Voters approve bond: VC to build Emerging Technology Center

Victoria County voters have given their approval for Victoria College to move forward with a $22 million general obligation bond to support VC’s master plan, which includes construction of an Emerging Technology Center.

Based on the preliminary count, 66 percent of voters approved the general obligation bond, with a vote of 3,297 for the bond and 1,691 against it.

“We are grateful for the community’s support,” said Dr. Tom Butler, VC President. “Today’s election demonstrated that voters see the value in investing in workforce training and trust in the College's ability to implement the programming. The Emerging Technology Center will allow VC to meet the community’s current and future workforce needs with both adequate space and state-of-the-art training resources.”

In addition to supporting the training needs of current and future students and employers, VC’s Emerging Technology Center will provide additional space for corporate and industrial training programs. It will also allow VC to develop new, in-demand certificate and degree programs that support regional economic development while freeing up space on VC’s main campus for growing academic programs.

The 80,000 square-foot facility will include welding labs, specialized training labs for industrial applications and rapid response labs that can be configured to meet emerging needs. Additionally, the center will include computer labs for instruction, traditional classrooms and flexible-use rooms for large-scale corporate training events.

Ten acres near State Hwy. 59 and Loop 463 will house the Emerging Technology Center. The Victoria Sales Tax Development Corporation and Victoria City Council recently approved the property to be transferred to VC. The property is a part of the 2011 VSTDC Business Park 2 Development Project.

“We are excited about what the future holds for Victoria College, the local community and the entire region,” said Butler, “and we’re certain VC’s Emerging Technology Center will play a huge role in meeting the region’s workforce needs.”

Ronald Walker, chairman of VC's Board of Trustees, said the vote means that good jobs will be available for the citizens of Victoria.

“Our children and grandchildren will have the opportunity to stay in Victoria and have a good job," said Walker. “This is a great day for all of Victoria."

For more information about the bond and the Emerging Technology Center, please visit

posted 5/12/2012 by Darin Kazmir

Published: Saturday, 12 May 2012

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