacity of up to 400 will be included to accommodate large-scale corporate training events.


posted on Friday, April 20, 2012 by Katy Long

2011 VSTDC Business Park 2 Development Project transferred 10 acres within the business park to Victoria College.
Published: Friday, 20 April 2012

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