Emerging Technology Complex a happening place
Victoria College’s Emerging Technology Complex will host a number of public and private events through August.

On the first floor, nearly 400 educators from all across South Texas fill conference rooms as they convene for their annual conference. A small business has reserved a second-floor room to hold a two-day training course for 60 people while a group of 14 marketers from across the state conducts a strategic planning session on the top floor.

Victoria College’s Emerging Technology Complex, located at 7403 Lone Tree Road in Victoria, has become one of the most popular venues for gatherings of large and small businesses, companies and organizations.

“Our space and services are customizable and lend to multiple activities concurrently or even simultaneously,” said Emerging Technology Complex Manager Tempi McLeod.

The complex hosted 370 guests for the Region III Education Service Center’s School Nutrition Conference on July 19-21 and workshops by Crouch Environmental Services and the Texas Association of Community College Marketers. Region III will return to the complex with approximately 350 guests on Aug. 16-17 for its Special Programs Conference and REAL Conference.

“You might expect this kind of facility in Houston or Austin, but not in Victoria,” Region III Executive Director Patty Shafer said. “There’s no other place in Victoria like it.”

On Tuesday, Aug. 9, the Texas A&M Health Science Center will be at the complex to conduct health literacy training for the public. The Victoria Chamber of Commerce will hold a transportation conference open to the public on Thursday, Aug. 11.

The Emerging Technology Complex also recently hosted Kids College and has private and public social events on its schedule.

“We’ve been doing a lot of educational events,” said Erin Wendel, event services planner. “We’ve also had a few requests for social events – banquets for nonprofits and things like that.”

The complex offers several packages with half-day and full-day rates. Continental breakfasts and gourmet boxed lunches are available.

“They do all the arranging as far as food,” Shafer said. “Where we’ve had conferences before, we’ve had to put all that together ourselves.”

“On the same day, we can hold a strategic planning workshop for 15 and a training session for 60, both with conference services and catering,” McLeod said. “At the end of the day, our staff can turn a conference setting into a banquet room with a 24-foot stage and lights for an evening event, which can then become an exhibit hall the following morning.”

To inquire about booking an event or for other information on the Emerging Technology Complex, contact McLeod at (361) 580-3700 or Tempi.McLeod@VictoriaCollege.edu.

Published: Wednesday, 27 July 2016

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