VC sessions showcase adult learning skills training opportunities
Sherri Pall
Sherri Pall

Interested in becoming a nurse aide, truck driver or welder?

Victoria College is holding two information and registration sessions in Gonzales and Port Lavaca for these training courses. The sessions are scheduled at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 11 at the VC Gonzales Center, Room 118, 424 E. Sarah DeWitt Drive in Gonzales, and 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13 at the VC Calhoun County Center auditorium, 900 N. Virginia St. in Port Lavaca.

Students taking SAIL training benefit from technical training combined with reading, writing and/or English language skills needed to enter a career such as nurse aide, truck driver or welder. They can earn their GED while learning a skill.

These are free, noncredit courses – they do not apply toward a credit degree, credit certificate, or academic transfer – but they do lead to nationally recognized certificates or state credentials.

“This training opportunity allows us to transition adult education students from training to employment in just a few months,” said Sherri Pall, VC’s director of Workforce & Continuing Education.

Those who want to improve basic skills must:

  •     Be below 12.9 in reading, language or math on the Test of Adult Basic Education
  •     Be at least 18 years of age
  •     Be eligible to work in Texas
  •     Complete the launch class

In the Crossroads area, the average earnings for these positions are:

  •     Truck drivers: $15.84 an hour or $33,000 a year
  •     Welders: $16.66 an hour or $35,000 a year
  •     Nurse aides: $9.39  an hour or $20,000 a year

The training is funded in part by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Accelerate Texas Initiative.

For more information, call (361)-573-7323 or visit

Published: Wednesday, 05 February 2014

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