VC receives TWC grant through Governorís Summer Merit Program
TWC grant
Sabrina Romo

Victoria College was one of 27 colleges and universities selected to receive Texas Workforce Commission grants through the Governor’s Summer Merit Program for summer youth camps that focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The grants provide the opportunity for 2,007 students statewide from ages 14 to 21 to attend camps that will help prepare them for high-skill and high-demand jobs.

VC received $51,888 that will go to 25 scholarships for its Texas Pre-freshman Engineering Program (TexPREP), which offers middle school students the opportunity to learn about STEM careers while earning high school elective credits.

“We are excited, as recipients of the Governor’s Summer Merit Grant, to expose students to STEM fields through VC PREP,” said Sabrina Romo, VC coordinator of pre-college programs. “The grant allows Victoria College to continuously serve as a TexPREP site as well as offer the program free of charge for area students interested in STEM careers.”

The Governor’s Summer Merit Program aims to inspire Texas youth to pursue STEM-related careers. The camps introduce students to advanced technologies and manufacturing, aerospace and defense, biotechnology and life sciences, information and computer technology and energy.

“Texas continues to be a leader in the global economy due in large part to our high-quality workforce,” said Governor Greg Abbott. “The Summer Merit Program is a valuable tool in helping prepare the workforce of the future, and I am proud of our colleges and universities for providing the STEM-based training our students need to compete in a 21st century economy.”

VC’s TexPREP is sponsored by the Caterpillar Foundation, Alcoa Foundation and Calhoun County Independent School District.

Published: Wednesday, 29 June 2016

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